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Old 02-07-17, 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Rusty904 View Post
1. What are your favorite aspects of commuting by bike?
2. If you were trying to convince someone to start commuting by bike, how would you "sell" the concept?
3. What were your principle annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now?
4. How long have you been commuting by bike?
5. Other than commuting to and from work, where are your favorite places to travel by bike?
6. What products do you use that make your commute easier or more enjoyable?
1. I like being out in the weather, seeing the night sky, the occasional wild animal, hearing the frogs in early spring, and so on.
2. I'd tell them I like it, it's easy, and they will like it.
3. I don't remember. If there were any, they have gone away now.
4. I'm not sure. Maybe 16 years? or is it 17?
5. I ride all around the area where I live, but it's hard to ride much more than 100 miles in a day, so my riding is mostly limited to a radius of 50 miles or so.
6. A bike. It needs fenders; otherwise you'd be afraid of the rain. It needs dynamo powered lights; otherwise you'd be afraid of the dark. It needs a tool kit including patch kit and pump; otherwise you'd be afraid of mechanical issues. A helmet; otherwise your family will worry that you're taking risks. Brightly colored clothing. Reflective cuff guards for your pants. Okay, your pants will probably get ruined anyway, but you can try....
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Old 02-07-17, 07:25 AM
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1. What are your favorite aspects of commuting by bike?
Before I started commuting it would take me all morning to wake up. Or it felt like it. Nowadays I feel alive by the time I get to work. I like that I'm getting exercise while commuting to work and saving money at the same time.
2. If you were trying to convince someone to start commuting by bike, how would you "sell" the concept?
Most of my co-workers live more than 10 mi from work. I live less than 5. It's hard to sell bike commuting to somebody with a 20+ mi commute.
3. What were your principle annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now?
The answer to both questions is heavy traffic on the way home. The only way around it would be to drastically change my schedule. I can't do that.
4. How long have you been commuting by bike?
This time since 2008. As a teenager and twenty something I commuted regularly but stopped in my early thirties.
5. Other than commuting to and from work, where are your favorite places to travel by bike?
Exploring the metro area I live in. There are so many parks, trails that it would be difficult to ride them all.
6. What products do you use that make your commute easier or more enjoyable?
Better bike computer, lights. The problem is they are out there. I'm just too cheap to buy them.
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1. What are your favorite aspects of commuting by bike?
I can turn some exercise into transportation. After a rough day at work it often allows me to come home feeling refreshed. It allows me to see my route at a slower speed to discover new things I missed while driving. During rush hour it's a lot faster. I also save a TON of money on parking.
2. If you were trying to convince someone to start commuting by bike, how would you "sell" the concept?
It's easier than you think and a lot of fun. And you don't have to do it every day. Scout the route for fun on the weekend, and then maybe start riding one day a week to see how you like it.
3. What were your principle annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now?
It took me a couple of weeks to feel comfortable managing city traffic and being more assertive. These days the biggest issue is primarily about bike security. I don't have a set office/set schedule, so I'm also riding to different places and need to plan ahead to see if I'm allowed to stow my bike safely indoors. I ride my favorite bike whenever possible. I also really hate riding on hot, humid summer days, and that definitely means I need to bring a change of clothes or two.
4. How long have you been commuting by bike?
I've been consistently commuting for about 9 months.
5. Other than commuting to and from work, where are your favorite places to travel by bike?
I like finding bars, restaurants, and coffee houses that I can bike to. I like finding new bike-friendly roads and off-road trails.
6. What products do you use that make your commute easier or more enjoyable?
The right layers for weather conditions (cold, wet). Reflectivity. Quality lights. A decent rack and panniers. Common bike tools and common spares, always.

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Old 02-07-17, 09:53 AM
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1. What are your favorite aspects of commuting by bike?

Convenience, exercise, the good feelings and I can park in my office.

2. If you were trying to convince someone to start commuting by bike, how would you "sell" the concept?

Just lead by example.

3. What were your principle annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now?

Getting an old clunker bike tuned in right. Now I have a much better commuter. The only main inconvenience is dealing with people walking their dogs with the retractable leashes on the MUPs. Sooner or later, I am going to hit a dog.

4. How long have you been commuting by bike?

Going on 4 years.

5. Other than commuting to and from work, where are your favorite places to travel by bike?

My sister's place which is 110 miles away. I make a weekend out of it. Travel there on Saturday and come back home on Sunday.

