Here at Singletrack we get daily notifications of shredits and new videos with more-awsums® and biggerer-hucks® to the point that we now rarely feature videos unless they truly do something a bit different. And we know that if people want all of the radness, they know where and how to look for it. They don’t need our help.
Salsa Cycles has always ploughed a slightly different furrow. With bikes built for snow racing or offering full suspension fat bikes, Salsa seems happy to go for the fringes of the mountain bike world. And so, with its latest film, it unashamedly has a go at promoting mountain biking as a way of getting out there – deeper into the forest, or into the mountains, or nearer the great trout lakes than you can get on foot.
Shot not too far from Salsa’s HQ in Minnesota, it shows a couple of Salsa employees/aficionados heading out for a multi-day fly fishing trip. There is a 100% wheels-on-the-ground incidence, there is no big air and there’s not a single guitar solo or dubstep bass-drop. And yet it’s a great watch, seeing a couple of guys patiently tying flies, inflating rafts and heading out into the lake to catch something tasty for dinner.
Given that fishing is said to be one of the most popular pastimes in the UK, we have rarely seen anyone here combining fishing and cycling. Perhaps you just don’t need to go that far to fish here. Or perhaps UK fishingists just have too much stuff. Does anyone have any ideas to the contrary?
Anyway, enjoy the film and see if you think it needs more gnar, a bass-heavy soundtrack and a few more hucks-to-flat. If you want more info on the trip, check out Salsa’s page about it, titled ‘Ode to Trout’…
Here’s what Salsa has to say about the video:
“Minnesota has 180 stream trout lakes, scattered throughout the state. Many of these are located in Superior National Forest and offer a prime opportunity for exploration, solitude, hard-earned but rewarding access points, and adventure by bike.
“Loading up the Salsa Blackborow fat bike with fly rods, float tubes, fins, camping gear, and all the associated items for a few days of life in the woods and on the water resulted in memorable days.
“Trails were ridden. Trout were brought to hand. Mother Nature showed her many moods. Fine camp living was enjoyed to the fullest.
“It doesn’t get much better than that.”
Can’t see the video? Try here.