A car culture survivor, I embark on my first bike commuting endeavor. I endured 20 years of concrete and metal car-culture in Los Angeles. Having moved 5 miles from a new job, I embrace this opportunity to abandon that hunk of metal in my driveway and lead a new life of minimizing traffic, reducing fossil fuel consumption, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With a new bike, paniers, how-to books, helmet hair, face wipes and a nervous grin, I peddle out a big thanks to you all for your advice, stories and your welcoming attitude. I look forward to sharing this great adventure.