Brett Davis
Brett Davis

Brett R. Davis

Durango, Colorado

The bicycle is a source of inspiration for going out and pushing myself, meeting others, and exploring my surroundings. It inspires me to look at maps differently and to look at what is possible through a human powered lens. Additionally, it has been my own form of therapy where I have learned what I am made of and what I am truly capable of beyond my own preconceived limitations. It keeps me sane.

Brett's Kit

Two springs ago, a friend and I rappelled with fully loaded Mukluks into a canyon with the goal of riding out of it. We had no idea whether or not it was even possible to accomplish this goal. We truly ventured into the unknown relying only on our past years of experience to make this adventure a success. When we rode out the bottom of the canyon, it was amazing feeling.

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What kind of cyclist are you?
I am an adventurer and explorer by nature that believes in human powered endeavors.  The bicycle is a means to explore the unknown in our big wide world and myself.  It is all about the experience of getting into the unknown and seeing what is out there.

How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?
I have been riding bikes since I was a little one with it always being a source of freedom and means to explore my surroundings.  From the early days of riding to see what was beyond my immediate neighborhood to currently visiting far off places that rarely see visitors—let alone those on bikes.  My nature has always been to see what is right around the next corner and with the advent and growth of bike packing, this has only added to fuel to my fire to get out there.  

The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
Two springs ago, a friend and I rappelled with fully loaded Mukluks into a canyon with the goal of riding out of it.  We had no idea whether or not it was even possible to accomplish this goal—whether the canyon became a slot canyon; if it had an impassable section where we would possibly have to climb out; or whether the canyon bottom was even rideable.  This mini-adventure required more of us than just the ability to ride a bike.  We had to utilize technical climbing skills and rope work combined with strong problem solving and canyon navigation skills. We truly ventured into the unknown relying only on our past years of experience to make this adventure a success.  When we rode out the bottom of the canyon, it was amazing feeling.

Favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?
This is a hard one.  The canyon country of Utah is amazing and surreal when you are riding in the footsteps of the ancients.  The high peaks of the Himalayas and our own Rocky Mountains are awe inspiring and breathtaking to behold.  The arctic is so desolate yet full of life that I couldn’t help but be humbled.  Nearly every place I have been on a bike is a favorite of mine in its own way.

Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
The salt flats of Bolivia.  Someday I want to ride a fat bike across them climbing big mountains along the way.

How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
The bicycle is a source of inspiration for going out and pushing myself, meeting others, and exploring my surroundings.  It inspires me to look at maps differently and to look at what is possible through a human powered lens.  Additionally, it has been my own form of therapy where I have learned what I am made of and what I am truly capable of beyond my own preconceived limitations.  It keeps me sane. 

How will your future as a cyclist unfold?
My future as a cyclist will continue to guide me towards adventures by bike that involve more than just the bike, but also the accumulation of all of my other outdoor skills (i.e. climbing, skiing, kayaking, etc.) as I look to continue to combine all of them into one grand adventure where the bike plays a central role to its final outcome.

Who inspires you and your riding?
Anyone who has the imagination and creativity to see outside of the box and what is possible on two wheels.  Obviously, I find lots of inspiration for my own Salsa teammates (Kurt Refsnider, JP, Josh Spice, etc.).  This amazing crew and others are pushing the limits and inspire me to think big with a creative mind.

Favorite Salsa model and why?
It seems to change from adventure to adventure, but I think the Fargo will always have a spot in my garage.  It is such a versatile bike for me.  From carrying me down the Great Divide, helping me complete several pack rafting/bike packing adventures, to delivering me to work every day via pavement or trail, the Fargo has been my “go to” bike.    

Favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?
I eat simply out on the trail, but I love my stand by lunch of pepperoni, cheese, and salsa tortilla wraps when out for a multi-day bike packing adventure.  A nice bar of dark chocolate with a sip of Kentucky Bourbon is always a great way to end a day of riding.

When you’re not cycling…
…I am most likely thinking about the next adventure.  I am also very passionate about rock and ice climbing, whitewater kayaking, backcountry skiing, and just being in the outdoors.

What don’t you leave home without on a ride?
I seem to never leave home without a camera of some sort.  It can be annoying to those I am riding with as I am always looking for “the shot.”  Also, given that I am hair follicle challenged, a Salsa cycling cap is always essential attire.