The super classics are here, an amazing stretch of road racing just as all of us bike nerds are clipping in and putting in those early miles. Ugly skies, and bad roads allow us to feel like real hardened bike riders. In my opinion some of the most exciting racing of the year. (outside Cyclocross season). Enjoy the Ronde this weekend!
This is Miles. He’s been without his owner for almost two weeks. He seems lost without him. Eric who works at Moots in the machining department has finally gone on his honeymoon. He and his wife married last fall and put off a blissful trip to Hawaii until now…..good and ready for some warm weather.
We are a dog friendly work place so most days you will see a handful of dogs roaming the Moots shop. Miles is a quiet one…he keeps to himself and doesn’t cause much trouble. He’s been staying with a few different co-workers while Eric is away. We think he’s pretty sad about the whole deal. He wanders around looking for a friend….looking out the window until his friend comes home.
Spring is officially here! We have been doing our part to help it along by getting out on some rides. The snow banks are giving way to earth that has not seen light since November…a welcome sight. The pavement and dirt roads around the Yampa Valley are riding great. Now we need our first 50 degree days to really get things rolling.
This short video was shot on March 8th…a Friday Moots shop ride…nice to stretch the legs.
You know we are huge fans of cyclocross bikes here at Moots right? Yes, we are. The versatility of this bike is amazing. A recent event done by a self proclaimed Moots Fanatic pushes that point home. Michael Saenz lives in Edmond, Oklahoma and has his sights set on The Dirty Kanza…for a fitness and gear check he knocked off what he calls a “prelude”….
Land Run 100 – a Prelude to Dirty Kanza
By Michael Saenz, a Moots Fanatic
So I am a huge fan of all things bicycles. With this in mind, I’ve been paying a lot of attention lately to the wildfire-like spread of gravel grinder events popping up across the country. Reading about riding these gravel roads with hundreds of miles of virtually traffic-free routes really took me back to the basics of bicycle riding – carefree exploration. I felt like a child again with youthful exuberance and the anticipation of adventure and I hadn’t even set foot on a gravel road yet! I just knew that after 25 years of bicycle riding I needed to go outside my comfort zone and give this a try.
Of course, I’ve never been one for moderation, so I hopped right on the bandwagon and signed up for the granddaddy of them all – Dirty Kanza. We all know signing up is the easy part. Now, I needed to prepare. I would need a bicycle that could handle the gravel roads as well. This choice was a no brainer for me – I looked no further than the good folks at Moots. Having ridden the Vamoots now for several years and absolutely loving everything about it, I decided to re-engage the formula N – 1 (N being the number of bikes before your spouse leaves you for buying too many bicycles) and order a Psychlo X.
As for preparation, I signed up for the inaugural Land Run 100 out of Stillwater, Oklahoma. I sent out email after email to my ride group buddies hoping to recruit a few cohorts to share the experience. I received a few “maybes,” but no definites and so being somewhat naive, I continued to push on in preparation for going it alone.
Land Run 100 is promoted by District Bicycles in Stillwater, Oklahoma and took place this past March 9th. The route was designed to highlight some of Oklahoma’s best gravel and dirt roads with over 5,200 feet in elevation gain over the 106 mile route; setting out to prove Oklahoma is anything but flat. The race proved to be epic in the truest sense of the meaning!
In the days leading up to Land Run 100 I noticed increasing rain chances. Anyone even remotely familiar with Oklahoma red dirt knows that water and clay-based soil don’t mix and result in a gooey mess completely unfavorable to riding a bicycle. I watched the weather forecast like a hawk contemplating not riding. However, I’d already told everyone I know about riding the ride. Forget about being stuck in a mud pit during an unsupported ride in the middle of the boondocks, there was pride at stake now so I had no choice but to push on and show up for the start.
