Dave Gensch rides on our GrassMoots Team and has a good record of knocking out the White Rim route in a day during early spring. This year the weather gods did not play nice, so even though the ride was a “wash” the adventure of getting there was not. Dave writes…..
As Matty P, Greg and I pulled out of Glenwood the snow had turned to rain and the ever changing forecast roughly related to the weather. The further west we got, the worse it got until we turned south on Hwy. 313. “See, that’s what my phone said, said Greg”. However as we climbed up to Island in the Sky it became quite clear through the fog and snow, that a 5:00 A.M. start on Saturday was very much in question. We dropped some water at the top of the Schafer Road and went to the visitor’s center to get our bike permits. $15 dollars later we headed back to get the camper to the top of the Mineral Bottom road.
This was one of the more exciting/stupid decisions that I have recently made. With the truck in 4 Wheel drive, we surfed her and my 20 foot camper trailer down the slurry that was once a firm road. There were some touch and go moments but it all worked out. Even though the destination was the bottom of Mineral Bottom, we made the right call to camp at the top and not become a permanent fixture joining the other mangled remains of vintage automobiles that didn’t stick the line on the way down.
Our friends Chris and Lindsay, some hours behind us, smartly spent the night where the pavement met the dirt and we hooked up with them later the next morning at the entrance to Island in the Sky. I had told them to get there bike permits and Chris said, “Oh, it’s fee free weekend, you don’t need any”. As we tried to refund our $15 from the day before we were reminded of how the government works. The ranger explained, “Well that was on yesterdays till and I don’t think I can make the books work today if I refund you”. Happy to pay but classic none the less.
We spent the bulk of the day going to the overlook sites and waiting for the Mineral Bottom road to dry out enough to get their rig down to mine. By mid afternoon we got Chris and Lindsay down to the top and we all then dropped into the canyon and set up camp on the banks of the Green River. We knew that our only chance to ride the loop was to leave very early on Sunday with little or no more rain and then all have to drive home for work on Monday. After a spin around to at least tease the need for a bike fix, we began packing our frame bags when yet another rain storm came in. The joke of, “well that’s what Greg’s phone said” was beginning to wear thin. But Greg assured us that it was a “dry rain” so we continued our preparations. There were two separate periods of amazing rainbows and the sunset as the weather cleared was spectacular.
“Oh, Shit, it’s 3:30” said Matty. I had set my alarm for 2:20 a.m. but the sound did not accompany the subtle vibrations under my heavy head. (note: need new I-phone). Chris had started a fire and we all quickly got ready as 3:30 was our intended start time. By 4:30 we rolled out of camp under clear starry skies feeling great and enjoying the excitement as we road through various warm and cold pockets of air on very tacky soil. “Is this the first climb”, Chris asked? I told him that it was coming soon as we discussed whether our single speed gear ratios were appropriate. Almost at the top of the Hard Scrabble climb, Chris got off his bike and was fooling with a dropped chain. He thought he had folded his chain ring but we quickly realized that he had broken one of the spider arms on his crank. In any group, especially a new group, there often is a respective dance of inquiry without “driving” the ship to formulate the best plan with the known and unknown knowledge. After some back and forth from all of us, we decided that the right thing to do was let Chris start walking/riding back while we finished the rest of the climb and the then turn around to join him in the morning twilight and assist him home as opposed to finishing the White Rim. We each took turns pulling him with a tube and pushing him along the mostly rolling terrain back to camp. Often I think that a group that leaves together should stay together whenever possible. We all feel fortunate that this happened 10 miles in, not 50, and that it was of the mechanical nature not the medical kind.
It is easy to focus on the goal and the destination. This trip was another great reminder that each day we wake up with a plan, and life has a plan for us too. Sometimes they line up and sometimes they don’t. The journey is always part of it all, and can change any minute. I was honored to be with the four of you as the weather, luck and spirit presented us with our trip as we all rolled along with it. Thanks guys.
