Over the long Memorial Day Weekend the NAHBS award winning Moots Trail Maintenace Bike was christened on the trail. Since this beast was built during the dead of winter, we have not had the chance to really put it through an on trail work day. Finally our local trails have peeked from under the deep winter snow and late spring storms we have had this year, so it was time. Our local trail club scheduled a work day to take care of an upper section of Emerald Mountain known as Quarry Mountain. Caleb and Ned who are typically using their hands to weld Moots frames, represented us during the Saturday trail work day and put the bike through its paces. Caleb wrote us a short note on how it went. You can read it below:
So, I had a good shake down day out with Routt County Riders and the trail bike…(and Ned). For better or for worse, it was not a chainsaw day. Though the work started at the top of Quarry Mtn Trail. So, I got to do some climbing! Due to time constraints Mark Sehler picked me up at the Quarry for the charge up Lane of Pain. It goes with out saying that it was quite the conversation piece! I tried (not too hard, haha) to carry a good bit of weight. The bike actually was pretty nice for climbing. Not the crawl it could have been. Yes, the front end is kind of floppy, but it is not unmanageable at all.
On the trail the bike is actually nice! Ned used it to shuttle drinks to the various work groups which was fun.
During our lunch at the top, Kelly Boniface showed up, shot some photos (Moots tagged on FB), then laughed at me all the way down Lupine! It was really fun! Odd and long, but fun. Chicanes through tight trees are interesting!!
Gretchen and Mark asked if they might use the bike later this week to check and clear Beall Trail. That actually seems like a great project for the bike, since they will be moving through the whole trail, not just working one part.
ps Some adjustments definitely need to be made this week. Starting with the pretty but terrifying Brooks grips! It’s like trying to hold on to ice cubes and steer an elephant!
You know when you’ve worked with or around a group of people for a good long time, you can just about finish sentences for them? Moots can get to be a little like that. The group here has spent a good deal of time together. Close work enviorment which spills over to life and times after work hours. Bike rides, burger nights, family events and the joy of welcoming a new little one into this world.
We have a new addition to our group in the form of Charli Rae Meers. She is the new daughter to our front line office manager Tami Summy and her partner Clay Meers. If you’ve called Moots in the last couple of months you didn’t get Tami on the phone, she was out having a baby! Well, she’s back with us now and we have a new little one to welome to this crew. Please help us welcome Charli!
Tami gave us some specs on Charli:
Name: Charli Rae Meers
B-Day March 29th, 2013
Dislikes: being hungry.
LOVES her bath time…water baby for sure!
Welcome to the family!
Congrats to Tami & Clay!
David Gensch joins Moots this year for his second season on the GrassMoots Team. He’s and amazing person, adventure on skis, bikes and life. This time around he takes us on his White Rim in a day trip. For those of you that know this route and for those that don’t, it’s a ride that either done over multiple days with support or one big ride with no support, it’s an experience either way. For today you can read Dave’s account of it below:
My breath deepened and slowed as my mind expanded with the horizon line, realizing just how log it had been since I was last in the great South West desert. After setting up camp at the bottom of Mineral Bottom, the evening light broke through the afternoon thunderclouds and gave us quite a show during our walk to set up the beer cache.
The alarm went off early and just as quick as the night had ended the coffee was brewed. Oatmeal, spiked with Honey Stinger gel took a bit more work to get down, but we were off shortly after 5:00 A.M. This was Matt’s first time riding both the White Rim as well as this length of ride. I had no doubt that he would stick it.
The first hour and a half is a climb in the pre dawn light and at sunrise we crested the high point for the day. Riding a few miles further to the top of the Schafer Trail where our water cache was, we noticed the morning chill. Dropping into the canyon, our thin rain jackets did little to shelter us from our chattering teeth and numb toes but the decent is fast and soon we were committed to the next 75 miles of desert.
It always seems that the next ten or so miles trend decieviously uphill but I wonder how much of it is my mind telling me to settle in for the next 8 hours. I hear some of Matts fist heavy sighs and feel my own tweaks and twinges as the early season creeps its way into our ride.
The morning sun trended upwards and our layers began to shed as the rhythm of our pedal strokes regulated themselves. Stopping at some of the more spectacular viewpoints, we made sure to keep fueled and hydrated. By mid day we were half way and although I felt different parts of my body more than others, the simple joy of peddling my bike in the desert far out weighed any discomfort.
Lunch on top of Murphy’s Hogback was timely and welcomed as some famish and heat goose bumps teased us both. The cool rock and warm sand soothed our poorly prepared spring bodies while we lightened our packs by grubbing down.
The rowdy double track downhill off of Murphy’s sets up the remaining 30 something miles with some more featured and fun riding and stunning scenery. We lucked out with not too much afternoon wind and enjoyed a smooth pace. Late in the afternoon, dark clouds came quick and we put in a push to get over Hard Scrabble before any rain would come. We enjoyed a beer at the top that I had previously frozen and it was still nice and cold.
I told Matt that there would be a sand section towards the end of the ride and it was soft and deep this year. It’s definitely a, “put your head down” section and not much fun but we had a beer cache at the old corral. Another treat to bring in the last 6 miles.
We washed off the day in the Green River and cooked some burgers to enjoy by the fire. We had no flats or mechanicals and although we both were not in biking shape we had great day in the desert. It’s always a gift to spend time in these ancient and ever-changing places…
Many thanks to Nic at Aloha for setting our bikes up as we had a completely maintenance free day.