Roadbook: Sacramento Squids
We’re concentrating on gravel roads today with a SRAM 1x™ ride that’s graciously being guided by people from Squid Bikes. We’d managed to hook up with them last night for a bit of a meet and greet, as well as a recon mission of today’s ride.
The face of Squid Bikes is Emily Kachorek, a multi-discipline rider and racer—though her focus these days is on cyclocross and the business of Squid.
Riding with the Squid squad is life affirming. It reminds you of what a bike meant to you when you were a little kid. It’s riding that is unfettered by taking itself too seriously. When not on single-speeds—there’s really no elevation gain or loss in Sacramento—the squad opts for SRAM Force™ 1. And these bikes are perhaps most enticing because they are rattle-can painted with whimsical color combos and graphic designs. We encounter a fairly large number of Squid bikes on our ride, and most of them were DIY painted by the riders themselves
This fun approach could be seen as a direct reflection of the route we ride, a perfect example of an urban on-road/off-road ride in which we wind through neighborhoods, business areas
and back-alleys. We see graffiti that’s beautifully artistic. We ride past homeless encampments. We ride on levees and even manage to find some sections of singletrack.
Rides like these are the perfect reset button for any of life’s stresses, a reminder of why we started riding bikes in the first place.