Pete Koski

Engineer – Product Development

What kind of cyclist are you?
Off-Road

How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?
1986?  It was freedom and a way to get into the woods by my neighborhood. Back to back ACL reconstructions in ’01 & ’02 slowed my pursuit of various board sports and I started to get more serious about off-road riding to fill the void.

The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
Seeing complete strangers, who paid their hard earned money a bike I had a hand in creating.  It’s weird every time, I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it.

Favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?
BC (Whistler, Squamish, etc.)

Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
Some unknown stretch of remote beach with access to a reef break wave.

How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
An escape to nature and the daily grind, all at once.

How will your future as a cyclist unfold? What are the next steps in your evolution?
Steeper, gnarlier, and bigger until I get broken off. Then ebb back to a more sustainable pace, enjoying being in the woods away from people and cities.

Who inspires you and your riding?
Anyone smoother on the bike than me.

Favorite Salsa model and why?
Horsethief Carbon Split Pivot. The sum is greater than all the parts, it’s good at almost everything, and it is very refined in a sneaky, non-flashy way. It was (is) ahead of its time for a 29er, and still a bit of a sleeper, which is OK by me.

Favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?
Beer and tacos or pizza

When you’re not cycling…
Working or kite surfing

What don’t you leave home without on a ride?
Helmet, tool, patch kit, quick link, & a little bit of duct tape