James looks after all manner of road events at British Cycling HQ and likes to get there under his own steam whenever he can. With two bikes, a varied route and lots of wildlife to look at along the way, James' commute is always interesting.
Name: James Lyon
Job Title: Road Events Manager
Tell us about your commuting rig:
Two bikes depending on weather: bad weather I use a Specialized Langster SS road bike with a 48:17 gear. Simple and easy. Good weather, I use my S-Works CX bike with its 35mm knobbly tyres
What’s your commute like?
15 miles per day. If it’s wet I use the main roads on my SS road bike. Slightly downhill on the way in, slightly uphill on the way home! If it’s dry I use the off-road route on my CX bike: canal towpaths, urban parkland, old railway lines, cycle routes and a little bit of road.
How many days a week do you commute by bike?
Varies. Usually 3 days a week, sometimes 4, sometimes 5.
What do you enjoy the most about bike commuting?
The fact that I’m not stuck in a car or on a packed train.
What’s your least favourite thing about commuting by bike?
Headwinds, bad weather and dangerous drivers.
What are your main reasons to commute by bike?
It’s the quickest and cheapest way for me to get to work and it’s (generally) great fun too.
Have you got any funny or interesting bike commuting stories or experiences to share?
I love the wildlife I see on the off-road route. A sunny summer morning at 7am when it’s just me, the birds on the canal, rabbits, foxes, badgers, I’ve seen all sorts of wildlife.
What’s your killer commuting tip?
Prepare your stuff the night before. Get your clothing laid out and ready, check the bike the night before to make sure it hasn’t sprung a mysterious puncture and check that your lights are working and fully charged. Just allows you to get on it in the morning and go without any faffing.
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