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Old 10-02-10, 03:00 AM   #1
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Commuting Survey

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1. How old are you?


2. How far is your commute to work?


3. How many days a week do you commute?


4. Do you commute year around?


5. What do you do for work?


6. How many years have you been commuting?


7. What shift do you work?


8. What type of bike do you ride?


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more?


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike?


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve?


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts?
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Old 10-02-10, 03:46 AM   #2
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1. How old are you? 40


2. How far is your commute to work? 5 miles


3. How many days a week do you commute? 3 - 5


4. Do you commute year around? Gonna try, only been doing it for 4 mnths so far


5. What do you do for work? EMS/Fire dispatch, 911 communications


6. How many years have you been commuting? See #4


7. What shift do you work? 2 month intervals of 6am-6pm then 6pm-6am


8. What type of bike do you ride? 1995 Univega Aluminum 701 mtb


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? Home, no hurry and can add some miles to it.


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? CL


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? garbage = broken bottles


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? Most, the others keep saying they would if ____________ .
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Old 10-02-10, 04:12 AM   #3
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1. How old are you? 46


2. How far is your commute to work? 12 km each way


3. How many days a week do you commute? 5


4. Do you commute year around? Yes


5. What do you do for work? Teach science at an international high school in China.


6. How many years have you been commuting? 8


7. What shift do you work? Day


8. What type of bike do you ride? MTB


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? It depends on many things.


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? At a Giant shop.


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? Cars in the bike lane.


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? None as far as I know. Well a few when it is cold and raining.

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Old 10-02-10, 04:15 AM   #4
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1. How old are you? 18


2. How far is your commute to school? ~6 miles or so


3. How many days a week do you commute? Almost everyday


4. Do you commute year around? I try to


5. What do you do for work? Student


6. How many years have you been commuting? Almost a year


7. What shift do you work? My school schedule goes from 10 am to 2 pm


8. What type of bike do you ride? A fixed gear conversion


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? Home, since I'm not really in a rush


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? Frame was given to me, parts were bought from CL or local bike co-op


11. Whats your commuting pet peeves? Cars zooming by me when there is not much room.

12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? No, some of my friends/classmates commute to school/work too, not that uncommon here in Vancouver.
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Old 10-02-10, 04:56 AM   #5
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1. How old are you?
50, to the best of my knowledge and belief

2. How far is your commute to work?
~6 miles

3. How many days a week do you commute?
4+

4. Do you commute year around?
ayuh

5. What do you do for work?
janitor

6. How many years have you been commuting?
Starting my third winter

7. What shift do you work?
3rd--11:00 pm-7:00 am

8. What type of bike do you ride?
'08 Kona Fire Mountain/Xtracycle

9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more?
yes

10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike?
LBS---I knew enough to know that I didn't want a BSO from the x-mart

11. Whats your commuting pet peeve?
Ninja salmon, I have almost hit two of them.

12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts?
35


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Old 10-02-10, 04:57 AM   #6
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1. How old are you? 54


2. How far is your commute to work? 19km


3. How many days a week do you commute? 3


4. Do you commute year around? No


5. What do you do for work? accountant


6. How many years have you been commuting? 1


7. What shift do you work? days


8. What type of bike do you ride? Road (Giant Defy Alliance 1)


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? in (I'm a morning person)


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? LBS


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? oblivious drivers


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts?100%
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Old 10-02-10, 05:13 AM   #7
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1. How old are you? 55


2. How far is your commute to work? 10 miles


3. How many days a week do you commute? All of them


4. Do you commute year around? Yes


5. What do you do for work? DBA


6. How many years have you been commuting? 6


7. What shift do you work? Day


8. What type of bike do you ride? LHT or Schwinn Le Tour II converted to fixed gear


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? In, there is less traffic


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? LBS and craigslist


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? Dangerous drivers


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? Probably all of them when it's icy, snowy or raining hard. Very few of them when the weather is ideal.
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Old 10-02-10, 05:33 AM   #8
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1. How old are you?
47

2. How far is your commute to work?
Shortest route: just over a mile
Usual route: 5.5 miles
When I take a "shortcut": 19-30 miles

3. How many days a week do you commute?
All of them


4. Do you commute year around?
Yes

5. What do you do for work?
Atty.

6. How many years have you been commuting?
Not sure, a lot

7. What shift do you work?
All of them, my time is not always my own.

8. What type of bike do you ride?
Various: Road, FG, vintage Trek, winter beater.

9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more?
Yes, which ever is less windy and less traffic. I usually love that calm, clean, crisp quiet air in the early morning, but I also love the stress relief and anticipation of getting home in the evening.

10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike?
All my bikes are LBS or custom builds.

