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 weeks ago with a huge dump of snow from the sky! It was too soon for a reminder about what winter is like in Saskatoon. The wet snow was also a reminder to me that I need to get fenders on my Schwinn Vantage F1! My entire body was soaked, cold, and muddy, but I rode in it anyway.
Since June 1st, I have only not ridden my bike to work on five occasions! My Schwinn Vantage F1 has been loyal to me and I have not once needed to have anything fixed or adjusted on it. I wish I would have been logging my miles on the bike since I got it as I am sure it would be shocking by this point! All of the riding this year will definitely necessitate some new tires for next season – or even sooner for some winter riding.
With my new condo, I am so much closer to work and only need to bike along our path that runs along the river all the way to work, so I am hoping the path stays clear enough to ride my Vantage F1 throughout the winter! If I would have needed to use the roads and other pathways to work, I almost definitely would need a fat bike or a seriously-winterized bike. On some days in the winter, it is easy to confuse Saskatoon with the North Pole! As such, the smaller tires on the Vantage may not suffice in the worst of the winter.
However … good news! Saskatoon just completed its civic election and a new mayor (and many new city councillors) were just sworn in tonight (on Halloween) – and the mayor is very vocal about creating not only more bike lines, but protected bike lanes! Halleluiah! While many people refuse to believe it, I know Saskatoon and our downtown area will become more vibrant, active, and lively once more bike lanes start popping up! My mother and I both volunteered in the campaign of our new mayor (Charlie Clark) because we fully stand behind him in all of his passions and ambitions – including, of course, more bike lanes!
I am hopeful to stick around as a Schwinn Ambassador and update the cycling community in real time about how a city changes and grows with the implementation of a stronger cycling infrastructure and support from the city’s administration.
Happy riding everyone!
My name is Jaris and I am so excited to be an Schwinn Ambassador. 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 brand new 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.
See more and follow Jaris on Instagram @jarisoftheprairies