If you were Patrick Finley, your life would move at a pretty comfortable pace. You’d be a talented bicycle mechanic. And most of your bicycle fleet would be built around the slow and steady roll. Patrick’s bikes have a distinctly utilitarian approach to cycling, which rounds off the employee bikes in the shop quite nicely. We don’t know what’s in all those bags, but they’re packed and Patrick is ready. If you ever read the headline “bicycle mechanic vanishes into the woods” it was probably written about Patrick, and he’s probably fine. Happier, even.

This first gen Salsa Fargo is definitely one of Patrick’s favorite bikes, and it shows. It’s been in his stable for over 6 years, and has seen a lot of long-distance adventure across Montana, Washington, and Oregon (maybe more? It seems the trips are running together…). It’s decked out with darn-near everything a good cycle-touring setup needs. Just check out the full build list:

  • Chris King headset
  • Schwable Marathon Supreme 29×2.0
  • XT rear hub
  • JTek front derailer adapter (Road triple shifter with Mountain front derailer/crankset)
  • Sun Ringle ZuZu pedals
  • Tubus Logo Evo rear rack
  • Racktime front rack & bag
  • Revelate Designs Tangle frame bag & Gas Tank top tube bag
  • Shimano Claris/Sora integrated levers
  • Sora rear derailer
  • XT front derailer
  • Shimano M430 crankset
  • Terry Liberator Gel saddle
  • Ortlieb Back Roller pannier
  • Shimano CX75 disc caliper
  • Tektro RL720 cross levers
  • Sigma BC12.12 STS cyclocomputer
  • Planet Bike hardcore 29er fenders