Two summers ago, I purchased a Salsa Vaya so that I could expand my bicycling to include gravel riding and some touring. From what I understand, “Vaya” means “to go” in Spanish – so I decided to name my Vaya something that reflected the “to go” nature of the name.

My Salsa Vaya - Zippy Blue Demon

My Salsa Vaya – Zippy Blue Demon

I couldn’t come up with a name right away but had posted a picture of my new bike on Facebook and found that some of my friends had good ideas. Michael suggested “Zippy” and that name stuck right away. Roberto mentioned that the artwork on my new Vaya resembled that of a Mexican wrestler, the “Blue Demon.” I decided to name my bike Zippy with a couple of other options – sometimes I call it “Zippy Blue Demon.” Other times I call my Vaya “Zippy Go Fast.”

The mask of a Mexican wrestler - Blue Demon

The mask of a Mexican wrestler – Blue Demon

The irony here is that I seldom “go fast” on my Vaya (and that most often I still just call my bike, “the Vaya”). My average speed on gravel is about 11 mph. That’s okay, though. My goal in riding Zippy is not to go fast it’s TO GO! So I go.

Here I am riding Zippy on some gravel near my home

Here I am riding Zippy on some gravel near my home

Zippy is the first bike I grab when it’s time to ride. I like how comfortable it is. The steel frame cushions me on the bumps and makes the bike ideal for urban riding as well as gravel. It also rolls really well and can get up and go if I do decide to go fast. I like that I have two-sided pedals on it so that I can clip in with my bike shoes on one side or ride with regular shoes if I used the flat side of the pedals. I haven’t used Zippy for bike touring yet but it does have all sorts of fittings to attach racks if I decide to use them.

I’ve gotten Zippy good and dirty on rides like Box of Frogs and full of dust on Riotgrrravel. I’m planning to get Zippy out there and do some light bike touring yet this summer when both of my kids are at camp. The plan is for Owen and I to pack a few clothes and bike from hotel to hotel up in Wisconsin and northern Minnesota for about four days. Should be loads of fun!

Taking a break on a gravel ride

Taking a break on a gravel ride