6. What products do you use that make your commute easier or more enjoyable?

A Brooks B-17.
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Old 02-07-17, 10:19 AM
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I sort of conned our director into getting some shelters for a couple bike racks outside my workplace, so I feel some slight obligation to make sure there's a bike parked there as often as possible. I've been using a keyed, armored cable lock for the last 8 years or so. I don't know if that's prevented problems, or the security camera on the building looking right at it.
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Old 02-07-17, 10:25 AM
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it helps make up for being trapped in a desk job
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Old 02-07-17, 11:27 AM
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I've been bike commuting about 10 years.
I enjoy driving my bike and hate riding my car in traffic. I arrive at work and back home happy instead of angry.
I enjoy tinkering on bikes, but cars are now mostly beyond me.
I feel good about having only one car for our household and all that entails -- fewer resources used, lower taxes and insurance, less pollution, etc.
I like staying reasonably fit by doing something fun.
I like being more attuned to my surroundings -- nature, architecture, weather, people, subtle changes in seasons, etc.
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Old 02-07-17, 12:09 PM
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1. What are your favorite aspects of commuting by bike?
Not driving, getting some exercise, and less environmental impact

2. If you were trying to convince someone to start commuting by bike, how would you "sell" the concept?
Tell them it's not that hard, and to start slowly.

3. What were your principle annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now?

Getting to work and looking reasonably presentable at first, now it's waiting for traffic lights to change and the occasional driver who knows that my right to safely ride on the roads is not important enough to protect.

4. How long have you been commuting by bike?
I think this will be my 10th year.

5. Other than commuting to and from work, where are your favorite places to travel by bike?

The forest preserve and my girlfriends house.

6. What products do you use that make your commute easier or more enjoyable?
Brooks B17 saddle, led lights, a couple of backpacks and a bunch of exercise clothing.
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Old 02-07-17, 12:17 PM
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1. What are your favorite aspects of commuting by bike?
It makes me bike! I like the incentive aspect of it. Without commuting, I wouldn't bike every day. I'm lazy by nature.
2. If you were trying to convince someone to start commuting by bike, how would you "sell" the concept?
I think it's easy to pitch the physical fitness aspect of it. Again: going to the gym has less incentive than riding to your job. Also, it's easy to quantify the benefits if you usually take the bus, drive, etc. ($$$)
3. What were your principle annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now?
It's getting more natural but preparing my clothes is always an annoying 3-5 minutes each night. I can't tell whether it's better or worse in the warmer months. Then, it's focused on sweat control. Now, it's how many layers I have to anticipate wearing.
4. How long have you been commuting by bike?
About 6 months. I used to bike to school in college in Atlanta but now I have a really ideal commute: Northern Manhattan to Columbia University, 5 miles, mostly on the Greenway.
5. Other than commuting to and from work, where are your favorite places to travel by bike?
I still love the Greenway and seeing/hearing/feeling the Hudson River. I'm going to add more to my repertoire soon, but it's hard to get out of my bubble with such a nice trail close by.
6. What products do you use that make your commute easier or more enjoyable?
I really love my Lights and Motion 350--it casts the perfect beam for me. I don't have the perfect pannier set up yet, but I'm using a Cannondale "shopper" kind of bag that's easy enough and huge. Went clipless for the first time this month and love the stability I have on the pedal.
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Old 02-07-17, 12:41 PM
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So I am pursuing an MBA at the UNC Charlotte and am doing a group project for my design thinking and innovation class. The first goal for the project is to choose a target market and interview people in that market to try to identify their likes and dislikes in order to determine a need.

My group has chosen bicycle commuters or people who ride their bikes around the city for transportation and recreation. Bikes, particularly mountain bikes are my main passion but I have only been commuting by bike exclusively over the last year.

Anyway, I'd love some input from anyone here in the commuting forum. Feel free to answer as many questions as you want and be as brief or thorough as you want!

1. What are your favorite aspects of commuting by bike?

2. If you were trying to convince someone to start commuting by bike, how would you "sell" the concept?

3. What were your principle annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now?

4. How long have you been commuting by bike?

5. Other than commuting to and from work, where are your favorite places to travel by bike?

6. What products do you use that make your commute easier or more enjoyable?

I REALLY appreciate everyone's time on this, any input from you guys will help me immensely, like I mentioned above, feel free to answer as few or as many of these questions as you like!

