Reader Chris from California or ‘Big Chris’ as he’s known has got one big bike to go with his 6ft 6in body – A 63cm Cannondale SuperSIX Evo Carbon kitted out with Ultegra Di2 and DuraAce wheels and there’s nothing more he loves then riding down the South Pacific Highway on his steed as he explains….
My name is Chris Scott, also known as BIG Chris (because I am 6 foot 6 inches tall). I am 48 years old, and a former 30+, 40+ CAT 3 road racer.
I live in Tustin, California. Tustin is a central location to some of the best riding in all of Orange County and Southern California. Tustin is only 20 miles from the world famous Pacific Coast Highway to the west, world famous climbs like Glendora Mountain Road (GMR to the locals) which has been featured in the Tour of California.
My bike is a 2013 Cannondale SuperSIX Evo carbon with a 10 speed Ultegra Di2 group, except for the 11 speed Dura Ace 180mm cranks (50×34) and Dura Ace C50 clincher wheelset as my everyday wheels (I also have a Dura Ace C24 wheelset for climbing and centuries).
This bike was definitely on my wishlist when it came out in 2013, and when I saw it advertised at a bicycle shop in San Diego county in 2014 for half off, I drove the 60 miles to the shop and bought it.
I have been riding Cannondale road bikes for more than 25 years as they are one of the few manufacturers that makes a bike that fits me. I am 6 foot 6 inches tall and ride a 63cm frame – and this one actually measures 64cm to the seat collar!
I do all my own maintenance and am very lucky to have a friend who works in the bicycle industry whom I can all if I have any big purchases in mind. I ride approximately 2,500 miles per year. When I was younger, single, and training, I could get in 4,000+ miles per year.
My favorite rides
Riding Pacific Coast Highway 100 miles south to San Diego and then taking the train home. Several years ago for my buddies bachelor party, we rode from Huntington Beach to San Diego, spent the night, then rode back home the next day. That was 110 miles each way.
I also really enjoy the climbs off Newport Coast road in Newport Beach. On a clear day you can see south, all the way to San Diego, north, all the way to Santa Monica, and west, Catalina Island.
Many people may think Orange County is flat, but I can easily get in 3,000 to 5,000 feet of climbing on a good day. We also have group training rides 7 days a week. I have ridden with some amazing pros who used to come down to OC to get ready for races like the Redlands Cycling Classic.
I do not have any future upgrades in mind as with a baby on the way, I plan on keeping this bike for quite a while as is! The bike is also pretty light for a 64cm, weighing 17.3 pounds with my climbing wheels so it’s everything I need.
Thanks to Chris for sharing his ride with us. Got a bike that you’re proud of? Well how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fans and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we can all stare at it! Send us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to firstname.lastname@example.org and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.