Our long standing relationship with Shimano neutral support started with a 12 bike Cyclocross fleet in 2012 and has grown into an additional 20 bike road fleet. Shimano neutral support and those sexy blue wagons and trucks are out fitted with 20 Vamoots CR models that run a range of mechanical and electronic group sets. How would you like to get handed a Moots during a crisis in a race?,…..no team car? No pit? No problem. Hand in the air when some of our coutries best racers are killing themselves during a NRC race and Shimano will have their back if their team car is not around.
After years of using other brands and materials that just would not hold the test of time Shimano approched Moots to build a fleet that would be on the cars and under racers for years to come. We jumped at the chance to really showcase the durability of our bikes and funny enough, after a pro or two has had to use one, they really love the ride as well.
For 2015 Shimano will be at the entire NRC series and finally at the end of summer when Road World Championships roll into Richmond, Virginia….guess what will be on the top of those cars? Moots.
If you get a chance to visit one of the races, make sure to stop by the boys in blue and get up close with a nice fleet of Moots.
Early mornings on race day for the Shimano crew.
Always clean and always dialed…..the fleet at the ready.
A good reason to have a mechanical?
Schwab Cycles is located in Lakewood, Colorado which is the perfect distance from Denver and the mountains and road routes that dot the area. Schwab is truly a family run business. At the helm is Bruce Schwab who practices what he preaches when it comes to riding, racing and carrying only product that he would ride himself. Bruce is a very accomplished racer both in Cyclocross and road disciplines. In the early 90′s our Colorado Cyclocross series was largely fueled by Bruce and his business. Not only were they the go-to shop for equipment that you could not find anywhere but Europe, they also supported the race series as well. Known as “The Boss of Cross” I got to know them when I worked at another shop and purchased my very first real Cyclocross frame set from them….they always had the parts you could not find anywhere.
Bruce runs the shop while his mother Doris keeps everyone in line and the product stocked in every category. If you have ever met them, you know what true Colorado cycling icons they are. When we visit Schwab’s it’s more like family than business. They know the names of our kids….and are truly interested in how they are doing.
Schwab’s also has the distinction of being one of, if not the longest running Moots Dealer….anywhere….They started carrying Moots in the very early 90′s and have been with us ever since. Their support of our company is exceptional and does not go unnoticed by all at Moots.
If you find yourself in Denver, make sure to check them out.
This week our international man of sales, Matt Alford will be in the UK making stops at all of our dealers and searching out some new ones as well. During the week he’ll be stopping at Moots Dealers; Mosquito Bikes, Bespoke Cycling and Primo Cycles to name just a few. Once the week nears its end Matt will be at BESPOKED, THE UK HANDMADE BICYCLE SHOW in Bristol. He’ll be on hand with Mosquito Bikes to answer all your questions about Moots.
Make your plans and come out to the finest bike show in England. Stop by and check out Moots!
Welcome to Moots….Surrounded by 3rd Graders eager to learn.
I have to admit, it was a little bit of selfishness on my part, but really it was my turn and I would not be denied. My youngest is in the 3rd grade and over the years Moots has worked pretty closley with our local schools on things like Bike Rodeos, Hike and Bike to School days and factory tours when they come up. This year the 3rd grade at Strawberry Park Elementary has had a session they call “Mini Society” where they elect a city council, set rules, write tickets for offenders and explore a business model where they make a small product or offer a service to sell (they use fake money). They also have to do a bit of marketing of their product. Pretty fun stuff that teaches them a number of concepts.
We started in the miter shop, which, miter is a fancy word for cut! (pulling from my Fancy Nacy knowledge)
Part of the program includes a trip to Moots to see what is involved in sourcing materials, building a bike frame, marketing and selling a real-life product. When my daughters teacher asked if I could do the tours I jumped at the chance.
With the thumbs up from everyone at Moots the stage was set for two 1.5hour tours of our place. 50 students each day over two days. Now, at this point you might think yeah, yeah bragging about the cool things Moots does for the kids, but really it’s something we really believe in and if you have ever witnessed the wide eyes of a kid learning something new, you know.
At the end of the tour they sat on the show room floor and asked some great questions.
Thanks to Strawberry Park Elementary and the teachers that put this together. Great learning going on!
