Location: Melbourne, Australia
Started bike commuting: 2006
Commute distance (one way): 22.5kms
Describe your commute: My commute includes mainly on road, with and without bike lanes, and bicycle/shared path. Melbourne is quite a good city for cycling with some good infrastructure and motorists are mainly considerate and careful. My commute is mainly flat but I occasionally do some hills on the weekend and have done a couple of short tours (the photo was taken recently in the Victorian Alpine area)
Describe your bike and accessories: I ride a Raleigh Randonneur equipped with 28c Panaracer RibMo city tires, SKS mudguards and a pair of Karrimor panniers. The tires are comfortable to ride on all road surfaces and weather conditions as well as being very puncture resistant. It has a triple crankset which makes it an ideal bike to load up and get away for the weekend as well as a good commuter.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Start off small and build up. Combine your commute with other forms of transport, eg train, until you have built stamina and confidence.