Name: Forrest Halford
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Started bike commuting: 11/2003
Commute distance (one way): 4.7 miles
Describe your commute: The first mile runs to work (and the last one home) runs along the Barren River in Bowling Green, and I’m blessed to have such a beautiful start and end to my work day. Our city has numerous back roads and the attitudes here seem to be kind. I rarely encounter the type of angst I hear about from other parts of the country, but then again, I can travel to work at a large university (Western Kentucky University) and some days encounter less than a handful of cars. I have not driven to work this year, and I’ve only used an auto to shop for groceries once. I consider myself lucky to be able to do this. I know it isn’t possible for everyone.
Describe your bike and accessories: Catrike Expedition and Bacchetta Giro 26. Rainy days I use a ‘beater’ hybrid with planet bike fenders and horribly neglected drivetrain along with a Carradice rain cape and spats. I have a set of studded tires for when ice/snow show up and they work well. Add a burley trailer for shopping with the trike and Dinotte lights (transferrable to any bike) and I’m set.
Yes, they are nice bikes, but it’s not WHAT you ride, it’s THAT you ride.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: When you think you need something, wait. If after some time you still need that thing, try to buy used and buy the best of whatever ‘thing’ it is that you need. Expensive now often equals cheap in the long run.
Once you’ve made the committment, the particulars will fall in place with a predictable learning curve. Expect to make mistakes but be sure to learn from them.
Finally, enjoy. You’ll have a window to the world unlike any other.