Who am I kidding? Schwinnter is already here in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. This means my days of riding my Schwinn road bike are on pause. In fact, much of my life these days have been on pause, while still moving full speed. Let me explain. In my life, culture, and community, family means everything. My family is incredibly lucky to be present in one another’s life, especially since we all live in the same city. Additionally, we are so lucky to have the love and support of … [Read more...]
My name is Jaris (sounds like Paris, but with a J) and I am so excited to be a Schwinn Ambassador once again in 2017! I am a Saulteaux First Nations man from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and a Lecturer in Pharmacy at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. In my professional world, I am a pharmacist, an academic, and a leader in my profession. In my personal life, I am a cyclist, an advocate, a change-maker, and a spin instructor at the Schwinn-infused Ryde YXE Cycle Studio in Saskatoon.
As a Schwinn Ambassador I plan to share my “ride” through my personal and professional journey with the online community – whether it be commuting, volunteering, or connecting with my family, friends, and community. I always strive to stay healthy – physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally – and cycling helps me achieve and maintain balance.
Halloween! October has come to an end and so has “fall” in Saskatoon. Looking at my fellow Schwinn Ambassadors’ posts makes me jealous that the seasons are so much longer in other places. Saskatoon, and most of central Canada, seems to have long winters, short summers, and almost non-existent spring and fall seasons. The fall colours are so stunning in Saskatoon, so it is too bad we do not get to be graced with the colours of fall for a longer period of time! We had a winter preview a few … [Read more...]
I cannot believe September is almost here! The leaves start changing colour in Saskatoon in September, but we usually have a few great weeks of warm weather first. With the warm weather this summer also came many festivals and events around the city that I had the pleasure of easily biking to from my new downtown condo! Most recently was the YXE Bike to Work day (note – “YXE” is the airport code for Saskatoon). A record number of people hopped on their bikes to commute to work, which was … [Read more...]
It is officially SUMMER and it looks like the theme of my summer will be #AllIDoIsSchwinnSchwinnSchwinnNoMatterWhat! After moving to the core of Saskatoon, I have barely left the side of my Schwinn Vantage F1. I have finally been able to take advantage of Saskatoon’s protected (and green-coloured) bike lanes that run the length of two downtown streets – daily! I am so pleased to hear that Saskatoon is committing to improving active transportation over the next few years and beyond, which will … [Read more...]
With the snow viciously melting here in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, and after endless “ryding” at Ryde YXE Cycle Studio, I finally got a chance to hop onto my brand new Schwinn Vantage F1 sport hybrid bike! I felt like I was hang-gliding during the entire ride. The bike is incredibly light and smooth – so much that it doesn’t feel like there is a bike underneath you! I enjoy cycling for a million and one reasons and mostly because I can get from A to B while also fitting in exercise. … [Read more...]