For this week's biker profile we have Alex and his GT Outpost.
Tell us about your bike.
My main commuter these days is an old GT Outpost that I picked up this spring. It's old enough to have a horizontal top tube, and everything looked 100% original on it. I put on 1.5" slicks and a rack. Fenders come and go, depending on how I feel about wetness.
The thing you see clamped to the stem is a skewer for mounting an iBert seat up front, which is a great way to take my two-year-old on bike rides. He really likes bike rides, and he likes working the thumb shifters to make us go "slower" or "faster".
My other bike is a Trek 7.6 FX. That's for when I want to go especially far or fast. The GT has to handle everything else: family rides, commutes, getting locked up downtown, and maybe one day some trail riding again.
All my bikes have gears. I refuse to buy into the single-speed craze.
Tell us about your commute.
My ride is 15-20 minutes, through Seward, across the Mississippi, and through the U of M campus. The river valley is scenic, and it's always fun to see what the students or U2 are up to, but there are some dang fool drivers in U-ville. So many motorists are somewhere between oblivious and hostile to bikers, it's aggravating.
Some mornings I drop off the kid at daycare, four blocks from home.
Why do you ride?
It's fun, exciting, practical, and invigorating. I feel good about replacing car trips with bike trips, and choosing to live and work in the city to make that possible. It's my only real sport-like activity, and it's also rewarding to log the miles on dailymile.com.