Zach Fink

Zach Fink

Global Sales & Operations

What kind of cyclist are you?
Opportunist?  I don’t know, I just like to ride.  Next question.

How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?
14 strange years… man come on, I thought this was supposed to be a puff piece!  Next.

The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
Here we go!  Self-taught wheelie (eh, I’m about 50/50… and only 3 crank revs or so, but a grown ass man learning to wheelie is a pretty funny thing to see.  Think of a bear riding a unicycle)

Favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?
All the places.  No really, most every experience had on my bike is new in some way, likely shared with good friends and family, probably has beer at the start, during, or finish, and if I’m riding there or bringing my bike, it’s because I’m going to one of my favorite places.

Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
I have this image tucked away somewhere at my desk, of a fellow riding his bike to Crested Butte Mountain, his tele ski kit, and his fly rod tube strapped to his pack.  I could see some convergence in creating a mountain man’s triathlon there.

How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
I’ve learned that riding over curbs is way more accepted than driving over them. 
I’ve learned that I don’t need a 4x4 International Scout when I have an amazing tool, designed and engineered by good friends of mine, that I can use to get me where I don’t want to drive, or to take me further away from the city lights than any road will. 

How will your future as a cyclist unfold?
Probably eating my kids dust… like in 5 years.  My plan is to follow my two grommets to the ends of the earth, or until they say, “Dad, you gotta go.”  I hope that together, we find the path less pedaled, and to help them find a real love and respect for adventure. I expect that any journey with these two will start on two wheels.

Who inspires you and your riding?
An old buddy, (he knows who he is) that for as big a feller as he is, just flat out rips.  I’ve seen him race and I’ve seen him just ride.  He’s a bit of quiet inspiration, though he himself is not quiet.  I’d also say that Meiser’s 2009 TDR ride and finish at 21:10:34 was pretty amazing; and having the good fortune to be his friend and hearing first hard his tale, and to see the images is pretty damn inspiring.

Favorite Salsa model and why?
Horsethief or the Fargo.  Both these bikes go just about anywhere.  The Horsey is a super forgiving bike for me and my old bones and my “enthusiast” technical skill level, and makes me feel fast!  The Fargo? Like me, it is the Swiss Army Knife in our line, does it all.  I’ve had a few in my time here at Salsa, and they’ve been built a multitude of ways: Reba’d, singled, dingled, Rohloff’d and even, PK’s gonna hate this…. FLAT BAR! 

Favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?
Race?  Did you say race?  Wow you don’t know me at all… fine here goes.
Pre: bacon & egg breakfast sandwich and #coffeoutside. During: fries, Snickers bar and a cold Pils. Post: Meat