Thanks again!
1) Nobody can call me or talk to me. Helps with my MTB conditioning.
2) I probably would not, but I would help anyone who is starting.
3) Rain and hills.
4) Two years consistently, many other years not so consistently.
5) I have little desire to travel by bike, other than occasionally catching a ferry to an island. I would much rather go MTBing.
6) Ortlieb saddle bags, great rain gear, Body Float, Brooks Cambium saddle, Schwalbe tires.
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Old 02-07-17, 01:50 PM
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I neglected to answer in the way you asked the questions so:

1. I like the exercise and its effects on my mind and body. I like the scenery, and I like the feel of riding a bike. I like the sense of satisfaction from arriving under my own power. I like the time saving, because I don't need to take much more time to get a full complement of exercise.

2. I often talk about the fun I have on my commute, and I also mention the challenges.

3. When I'm not in the habit of bike commuting, an annoyance is not having all my equipment ready. The little things make a difference, and not having them all assembled and ready to roll costs time and trouble. The little things are things such as mirror, trouser bands, lights, bags. Now that I'm commuting fairly regularly, my biggest challenge is the wind, as I ride along the Hudson River, a very windy place. Also, my commute is long, and sometimes I just don't enjoy thinking about all the effort I'm about to make. Once I start, I don't find it burdensome, though.

4. I started bike commuting in 1978, so that makes it 39 years, but I didn't do it most of the time in between.

5. I like to ride in New York's Hudson River Valley Region.

6. Dynamo-powered (not batteries) lights, fenders, a rear-view mirror, a bike that fits well, and the right choice of clothing.
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1) I really enjoy getting some exercise, and riding to/from work allows me to clear my head and unwind and unpack anything that's built up through the day. I also love *not* being stuck in traffic and dealing with all the annoyances of driving.

2) You get to combine exercise with your commute. Freedom from traffic and parking hassles. A great way to "wake up" in the morning and a fantastic way to free your mind from stress at the end of the day.

3) I think my initial issues were tackling some of the hills I've got to deal with. Also, we get plenty of days of heavy rain, that can be unpleasant to ride in.

4) I've been commuting by bike full time for about 7 years, I commuted part time for about 5 years before that.

5) I love riding just about everywhere. I own a vehicle, but I'd rather ride my bike to just about anywhere. So, I shop, go to appointments, run errands on my bike. I suppose my favourite destinations are lunch time trips to one of the local brewpubs for lunch.

6) I use good lights, have fenders and a rack and panniers which greatly simplifies my commute. I also have cycling specific clothing to deal with rain and cold weather riding.

Security: where I work we have several secure bike lock ups, I use one that is outdoors but covered, inside a gated vehicle compound with video surveillance.
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1. What are your favorite aspects of commuting by bike?
The cycling experience, great way to start my day, very positive expression of the experience of being alive.

2. If you were trying to convince someone to start commuting by bike, how would you "sell" the concept?
I wouldn't try to "sell" it but if someone were interested I'd help/mentor them so they would hopefully learn from my mistakes and have a good time.

3. What were your principle annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now? Making sure I'm seen by and communicating with motorists enough to stay safe. Stop lights and stop signs are inconveniences but nothing tragic. And then there is bike maintenance but I kind of enjoy that bit.

4. How long have you been commuting by bike? Pretty much my whole working life; since '70.

5. Other than commuting to and from work, where are your favorite places to travel by bike? Forests, mountains, country roads away from the cities.

6. What products do you use that make your commute easier or more enjoyable? I have a dynamo (generator) that powers my headlight and several USB rechargeable flashing lights (white front facing, red rear facing). Plus a variety of proper clothing choices for different weather. I use a seat-post mounted rack and a rack trunk to haul clothing, food, spares, etc.

7. Park and Lock availability. I get to park my bike right next to my desk in my office. I have had a bike stolen (not while commuting) but Police recovered and returned it.

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3. What were your principle annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now?
Highly annoying use of "principle" instead of "principal". Annoyed me as a novice and annoys me now. As far as cycling goes, flat tires for both questions.
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3. What were your principle annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now?
Highly annoying use of "principle" instead of "principal". Annoyed me as a novice and annoys me now. As far as cycling goes, flat tires for both questions.
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1. What are your favorite aspects of commuting by bike?

I like the fresh air and exercise. I'm happy to participate in an environmentally friendly and sustainable mode of travel. I also enjoy the slow pace that lets me see, hear, smell, and feel what's going on in my community.

