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#Scamplife: Salsa Cycles shows you don’t need a pricey van to enjoy the good life

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We talk a good amount about the somewhat ironic #vanlife on here from time to time. Ironic because in some ways it’s become so cliche, but real because it covers a lot of the way many of us like to travel and discover new trails. If you’re planning a life on the road, you don’t need an expensive build out of a cargo van. Sometimes, all it takes is a tinly little Scamp.

A glimpse into the live of sponsored Salsa Rider Eszter Horanyi and her partner Scott Morris, Scamp Life illustrates how they’ve tailored their life and careers around the idea of life on the open road. Chasing the best trails they can find out west. The first in a new series of short films from Salsa, you gotta love that voice over. We think you’ve found your calling, Mike!

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Padrote
Padrote
5 years ago

Remember when mountain biking was about being a proper dirtbag, and now it’s about pretending to be a dirtbag

Robin
Robin
5 years ago
Reply to  Padrote

Gee, I thought it was all about riding the bikes and having fun.

BigCottonwoodKid
BigCottonwoodKid
5 years ago
Reply to  Padrote

I feel ya Pad…
I don’t know how much of it is pretending. It’s just different 35 years later. It’s a huge industry with lots of cash and marketing. Turnes out lots and lots of people love mountain biking and touring, and they don’t have to be poor to do it. A lot of of marketing has been aimed at recreating some of the nostalgia of pioneering a sport that was fringe, and leaving everything behind to do it. Collage, jobs, beds… For those of us that lived through those early days hand to mouth, stuff like this may feel a little phony, but I assure you for everyone now doing it it’s still fun as hell. Just with food and plumbing.

blahblahblah
blahblahblah
5 years ago
Reply to  Padrote

the past will never be the same as the future
, and that goes for this future right meow

all biz
all biz
5 years ago
Reply to  Padrote

This couple is not pretending. They are legendary in the bikepacking and ultraendurance worlds and he, particularly, in the development of the Arizona Trail bike route. They now live on the road and earn the money to support it.

Colin M
Colin M
5 years ago
Reply to  all biz

Truth. They have been living in that tiny camper for a long time. Total dirtbags with no permanent address.

ppierre61
5 years ago
Reply to  Padrote

Pretty much describes every QBP brand manager. Whole lotta money to be made looking like a scrub.

Maus Haus
Maus Haus
5 years ago

They look like real mtn bikers to me having fun camping. As for dirt bag, does not appear that’s what they were trying portraying in the marketing video.

Tom J
Tom J
5 years ago

Wait, what? Now you’re saying that we don’t need a 100k van to enjoy mtn biking and the outdoors?? I suppose next you will tell us that we can actually have fun outside without a Scamp. Crazy world…

Dave
Dave
5 years ago

I’d love to know how they secure the bikes when they hike.

-s
-s
5 years ago
Reply to  Dave

I’d assume in the van.

Scott Morris
Scott Morris
5 years ago
Reply to  Dave

Yup, inside the van.

Justin Walsh
Justin Walsh
5 years ago

Enough with whatever projections you want to put on campers/campers… Are we getting a new horsetheif and Spearfish or what?

rehsper
rehsper
5 years ago
Reply to  Justin Walsh

Yes! or maybe even an El Mariachi???

Bob
Bob
5 years ago

how do they pay for gas, food, water and gov’t mandated insurance premiums? And not trail dog? #twitergram fail.

all biz
all biz
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob

The gentleman is the creator of Topofusion mapping software that is widely used in the bikepacking world and other industries. As I understand it, that provides income.

Colin M
Colin M
5 years ago
Reply to  all biz

Glad to see they are towing with a proper vehicle these days rather than a little 4 cylinder.

Scott Morris
Scott Morris
5 years ago
Reply to  Colin M

Haha, yes, that poor little minivan served us well but we don’t miss it towing around.

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