A New Adventure – The Salsa Mukluk

There is no other way to start this post other than this. I LOVE MY WIFE!!!! Apparently she had been planning to surprise me with a Salsa Mukluk of my very own for a couple of months now. I had no idea at all and I was completely blown away when we walked up to Topanga Creek Bicycles and was greeted with one of my very own.

B&W Photos courtesy of JoshuaWeinfeld.com

Fat tire lust had hit me a long time ago. Serbrina knew it would just be a matter of time. Then with the recent adventure of Eric Parsons, Roman Dial, Mike Curiak and friends, dreams of fattire bikes and packrafts were keeping me awake at night. If you haven’t looked at any of their pics or video, click the links. In fact, here’s the video. Do yourself a favor and watch if full screen HD.

This is from lacemine29 on Vimeo.

I set out for my first adventure with the Mukluk yesterday up to the Bridge To Nowhere. The trail is 4.5 miles out to the bridge, and involves many river crossings. I hadn’t been up there in ten years or so, but I thought I could ride it. Well, not quite.

The trail is really a rock garden. I found myself pushing, lifting, heaving and swearing! I has having a blast! I crossed the river, bushwacked, only to find that I had to cross back again. It was a lot of hard work with an occasional bike ride mixed in.

The best parts were the river crossings. Pro tip: Want to add spice to your adventures, throw in river crossings. I got to experience the float of a fattire bike for the first time. Also, the feeling of being pulled down river by a bike. That was scary. You don’t get that while riding around the city with your local Critical Mass.

In the end there was too much boulder hopping, or as Roman Dial put it “Stumblefucking”. Rocks too big to ride, too close to roll through. Lots of rocks to scramble up and over too. I should’ve brought the GoPRO, or another brave soul.

I was tired, legs were bloody from repeated pedal bashings so I headed home. I think the Mukluk got a nice break in complete with scratches, flats, drops, soakings and floating. I was only a mile or so away from the bridge. I think I’ll head back out there and try again soon. Anyone want to join me? We could camp back there. Might want to bring shin guards though!

  • Gnat

    Awesome! I have been waiting for this post. Sweet photos too! I think you just sold me on that camera too. I have a few pics in mind……

  • Wow, what an incredible surprise! Such a cool bike — and you’ve already had some great adventures on it.

    So, won’t submerging it like that screw up the hubs/bottom bracket/etc?

    • Anonymous

      That’s a really good question. It’s something that I’m going to have to look into. I was wondering about that myself. I did notice that my chain lube was completely washed away pretty quick. So I’ll have to be vigilant about maintaining the entire drive train.

      • I meant to ask — what did you use for the underwater shot? So cool!

        • Anonymous

          It’s the Lumix TS3.

  • Mukluk envy over here. I believe that the envy will drive me towards opening the wallet at some point and procure one for winter adventures over vast frozen swamps here in the north =)

    Enjoy yours, Errin!

  • Wow, that is badass! I’d never even bring anything but my feet for a trek out to the Bridge to Nowhere, and if I did bring my bike I wouldn’t have made it half as far as you did.

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  • Inway2dp

    What kind of frame bag is that?
    Nice bike mine just arrived, I just have to pick it up. Thanks, mike

    • Anonymous

      Congrats on your new bike! I made the frame bag myself. It was my first attempt and there are some things I could’ve done better. I’ve got the pieces cut out for the second one, just trying to make some time to do it. What size frame do you ride?

      • Inway2dp

        I’ve got the 17″ medium. Wow that’s an amazing job making that frame bag. You should YouTube the making of the second bag so I could make my own to. 🙂
        I’m trying to decide on a rear rack. I like the OMM Redrock rear rack but they said it wouldn’t fit. I’ll be getting the Cold Springs for the front rack.

        • Anonymous

          Cool! Mine is a medium as well. Making the bag is pretty straightforward. The tough part are the details and getting the stitching straight. There’s a great video online already. I found it through Bikepacking.net. Check this out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWDRiexLA0I

          I’m interested to see your bike with a rack. Keep me posted. I have a Cold Springs rack, but I didn’t think it would fit. Does it?

          • Inway2dp

            I called OMM and they said the cold spring rack would fit the mukluk. I just got a ibera pakrak on amazon for $33 and it fits perfectly. You have to get the one for disc brakes though cuz it’s a little wider. What’s your email? I’ll send you a pic.

    • Anonymous

      Congrats on your new bike! I made the frame bag myself. It was my first attempt and there are some things I could’ve done better. I’ve got the pieces cut out for the second one, just trying to make some time to do it. What size frame do you ride?

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