The Salsa Fargo is a strange bike to most people. However, there are some people out there that are attracted to it’s odd looks. These people are spread out across the world, but through the magic of the internet, they’re as close as your computer. One of these bloggers is Erik from 1Gear1Cause.org. He’s taken the Fargo and built it up as a singlespeed, and he’s going to ride the Tour Divide next year. He only lives about 6 hours away from me in the San Francisco bay area, much closer than some of the other Fargo Bloggers. Emails were exchanged, permission was granted and soon my Fargo and I were headed north.
Erik’s friend Andrew had laid out a route that would take us out to the Marin Headlands and up to Mt. Tamalpais. This was great because I’m heading back up there this coming weekend for the Rough Riders Rally. So I was going to get a sneak peek of what to expect.
Andrew took us on a beautiful route that was up and down and up and down. The route started in the city so we got to ride across the Golden Gate bridge, a first for me! Once across the bay most of the route would be on dirt. A real mixed terrain ride, perfect for the Fargo. Around each corner was a photo op. I stopped quite a bit to take some pics, which slowed our pace. Then there were the climbs too. Steep climbs. I was able to ride up most of them, but some were either too steep or I was too tired. I’m not to proud to say that I had to walk a few of them. Oh yeah, I should say that Erik and Andrew both ride single speed bikes, and they are strong riders. Really strong. Andrew rode up all of the climbs, no matter how steep. These guys have me dreaming of a single speed MTB.
This is just the climb up to Mt. Tam. 2,224 feet in 6.86 miles! You can see that the lower part is much steeper, that’s where I did some walking. It was very rewarding to make it to the top though. Made my weekend.
The entire ride was 51.5 miles with 6000 feet of climbing. About 50% was on dirt. Perfect. I took way too many photos and tried to edit them down, but admittedly I failed. So if you want to see them all, click here. I’m going to post only a few here.
Huge thanks to Erik and his family for their hospitality. Huge thanks also to Andrew for leading us on an amazing ride.