Ever wondered how your commuting experience differs to others? Each month we share the story of a real Cyclescheme cycle commuter and ask them seven questions to sum up their experience from their two-wheeled commute. This month, it's John.
Each month we feature one Cyclescheme participant and share their commuting story. We ask the same seven questions (hence the name, The Cyclescheme Seven) in a bid to build up a picture of cycle commuters across the UK. From John O'Groats to Lands End we scour the country for the real cycle commuters who take to their bike each morning. If you'd like to feature on our website, just drop us a line on: firstname.lastname@example.org with "I'm in' in the subject line.
This month we caught up with John to see how his commute has changed his life.
CS: Where in the UK are you?
CS: What was your main motivation for getting a bike through Cyclescheme?
I didn't own a bike at the time. Salary sacrifice was the only way to fund a decent bike.
CS: What bike did you get and why?
My first Cyclescheme bike was a GIANT TCR2. It is a lightweight sports road bike, ideal for a fast commute into work. My second Cyclescheme bike was a Specialized Langster 'Fixie'. I bought it to give me more variety in the type of riding I was doing. As I was entering cycling sportives, I wanted a dedicated commuter bike with some wet weather gear (mudguards, lights). Riding fixed wheel also develops more leg power and better anticipation in traffic.
CS: How much did you spend with your Cyclescheme Certificate?
The GIANT TCR2 was £995 certificate price. The Specialized Langster was £614.98 certificate price.
CS: How often do you commute to work by bike?
Presently I work a three day week, so dependant on weather, I will commute up to 3 days each week.
CS: Where do you commute from and to?
I drive my bike on a bike rack to Hedge End with my son. I then ride from Hedge End to Fareham, a journey of 10km each way.
CS: How has cycling affected your daily life - do you feel healthier? Have you saved money?
Cycling has given me a whole new interest in sport, which has taken me to many different cycling events, made new friends, I'm now training regularly in the gym as well as the cycle commute.