Different Places

Today's guest post comes from Dain Zaffke, Marketing Honcho at Wilderness Trail Bikes. For those of you that don't know him, Dain is wicked fast...but more importantly is just an all-around nice guy. He's riding our Pro Moto Ti stem and Carbon Flat bar this season. He sent this photo and text after one of his recent rides.  -Kid


I'm lucky enough to live and work in Marin County, California, and I ride my bike to work just about every day.

If I get up early enough in the morning I can commute on my mountain bike over the legendary Mt. Tamalpais. It's a real nice, hour-long fireroad climb and on weekday
mornings there's not a soul on the mountain. Unless it rains.

If it's raining there are actually lots of critters out and about. Lately my side of the mountain has been crawling with little black and orange newts. I saw six of them the day I took this photo.

They don't move quite as fast as lizards, so riders have to be careful and avoid running them over.

This little newt didn't seem to be in the mood for photos, so I was lucky to get these shots of him posing with my Salsa bar and stem. Next time I'll try to get a mountain lion posing with my bike (there have been a lot of sightings lately).   -Dain

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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.


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Tim Ek | March 23rd, 2010

I like how the little ‘newt’ went right to the Salsa component.  Good taste!

MG | March 23rd, 2010

Wow… cool!

cognitive46 | April 2nd, 2010

Amazing and interesting. Hopefully it will be perfect rider in future.

bike guy | April 2nd, 2010

You have captured a nice scene. Now this is its bike now.

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