Driving to the start I was met with drizzle and a forecast calling for 90% chance of thunderstorms. I began to overlook the drizzle as the realization set in that I’d been so fixated with the rain I did not even think to consider the 18 mph headwinds that awaited us for the start. I began to question my decision to ride and thought maybe I should have ridden gravel more than three times leading up to Land Run 100. That’s ok, I still had youthful exuberance as seen in this photo.
Well, as 121 riders lined up for the 8am start, we had a nice rain shower to send us on our way. Fortunately, the rain at this point was brief and didn’t impact the roads, but certainly made us question what was in store for the day.
The first leg of the ride took us 57 miles on a mostly Southern route to the town of Carney where we were to check in to get our map for the second leg of the ride.
Who is not ready for some fun in the sun? We know we are, so we’ve planned our demo route accordingly. Next stop….Texas. Come join us for a great day of demos at Austin’s hub for all things cycling, MELLOW JOHNNY’S. (Like how “hub” was used?)…Moots will be on hand to demo bikes.
WHEN: SUNDAY MARCH 24TH
WHERE: MELLOW JOHNNY’S
You can click the link below for all models and sizes available.
We hope to see you there!
Moots will be making a swing through the Birmingham, Alabama area to take part in a demo day with Brick Alley Bikes. We have a large selection of Moutain, and Road bikes in the truck.
Sunday March 17th, 10:00am-2:00pm
Bring ID and credit Card to ride!
Moots will be wrapping up our SE Dealer visit/Demo Tour with a Demo at Atlanta Cycling-Vinings location on March 14th, 2013. Demo bikes are available via an RSVP to the shop. Once demo bikes are set we will roll out with the 4:30 group ride from the shop. Come by and talk some Ti!
Moots road warrior Corey Piscopo continues his SE Moots Demo Road Tour this week with a stop at Franks Cyclery on Wednesday March 13th. He’ll be rolling into Lake Crabtree Park loaded with road and mountain bikes at the ready. Read the details below and please join him and Frank if you can!
Nick Stilwell gets his GrassMoots season rolling on his MX Ybb and plots his course for some amazing events….he writes…..
This year I’ll again be riding for Moots, a boutique titanium frame builder that prides itself in providing quality road, mountain, & cross frames. These frames, as well as many components, are shaped, welded, and built by hand in a small town in northwest Colorado. I had the opportunity to visit the Moots factory this past summer when I went out to ride the Steamboat Stinger. Here are a few pictures from my visit. My ride of choice for this year will be the MootoX YBB. I’m a big fan of the efficiency of a hard tail and the YBB provides the near quickness of a hard tail along with just enough cushion for longer rides.
The 29-inch wheels are a must for the rides here in the Santa Ana Mountains of Southern CA. I’ve managed to get some good time in the saddle since the beginning of the year as I work towards building the endurance to complete Vision Quest, a ride that’s only five weeks from now and quickly approaching. Last year I was happy with my finishing time of 6:29 (Vision Quest 2012). I’d like to better my time this year and ultimately work towards beating the 6-hour mark one of these years. While I’m not sure I’ll be able to get there this year, I’m still hoping for a good result. The Vision Quest is not a true race, but more of a test of yourself. While finishing times are recorded and many treat it like a race, there are no categories or places. I’m constantly wondering if I’m getting in enough training – and the right type of training.
The past few months at work have been extremely busy and it’s been a challenge to get out during the week. Last year my goal was to get out twice during the week and then a long ride on the weekend. Those quick hour and a half rides during the week, along with the long efforts on the weekends, I think are critical in maintaining a fitness level and endurance to complete a 6+ hour ride at a race-type pace. It’s been a challenge so far this year to get out more than once during the week. It should be an interesting few weeks getting ready for the long ride.
The big wheels of the Moots demo truck continue to roll. Moots has added another stop on the South East demo trip with our Charlotte, NC dealer, Bicycle Sport.
The Moots fleet will be on site from 12:30-5pm for demo, with a group ride scheduled after 5pm (weather permiting).