Bicycle Commuter Profile: Tucker Burroughs

Bicycle Commuter Profile

Name: Tucker Burroughs
Location: Elk Grove, California
Started bike commuting: Spring 2010
Commute distance (one way): 10 miles

Describe your commute: Mostly arterial surface streets with bike lanes. Elk Grove has several MUP’s, but they are geared more toward recreational use and don’t help commuters much.

Describe your bike and accessories: Jamis Allegro 1.0 with a Topeak Explorer rear rack and a Pletcsher rack on the front; Eargon grips with short bar ends, a Cygolite Expillion headlight and a Planet Bike Superflash Turbo on the back. I use a Topeak commuter trunk bag with deployable mini-panniers. I also carry a small can of pepper spray on the bike for loose dogs and zombies.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Choose your route carefully. I commute mostly on major arterial streets with bike lanes, but I chose the ones with the best bike lanes and the calmest traffic. The time of day also has a lot to do with the traffic. At 5:30 am, traffic is calm and everyone can see my lights. Fortunately, I’m able to make it home before the afternoon rush hour so I don’t have to deal with all the drivers distracted by what’s for dinner or how to get the kids to soccer practice.

Most importantly, be visible and ride like you’re driving a car. Nobody wants to hit you, so if drivers know where you are and can predict your actions they will generally treat you courteously. Nothing aggravates drivers more than a cyclist flagrantly ignoring the traffic laws.

[Visit our Bicycle Commuter Profiles page to add your profile to the collection. —ed.]

Bicycle Commuter Profile: Bob

Name: Bob
Location: Minneapolis, MN USA
Started bike commuting: 2005
Commute distance (one way): 14 miles

Describe your commute: Going to work in the morning I put my bike on the bus. All the Metro buses here have bike racks mounted on them. I don’t have a locker room at work so I can’t arrive sweaty.

I have several routes home. For a scenic route I ride through Kenwood, around part of Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun before getting on to France Ave. For a fast route I ride the Cedar trail out of downtown Mpls to France Ave.

My ride, no matter which route I take, is enjoyable except that the last 3/4 mile is all up steep hills. Bike commuting has helped me stay in shape but I doubt I’ve done anything to help the environment because my bus route operates with or without me on the bus. So my commuting really is just for my own personal benefit.

Describe your bike and accessories: Specialized Sirrus Elite with Planet Bike fenders and lights. My latest tires have reflective sidewalls. I have a rear rack to which I clip my Jandd briefcase/pannier. I switched to BMX style flat pedals so I can ride with any type of shoes.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Don’t worry about how you look. I used to change after work into bike shoes, jersey and shorts. I got tired of carrying home work clothes and shoes. Now all I do is is switch to shorts and wear the rest of my work clothes on my ride. I dress business casual so it’s no big deal wearing a polo shirt instead of a bike jersey.

I also think I get a little more respect from car drivers when I look like a commuter instead of a racer.

[Visit our Bicycle Commuter Profiles page to add your profile to the collection. —ed.]

Bicycle Commuter Profile: Torben Lauritzen

Bicycle Commuter Profile

Name: Torben Lauritzen
Location: Thorsager, Denmark
Started bike commuting: 2010
Commute distance (one way): 30 km

Describe your commute: 15 km along the bay of Aarhus (countryside) and 15 km suburban from Thorsager to the northern part of Aarhus in Denmark. Some hills, and almost always windy (headwind when going to work, backwind home). A very nice trip, which I usually do in one hour and a few minutes. I usually do 3-5 commutes a week, working from home the other days, or driving with a coworker, if I have to.

Describe your bike and accessories: Koga Signature with Rohloff Speedhub 500/14, Magura hydraulic HS33 brakes, Schwalbe Marathon Racer 35 mm tires, Brooks Swallow saddle and SPD/platform pedals. It weighs 14 kg, but is almost as fast as my old racing bike. I use an Ergon BD1 backpack, which is quite small, but almost not noticeable when riding.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Ride every day! That will make it much easier to get on the bike, even if it rains or it is windy. The first seven kilometers are warm up – the rest is pure joy :-) So do not be scared to commute by bike, even if you have to ride 10-15 or even 20 km. Use mudguards! Use cycling shoes and matching pedals (I use SPD pedals, because the shoes can be used for walking short distances). Ride in cycling clothes, and have a shower at work (if possible). Also when riding in the rain – if you are working hard enough, you will not be cold.

