Alaska - More Than Just Bikes

I’ve had the privilege of taking two trips to Alaska in the past 10 months for work purposes. Yes, sometimes life really is almost too good to be true.

This is one image from the latest trip. It was taken on our first day of beach riding at our camp spot for that night. Ten of us had met (mostly for the first time) less than 24 hours prior and we were settling down into conversation for the night.

I like this image for its photographic aesthetic but I also value it for the experience it represents for me:

Ten of us, mostly strangers, brought together by the bicycle. Experiencing new people, places, and things. Leaving our regular lives behind. Allowing ourselves to relish the moment. No cause to hurry. Savoring life together…on a beach.

Here at Salsa we have a lot of discussions about bikes being more than just bikes (or in this case, fat bikes being more than fat bikes). It is part of our philosophy, and frankly, is just part of who we are to begin with. Open yourselves up to the opportunities a bike can help create. Something great will come of it.

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Mike Riemer

Mike Riemer

I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.


kurt | August 22nd, 2011

Amen, Kid.

Jerry | August 22nd, 2011

nice photo. that sky looks like it’s painted on a canvas.

Errin | August 22nd, 2011

Great post. There is something special about the people you meet on bikes, but there is something extra special about people enjoying fatbikes.

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Pat Irwin | August 22nd, 2011

Well said, Kid. This photo really represents the good energy of the entire ride. Thanks for making it happen.


Kathy Sarns Irwin | August 22nd, 2011

Wow, Kid you are awesome!  YES..making the world a better place, one FAT bike at a time! I can see World Peace spread as each Fat Bike goes out to create more happy experiences of its own. They say one positive gesture can undo 1000 negatives and good energy is contagious. And anyone I have ever seen on a Fat bike is HAPPY!  ( well except that one time i got stuck in rolling deep gravel in HAPPY valley in 05..). Thanks again for creating this experience and for your eloquent words and Jason’s too!

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JK | August 23rd, 2011

Yinz guys are awesome! Nobody has a better philoosphy towards life and riding (one in the same) as Salsa!

Glenn Charles | August 29th, 2011

As always, these posts are just amazing.  Thanks for sharing….

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Seth | September 2nd, 2011

What kind of camera is this? That is great low light performance!

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | September 2nd, 2011

Nikon D90 body for that image, using stones on the beach as my tripod.

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