Just a very quick update that I have made it home from my little vacation and journey. Off loading pictures as I write this. I went into this trip with a pretty solid plan for the ride and a vision for my images. Despite that, this trip didn’t turn out as planned in terms of the route or the images I captured. Makes me wonder do they ever turn out as planned? Apparently, there was another plan. All that said, it was incredible and just what my body and soul needed. Here is just one quick pic from the Anza Borrego desert to give you an idea of the journey. Enjoy your day. More to come.
I’ve been asked a few times about my new Salsa Fargo Ti bike. Now that the Salsa Cycles website is up, I can share some info on my favorite ride. For those of you reading this that know me well, you all know how much I love the Fargo. If there ever was a bike that represents my personal riding style and passion, it is the Fargo. I sat down earlier this week to work on a story about the Fargo and my experiences with it for an upcoming trade show and I couldn’t believe all the places that a Fargo bike has taken me. I’ve done some really incredible trips on this bike and explored some beautiful landscapes from California, Oregon, North Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois and of course MN. A Fargo also carried me through Japan earlier this year and I have a big trip planned for late October on the bike pictured below. The other thing about the Fargo is the friends that I have met through interest, and in some cases crazy exuberance, for the Fargo. I love this bike and I’ve been waiting patiently for this new Fargo Ti model to build my nicest Fargo to date. This frame is a development frame provided at no cost from Salsa, but it is very close to final production. Take a look.
This bike is nearly as light as my new Warbird and has big, big tire capability, more off road capable geometry and near endless braze ons for back country outfitting. It is sweet on the eyes too, at least I think so. At the moment, I am not going to go into great detail on the build as what you see here is not final. I built this bike up from scratch so folks shouldn’t look at the component spec and compare it to what is on the new Salsa Cycles website. This is an intentional build with my personal parts. Look for something a bit more complete and detailed when I get it all finished set up for bikepacking and back country touring. I was riding gravel a couple of days ago and snapped that skeleton picture of the Fargo. I’d say that version above is my gravel set up. Pretty light, pretty fast and so darn perfect.
I am guessing folks will immediately notice the tapered carbon fork on there. Yep, the new Fargo has a sweet 44mm head tube and I think it makes the bike better and more versatile. To be clear, the bike comes with a steel Fargo fork. I wanted to try this fork out and it has turned out to be both a blessing and a curse for me. In fact, I think I may actually remove it for my October tour. Why? Well, it is quite a bit lighter, but I miss the fork water bottle braze ons and where I am going, I will likely need the water bottle bosses. We’ll see.
Anyway, this is my favorite bike of all time.
I am sitting here writing with a huge sense of release. Why? Well….In my professional life, this past week was a big deal. At my place of employment, we showed a bunch of new products to dealers, distributors and media. It was a calculated pre launch of our new products with a more public release scheduled from early August through late August. I feel release because things are in motion. The nitty gritty details of said new products are being hashed out and debated on blogs and forums. The process of filtering to see if the new products have hit the mark has begun. Sometimes products take on their own life afterwards and serve an entirely different purpose than the design criteria. The ball is in play as they say. There is no looking back now. Only looking forward and learning from what is now the past.
I’m also excited because I can now share pictures of the products and/or prototypes that I have been riding, testing, and shooting but have been on a digital and verbal embargo. Note, I am not going to use this blog to answer tech questions about products from my place of employment. I am simply going to share occasional images of my experiences while riding them. For me personally, the experience is what matters.
Ahhhh……Release. It feels so good.