My name is Chris Harrison. Graham invited me to contribute to this blog. Here’s a little bit about me.
I ride several times a week. I commute by bike and also squeeze in a couple of longer rides a week during good weather.
My wife and I have 3 teenage sons, who keep us fairly busy. I’m a teacher. I love the outdoors. Aside from cycling, I also run, canoe and cross-country ski.
I currently have three bikes, but that changes periodically. My road bike is a Surly Pacer. I also have a Trek mountain bike and an old winter bike (a beat-up Raleigh I purchased off Kijiji).
My favourite bike is the Surly Pacer. I like it because it’s smooth and fairly fast. Shortly after I bought it, I did a 100 km ride with 4 friends. Before the ride, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to keep up, because the rest of the guys all had fairly expensive carbon fiber bikes. I was fine. The Surly handled the ride beautifully! I wasn’t the fastest rider, but I wasn’t the slowest rider either.
One of the best rides on my Surly occurred last summer. I broke my ankle near the end of June and had to be in a cast most of July. I got the cast off right at the end of July. The surgeon told my I could walk on it, but not to push things too quickly. I hobbled home and waited a whole 5 hours before going for a ride! Then I put on an ankle brace and wedged my foot into my cycling shoes. I didn’t push the distance or the pace – 15 km at a little over 20 km/hr, but it was exhilarating! Going down one hill, I got up over 40 km/hr. It is hard to describe the feeling of going that fast in the afternoon, when I had a cast on that same morning, especially after being immobile for over a month!
I’ve been riding my winter bike for the last few months, but I’m looking forward to getting out for some long, fast rides on my Surly soon!