11. Whats your commuting pet peeve?
Distracted drivers on cell phones.

12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts?
None of them, if they want to keep their job!
Otherwise all of them.
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Old 10-02-10, 05:55 AM   #9
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1. How old are you? 41


2. How far is your commute to work? 21.5 miles


3. How many days a week do you commute? 5


4. Do you commute year around? Yes


5. What do you do for work? IT: network and security admin


6. How many years have you been commuting? Since 1991.


7. What shift do you work? 8am - 4pm


8. What type of bike do you ride? 2008 Trek 7.7FX (main commuter in good weather), 1999 Cannondale T700 (main rain/snow bike), 2009 Dahon Speed 8 (folding bike for multi-modal commutes), and a 2010 Orbea mountain bike which I haven't ridden to work yet, but may this winter when the roads are too sloppy for the Marathon Winters. Also, I just purchased a Cross Check frameset and am in the process of building it up. Not sure yet if I'll commute on it or just ride it on the weekends.

9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? I like them both. Mornings are nice because it's peaceful and I enjoy the solitary ride in the dark with my bright lights. Sunny afternoons are great too, though, as fun as recreational rides.


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? LBS


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? When a group of 3 or 4 people walk abreast on the bike path leaving no room to pass.


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? No idea. Many people have said they admire my dedication, but nobody ever told me that I'm crazy.
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Old 10-02-10, 06:29 AM   #10
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1. How old are you? 25


2. How far is your commute to work? 12.5


3. How many days a week do you commute? 3-4


4. Do you commute year around? Mostly


5. What do you do for work? IT: business analyst


6. How many years have you been commuting? Since last fall


7. What shift do you work? 8am - 5pm


8. What type of bike do you ride? 2009 Trek 7000 hybrid.

9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? Ride in - I feel much better in the morning than after a day at work.


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? Craigslist


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? Cars that are out to hit you


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? Most of them.
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Old 10-02-10, 06:55 AM   #11
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  1. How old are you? 53
  2. How far is your commute to work? 4½ miles by the most direct and safe route. My favorite route is 9¾ miles, and the long loop is 14½ to 16½ miles.
  3. How many days a week do you commute? All of them, 4–5 as scheduled.
  4. Do you commute year around? Yes
  5. What do you do for work? Circulation Desk clerk at a neighborhood branch of the public library.
  6. How many years have you been commuting? Fifth year
  7. What shift do you work? 1pm or 2pm to closing
  8. What type of bike do you ride? Primary commuter: 2006 Trek Portland, heavily modified, and with studded snow tires for the winter. Backup Commuter: 2000 Trek 1000. Both those bikes are racked and fendered, and have some sort of permanently-attached lighting. On Mondays I haul in all my clothes and food for the week, and haul home all the laundry at the end of the week. In between, I can ride any bike I want, like my 1996 Litespeed Classic, or my 1999 Schwinn Peloton.
  9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? Generally the ride in, since it can be anything I want it to be.
  10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? LBS
  11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? There's supposed to be a part that I don't like, or that makes me angry?
  12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? Most are accepting. The patrons, they all seem to think I'm nuts.

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Old 10-02-10, 07:00 AM   #12
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1. How old are you? 42


2. How far is your commute to work? 9 mi.


3. How many days a week do you commute? I'm up to 3 bike, 1 car, 1 telecommute


4. Do you commute year around? I don't see why not, but we're about to find out


5. What do you do for work? Web stuff for a media company. I'm simultaneously part of the vast right wing conspiracy and confirmation that Jews run the media in this country (Hi, Rick Sanchez!) One of those is ironic.


6. How many years have you been commuting? Started Aug. 1 of this year


7. What shift do you work? 8a-4p


8. What type of bike do you ride? '95 Specialized Hard Rock


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? Depends. In the heat of the summer, they way in. Right now both are nice.


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? At an LBS, new, back in the day. Can '95 be back in the day? I always feel like that should be reserved for 80's.


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? Joggers coming toward me in my bike lane that refuse to move. The horrendous state of the roads. I've had pretty good luck with motor vehicles so far. I know it's only a matter of time before they float to the top of my list.


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? No one would dare say anything negative to my face. I'm kind of the building freak. Lots of positive feedback though.

