Spring started a month early for me this year. I had the opportunity escape the glacial clutches of our Minnesota winter and spend the first half of March in warmer climes, testing and working on some exciting new stuff.
Things kicked off with a four day prototype testing trip bouncing around the trails in Santa Cruz, California, followed by 11 days in Taiwan working with our manufacturing partners, tuning up said product. I capped of the trip by linking in a visit to the Taipei Bicycle Show.
I was on the bike 12 out of the 15 days of this trip, which was stellar considering that two of those three non-bike days were spent suspended 30,000 feet above the Pacific ocean. Additionally it cost a grand total of $0.00 to bring my bike to the opposite side of the world! I'll cover how to do this in a future post some day.
Here are three of my favorite pictures from the trip:
That is me test riding up around the UCSC area with ex-Salsa engineer Josh. Josh was an istrumental part of Salsa back in the early-2000's with products like the Dos Niner to his credit. Josh now works at Fox Racing Shox developing some of the most cutting edge rear suspension products available. Thanks for showing me around Josh!
Former QBP engineer Rob rippin' thru the redwoods up at the Soquel demo area on a Salsa. Rob and his family have a whole garage full of Salsa bikes and now live in Santa Cruz, where Rob works for Easton-Bell. It was great to catch up with he and his family. Thanks for the bed and food guys!
Salsa product manager Tim and our trading agent Leeche on the way the the office. We try to ride to work as often as possible when in Taiwan. From getting lost, to dodging scooters, to sudden thunderstorms, it's always an adventure.
As my plane lined up with MSP, I wasn't too shocked to see that a few inches of melting snow still blanketed the Twin Cities area. It won't last long though, and soon Ol' Man Winter will sag and give way to nice and tacky singletrack. Can't wait for Spring!
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Hi, I'm Pete and I am a product development engineer for Salsa. I like all kinds of riding from commuting to dirt jumping. I think flat pedals make you a better bike handler, that the thru-axle is vastly superior to the quick-release for off-road applications, and that moving through the world on bicycle allows one to see things they might not otherwise. I suffer daily from hunger-induced anger, also known as hanger. Outside of work and riding, I enjoy kiteboarding, traveling, and watching hockey.