Moots began in 1981, from the shop of Kent Eriksen, called Sore Saddle Cyclery, which technically opened in 1980, but the operations of Moots didn’t get rolling for a whole year. Kent began the brand with the help of many others, and eventually sold it off to begin his own company, Eriksen Cycles. Meanwhile, Moots began to permutate into their current state as one of the largest framebuilding operations in the USA. I can’t compare their shop to anyone else, other than Seven in the Boston-area. In terms of scale and organization.#cycling #bicycle
Packed within an industrial complex, the freestanding structure includes a machine shop, cnc lab, finishing studio, welding shop, offices, and three apartment buildings, one of which was my home for the week. You get the feeling that the building itself is a hive and the honey are these amazing titanium frames, beckoning for their first ride.
It has always been my belief that folks needed a bike that suited their needs, was reasonably lightweight, and wasn't beholden to staying on smooth pavement for the entirety of its lifespan. That bike, I have always reasoned, is what we call "gravel bikes". But that name is all wrong! The name these bikes should have is road bikes. That's right. The name for those skinnier tire, performance driven, singularly purposed bicycles should not be "road bikes". They should be called by their right name- racing bikes.#cycling #bicycle
I was struck by this totally obvious observation after having read this opinion piece on "Velo News". The entire search for a new name for these "gravel bikes" is not a wise thing to do. The "right name" for these bikes was right under our noses all the time, and it had been usurped by what the industry calls "road bikes", which really are not "road" bikes at all. "Certain roads bikes", yes. But not all roads are suited to racing bicycles. Not to mention all purposes......
Research suggests #cycling could be a “miracle pill” for our nation’s #health, but most of us can’t access it. There is a 60% chance you’re one of those who would like to cycle more, but feel the #roads are too dangerous. If you’re a family there’s a 38% chance you would cycle more often if there were more traffic-free routes; an additional 25% of you have family members who don’t feel confident cyclingHere's the government consultation (also linked in the article). Takes 2 mins!