It's finally riding season. While some folks in other climates may find that statement funny, it's pretty evident here in MN. Yes, we do ride all year, but there is still a riding season.
I'll define riding season as the season where it is comfortable and easy to go riding. No layering needed. No special winter sock, vapor barrier or boot installation. No goggles. It may be easiest to understand if you take a look at it from a kids perspective. My 5 year old boy asked me on Sunday if it was warm enough to wear short sleeves. I said "Yes, I think so." He squealed with joy stating "That's 4 days in a row that I can wear short sleeves!"
Seriously, it is May and we haven't had 4 warm days in a row. So...what are we all doing now that it is riding season? Riding. Lot's of it. It's glorious. In fact, the mornings have been so amazing this past week that when we get to work, it has been difficult to walk through the doors. When at work, it's hard to concentrate. I find myself browsing photos and finding excuses to try to take work outside.
At times, work and riding do mix. Occasionally, we get outside and get to call it work. Here is a shot from last fall taken while riding up the Ribbon trail in Grand Junction. I was test riding a couple of new prototypes in Colorado. What an amazing day!
Photo credit: Mikesee
Days like that just don't happen with enough frequency, at least for me. That said, the Salsa crew does have some fun outside days planned. This week we are shooting a video for a project. It will also involve test riding a couple of new bikes. June is packed with riding as we've got a Salsa Ride Day planned for June and then a week later, we've got the Big Wheel Ballyhoo. I can't wait. It's going to be a great riding season. Who knows what July will bring?
Heres to riding season. I sure hope all of you are getting out and getting in miles and miles of two wheeled fun.
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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.