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Old 10-02-10, 07:35 AM   #13
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1. How old are you? 55


2. How far is your commute to work? 8 miles


3. How many days a week do you commute? 2-3


4. Do you commute year around? Yes


5. What do you do for work? High school teacher


6. How many years have you been commuting? 5


7. What shift do you work? Day


8. What type of bike do you ride? MTB--Gary Fisher Tassajara!


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? Both


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? from a young guy in the lower valley via eBay


11. What's your commuting pet peeve? Drivers using cell phones.


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? No one's ever said so directly to me. I do get sideways and shaking heads when wearing my winter gear and there's snow on the ground. But anyone with a bike question or who needs work on a bike comes to me.
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Old 10-02-10, 07:49 AM   #14
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Commuting Survey




1. How old are you? Old enough that many around me think I should be driving a car.


2. How far is your commute to work? Depends on the weather, much too far in the winter.


3. How many days a week do you commute? As many as my employer wants me to work, or if the cupboards start looking bare.


4. Do you commute year around? Definitely not on my days off.


5. What do you do for work? What my employer hired me to do.


6. How many years have you been commuting? I cannot count that high, I don't have enough fingers and toes.


7. What shift do you work? Bike shifters


8. What type of bike do you ride? Other than my childhood tricycle, it has always been one with two wheels.


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? Depends on the motorists, and whether they are enjoying my ride.

10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? From the place that sold it to me.


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? I don't need any peeves as pets, I have a high enough pet food bill as it is.


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? I don't know since they keep avoiding me.
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Old 10-02-10, 08:25 AM   #15
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1. How old are you?28


2. How far is your commute to work?3ish miles


3. How many days a week do you commute?7


4. Do you commute year around?Heck yes


5. What do you do for work?Mechanic/service ind.


6. How many years have you been commuting?A little over 5 years (completely car free years)


7. What shift do you work?On days when i only work one job 6am-3pm, when i gotta do both jobs 6am-9pm


8. What type of bike do you ride?1995 Raleigh M-50 with drops


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more?I like the ride home i hate mornings


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike?All over the place shes allways been a work in progress


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve?People and cars


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts?Only a few that dont understand me riding all winter
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1. How old are you? Old enough to know better, 51


2. How far is your commute to work? 2 miles round trip


3. How many days a week do you commute? as many as I work, most times 6


4. Do you commute year around? yes


5. What do you do for work? I own a pawn shop


6. How many years have you been commuting? Just started back riding 4 months ago


7. What shift do you work? 8am to 7pm


8. What type of bike do you ride? Harley of course, Surly CC


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? the ride home


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? lbs


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? dogs not controlled by owners on the MUP


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts?

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1. How old are you? 44


2. How far is your commute to work? 25 miles roundtrip


3. How many days a week do you commute? About 3


4. Do you commute year around? Just started this summer and its getting rainy now. We'll see.


5. What do you do for work? VP Finance, property management company downtown


6. How many years have you been commuting? 2 months


7. What shift do you work? 9-5pm


8. What type of bike do you ride? Dahon Helios, aluminum frame, 8 speed on Kojaks, I can't ride faster than what the bike will do.



9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? Ride in is less stressful than ride back. So ride in.


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? Craigslist


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? Cars stopping in clearly signed no-stopping zones


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? None. If anything, most respect the effort
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1. How old are you? 27


2. How far is your commute to work? 3.6 miles one way


3. How many days a week do you commute? All of them


4. Do you commute year around? yes


5. What do you do for work? Shuttle Driver for a Marriott Hotel


6. How many years have you been commuting? This is my first.


7. What shift do you work? 2nd


8. What type of bike do you ride? 1991 Raleigh Technium Road Bike


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? The ride home for sure.


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? I traded another bike for it from someone on CL.


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? People that try to scare me by screaming out the window.


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? None so far...
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1. How old are you?
40

2. How far is your commute to work?
over 20 miles roundtrip

3. How many days a week do you commute?
4 days per week

4. Do you commute year around?
yes

5. What do you do for work?
operate machines for printing

6. How many years have you been commuting?
4 years

7. What shift do you work?
afternoon 4pm-12am

8. What type of bike do you ride?
2009 Fuji Newest 1.0 roadbike

9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more?
no preference

10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike?
Fuji dealer; B's Bikes, Brooklyn

11. Whats your commuting pet peeve?
wrong way riders

12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts?
plenty
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1. How old are you? 46

2. How far is your commute to work? 11 miles

3. How many days a week do you commute? 5

4. Do you commute year around? yes

5. What do you do for work? programmer

6. How many years have you been commuting? 6

7. What shift do you work? daytime flex, usually 6AM to 4PM

8. What type of bike do you ride? hybrid

9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? same

10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? LBS

11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? Nothing really, though some drivers are far too courteous. It's irritating when they won't pass me on a 50 MPH road in a 16 foot wide lane, stopping dozens of cars behind them for no reason.

12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? How should I know? Nobody says anything and I don't really give a damn what anyone thinks anyway. There are only about 3 of us that ever ride at all, and the other two only ride a few times a month in nice weather as far as I can tell. Some people think it's not safe, but mostly people think it's impractical. They don't want to ever be inconvenienced in any way or have to actually do any work, as far as I can tell.
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I like reading those, the diversity is amazing, it's cool to know what/how others are riding and you get to know forum members a little closer.

