Bike Your Drive!

Commuter Profile: Eric Smith

Eric Smith

Today is National Ride your bike to work day, so we are profiling a bike commuter that is relatively new to riding a bike to work. His name is Eric Smith, he is an IT manager from Norwalk CT and commutes to Greenwich CT.

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

I bought my bike last summer for exercise. I soon found I was doing 24-30 mile rides. So this year, after putting on considerable holiday weight, I eagerly started riding in the first week of March, not waiting for the snow to melt. Then I put two and two together and realized I could ride to work and get my exercise in without taking those extra hours away from time with my family. My commute is 15 miles door to door going the most direct route. I take an alternate route home which takes me off the main road (Route 1, Boston Post Road) part of the way, so in all it is about 32 mile round trip.

Eric Smith

How do you like it so far?

The thing I like best is that I arrive at work on a high note, and I look forward to the commute home. I love it! I am slowly getting into shape and losing the extra pounds.

What is the biggest adjustment that you had to do from driving to riding a bike?

The biggest adjustment from driving to riding a bike is the preparation and necessary sleep. I usually get into work around 7 or 7:30. That means to keep that schedule with a ride that takes around an hour and 10 minutes, I need to prepare the night before. Preparation can take up to a half hour, just making sure I have my PC and electronic gear, the right clothes, keys, wallet etc… In order to get enough sleep I have to get to by 10. Normally, I would prefer to stay up past midnite, but at 42, that’s not exactly healthy anyway…

What kind of bikes do you have?

I only have one bike, a 2006 Gary Fisher Tiburon. Prior to buying this, I had owned a Huffy 10-speed as a kid, and some 10-speed that I used in NYC that someone gave me. When I went to purchase a bike last summer I was amazed by how much had changed. Bike sizes changed. There were road bikes, MTB’s, Hybrids, you name it. I picked this so I could get some exercise and ride with my wife and kids on outings… I’ve since had to change the tires to something more roadable, and put on a rack and panniers.

Eric Smith

Any experience that you can share with us about ‘learning the hard way’?

The first couple of rides tired me out. There are many long and steep hills going into Greenwich from Stamford , and it took me a couple of weeks before I learned how to attack the hills standing up on the pedals. Since then, my strength has increased, and now they are challenging, but not as exhausting as they once were. I found that standing still tires me out, but allows for a much faster recovery.

Eric Smith

What do people say when you tell them that you are a bike commuter?

Most people are amazed at the distance. I would have thought the same just last year. But after riding for a while, you realize how do-able these longer distances are. Naturally, I am zealous and excited about all the benefits of bike commuting, so people are generally happy for me, but, so far, no one has asked if they can join me…

Anything that you want to share with us

I really like the fact that I am reducing traffic, gas consumption and resulting pollution, and possible adding years to my life. I only wish there was more awareness for this in the area of CT where I live. I know that Hartford is getting organized, but my area is made up of one city and town after another who all have their own agendas, and as far as I know, none of them include making cycling, or bike commuting part of their traffic and environmental plans. Oh, and my personal blog is

Thank you Eric for sharing your story, good luck and keep riding, it only gets better!!!

National Bike To Work Day!

Yup today is like our Christmas, Kwanza and Hanukkah all rolled into one day! So to help bring in the festivities, I rode my bike to work!

This is a shot of my during a quick photo op.

See this big building that I work in, out off all the people there…

I’m the only bike commuter…wow talk about being a double minority. Not only am I good looking (you know there’s not enough of those people in the world), but I’m the only commuter here too!

Any who, I hope you all are having a great Bike To Work Day. Be safe and be happy!

Pictures from my Cali Bike to Work day

I just wanted to share with you pictures of my commute. I rode the DiamondBack Transporter to work today with the Maxxis Overdrive tires.

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Foster Rd Bridge on the San Gabriel River Trail.

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Foster Rd, parallels Imperial Hwy, a major thoroughfare.

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Exit/Entry to The San Gabriel River Trail from Foster Rd.

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Bike commuter riding against traffic…. BIG NO NO

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Going underneath the 605 Freeway

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What I thought was a fellow commuter, but just a pompous roadie that didn’t reciprocate my friendly wave.

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If you read my DiamondBack Transporter Review, I didn’t really cared much for the all-terrain tires that came with it. I had the Maxxis Overdrive tires on my MUTT, but since I installed the SweetSkinz Hazarea on the B27, I swapped the Overdrive tires on the Transporter. What a huge difference!!! The bike no longer had that ‘heavy’ feeling and it was also much quieter. I will be posting a full review of the Maxxis Overdrive tires, so stay tuned!

Excuses, Excuses…

From the 3 co-workers that committed themselves to riding to work today, NONE actually did it. Here are their excuses:

3. I had too many things to do and I didn’t have a chance to get my bike ready.
2. I have to go to the bank during lunch.
1. How can I live without out my car???

I can hear the oil executives laughing their asses off….

Me? I rode the DiamondBack Transporter with the Maxxis Overdrive tires. I will post an update on how the change of tires has made the Transporter ride MUCH better.