Meet British Cycling member and bike commuter Paul from West Sussex who chooses a 29er mountain bike as his commuting weapon.
Name: Paul Stevenson
Workplace: Balcombe, West Sussex
Tell us about your commuting rig: I ride a 2013 Specialised Rockhopper 29er which I have added a Topeak rack and bag to for my commute. Tyres are trail tyres that work well on the road. The bike morphs in to an enjoyable off roader at weekends.
What’s your commute like? 7.5 miles on road. Very hilly, with the option to do a fun off road detour during the longer days.
How many days a week do you commute by bike? 2 to 4 (depending on weather and work commitments).
"Cycle defensively and never give a driver the excuse to say “I didn’t see you”."
British Cycling member Paul Stevenson's top tip.
What do you enjoy the most about bike commuting? Exercise and saving expensive fuel!
What’s your least favourite thing about commuting by bike? The road is very busy and being both straight and hilly I ensure I am all lit up and wearing bright clothing so that I’m clearly seen by fast moving cars. I regularly drive the route myself, so I fully appreciate the need to be seen.
What are your main reasons to commute by bike? Fitness and a love of cycling. I was also lucky enough to receive an EU Grant to help towards the cost of my bike. The reduction in fuel bills since I started cycling to work hasn’t gone un-noticed either.
Have you got any funny or interesting bike commuting stories or experiences to share? A few years back my saddle pin broke on my mountain bike leaving me flat on my backside whilst the bike continued on its own for about 50 yards and neatly parked itself in a hedge. The only damage was to my ego – there were a few amused witnesses.
What’s your killer commuting tip? Cycle defensively and never give a driver the excuse to say “I didn’t see you”.
Are you a British Cycling Member? If so how does your British Cycling membership support your bike commuting? Yes, I’m using the online training tips as I was lucky enough to get a place on the London Ride 100. Carrying my membership card with my girlfriend’s contact details gives reassurance – although I hope never to have to use my membership in this way. Plus I have used the Halfords and Wiggle discounts many times.
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