Jim Bueche, Age 35

Lives: East Phillips

Works: Bedlam Theater

What sort of trips do you take by bicycle?

I bike to and from work, errands, and social calls.  I also go on recreational rides, including an annual ride around Mille Lacs Lake.

How often do you bike?

Somewhere between daily and once a week, with big seasonal lulls.

How long have you been riding your bike?

I moved to Minneapolis in January of 1996 and bought a rebuilt Kabuki from Downtown Dave in the spring of 1997.  I rode that bike until the Hub was open, where I bought my first road bike because my younger sisters were in town training for a triathlon.

What keeps you pedaling?

When I think of biking I think of the direct impact on the person.  Like today I was really happy to make it to my greasy server job, because of the awesome 10-mile bike ride I had to get there.  Thinking how little I like traffic and how hard it can be to fit exercise into a busy schedule . . . it is great to kill the two birds with one stone.

What kind of bike do you ride?

I have a steel Bianchi Imola and a steel Redline single speed.  The Bianchi I ride further and the Redline I ride more often.

Where is your favorite place to ride?

I like the loop, from 5th Ave and the Greenway to the Three Rivers Regional Park Trail to Cedar Lake Trail and back to the Greenway. It has been the standard for me and my riding buddy to get out for a ride.  I also like biking to Stillwater, and on the 24th Street Pedestrian Bridge over Hiawatha, because it is almost home.

Do you have a shining moment with a motorist, or something you really appreciate from motorists?

The most recent time was when my car was in the shop in Hugo.  Monday morning I bike up there at about 9am, and just south of Highway 95 I hit a screw in my rear tire - 1 ¾" drywall stuck straight into the rim!  Before I get the bike on the shoulder, a truck pulls over and drives me up to Centerville, where a couple of Canadians happen to be at a gas station taking a break from a cross country bike tour. They fixed my flat and I was off to get my car!

What are your pet peeves, either from motorists or other cyclists?

Crowding the curb at stop lights, or just being aggressive toward the bikers.

What is the most unusual thing you do on your bike?

I may have been part of a nude bike-a-thon somewhere in the city in the past 10 years.

Last updated Oct. 21, 2011