1. How old are you?
44.


2. How far is your commute to work?
8 miles (about 13km) each way, all urban. Afternoon ride home is often longer if the weather is nice


3. How many days a week do you commute?
5, regardless of the weather.


4. Do you commute year around?
Yes, since about last Summer/Fall

5. What do you do for work?
IT: End User Support for biomedical research facility.


6. How many years have you been commuting?
On and off for about 7 years, daily for about 3 years, any-weather, hard-core since last Fall.


7. What shift do you work?
9-5, Mon-Fri.


8. What type of bike do you ride?
Home built, aluminum rigid MTB based, very Fred-like, heavy, rack, panniers, fenders, lots of lights, reflective tape, air-horn, Kevlar tires, etc., picture here (sans the trailer, this was a utility run).


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more?
Mornings are a little tougher if the weather is unpleasant, on a nice morning it's a blast. Getting out of work definitely is a pleasant moment that makes the ride home all that more enjoyable I don't mean to say that I dislike my job, but it is a job after all. As mentioned above I extend my ride home if the weather is nice. Overall, it depends of the circumstances.


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike?
Built my own: Nashbar frame, misc parts from different vendors.

11. Whats your commuting pet peeve?
Salmons, fixters, ninjas (in particular a combination of those), zombies, lack of enforcement from NYPD (cop cars blocking bike lanes!!!), new NYC bike lanes.


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts?
Not aware of any, most are cool with this, I'd say 1/10 of people here bike to work (students, postodcs, lots of foreign students and scientists), a lot of them come from countries with cycling culture developed much higher than even in NYC.

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1. How old are you? 46

2. How far is your commute to work? Depending on the route, 22 to 25 miles each way.

3. How many days a week do you commute? 4 days per week.

4. Do you commute year around? Yes.

5. What do you do for work? Civil and traffic engineering.

6. How many years have you been commuting? One. Started last Fall by cycling to the train station in my town and riding the train (or bus) the rest of the way to work. Now I just cycle the whole way.

7. What shift do you work? 8 to 5.

8. What type of bike do you ride? Road bike.

9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? The morning ride is the best. I leave early, 6 a.m., and lots of wildlife to see along the bike route at that hour.

10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? Local bike store.

11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? Have a couple. First there are the stealth walkers/joggers in the early morning hours who wear no reflective clothing or lights. Very difficult to see them in the early morning on the path. Then we have the packs of runners who take up the entire path. Come on. Move over and let me through.

12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? Quite a few. I've lost 60 lbs in the last year and get asked all the time how I did that. When I say I did it by riding 40 to 50 miles a day I get the "you're nuts" look.
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1. How old are you? 47


2. How far is your commute to work? 12.5 miles


3. How many days a week do you commute? 2-3,


4. Do you commute year around? weather permitting, yes.


5. What do you do for work? maintain mail inserting equipment.


6. How many years have you been commuting? 3


7. What shift do you work? 6AM-6PM


8. What type of bike do you ride? trek 1200


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? in (downhill)


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? from a guy at work, used.


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? flats on the way in.


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? most of them, especially in cold weather.
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1. How old are you? 42


2. How far is your commute to work? 31 Miles round trip.


3. How many days a week do you commute? 2 to 3 times a week


4. Do you commute year around? try to. I'm not a great cold weather rider


5. What do you do for work? PC Technician for Texas Southern University and for TFW computer


6. How many years have you been commuting? 5 years


7. What shift do you work? 8 to 5


8. What type of bike do you ride? I have a fleet. Weekday commute it's either my '88 Alpine Monitor Pass MTB that I hybridized or my '07 Specialized Sirrus. Weekend it is usually my Schwinn Town & country Trike or my product improved Raleigh 20.


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? Definitely the ride home. It's usually balls to the wall the whole way.


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? The Alpine came from a LBS named the Spoke Shop and the Specialized Sirrus was an E-bay score. The trike was a Performance bike mail order and the 2o was another E-bay score.


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? Hate the UDO's that whiz past and nearly take my bars off.


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts? All of them.
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1. How old are you? 48


2. How far is your commute to work? 13mi


3. How many days a week do you commute? 1-5


4. Do you commute year around? Yes, less often in winter due to weather obviously


5. What do you do for work? Systems Engineer for industrial gas engine controls


6. How many years have you been commuting? 1


7. What shift do you work? salary/daytime


8. What type of bike do you ride? See sig


9. Do enjoy the ride in or ride home more? Home - the ambient temperature is more stable so I don't have to stop & remove a layer; also there's beer waiting for me when I get home; also due to net gradient and my body being more "awake" my average speed is faster on the homeward trip


10. Where did you purchase your primary commuter bike? Craigslist


11. Whats your commuting pet peeve? Fickle weather/wind


12. How many of your co-workers think you're nuts?
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