Joseph Meiser

Senior Product Manager

What kind of cyclist are you?
Experience seeker and an endurance racer – My riding changes with the seasons.  Road and gravel in the spring, road and dirt in the summer, more dirt in the fall, and fatbikes in the winter. Rides to and from work are fairly constant.

How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?
I grew up riding with my mom and brothers, we had a 4-turn dirt track in our yard and I grew up riding 20” wheeled bikes. One of my older brothers turned me on to mountain biking and took me out a couple of times as a pre-teen/teen.  I got involved in soccer, track, cars, and girls.  Cycling took a backseat until college when I was looking for a lifelong sport.  I started mountain biking, got a job at a bike shop, and began getting really involved in cycling as a sport.  I really owe it to my brother for introducing me to mountain biking and taking me out.

The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
I don’t have many favorites.  I’m proud of winning a Trans Iowa in 2009, and finishing the Tour Divide in that same year. I’ve had so many great races and great ride experiences in my pursuit as a cyclist.

Favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?
Many of my favorite rides happen close to home taking advantage of the terrain and experiences we have out our back door.

Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
It isn’t so much a specific place, but I do daydream about riding alpine ridgelines on perfect sunny days, following the contour of the mountain across the sky.

How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
Cycling is a lifelong pursuit that has allowed me to make great friends, clear my head, and stay healthy.  I always get my best insights pedaling. It clears my head and allows me to wander.


How will your future as a cyclist unfold?
I’m a father of two. Week long and multi-week trips are few and far between.  I savor them when they come, but I don’t miss them if they don’t happen.  I have always liked rides out my back door and dreaming of new routes and experiences.  It is also time for me to share my experience with my boys and let riding unfold for them.
 
Who inspires you and your riding?
Experiencing new trails, routes and terrain.  Seeing seasonal changes on trails and routes that I am intimately familiar with.  Pushing myself and finding limits.  Watching others find something in them that they never knew existed after a ride that challenged them.

Favorite Salsa model and why?
Warbird – so comfortable for long gravel pursuits.
Colossal – a sensible road bike that is capable of more than pavement.
Horsethief – a trail ripper and my favorite bikepacking rig that is great for an occasional 100-mile race.
Beargrease – defines what a hardtail carbon fatbike should ride like.

Favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?
Pre- Oatmeal with brown sugar and peanuts along with a coffee and juice
During – Rice muffins with nuts, bacon, and kale along with Scratch drink mix
Post – An ice-cold coke and something savory.

When you’re not cycling…
I’m a husband to a self-less, kind, and beautiful wife.  I’m a father to two boys who want nothing more than their father’s attention.  I’m obsessed with developing new ways to experience cycling and products to facilitate them.  My family and I grow a garden that supplies us with fresh fruits and veggies in the summer and allows us to can pasta sauce and freeze some veggies for the winter.

What don’t you leave home without on a ride?
A sense of direction, a bit of food and drink, a plan that will undoubtedly change.