Our Reid Rider of the month for August is Andrew, a fitness and food enthusiast from Toronto. We are delighted to make him our rider of the month and to find out more about his experiences with his Reid and future adventures planned.
Hi! My name is Andrew, I’m 33 years old and I live in Toronto, Canada. I’m a private banker, fitness devotee, amateur dancer, psychology enthusiast, and lover of foods. When I’m not working, you can probably find me either working out at F45, in a dance studio, cooking up a new recipe, or exploring restaurants around the city.
I recently started an IG food page @trymetoronto to showcase food and restaurants around the Greater Toronto Area. I love being able to inspire people through my journey, sharing ideas and adventures.
How did you get your hands on a Reid?
I had always biked when I was younger! When I was a kid, my friends and I would bike everywhere around our complex and when I would visit my grandparents out west my uncle would take me biking through the trails. When I first moved into the city, I would try to commute by bike but biking really picked up for me in summer 2021.
With gyms and everything else locked down in Toronto I would spend my time after work biking out to the beach for the evening and biked back when the sun set. Since it was about a 45 minutes bike ride one way it was great physical activity in addition to my at home workouts, but more importantly it became one of my few moments in the day where my mental health felt serene.
Which Reid bike do you ride? And how has it treated you?
Reid Transit Disc and it’s great! It’s my first bike in it’s price point and I can now see why it’s absolutely worth it to invest a bit more on a quality bike.
What have you done and where have you been with your Reid?
I try as much as possible to use it to commute around the city but mostly have biked along Lakeshore East and West. Some of my favourite places this summer have been Trillium Park, Tommy Thompson Park, and The Beaches.
We know you’re big into your fitness, how does cycling work into your regime?
Cycling has been a great compliment to my typical workouts and activities. I use it as a fun activity to burn some extra calories in the day instead of a substitute to my workouts. On other days, I use cycling as an active recovery. On days that I use cycling as a primary workout, one of my favourite things to do are sprints!
Do you have any other future adventures planned?
I haven’t yet biked around the Toronto Islands and heard it was a great adventure. I’m also looking at the Pelham Route in the Niagara Region which would be a nice change from all the city biking.
Finally, what advice would you give to those who are considering getting into bike riding or perhaps have never tried it before?
Look beyond biking as more than just a form of exercise or commute. Be a tourist in your own town or city and use it to discover new places and experience new things. If achievements are your thing, there are plenty of apps and GPS trackers to help and connect you to great communities to share your experiences. Remember, you don’t always need to have a destination; the path you discover is your adventure and that’s what it’s all about.