This is my buddy, Dan. He bike commuted for the first time ever last week on his new thrift store-ish give-away bike. It was a super-find and totally free! We got it up and running and he was commuting within the week.
I met Dan at his apartment for his maiden voyage. It's the first time I've been able to ride with a partner on my commute in about 3 years. It was fun to have someone to talk to, plus his commute is quite nice for most of the way. No killer climbs and the majority is in nice residential neighborhoods.