Cai (@soystreet) is our Reid rider of the month for May!
Cai has become our Reid rider of the month for May on her Retro Harrier after catching our eye on Instagram with beautiful photos! We caught up with Cai to find out more about her and her journeys on the Harrier…
Hey, I’m Cai, a photographer and illustrator based in Sydney, Australia.
How have you been getting on during isolation?
In the beginning iso was a big change for me, my work usually has me working in all sorts of locations but all of a sudden I felt like I needed to stay put. I feel much better now since I started to do more exercise outdoors.
I’ve been contemplating switching to cycling as a form of commuting to work for a few years now. Not only for environmental and health benefits, but also because it seemed quite selfish to drive a 5-seater vehicle with only one passenger if I could easily cover that distance pedalling.
However, the fear of being run over and being outside my comfort zone prevented me from making a move. Until recently. When I’ve finally decided enough is enough.
When and how did you get into bike riding?
I’ve been riding almost my whole life. I started as a toddler with a three-wheeler but I remember the first time I rode without my training wheels at 6 years old. It was such a big day that I dreamt about. I gave it a rest for a while but got back into it about 5 years ago when I got a mountain bike and when I discovered the Strava app.
So what made you choose the Harrier?
I chose to switch from a mountain bike to a singlespeed when I realised I want to do longer distances. I fell in love with the look of Harrier, how light it is and how its such a no-fuss bike!
Is this your first singlespeed?
Yes it is my first one
Despite my initial reservations, my cycling confidence returned within hours and I attribute much of it to the simplicity of the BLVD. I guess that’s why there is a saying “it’s like riding a bike” – just got to find the right one.
How has the Harrier treated you?
It’s been great! Since the COVID19 pandemic it’s really been a lifesaver. It’s such a good bike that’s been reliable and so easy to maintain – I haven’t needed to do anything apart from pump the tires.
Where has your Harrier taken you?
I’ve been around Olympic Park, Bicentennial Park, and up and down the Parramatta Valley Cycleway. My biggest cycle sesh to date has been 47km.
Do you have any other future adventures planned?
Keen to try longer routes one day like the one along the Botany Bay coast from Brighton-le-Sands down to Cronulla and then Kurnell. I actually have my eyes set on a road bike as well so I can tackle steeper and longer rides.
Finally, what advice would you give to those who have never been on a biking adventure or even a bike?
I think a singlespeed bike is great for beginners but well-versed cyclists as well. I like singlespeed because I can just focus on the cycle and just relax.
If you haven’t been on your bike in a while, just grab it and go for a quick ride. You will feel amazing afterwards. Don’t worry about not being as fast or as fit as you used to be or not having the time to go out for long ride. Instead, concentrate on what you can do right now.
Also I find cycling with friends actually so much more fun than cycling alone. You can also try joining a challenge on a cycling app – I just finished one called SOLOdarity. I love joining challenges because it sets goals for me and as a bonus I also get ‘virtual badges’ when I complete them.
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