Sean Mailen

Product Design Engineer

What kind of cyclist are you?
One who just loves riding two wheels! I think I can appreciate almost all forms of cycling, as they all provide a unique experience.  Bikepacking exploration, long road rides, singletrack ripping, road racing, and gravel grinding all provide something different - I just love all of them. 

How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?
Since I can remember I’ve been riding two wheels.  I grew up in a big neighborhood that you had lots of trails connecting my friends’ places and this is what probably really stirred my desire to get everywhere on a bike.

The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
I think finishing the Tour Divide takes the cake; I discovered a new toughness   about myself on it and got to do the ride with a great friend. 

Favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?
Colorado Trail was pretty incredible.

Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
Across New Zealand

How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
Being that it’s my passion, hobby, and job - it means a lot!  It really is just a mechanical object but in human hands it become a vehicle of discovery, exploration, and allows us to do things we didn’t even think we could do.  Plus my best product ideas have always come when I’m biking. 

How will your future as a cyclist unfold?
I just hope to keep riding and exploring. 

Who inspires you and your riding?
Lots of people - coworkers, Salsa athletes, my wife, and my fellow Team Metal racers.  I probably find the most inspiration from all the great blogs and stories people produce from their own riding experiences. 

Favorite Salsa model and why?
I can’t pick. Warbird Carbon or Pony Rustler.  Both are just so fun to ride!

Favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?
Pre - Thai Food
During - my wife’s oatmeal/raisin cookies, they’ve helped a lot at multiple gravel races.
Post - CHOCOLATE MILK!!!

When you’re not cycling…
Travelling with the family, grilling out, or reading.

What don’t you leave home without on a ride?
My Backcountry Research Tulbag, its a great way to carry your tools!