1 My commute along the lake, in the road, in the city, in the burbs. Sometimes it's tough but its almost always the best way to move from A to B.
2 Lot's of stuff in Snohomish county - great old farming roads, long stretches along the river, typically very respectable drivers.
3 One of my favorite rides was the RAMROD (Ride Around Mt Rainier in One Day) route. Beautiful views, LOTS of climbing, and sweeping downhills and rollers.
I skew towards ergonomics and human factors: I stand at my desk, I lay back on my bike, I taught myself to type in DVORAK, and I do Philosophy with 4th and 5th graders through a local Homeschool program.
I was snagged by the logic of the "economies of scale" argument; most of the parts come from a road bike. The promise of decent weight and high-speeds set the hook. And then the super customer service I received *individually* in that first year or two from Cruzbike - that just reeled me right into the boat. Cruzbike offers SUCH an amazing difference from my experience with other companies.
I am mostly a year-round commuter (aka a Category 6 Racer). I do it for exercise, for environmental reasons, because it's cheaper and more reliable than other methods, and because riding my bike is just fun. I'm pretty hard on my stuff, I tend to leave a lot (too much?) of the grit and grime of the Seattle winter on my bike.
A genuine Cruzbike moment is the unfiltered wonderment in a kid's face as I pass. Their eyes pop up, their head spins around, and I usually hear a truly authentic "WHOAAA!". They love it, it always puts a smile on my face, and makes me feel a little bit like a celebrity.