We love bicycling as a lifestyle, culture, and sport. We love to ride, build, restore, oggle and sometimes race bicycles. We also love to talk on at great length about our ideas, opinions and exploits involving all of the above. Welcome to our BLOG!

Abandon Your Car is not a slogan or ideology so much as a reminder to all of us to get away from our petro-mobiles as often as we possibly can and embark on life as an adventure by bicycle.

We'll keep you current on the important road and trail beta from our home base in Palisade, Colorado and shower you with our .02 cents about the ongoings of bicycle tribes the world over.

Be sure to tune in for Danny, AKA: the Young Apprenctice, providing the ever important perspectives of a college-bound bike geek and all around brainiac in his NORCAL Updates.

We're glad you're here- look around, drop the Bike Master a line and then get out and ride for awhile- you'll be glad you did!

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Friday, March 23, 2012

on the workstand today: your Next Wipeout

some concepts don't make the transition from drawing board to consumer products very smoothly. sometimes a word that is cool in one context becomes something completely different in another, perhaps a bit sinister. this bike would be one example:

looks are deceiving from a distance; standard-fare, box store, juvenile bicycle, 20" bmx stylee...


safety first.

Friday, March 9, 2012

old school image for today

yours truly- sport class stallion, suffering up  Humbug Hill in Breckentidge, 1988

this is an image from the Humbug Hill climb stage of the 1988 Breckenridge Fall Classic. the race was for many years the season finale of the legendary Colorado Offroad Points Series (CORPS). the past several years have been hit or miss with the event- sometimes it happens, sometimes not... a sad testament to the decline of XC mountain bike racing as it was once known.
this was my first year of mtb racing waaay back in the day, as the image clearly demonstrates; note the hippie-hair, t-shirt, fabric-covered Giro helmet perched at a jaunty angle, Oakley Frogskins, toe clips (this was well before SPD's made their debut, remember) and a bike well-suited to that era.

those were some good times, yo.

road and trail report for 9th march 2012: PALisade, Grand Junction, Fruita USA

winter is making a hasty exit from the western Colorado/eastern Zion region- the snow left behind by last week's storm has melted away, leaving trails somewhat saturated in areas, but other areas are dry and fluffy  (mostly in "multi-abuse" areas, such as Rabbit Valley).
the temperatures are soaring into the 50's F, and sunny conditions are predicted through the upcoming week.

many roads throughout the region are generally in excellent condition, but be on the watch for patches of sand and gravel that have built up over the past several months, especially at higher elevations.

happy road and trails, we hope to see you out there enjoying one of the world's premier cycling destinations- Colorado's Grand Valley.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Trail Report Fruita, Grand Junction, Palisade 3/5/2012

Thanks to the warm breezes drying things out in the Valley over the past few days, I have achieved the Grand Valley Spring Trifecta- Skate skiing on endless fresh groom Saturday, 50 miles on the road bike Sunday and the Mountain bike on the Western Rim today.

Last time we were out here was Christmas Day...a very different ride indeed. The snow is all but gone out here, the Meadows have started to green up and the ancient redrock seems fresh against the spring sky.

The Castle Valley Sandtraps rode remarkably well today- I give it a 7 out of 10 on the Rabbit Valley Sand Ride-ability Scale. The red dirt on the Kokopelli Trail portions and the Western Rim Proper was pretty stinking chewed up and soft- not exactly your tacky hero dirt. Felt a little like the brakes were rubbing the whole way...I give it a 5 out of 10 on my Western Rim/ Kokopelli Ride-ability Scale.
This particular section of the Western Rim continues to confound me. How wide will this become before the BLM lays out some trail barriers? In Utah they use downed Juniper everywhere to coach the clueless back onto course- A far cry from the less aesthetic, but painfully effective buried tires of old school BMX tracks.
this is the other 1/2 of the same curve- I have come to refer to this bend in the trail as "Too Much Freedom Curve". I mean, seriously, when it comes to single track in the desert, how many choices do riders need or deserve? Western Rim is doomed without some aggressive intervention- and perhaps, a little less freedom. Long story short folks- the trails are drying up nicely after last week's wet snow dump and it is time to RIDE! There are plenty of damp and muddy spots in the north facing and shady areas and any precipitation will make them worse so watch the forecast and, as always, we would really appreciate it if you could bring yourself to ride through the puddles or WALK around them.

Friday, March 2, 2012

the 2012 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

all most of the continent's cycling-related bling is on display this weekend at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento this year, and we are much looking forward to reports and images from the fabled event.

on a more personal level, i am looking forward to seeing a certain set of wheels on a completed mountain bike entry from Kish Fabrications. my friend Paul Aieta, head marketing honch over at MRP/White Brothers called upon my wheel building expertise to lace up a pair of Stan's NoTubes Alpines to a set of DT Swiss 180 carbon/ceramic hubs with some DT Revolution spokes and ProLock alloy nips. the 1250 gram pair of wheels is for a friend of Paul's who is buying the new Kish... but not being able to take delivery until after many thousands of bike geeks have fondled the components, clicked the shifters, squoze the brakes, and pinged the tubing half to death and the show has finally ended for another year.

Jen's disembodied hands carefully unwrap her new 650b treasure. this one didn't go to the show (her F/S bike did) and is being built now for the upcoming season.

and last, but most certainly not least- as always, we here at ABANDON YOUR CAR would like to wish much success to our favorite local builder; Kent Eriksen Cycles.

have a great show everyone!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

trail report for 2nd march 2012: PALisade, Grand Junction, Fruita USA

UPDATED friday 1:30 p.m. MST

all this frozen stuff accumulated thursday.

the word is SNOW. lots of wet, soggy, moisture-laden snow.

it will take some time for the local trails to recover from this most recent bout of precipitation. DO NOT be the person who feels compelled to leave a rutted legacy of destruction... and then acts upon it.

the trails WILL NOT BE DRY THIS WEEKEND. trust me on this one. be patient, ride your road bike (a really excellent option). go snowboarding. stay off the trails. we will be posting reports when the time comes to ride the dirt again.

we thank you for your support and cooperation.

UPDATE 1:30 p.m. MST: 33.5 degrees, overcast, periods of light snow falling.