Chris Lewthwaite, a Queensland-based cyclist, maintains the blog life cycle. His posts, often about awe-inspiring rides through lush, leafy landscapes, are always accompanied by stunning photographs. Here are his responses to my 10 questions about commuter cycling...
How long have you been commuting by bicycle, and what made you decide to do it?
I have been officially riding to work since 1999, but I was doing "other" transportational riding before that. In fact, when I was growing up in the country, it wasn't unusual for me to ride to the next town to visit friends or do the family's shopping.
Can you give a brief description of your route?
What's the best thing about commuting by bicycle?
I also like the fact that it doesn't pollute or add to traffic congestion, but I regard that as more of a side benefit. I think if I was riding to work solely for that reason, I would have given up by now.
And the worst?
I had six flat tyres in the month of January 2006, so I'd say that. I have no trouble fixing them (I've had plenty of practise with all the debris on the roads around here), but they do frustrate me. The heat and humidity during summer (which lasts for six months in Queensland) really bugs me too. I could also whine about the notoriously bad Queensland drivers, but from what I've heard they'd annoy me just as much if I was driving a car.
What sort of bike do you ride?
What's your favourite piece of cycling kit/clothing/gadget?
Helmet or no helmet?
Cycle lane or no cycle lane?
Are you a member of any cycling organisations/clubs? If so, which ones?
What would you say to convince someone who is considering commuting by bicycle to get on board their bike?
commuter. Most are only too willing to help, and will usually have a practical answer to your question. One thing to be aware of, however, is the number of self-appointed "experts" out there who think they know what you "should" be doing, but don't have the experience to back it up. Cycling is an activity that seems to attract a lot of those people for some reason.
Chris, 30, is an accountant, who lives on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. His blog is at