[Visit our Bicycle Commuter Profiles page to add your profile to the collection. —ed.]

Bicycle Commuter Profile: Jon Anscher

Bicycle Commuter Profile

Name: Jon Anscher
Location: Tacoma, WA, USA
Started bike commuting: High School, 1996
Commute distance (one way): 11 miles

Describe your commute: Light urban to suburban roads. A mixture of sharing car lanes to having my own bike lane, to roomy shoulders, to a short stretch on a busy 2 lane road.

Describe your bike and accessories: A Rivendell Sam Hillborne. Marks’ Rack and medium Wald basket in front. Tubus Cargo rack and two Swiss Army Ammo panniers in the back. Small Keven’s bag style saddle bag in the back. Sometime soon to be replaced with a medium SaddleSack. Shimano Dyno Hub with Buesch & Miller lights in front and back. MiNewt on the helmet. Lots of other lights all over.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Ride for yourself. Don’t bother with what others think.

[Visit our Bicycle Commuter Profiles page to add your profile to the collection. —ed.]

Bicycle Commuter Profile: Charles Vail

Commuter Profile
Zoom

Name: Charles Vail
Location: Eatonville, Washington, America
Started bike commuting: I first started in 1972
Commute distance (one way): 19 to 23 miles maximum depending on the route

Describe your commute: I infrequently commute for 7-8 miles on country highway and 11 miles in the urban jungle. I sometimes do a partial commute which can range from 12 to 14 miles one way. With my current work schedule I am not able to bicycle commute as much as I would like.

Describe your bike and accessories: I own and ride several bicycles but my main ride now is a Surly Long Haul Trucker built from the frame up. I plan on home built racks and a generator lighting system soon. I recently acquired a Rivendell SimpleOne and will ride it also.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Get a rear view mirror, wear a brightly colored shirt and use gloves. Set your bicycle up with fenders, wide tires, good lighting and a way to carry stuff. Find a saddle that fits you well and adjust your bicycle to fit your body perfectly. Do not trust automobile drivers especially motor home drivers. Watch out for people passing you who also then turn right in front of you and also watch out for people making left turns and pulling out in front of you.

[Visit our Bicycle Commuter Profiles page to add your profile to the collection. —ed.]

Bicycle Commuter Profile: Steve Kramer

Bicycle Commuter Profile

Name: Steve Kramer
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Started bike commuting: This year
Commute distance (one way): 7 miles

Describe your commute: Suburban with approximately half multi-use path and the rest relatively quiet two lane roads with adequate bike lanes. Not much in the way of hills and a relaxing ride all around.

Describe your bike and accessories: Rans V-Rex that I’ve been riding for years. Shimano 105 Triple Crank, Alexrims DA16 rims, Schwalbe Marathon Racer tires, Deore hubs, SRAM Speeddial 7 brakes, SRAM 9.0 shifters, Topeak Aero Wedge, Camelbak Lobo Hydration pack, MARS 3.0 rear flasher. Soon to be adding a Rans HT Rear rack, Wald folding baskets with liners for more carrying capacity, front light and a bell.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Resist the urge to ride like you’re racing. Find a comfortable pace and enjoy the ride, see what you’ve been missing commuting by car. You can use your weekend ride to bring out the racer within. Ride a bike YOU like to ride, not what someone else thinks you should ride.

[Visit our Bicycle Commuter Profiles page to add your profile to the collection. —ed.]

Bicycle Commuter Profile: JP Atkinson

Commuter Profile
Zoom

Name: JP Atkinson
Location: San Francisco, California
Started bike commuting: July 20, 2011
Commute distance (one way): Two miles

Describe your commute: Urban: 1/2 mile surface streets, then 1/2 mile MUP, then another 1/2 mile surface streets. 14 stop signs and 4 stop lights. Busiest part is on the MUP! I stay clear of arterials. 15% grade coming home gets me sweating.

Describe your bike and accessories: CIVIA Bryant. Built with Alfine 11, Gates CenterTrack, Shimano generator hub, Busch&Muller front and rear lights, Tubus Logo with Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic panniers.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Make sure you get the best bicycle you can afford: it can make ALL the difference in your motivation to cycle to work!

[Visit our Bicycle Commuter Profiles page to add your profile to the collection. —ed.]


 
© 2011 EcoVelo™