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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Monday, November 3, 2014

*a local trail building organization*

it is with some regret (but not too much) that we are withdrawing our support from *a local trail building organization* due to their president's public endorsement of a right-wing candidate for Colorado state house of Representatives. the *a local trail building organization* is claiming that the candidate is being endorsed because a few ambiguous "pro-bike" noises he has made during his campaign.

sorry- but blindly supporting a politician for a single issue is nothing but reckless and irresponsible; especially given the candidate's positions on other issues (fracking, public lands, endangered species, etc, etc) that are in direct conflict with any claims of responsible "stewardship".

aside from that, 3 years after our membership has expired, we have yet to receive an invitation to renew. *a local trail building organization* will not be receiving a check from us, either- now or in the future. at least until they get their act together and smell the sagebrush.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Image for Today

Collegiate season started for me with sort of a bang - literally, I kind of blew up.

My first race of the season was at Stanford's John C. Schlesinger Memorial Criterium around Specialized's headquarters in Morgan Hill, CA. 

With 4 laps to go, as I was sitting maybe 6 back from the first man on UC Davis' lead out train, 6 guys went down out of a corner behind me. The subsequent ambulance and fire truck parked on course resulted in a 45minute neutralization, and when they started us again with 7 laps to go, I pretty much blew off the back. 

Still, it was fun.

The real fun came this past Sunday, when the UC Berkeley Cycling Team hosted its very own race weekend, complete with RR, TTT, and a Sunday criterium right through the streets of Berkeley.

The entire team was on the crit course at 5am for set up, and by the time 8am rolled around, I was barely donning the team kit and putting the bike on the trainer for a quick warm up. 

Long story short, the race didn't exactly go my way, but that's okay, because if I hadn't told you that, you'd think I was off the front in this picture:

My collegiate race season will soon be coming to an end - March 30th at the UC Davis criterium. Yeah, three races isn't a super impressive introductory season, but the way I see it, it'll sling shot me into race shape for the summer road season. 

Check back in a couple weeks for my final results - if all goes to plan, I should end up somewhere close to the podium...

Friday, January 24, 2014

retirements and stagaires for 2014

in efforts to maintain a tidy appearance around here, some spring cleaning will be taking place over the next few weeks. starting today, several other blogs linked in the sidebar will be retired as they have gone inactive for a variety of reasons. if your blog was previously linked here and feel that it was removed in error, please contact our admin to have the link reinstated.

here are the retirements for this year, an active link for each will be maintained in this post for future reference.

with the folding of the once mighty Euskatel team, the Iban Mayo blog has gone silent. the world of cycling is diminished by the loss of both.

learning of the passing of P.D. Bird this past autumn has caused us much sorrow. Jennifer and i were honored to have met both P.D. and Johnny last year during our bike tour on the northern California coast- definitely one of the highlights of our adventure. things are just not the same without P.D., and we here at ABANDON YOUR CAR wish Johnny all the best in his future travels.

the visual powerhouse that was once known as Ride the Machine appears to have given over to the dark forces of capitalism and the blog seems to have gone inactive as a result.

announcing Manual for Speed; if you have not checked them out, now would be the time to do so. by far the best race coverage from the Tour of Colorado last year. MFS features beautiful photography and in-depth reporting on many topics not covered in the mainstream cycling media.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

trail report for 23 january 2014- it's all about the freedom

trail reports were discontinued here on ABANDON YOUR CAR more than two years ago, for the very reason demonstrated in the image below: no matter the reality of conditions on the ground, people will ride their bikes and free range their dogs as they see fit. the curious will go out no matter what is said about wet trails, snow, mud... pushing on like brave pioneers in the spirit of manifest destiny because they "know" that conditions will improve just around the next corner.
or they are forced to turn back because the bike now weighs 75 kilos and they have been post-holing a two kilometer legacy of destruction that will last for many months into the future.

and then images of the conquest are posted up on social media (which is where i happened to poach this photo from). "like hells yeah- i tagged that shit, yo!"

it is not my bike, it is not my dog.

of course, it can be argued that nothing we do here and now will make a rat's back end of difference in the future; so why not pillage, plunder and consume like there is no tomorrow? my answer is that the arrogance today is no different than back in the days of manifest destiny, and in reality, probably worse. we as a species know better now. we have the science to back it up- fracking, CO2 emissions, overpopulation, hunger... and the list goes on.
given our knowledge and reality, the choices we make and power we have to determine future realities basically boil down to one thing and whether we choose to act upon it in the right way:

it's all about the freedom. (so please choose wisely)

image courtesy of BBC News

and by the way, it's still road bike season in western Colorado. here's some beats to get ya motivated:

Saturday, January 18, 2014

two images for today

regular viewers of ABANDON YOUR CAR may have noticed some recent posts featuring historic images of cycling culture in the 20th century- lifestyle, competition, the bikes, and the people that made the scene.

being the big-time player "lifer" in the bike industry that i am, there have been plenty of opportunities to curate a vast hoard of ephemera, treasures and other items related to cycling culture in those ancient times; many photographs being among them.

images appearing on this blog are given proper copyright credit whenever possible. most are produced by the other two contributors, as well as myself. other images, the really old ones, are often far more problematic when it comes to identifying the photographers and subjects.

often, what is known is merely where the images have originated from. a good part of my personal collection was acquired from a friend by the name of Otis Taylor.
his interest at that time was primarily in curating images and artifacts pertaining to America's first cycling World Champion; the great Marshall "Major" Taylor (no relation).

he was kind enough to pass along some really fantastic stuff- many of these images have never been seen on the interwebs before, they are exclusive to ABANDON YOUR CAR, and we are honored to share them with the world.

and a big thanks goes out to Otis, who gave me some much needed schooling about how "the game" is played.