A shout out from NYC!
I live in Queens and bike to work in Lower Manhattan most of the time. I don't do rain, but that's about it. I ride cheap bikes, but they work. I must've racked up over four thousand commuter miles in the past four years or so. I was until recently working, going to college and looking after the family. I graduated this year, so that's out of the way. Biking to work is my recreation, so my needs are modest. Safety is always first, but I like to ride as fast as I safely can.