2. If you were trying to convince someone to start commuting by bike, how would you "sell" the concept?

I wouldn't try to "sell" it because cycling is really a personal choice. However, some misconceptions that I hear are (1) cycling in cold or wet weather is too uncomfortable, (2) fear of "sweating too much" before work, (3) roads are too dangerous for bicycles, (4) concerns about being "too tired" after a commute to work a full day, (5) worried that cycling in the rain will make you sick, (6) thinking that maintaining a bicycle is too much work or will require frequent trips to a bike shop mechanic, (7) commuting more than 5 miles by bike is "too far". None of these are true as far as I'm concerned.

However, I do hear some valid concerns such as (1) needing to drive/travel during the work day (e.g. off-site meetings), (2) having to pick up children to/from school or day care, (3) having a very long commute (30+ miles each way).

3. What were your principal annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now?

Novice: Not having the right gear (good bicycle, clothing, lights, winter tires) to commute comfortably or safely.
Now: Niggling pains that come with age (sore knees) or trying to ride while injured.

4. How long have you been commuting by bike?

I've been riding my bike to work for 26 years. If you include riding to school (elementary, middle, high, college, grad), then add another 13 years.

5. Other than commuting to and from work, where are your favorite places to travel by bike?

I ride my bike on days when I don't go to work too. I like bike paths next to rivers or lakes, away from the main roads, and off my normal commuting route.

6. What products do you use that make your commute easier or more enjoyable?

An iPod. ;-) I like listening to podcasts while I ride, but never so loud that I can't hear what's going on around me.
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How do you secure your bike at your destination? Does your workplace allow indoor storage? Have you ever had a bike stolen?

I have 2 bike locks that I keep locked to the bike rack at work when I'm not using them. Bike parking is in an underground parking garage, so bikes are out of the weather and close to the entrance. I had a bike stolen when I was a kid, but never as a bike commuter. However, I did catch someone taking a hacksaw to my bike lock once. My bike was parked behind our office, out of site from the road and parking lot. I learned that "hiding" bikes is generally a bad idea. It's much better to park them in open areas, preferably with many other bikes around (e.g. bike racks), or if possible, to bring them in the office.
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1. What are your favorite aspects of commuting by bike?

2. If you were trying to convince someone to start commuting by bike, how would you "sell" the concept?

3. What were your principal annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now?

4. How long have you been commuting by bike?

5. Other than commuting to and from work, where are your favorite places to travel by bike?

6. What products do you use that make your commute easier or more enjoyable?
1. My favorite aspect of commuting is I get to ride on a mostly daily basis and that makes me happy.

2.I would not try and sell bike commuting.

3.My principal annoyances were the weather and what to wear to make biking feasible. Also the weather in how it relates to whether I can commute at all due to icy roads. Also the idea of commuting in the dark. Most obvious you need lights but I was raised and told never to ride at night. I know now that it can be done as I do it all the time. Riding at night just takes being well lit.

4. I have been bike commuting since March 2012.

5. I do not have favorite place to go by bike I would ride everywhere if it were feasible for me.
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1. What are your favorite aspects of commuting by bike?

Fitness Benefit, Stress Reduction, Efficiency In Traffic, Car Insurance Premium Savings

2. If you were trying to convince someone to start commuting by bike, how would you "sell" the concept?

It would depend. I don't think that I could convince someone to begin to bike commute unless they had already decided that they wanted the benefits and were willing to try. I could assist them in the practical considerations, like logistics, organizing, ways to accommodate weather, starter gear, and so forth. The individual must decide for himself or herself that the benefits outweigh the costs and logistical hurdles.

3. What were your principal annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now?

Having to pack a lunch the night before, laying out clothing for riding to work and home that require two different layering schemes, finding combinations of gloves that cover the needed temperature range.

4. How long have you been commuting by bike?

I am in my second year of full time commuting by bike.

5. Other than commuting to and from work, where are your favorite places to travel by bike?

I live in northern Virginia. My favorite rides are in the eastern foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains. Beautifully scenic, challenging ups and downs, no cars for miles.

6. What products do you use that make your commute easier or more enjoyable?

Waterproof panniers, full fenders with mudguards, leaving a heavy chain and lock at the bike rack at work, rechargeable headlight and helmet light, neoprene booties, and balaclava, Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires that never puncture (this is no small thing).

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I most like the physicaly activity and being in the elements, on the regular. It really helps my anxiety stuff lower down and keeps me mentally healthy.
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1. What are your favorite aspects of commuting by bike?
The exercise I get while heading to work

2. If you were trying to convince someone to start commuting by bike, how would you "sell" the concept?
I wouldn't even try, honestly. Most people I meet are dumbfounded by the concept of it.