Our Moots Demo Tour 2015 takes us to Southern California for the next stops at our finest dealers. Read below to make plans to catch up with the Moots Sprinter van and the treasure chest of titanium goodness inside. Come out and demo, bring your pedals, helmet and questions. Our own Michael Loomis will be on hand to chat and ride.
SANTA MONICA, CA
SATURDAY APRIL 11TH
SAN DIEGO, CA
TUESDAY APRIL 14TH
WEDNESDAY APRIL 15TH
So what does one ride when they work at Moots? Moots is the obvious answer, but within that there are plenty of choices and we each have our favorite discipline or style. For some it’s all about the mountain bike. Trails can’t open fast enough for our single track seeking co-workers. For others it’s all about the road, and then there are the Cyclocross fanatics…but for most if not all, it’s everything as long as it has two wheels. Many of us seem to flow with the seasons. Winter fat-bike, early spring roads and classic dirt roads that abound the Yampa Valley, then we transition onto single track when the snow relents. It’s a diverse group for sure. That, to me is what makes Moots all that more special.
Eric Hindes heads up our machining department. If you are riding something from Moots he more than likely designed and machined some part on your trusty steed. If you have opened a beer with one of our bottle openers you can bet Eric tested the design so it works perfect every time. He has a love for metal music, bike history, fly fishing and of course riding bikes. (He’s from Iowa so I’m pretty sure the love of bikes is bread into him somehow.)
Eric has had several of our Psychlo X frames over the years, always testing some type of new set up. He also has one of our 29” hardtails with drop bars….yes, he was a fan of Tomac and that era of cycling pretty much gives you more insight to Eric.
Onto his new ROUTT…..Like I said above, Eric has had several cross bikes over the years and when we re-configured the long standing Psychlo X into the ROUTT he could not resist. The lower bb, slacker head angle, shorter top tube and taller head tube give the bike a solid fit and stable handling for those mixed surface rides that dot the country side around Steamboat and beyond. Eric went with a nice build that features trust worthy components for the long haul.
ROUTT 58cm frame, solid black decals, Chris King 1.5 to 1.125 head set, Deda RHM 01 bars, Ultegra 11 speed, Moots 110 x 0 stem.
Eric went with a Praxis Works crank set that uses their M30 BB. It’s a standard english 68mm threaded shell with outboard bearings that house the large 30mm spindle. Stiff, light, stout. The rings are also Praxis, they shift extremely well.
If you follow us on our social media feeds you might have noticed some particularly stunning builds and photos from BESPOKE CYCLING – LONDON. The ladies and gents at Bespoke Cycling do an amazing job, fitting, building and delivering Moots builds to their customers. Below are just a couple of builds that are now out in the world collecting miles under some pretty happy riders.
All photos by: Bobby Whittaker
Visit Bespoke Cycling for more images and Moots information in the London area.
This beauty came through the other day and really started thoughts of brown ribbons of goodness running through my head. It’s early spring in Steamboat and our trails are still under snow, but that first trip to Fruita is not that far off.
Over the years the YBB has morphed from a 26” wheeled-U brake equipped steel bike in the late 80′s with a rigid fork, then onto titanium in starting in 1991. As technology improved we had v-brakes and tubeless wheel sets in the late 90′s, which led to disc brakes and then 29” wheels in 1999. All the while the YBB (why be beat) sat just behind the seat tube using its 1 1/8” of rear wheel travel to soak up and take the edge off hundreds of thousands of trail miles under riders world wide. It’s a simple system, or maybe it is to us because we’ve been building them for so long, but if you are looking for a no-nonsense, low maintenace cross country single track slayer, look no further. Today the tubing is bigger in diameter, thinner in wall and is more refined than those early YBB days. Advances such as thru-axles, dropper posts and super dialed group sets put this bike into a super performance category. There is also wheel diameter choices to be had….we make them around 26”, 27.5 and 29”, something for everyone.
Below we take a look at a 2015 version. I hope you enjoy.
22” Size frame
23 pounds as pictured
142 x 12 thru-axle (stock)
XTR 2 x11
Front side swing derailuer
44mm Head Tube
100mm travel fork