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ADVENTURE BY BIKE®

Finding My Way

It's no secret that at Salsa we believe bikes are more than just bikes. They are tools and vehicles that make life better. Bicycles can make you think bigger and often times encourage you to look beyond your neighborhood, city, state or region and wonder what it would be like to venture out into this big world on two wheels.

I don't know about you, but my mind often dreams about riding in beautiful places. I've got a mental bucket list of trips and places I'd like to ride my bicycle. For me, my current grand daddy of dreams is to bikepack the northern part of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route starting in southern Montana and riding north to Banff. This has been a dream of mine for sometime now and that is how I initially became familiar with Adventue Cycling Association. The ACA put this route on the map and in doing so they have been part of inspiring so many people, products, a bicycle race and even a powerful documentary film. The ACA's vision is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle. So when an opportunity to become a board member presented itself, I jumped at the opportunity. I may not have the time to bikepack from Montana to Banff, but I do have the time to be part of a great organization.

While many people may be familiar with the ACA's 40,000-plus miles of routes and maps, others may not know about their work to improve cycling conditions for cyclists or their Adventure Cyclist magazine. The ACA works tirelessly to inspire cyclists and better the cycling opportunities in the USA. In many ways joing the ACA helped me find my way both personally and professionally. If you are not familiar with the Adventure Cycling Association, I encourage you to check out there website and become a member. Click here to go the ACA website. Salsa and our parent company QBP are corporate sponsors of the ACA. It is a great partnership.

I'd also like to share with you a short three minute video where I share some images from a few of my personal adventures and talk about the Adventure Cycling Association. Hope you enjoy it. 

Putting Adventure Cycling on the Map from Quality Bicycle Products on Vimeo.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jason Boucher

Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.

COMMENTS (33)

Fonk | February 1st, 2012

Nice vid, Gnat!

Jason | February 1st, 2012

Amazing stuff, just amazing! Thanks for sharing the video.

Leaf S. | February 1st, 2012

That’s a great little clip. Glad you folks are supporting ACA.

The Great Divide route is appealing but for me, it’s the Dempster Hwy. A friend and I keep talking about doing it in 2013. We’re probably actually more likely to ride the Divide route.

Leaf S. | February 1st, 2012

I meant to add this link, it’s where I first learned about the Dempster.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=37927&v=4v4

Gnat | February 1st, 2012

Thanks all. Leaf, I have seen that link. It is a dream of mine too. I bicycle toured in AK in the 90’s and one day hope to go back and do something like the Dempster.

David Hrobuchak | April 18th, 2012

Thanks for the video! I have a Vaya 2 on order from my local bike shop and am looking forward to riding and exploring the PA country-side.  See you out there soon.

Brad | April 19th, 2012

Great video.  Love the statement: “Adventure doesn’t have a time constraint”.  How true.  Too often people get hung up on time, speed or distance.

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