3. What were your principal annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now?
As a novice: the weather and traffic; nowadays, pretty much the same only I deal with it better.

4. How long have you been commuting by bike?
13 years, give or take a few months.

5. Other than commuting to and from work, where are your favorite places to travel by bike?
Everywhere!

6. What products do you use that make your commute easier or more enjoyable?
My bicycle, with out it I'd be forced to either use public transit or buy a car.
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1. What are your favorite aspects of commuting by bike?

- Avoiding the unpleasantness of the subway (this is the main reason!).
- Exercise (I'd be getting next to none if not for commuting) -- like someone else mentioned, this is good for both physical and mental health
- Being outside, and all that entails, one thing I notice when riding by Green-Wood Cemetery on warmer days -- is the temperature gets cooler, and I can smell flowers
- Other cyclists.


2. If you were trying to convince someone to start commuting by bike, how would you "sell" the concept?

I'd mention the exercise, cost savings, community, environment?


3. What were your principal annoyances as a novice rider/commuter? What are the main inconveniences you deal with now?

Finding safe routes, avoiding trucks, bad weather. Remembering to be cautious.
It's easy to be a little reckless and that can be very dangerous with all the cars -- and worse -- trucks.

4. How long have you been commuting by bike?

1.5 years.

5. Other than commuting to and from work, where are your favorite places to travel by bike?

I mainly just commute, but sometimes I'll visit a different neighborhood on nice weather weekends (Red Hook is fun).

6. What products do you use that make your commute easier or more enjoyable?

These are mostly safety oriented ...

- Helmet!
- Gloves!
- A completely reflective jacket at night, it's like the silver reflective stripes you might see on a road worker's bright orange vest, except it's entirely the silver reflective material (off brand from LBS).
- A blue tooth USB rechargeable speaker attached to my backpack - my pack has metal rings on either strap I can attach it to. I can listen to my favorite radio station, WFUV! (with my phone).
- A set of Wheel Brightz (Amazon), multi-colored LEDs that weave in your spokes, the battery pack kind of adds weight, and affects wheel balance slightly, but I get lots of compliments at night, and it helps to be seen by cars.
- 2 sets of really bright and wide dual mode (solid or flash) LED USB chargeable road lights (red + white), one set for my bike and one set for the back of my backpack (cheap on ebay).
- Toolkit, tubes, tube repair kit, tire levers, C02 inflator, CO2 cartridges, bike tool with various wrenches and chain tool, gator grip + wrench - for my lock nut bolted front hub that I don't have the special key for

A cyclist once helped me on the Manhattan bridge during the evening commute, when my chain became stuck in the frame, he had a multi-tool (with chain tool), and used it to fix my bike. Thanks Jacob!

I wanted to be able to help someone else (and myself) in the future.

I'd like to get some rain gear.

Sometimes I wonder if it's too dangerous, we have Ghost Bikes here ...

So far I have been able to use the freight elevator at work and keep my bike in the office I share with 2 other colleagues.

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So I am pursuing an MBA at the UNC Charlotte and am doing a group project for my design thinking and innovation class. The first goal for the project is to choose a target market and interview people in that market to try to identify their likes and dislikes in order to determine a need.

My group has chosen bicycle commuters or people who ride their bikes around the city for transportation and recreation. Bikes, particularly mountain bikes are my main passion but I have only been commuting by bike exclusively over the last year.

Anyway, I'd love some input from anyone here in the commuting forum. Feel free to answer as many questions as you want and be as brief or thorough as you want!

1. Commuting is a convenient way of getting my needed alone time. It also keeps me fit

2. No waiting in car lines. No parking worries. Effortless weight loss plan.

3. Sudden loud noises as drivers yell or honk, I got used to it.
Kansas wind. It'll blow you into traffic or off the road. Stay loose and be ready for gusts.

4. 4 years

5. Neighboring towns, exploring back roads. A few times, I've flown to places with my bike in my Cessna 150 to explore a new area by bike from the small town airport

6. I cover up, year-round--gloves, comfortable long pants, long-sleeve shirts of breathable, wicking material,

and especially, powerful helmet light!
I love my commute! How many car drivers say that?

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1. What are your favorite aspects of commuting by bike?

The thrill of not knowing if the approaching vehicle behind you is going to make you into road kill.
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