Commuter Profile: Rick Martin

Next up in our commuter profiles is Rick Martin:

Rick Martin

How long have you been a bike commuter?

Since 1987

Why did you start riding your bike to work and how long is your commute?

I got a DUI and I haven’t driven since. My daily round trip commute is 70 miles to work. Takes about 2 hours. And hill, hills, hills!

part of the route

How does Bike Commuting help you with your lifestyle (economics, health, relationships)?

I’m in the best shape ever, I save around $300 in gas alone and I just couldn’t see it any other way.

What do you do for a living and in what city do you bike commute?

I’m a sous chef at a golf club and I commute in Portland, Oregon…until I leave the city limits!

What kind(s) of bike do you have?

I have a old Trek touring bike for around town, a IRA RYAN CYCLES 29’r MTB and I commute with a titanium Airborne road bike, and now I’m riding a brand new IRA RYAN road bike! He was featured in Bicycling last month with other Portland frame builders!

Ira Ryan

Any funny or interesting commuting story that you may want to share?

I had a guy w/ three children chase me about 3 miles because he didn’t believe I should have been on the road. He tried to door me, run me over, etc. while his kids kept telling their dad where I was hiding, plus the words he was saying to me and threatening to beat me! Crazy road rage for sure!

What do people (coworkers, friends) say when you tell them that you are a bike commuter?

Close friends think it’s awesome, others………….uuhh……..are you insane? I get it all……

How about bicycling advocacy? Are you active in any local or regional advocacy groups!

The destination:

Anything else that you want to share with us?

The thing is…I’m training for the Race Across America and this commute keeps me in check! I’ll be doing the race in 2009 and if anyone here wants to ride with me on my commute this is where I ride…….north Portland I take Interstate Rd. to the Sellwood bike path to River Rd. then to Oregon City to 213 to Molalla! Very hilly and relentless. I can always make it more if you want……..50 miles? 80? Keep the rubber side down!!

We’d like to thank Rick for sharing his photos and profile, and we wish him luck in next year’s RAAM.


  1. meli

    wow very cool!!
    Ride on Rick –

  2. Joe

    Cheers from Medford Oregon. As soon as I saw the pic of you in your yard, before I even read where you were from, I could tell you were in Oregon; or at least the Northwest.

    Your very hardcore. Keep on trucking.

  3. john t

    I’ll see you one of these days, Rick! Either on the road or at work. I commute to my job as a truck driver delivering food to restraunts.

    Keep it up.

  4. Mike Myers

    Wow! I’m impressed by all of it. The distance, the awesome bikes, RAAM? You are the man, Rick!

  5. Iron Man

    GAWD!!! And I thought my old 36 round trip was something. I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy!!!

    I hope that guy with the kids got a fine, jail-time, and/or some serious anger management and parenting classes.

  6. tadster

    Awesome profile… and nice bikes. 🙂 But which is your foul weather bike?

  7. Palm Beach Bike Tours

    RAAM: For those who think the Ironman is for sissies.

    I have read a lot about RAAM and am really impressed by those who cross the finish line.

    Rick, please give Bike Commuters an update as the race approaches so they can remind us to track your progress.


  8. Pete D.

    70 miles and lots of hills. Wow! Keep on doing it. Very impressive!

  9. Dubl-D


    You’re an animal for sure! Some people bitch about not getting a good parking space, tell them to shut up.

    Ride on Bro

  10. Cecil

    Rick, you put me to shame (and you also give me a great example to use in my defense when people accuse ME of being insane for the miles I put in, which are absolutely doodley-squat compared to yours). I’ll need to start doing my Salem-Portland commute more often . . . .

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