Leif Erickson

Leif Erickson

Industrial Designer

WHAT IS THE CYCLING ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

I’m 3 for 4 on tracking down bikes that have been stolen from me. I’m still looking for Lance, my Peugeot 10-speed stolen in Milwaukee in 2007.

Also, riding Tiger Mountain, for the first time ever, in the dark with headlamps was pretty surreal.

WHAT KIND OF A CYCLIST ARE YOU?

Exploratory.

HOW LONG HAS CYCLING BEEN A PART OF YOUR LIFE? WHEN DID IT BECOME MORE THAN JUST “RIDING A BIKE”?

Bicycles have always been a way to connect with the world around me. It’s not really about the bikes, but the experiences they afford you like experiencing new places and meeting new people.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE BEEN ON A BIKE SO FAR?

North Cascades.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO DAYDREAM ABOUT WHERE YOU HAVEN’T YET RIDDEN?

There are so many places… but a bothy tour through Scotland is always in the back of my mind.

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE WHAT THE BICYCLE MEANS TO YOU?

Access to adventures big and small. Access to solitude.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR FUTURE AS A CYCLIST UNFOLDING?

I hope to keep seeing what’s on the other side of every hill and around every bend for as long as I can.

WHO INSPIRES YOU AND YOUR RIDING?

Lots of all-around mountain athletes, alpinists, backcountry skiers, bikepackers, trail runners, thru-hikers. Ultimately, I see it as the same pursuit, just different vehicles.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SALSA BIKE MODEL AND WHY?

Cutthroat. It’s comfortable on long rides off the beaten path.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PRE, DURING, AND POST RIDE/RACE FOOD AND BEVERAGES?

Pre-ride: breakfast burrito, bananas, peanut butter.
During: Swedish fish, cashews, water.
Post-ride: coconut water, tacos, beer.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHEN YOU AREN’T CYCLING?

Hanging out with my wife and dog, cooking outdoors, trail running.

WHAT DON’T YOU LEAVE HOME WITHOUT ON A RIDE?

Repair kit. Helmet. Cellphone. Wallet. Water.