Bicycle Commuter Profile: Darren S.

Name: Darren S.
Location: Laguna Hills, CA
Started bike commuting: 2008
Commute distance (one way): 15 miles

Describe your commute: 1/2 of commute is on a dedicated MUP. The rest is city roads through three different cities (Laguna Hills, Irvine, Costa Mesa and part of Santa Ana, CA). I also do a long route which is 22miles one way.

Describe your bike and accessories: 2008 Specialized Allez. Magicshine headlight, CRUD Racer fenders for when it gets wet. Continental Gatorskins keep me from getting flats. Contrary to the ideals of this website, I DO my commute wearing Lycra, and I do like to ride fast. My commute is long enough that if I were to dawdle on my commute, it would take me forever to get there.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Be realistic about how often you can bike (vs. driving) to work. If biking sucks up so much time that you miss out on family life, then back off a bit. Family is more important than principle. Also, see if you can keep several sets of clothes at the office. That way you can keep your commuting rig light.

Pretty, but Pretty Slick

Wet Leaves
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When the sun’s out, and it’s a beautiful morning, and fall colors are everywhere you look, it’s easy to forget that wet leaves can be nearly as slick as ice. Keep an eye out!

Gallery: Steve’s Town Bike Project

Steve's Bike
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Steve's Bike
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This is my beloved townie that sits behind my desk at work and ventures out on a daily basis to fetch lunch, groceries and general duties. Like most things it’s still a work in progress and I plan to tidy it up a bit more over time. The frame is an ex local postal service unit that I purchased from a market and that’s where the project started. I had the frame powder coated by a local cycling friend who owns the business and understands how to get a high quality finish. It’s truly an outstanding job. The stem, bars, chain guard, stand and rack are all sourced from Velo Orange. Seat pole is a generic BMX post as I struggled to source a good quality 25.4mm unit at the time. Saddle is Brooks and cranks are Shimano 600s. Wheels are generics I picked up cheap and the basket is from the local office supplies store spray painted black. Finally the fenders are second hand units I sprayed myself. I knocked the whole thing together but over time it will evolve. Someone at work asked me if I was going to grab a bottle of red wine and a breadstick! I guess that sums it up.

Steve O’Brien
Melbourne, Australia

Broward B-Cycle

Broward B-Cycle

The Broward B-Cycle bike share program is set to debut December 14th in Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, and Pompano Beach, Florida.

Broward B-Cycle

The Brompton Crew

Brompton Crew
Photo: Ed Rae

Here’s a photo of the Brompton riders at our recent Tweed Ride in Sacramento.

Gallery: Anthony’s Kogswell P/R

Kogswell
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Spring ride on the Hockanum Rail Trail in central Ct. Kogswell P/R, 650b, TA cranks, Phil hubs, Brooks Pro saddle. My true companion!

Anthony Spina

EcoVelo 2012 Calendar

Back by popular demand for 2012.


 
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