Bike: Cannondale Badboy
Occupation: IT Professional & Bicycle Tour Curator
Started Commuting: 2013
Commute Distance (one way): 10 miles
Meet Tom, a 2WG ambassador commuting in Chicago since 2013. Tom's advice for new commuters, "Go for it, talk to others who are seasoned for tips, and you could find a riding buddy for support. In the end, everyone is different and it will be a trial and error before you get comfortable."
Is your city commuter-friendly?
What is your most important piece of gear?
Pannier Convertible Backpack.
What is your favourite aspect of daily riding?
It clears your mind and provided routine exercise.
What is the worst part of commuting?
Watching out of distracted drivers or ones who feel they don't need to share the rode.
What is the coolest thing you've ever seen while on your bike?
A triple rainbow.
Do you have any commuting hacks to share?
I always wear an extra layer that I think I will need that I can remove if I get too hot. You can always remove an extra layer of clothing, but you can't put on a layer you don't have with you, which I have learned the hard way.
"Biking is my favorite part of the day!"
Have you ever been in an accident while riding? What happened?
What is your stance on wearing a helmet? What are the laws like in your area?
I prefer to wear a helmet to be safe. I don't believe we have any helmet laws pertaining to cycling.
Did the COVID-19 pandemic affect your ride?
I rode more because the roads in the early days of the pandemic were wide open. I was able to bike down streets you wouldn't dream of biking on during normal conditions.