We are just a few weeks away from Cyclocross Nationals which will be held in Boulder, Colorado January 8th-12th. We have secured a 10 x 20 heated space at the event for any and all Moots racers that are attending the event. Come and make our space your base camp for your event. We will have a small number of wind trainers inside the Moots compound for you to use as well as a space to stash your gear.
Valmont Bike Park will be alive with racing and you should expect space to be limited around the venue for parking. The size of the venue will bring spectators in ‘’tight”, so this will give the race course an amazing feel.
There will be mud, snow, ice & sun? Yes.
Moots staff will be on hand during normal expo hours bring your bike by and say hi, we’d love to meet you.
We are also planning a social evening with our local Boulder Moots Dealer Vecchio’s. Come join us for a beer and light apps that Saturday night at Vecchio’s. (More details to come as we get closer).
If are planning to be at nationals and own a Moots, please let us know you are coming. Shoot me an e-mail at: email@example.com
See you in Boulder!
A few weeks ago a couple of us from Moots made a quick pointed trip to Southern California. It was down and dirty quick. Depart on Thursday am and be back Monday night. Not the shortest trip ever known to man, but did I mention we drove there & back? Yep, from my calculations we spent 38 hours behind the wheel and in the sprinter van during those days.
Yes, it was a quick trip and we only saw two shops and did two events, but those events made up for what quantity can never give you.
Just up the road from the coastal town of Ventura and through the small town of Casitas Springs, (where Johnny Cash once called home) sits Ojai, California. In some ways it reminds me of Steamboat Springs, population about 10,000, surrounded by beautiful mountains and inhabited by some of the nicest people you’d like to meet. Main street in Ojai really is the “main street” with several businesses and shops that don’t scream big box.
Right when you enter town on the left is the site of The Mob Shop. The building has some real character; once a gas station that had gone out of business and sat empty for 17 years, now a revitalized & remodeled building that houses a very special bike shop.
Kelly, Greg & Tim are the partners in the shop and serve as almost every position in the store. Mechanic, sales staff and floor sweeper, you name it they do it. The story of the shop goes something like this; several years ago Kelly ran a Recycle Bicycle program out of a local pool store. Yes, a pool store. Chlorine on one side, bike parts on the other. Now I’ve heard of a lot of lawn mower/bike shop combos, locksmith/bike shop combos, but before this had never had the pool/bike shop combo thrown out there. Anyway, the pool/recycle bike shop progressed into a newer space after about a year and then Kelly & Greg felt the need for an even bigger space. The gas station was found and Tim was brought into the fold.
They spent about 6 months remodeling the old gas station into an amazing space. They kept some of that old-school gas station feel by using some of the features as fixtures in the store. Car lifts, over head doors and the outside classic gas station bathroom. (Yes, you gotta ask for the key to use it)
GRAND OPENING 2012
The new space hosted a Grand Opening in June of 2012. In Ojai, the crew that turned this deserted building into an amazing space has gotten the attention of locals and those that travel from LA to escape for the weekend as the place to go to for your bicycle needs. Big or small, commuter or full on racer.
One customer in particular has been a constant as the boys grow their business. Jack Mitchell frequents the shop and does his part to keep them in business by buying bikes one after another. Jack now owns 3 Moots through The Mob Shop and might have a 4th in his future in the form of a Frosti. Jack is a character and a character that rides…every day. He rides somewhere around 9,000 miles a year. He’s retired and loving every pedal stroke. He’s a pretty amazing guy, loads of stories about managing music venues and riding his bike. (That’s him above with Tim).
A STAFF THAT RIDES
Yes, our industry is a passion driven one. Most of us fall victim to the industry because we have a passion for the bike. Yet, sometimes life gets in the way, longs hours of work followed by long hours of life. It’s easy to let one day of not riding turn into 30, then before you know it you’re separated from what got you into this in the first place.
The gents at The Mob Shop ride. They have that passion that pushes them out the door and onto the bike. I think it makes a difference on how they see their business and how they can relate product to customers, to the connection of riding. Our demo afternoon ran into the evening on that Friday, we stayed and (might of) had a beer with them. The next day our schedule was tight, but we took the offer to join them for an early ride. We have to right? It’s part of the job right? Yes, I’m right. We could not go all that way and not ride with them. So early on Saturday morning we met back at the shop, fitted customers and staff to Moots demos, slammed down coffee and a pastry and off we went. Road bikes. Climbing from the start….up, up and more up. 4,000 feet in 15 miles. We climbed one of the favorite routes of the group and descended back to town, changed and hit the road. The “afterglow” of a ride stuck with us the rest of the day.
In my opinion you learn a lot by riding with someone, whether through conversation or just how they roll on a bike. It’s good to know we have a very special dealer in Ojai that understands bikes. If you ever find yourself in the area, stop in and say hi & meet The Mob Shop crew. Have a coffee and join them for a ride if you can. You won’t regret it. We didn’t.
