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I have been nominated to post a riding/racing photo every day for 10 days.

Bike Photo Day 7: West Yellowstone, Montana July 15, 2015

The future of Haraldson family cycling is clearly evident in this photo of my oldest daughter Ella practicing her skinny skills on a homemade teeter on a trip to visit their Aunt and Uncle at West Yellowstone this past summer.  Specific riding clothing?  Who cares I’ll just wear my footies!

To see my daughter’s find such great enjoyment in riding their bikes gives me a great sense of joy.  To see them graduate from one bike to the next, learning hand brakes, shifting, how to use suspension to pop their front wheel up, the fearlessness in attacking an obstacle.  Ella’s first 10 mile ride, Cora’s first time coasting down the driveway on her Strider, Lili’s first trip in the iBert on the Big Dummy.  Don’t get me wrong we have had our moments.  Like the time Ella decided to ride down the hill by our house, myself watching her go only to finally think to myself I wonder if she knows how to stop….only to see her crash moments later into the curb and fly over the handlebars.  Yeah it took a little convincing to get back on the bike after that one.

I hope that the passion for cycling will also be ingrained in all three of them and that they too have a lifelong passion for riding.

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Focal Length: 50mm
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 500

I have been nominated to post a riding/racing photo every day for 10 days.

Bike Photo Day 6: Afton, Minnesota October 15, 2006

I choose this picture for today as it represents the first time, as best I can recollect, I was paid to have one of my photos published in a mountain bike magazine.

I sent in a wide variety of images to Dirt Rag magazine on a whim and was pleasantly surprised when they reached out to me to say they wanted to use one my images for the final page of the publication in a section they call Last Chance For Gas.  I still get a kick out of seeing my images in publications and displaying my photos for others is one of my big motivation to take photos.  There are so many times when it would be a lot easier, maybe even more fun, to just leave the camera bag at home and get out and rip the trails but seeing others enjoy and share my photos with their friends makes the pain in my back from the carrying that damn heavy bag a little more tolerable.

Camera: Canon 20D
Focal Length: 130mm
Shutter Speed: 1/3200
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 200


With temperatures being unseasonably high for February Team Hop Wheels took the streets of Saint Paul for a relaxed group ride.  Photos through the eyes of Ella Haraldson (and the occasional friend).

I have been nominated to post a riding/racing photo every day for 10 days.

Bike Photo Day 5: Yaak, Montana August 18, 2015

Each February my work Quality Bicycle Products hosts an event we call Frostbike.  What started out as our annual open house has morphed into a mini industry tradeshow.  On top of allowing our dealers a chance to visit our building and interact with our employees and vendors it also includes educational opportunities in the way of seminars for our retailers.

I have to brag a little as I’m excited that one of these seminars is being led my wife. As many of you know Laura is the project manager for Salsa Cycles.  Salsa just so happens to by owned QBP which means we work in the same building but being as there are 500+ employees we aren’t quite bumping into each other all the time.

So why is this relevant? Well the reason Laura is giving her seminar this weekend is that this past summer she and two others took part in a company sponsored bike packing trip into the Montana wilderness. This all female group spent four days riding between different fire huts camping each night high atop a mountain in the huts. Who did they get to go along to photograph? You got it. Shh don’t tell anyone but it’s like getting paid to go vacation sometimes.

Camera: Canon 5 Mark II
Focal Length: 16mm
Shutter Speed: 1/15
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100

To view more photos from the trip jump to the next page and make sure to read all about their adventures on Salsa Cycles website.

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I have been nominated to post a riding/racing photo every day for 10 days.

Bike Photo Day 4: Levis Trow, Neillsville, WI. June 11, 2011

In junior high I was tasked with selling magazines as a fundraiser for concert band.  I recall flipping through the brochure looking at magazines that might interest myself and then I came upon a magazine titled Mountain Bike.  I don’t think I’d ever even thought that what I’d always been doing with my bike was an actual sport.  My brother and I went 50/50 on a subscription and our first issue was in December 1993.  I recall that issue was Zapata Espinoza’s first issue as editor.  At school a few days later I noticed an old friend of mine was reading the same magazine and he low and behold he actually owned a mountain bike.  Who would have thought from then on mountain biking would be such a big influence on my life.

Mountain biking has always been a lot more to me than a form of exercise or escape.  Mountain biking, or as I’ve gotten older cycling in general, has always been a really big social aspect in my life.  The majority of my friends in junior high, high school, college and even now our cyclists.  I love going for rides in groups, far more than riding by myself.  I love waiting at the top of a climb chatting with everyone in the group before racing off to the next hangout.

I could pick any number of photos I’ve taken on rides but I chose this one from Levis Trow because it brings great memories of the camping weekend rides that my friends and I have done over the past handful of years. Levis Trow is one of my favorite places to ride in the area.  It has onsite camping at the trailhead, awesome trails and awesome views.  Nothing better than packing a couple of beers in your pack, riding to the top of the sandstone bluff and catching a sunset.



Camera: Canon 1D Mark III
Focal Length: 16mm
Shutter Speed: 1/12
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400