The daily grind in Ned means you ski, bike and canoe to work

Dave Kingsbury is the king of multimodal commuting, going to and from work at Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder to his home in Nederland at least three days a week by skis and bike in winter, and by canoe and bike in the summer.

Rush hour

What do you never leave home without?

Ninety percent of the time I ride my Spot single speed with carbon belt drive as it requires next to nothing in maintenance and saves me having to carry multiple tools. I have three pairs of gloves and a balaclava year round for weather changes, a whistle in case I get injured, a medical kit for traumas and an iPhone.

Any encounters worth mentioning?

You name it, it has happened to me. I’ve had to Fred Flintstone down Magnolia with my hand on the back brake because it was a sheet of ice. There is a black bear who has almost hit me, or me hit him, multiple times. Once I took a header and a valve went into my leg. I stuffed some baby wipes, because they are sterile, into the hole and put my arm warmer over it to stop the bleeding, and rode the extra nine miles to Boulder Hospital.

Any suggestions for motivating those who still commute by car?

For me, it isn’t about being crazy. My advice is just start with once a week and enjoy meeting people. You will be helping the environment and improving your own health at the same time.

Follow Dave on his blog:

themongoliachronicles.typepad.com

—Courtney Johnson