The crew from Raleigh-NC, home of FRANK’S CYCLERY came to ride some desert miles.
Robbie & Guideion from Pedalers Fork made the trip to Moots Owners Camp 2013.
Over the past few years we have built our “Moots Ti Sticks” each Cyclocross season so you can cheer on your favorite racer. 100% of the proceeds go to an organization that we like to support, each of those years we raise about three thousand dollars from our version of a “cow bell”. In the past the recipients have been IMBA and Bicycle Colorado. Both, very worthy organizations that do some great work on international levels and state levels.
This year we are ready and set to sell the 2013 limited batch of oversized Ti Sticks with 100% of the proceeds going to The Great Colorado Flood Relief. As you may or may not know the front range of Colorado was ravaged by a massive flooding event this past September. We have many cycling brethren that live in the areas affected and we’d like to help. The flood devastated everything in its path; favorite road rides, businesses, homes and farms that raise our food were wiped away. So this year we are proud to announce that all of the proceeds from our Ti Stick sales will go to Colorado Flood Relief.
Moots “Ti Sticks” are made from drops or scraps that cannot be used to build bikes. Normally we recycle our drops, but for the Ti Sticks we save some choice drops and donate our time to weld and finish them by hand right along with our frames, stems and seat posts. It’s a labor of love for a cause.
The Ti Sticks this year are unlike the other batches we have sold. They are all oversized, some with a gentle curve in them, but all bearing the Colorado Flood Relief iconic sticker to make them even more special. Tie in the fact that Cyclocross Nationals are in Boulder in January, this makes them even more meaningful to us.
We have a very limited number of these this year and when they are gone, they are gone. Be part of a great cause, help out your fellow humans and get your cowbell on. Because like they say……”I NEED MORE COWBELL”!!!
You can follow this link to our online store and purchase the best stocking stuffer ever:
Moots Owners Camp 2013
This week in Tucson, AZ a gathering of Moots owners from around North America is taking place at our 2nd Annual Owners Camp, hosted by The Cycling House. The campers will be taking on some nice routes and good miles this year based out of the house in Tucson while the rest of us (and country) get throw into the ice box of winter.
During the week, campers are treated to PRO like treatment, with a morning meal and the ever active coffee making device pumping out the brown juice to keep the riders spirited during the ride. Once out on the road a lead guide and follow guide take up route finding duties. At the back of the bunch is the follow vehicle which will take care of any mechanicals if they crop up, making sure to get rider back into the action so fun is maximized and down time is minimized.
Once back at the house following the daily rides, show, massage and social time leading up to dinner. In house meals are prepared and the group again, spends some good quality time with each other.
We will be posting some reports as the days unfold.
The ride schedule for camp:
Friday- Saguaro East National Park (60 miles)
Saturday- Mount Lemmon (60 miles)
Sunday- Gates Pass (50-60 miles)
Monday- Madera Canyon (50-80 miles)
Moots Limited Edition Sterling Silver Road Head badge
We have had our head badge artist Michael Cherney create this beauty for the Moots owner that has just about everything, or that special build of a lifetime. Made in a very small batch, this Limited Edition Head Badge will take the place of your existing Moots modern era head badge. Michael Cherney is a jeweler by trade, an artist that has perfected his craft. His work is mindblowing and we are fortunate to have him create the badges that grace our bikes.
Mike visited us during NAHBS-Sacramento and had some very special items with him and had some great stories of the riding around his home. He enjoys getting out on his road bike, which he mostly rides on dirt. You can check out the post we did from that visit: NAHBS SACRAMENTO
Setting up to cast after injecting and perfecting each wax.
Built using an investment cast & lost wax process this badge is 1 troy ounce of Sterling Silver and are completely hand done from start to finish. We have 8 of these for sale in this batch. We are not sure we will do more.
A quote from Michael; “Riding in the woods on a road bike is totally where it’s at “!!! Mt Vision, Pt Reyes-Inverness Ca.
You can go here to buy one:
A couple of years ago Shimano approached Moots to provide Cyclocross frames for their neutral support program during the season. Those bikes have done several New England Series Races, 2 Nationals and World Championships. Well here we are just 2 seasons later and they are still going strong. There is a reason Shimano gave up the carbon units for handbuilt titanium bikes that can be refinished and serve many season in abusive conditions.
Most of this season the fleet has been in Colorado supporting and headlining the sponsorship during the WITHOUT LIMITS CX SERIES. They have a fleet of 8 Psychlo X bikes prepped and ready for you to use, if your pony dies before a race or during, Shimano has you covered with a “loaner” you soon won’t forget.
This same fleet will be at Nationals come January, so anyone coming from out of town will have some backup should you need some.
This program has saved several hides during the season.
We are also working on another program with Shimano that involves a road fleet for the coming years. Stay tuned for more on that.
For now, get out to the final race of the Without Limits Series this weekend at the Boulder Reservoir, sand, snow and cold are on tap. Hup, Hup.