Have Dirt, Will Travel

A New Storysite from Salsa Cycles

Explorers tend to wander beyond the familiar. It can’t be helped. Mountain bikes, by their very nature, turn riders into explorers. It makes sense, then, that road trips centered around mountain biking are as necessary as they are. Few things can sate the restless off-roader’s thirst like the opportunity to dive into new trails in a new place.

I could listen to junior high school jazz band practice for a week and be okay if I knew there was a road trip at the end of it. The memories from the ones I’ve been lucky enough to go on fill volumes in the “Good Stuff” section of my brain. Long after the trips have ended, the experiences still deliver happiness, calm, and, not surprisingly, more wanderlust.

Have Dirt, Will Travel–Essays On a Mountain Bike Road Trip are written based off of the details that these excursions always seem to include. Many of us can probably relate, because they just seem to come with the territory. They feed us, bring us together, make us laugh, work us over, and make it hard sometimes to find the right words for describing how our version of them went down. And they most definitely keep us looking for more opportunities to continue searching.

Tune in today and over the following five days for another essay each morning. We hope you enjoy them, and that they inspire you to set some time aside for your bike, some friends, and an unfamiliar spot on a map.

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Mark Sirek

Mark Sirek

I had to live on both coasts a couple of times to realize that maybe being born in the Midwest wasn’t just arbitrary. I’m drawn to the terrain here, and if you catch me with one of this region’s supreme IPAs in hand, I’ll talk your ear off about my favorite spots. I’ll always take every opportunity though to explore every nook and cranny anywhere I can on a bike, because that’s what makes me feel most alive.


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Rick | April 9th, 2016

I have made several Mountain bike trips.  Most of mine have been in a Dodge Caravan set up to sleep in and carry my bike and gear…

Carry on.

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Arwin | June 29th, 2016

I am planning to go on a trip with my friends and my mountain bike any tips would be appreciated.

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Kayseri | November 30th, 2016

Inspiring words to prepare me and my friends for a bike tour in Erciyes Mountain in Kayseri. Actually, I’m at car rental business here in Turkey for years. However, I am an enviromentalist and an active outdoor runner and support strongly the bike culture. Surely people need transportation and they drive their family and goods via vehicles, yes we should use technology but we have to minimize that comfort for both our nature and health. We all should support bike culture but instead of speaking..So how will we do that? Here are my ideas:

1. To put some biking club acivities into the curriculums of fundemental schools.

2. Esp. in big cities like NY, London, Istanbul, municipalities must prepare the suitable biking infrastructure, roads etc. for urban bikers.

3. Again municipalities should run a rental bike system like Izmir municipality does in Turkey. I observed that system last summer.

  I really appreciate you Mark.

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