Larry Bontreger, Age 53

Lives: Shingle Creek

Works: Weather-Rite LLC, Shipping Manager

What sort of trips do you take by bicycle, and how often do you bike?

I commute to work downtown most every day. I don't do rain in the morning, or colder than 20 below. My recreational riding includes a two day trip around Lake Pepin, and other short rides on old bikes.

How long have you been riding your bike?

I have been riding about 5 years.

What keeps you pedaling?

I ride because I need the exercise, and it feels like I make a difference in the world ecology.

What kind of bike do you ride?

Most of the time I ride vintage, English built, 3-speed bikes. In winter I ride garage sale junk. For special events I ride an "Ordinary" or "Penny Farthing".

Where is your favorite place to ride?

I like to ride any bike trail, going anywhere.

How do you stay safe when you ride?

I stay safe by assuming no one else can see me.

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

A truck driver pulled out in front of me at a stop sign, and then a block further down the street he got out and apologized to me. At least I know he cared.

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

My pet peeve from cyclists are the guys that weave in and out of traffic and piss off the car drivers,because when that driver sees me two miles later down the road, he's still mad at all the bikers on the street.

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

The most unusual thing I do on a bike is get dressed up in "knickers," a white shirt and tie, and a Scottish golfing cap, to ride around Lake Pepin.

Last updated Oct. 21, 2011