One Fall Ride: E-Fred

My One Fall Ride may not be the most epic. In fact, I know for a fact it isn't. But it sure means the most to me.

Thanksgiving day dawned sunny and unusually warm for a late November day. My wife and I were getting our two daughters ready to head over to her parents house for Thanksgiving dinner. It was so nice out that I was starting to regret having to spend the day inside. Visions of jumping on my bike came in my head as I walked through the garage and noticed Nora, my almost-4-year-old daughter, pumping my floor pump up and down. I asked her what she was doing, and her reply was “Filling up my trike, Dad”.

A closer look revealed an ingenious placement of the hose while she 'filled up' her trike.

This got me thinking. Maybe I need to 'fill up' my bike? So I can’t tell you how elated I was when Nora told me she wanted to take the Burley to Grammy’s house.

The weather was great. The roads were abnormally quiet. And the trailer attachment fit on my newly assembled Spearfish. So off we went on our six-mile traverse across town. It occurred to me while winding through the neighborhoods that today was a great day. I could have been anywhere else in the world and it would not have lived up to the feeling I had, spending time with my daughter, doing something we both enjoyed. I learned something that day. Your most memorable and rewarding adventures aren’t always epic, multi day excursions. They can be had with friends and family only a few hours or miles from home.

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Eric Fredrickson

Eric Fredrickson

I've been working in shops since before I could drive a car. I feel blessed to be able to fulfill one of my passions here with Salsa. Give me a pair of 29r wheels, one gear, and some dirt and I will be happy. I like to keep it simple. I'm also a sucker for some gears and pavement on the back roads of Wisconsin where I live. When I am not biking, I enjoy spending my time with my BEAUTIFUL wife and daughter. Family-Bikes-Music, my passions are and always will be in that order.


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joel | December 2nd, 2011

very cool Fred…those are good days worth cherishing cause they grow up fast…

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Tim Ek | December 2nd, 2011


And, when I’m totally lost on my next build, I’m plugging my pump into the end of my pedal before I email you. She just might have something there.

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DC | December 2nd, 2011

Awesome! Don’t get no better.

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Sheriff | December 2nd, 2011

Great picture and story. Reminds me of her uncle Lars, at about her age, laying under his tricycle out on the front sidewalk.  “What are you doing out there, Lars?”  Lars answers, “Changing the oil.”

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Sterling | December 3rd, 2011

Thats what giving thanks and thanksgiving are all about…the little things in life. Thanks

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