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Commuter Profile: Brad Palm

We put out the call for commuter profiles…. and Brad responded, sharing with us his “HOT Commuter Bikes“. Thank you, Brad.

Name: Brad Palm aka @spitt0110

How long have you been a bike commuter?

I’ve been a commuter for 5 Years.

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

I found it fun and it took just as long to get to the same places by bike.
My ride has changed as I moved around, but now my commute is .2 or .3 miles. It’s crazy short, but on a narrow aggressive road.

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

Biking has helped me get out and pedal almost every day. And I’ve found myself spending more money on nice bike parts and not gas. Unfortunately telling a girl you will pick her up on a tandem is unattractive.

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

I’m a Freelance Hippie and I bike in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

What kind(s) of bike do you have?

I currenty have a Fixie with 32/16 ratio. And a single speed cross bike. And I’m currently building a touring bike with gears.
I used to have an old Schwinn mountain bike, that got me started into winter riding. And I used to have a cross bike with gears and I restored a 3 speed cruiser bike. That was a fun project, I miss that bike. I have a soft spot for cruisers.

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

I try to follow the rules while blasting by cars waiting at stop lights. And leading the pack. It’s a good feeling.

What do people (coworkers, friends) say when you tell them that you are a bike commuter?
Co workers are always amused by my dedication to cycling in winter. Lots of blank stares are had at me.

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

I actually volunteer at what we call the ReBike Program where we take donated and impounded, is that the right word, lost bikes from the sheriff dept and police dept. and build them up for less fortunate people and boys’ and girls’ clubs.

And ask any of my friends, I get really angry when I see people biking at night without any lights or a helmet. and when grown men ride BMX bikes.
Or when people bike on sidewalks or the wrong way in the bike lane.

Anything else that you want to share with us?

Bike Safe! :3

Thanks again, Brad, for sharing your commuting story with us. Brad bikes 365 days a year in Sheboygan, WI. In his first email to us, he described his route as “less than a mile each day but it’s an all narrow busy road so some days it can be very aggressive traffic weaving and there’s some days where I can race and pass up to 3 cars while obeying street laws. Ride hard, ride safe!”

If you would like to be profiled on, just drop us a line anytime (at elizabeth {at} bikecommuters {dot} com) and we’ll send you the details to submit your own bike commuter profile.