A lover of lurid lycra, British Cycling member Andy suffers the odd giggle from his co-workers arriving at work but never suffers the post-work stress that his colleagues feel after a long day at the office.
Name: Andy Field
Workplace: Chesapeake Pharmaceutical, Tewkesbury
Tell us about your commuting rig: Normally ride a hybrid bike (the front suspension helps with judder and pot-holes), but do more on road bike in the spring/summer. Always take waterproof top in reserve and spare batteries for lights.
What’s your commute like? I commute about 25 to 30 miles, mostly through country lanes and a little in town. I start out at 6.30 am so traffic is no problem, this gives great views in the summer and I always arrive at work feeling alive. Not so much fun in the pouring rain but I’m awake at least.
How many days a week do you commute by bike? Every day except when the snow is down, and not then because my girlfriend worries.
What do you enjoy the most about bike commuting? Feeling alive, the air blows the cobwebs out and really sets my day up. Never having work stress when I get home at night.
What’s your least favourite thing about commuting by bike? The usual, too much traffic in towns, rain on the way to work and the poor condition of Gloucestershire roads.
What are your main reasons to commute by bike? I have always loved cycling so commuting is a no-brainer. Love also the fact it costs very little and is green and I am as fit as I was 20 yrs ago.
Have you got any funny or interesting bike commuting stories or experiences to share? Boss tells me I am good for morale among the employees as they always get giggle from looking to see what horrendous colour combos I can wear in lycra.
What’s your killer commuting tip? Leave with plenty time so you can enjoy the ride and take a detour or two. Take a spare inner tube and pump. Added reflective tape to my bikes for additional visibility on dark days.
Are you a British Cycling Member? If so how does your British Cycling membership support your bike commuting? The insurance cover is reassuring, and it is good to know that someone it standing up to ‘the man’ on bike awareness.
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