Like a hobbit, Ben from Manchester enjoys a 'second breakfast' and his 54km roundtrip certainly justifies some extra calories! His bike choice is spot on for this length of commute too.
Name: Ben Creed
Workplace: Manchester (next to the university)
Tell us about your commuting rig:
A mish-mash of second-hand or hand-me-downs or cheap-internet-replacements; it's 105/Tiagra on an alloy road frame with carbon forks - a real workhorse that I do most of my miles on throughout the year.
What’s your commute like?
Mostly downhill on the way into work, only 78 meters of climbing over 27.5km compared to the 261m of climbing on the return leg. I ride on-road as the off-road route becomes too long to do both ways without time-penalites!
How many days a week do you commute by bike?
Once or twice a week, doing any more get in the way of my other rides.
What do you enjoy the most about bike commuting?
Its a ‘free’ ride that fits into life without any time or cost implications! Arriving at my desk with a good workout done, showered, and a ‘second breakfast’ in hand is a fantastic feeling.
What’s your least favourite thing about commuting by bike?
The wind and rain on a cold, dark winter’s night can test your strength of will-power!
What are your main reasons to commute by bike?
What’s your killer commuting tip?
Enjoy it and be seen! There is no point arriving at work angry or stressed, so ride prominently and been seen. Remember, you are having fun and are not stuck in a car; try to pity the angry drivers trapped in traffic!
How does your British Cycling membership support your bike commuting?
The insurance and legal support is worth the fee alone.
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