Frankie the cross-bike

This is Frankie, my cross-bike.  Frankie is so named because he is made up of a variety of bike parts from around our shed.

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I use Frankie as a ride-to-work bike and also as a lunchtime ride bike.  He’s great for taking out on the Riverfront trail.  I can get in a great workout and then head right back to work.  Today Frankie collided with a huge tumbleweed and came out victorious. Go Frankie!


Fruita’s New Ad Campaign

The Fruita Tourism board went looking for new taglines this year and was given some um…interesting options from marketing group Cobb and Associates.  To see all six images, click the one below.

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Personally I think Fruita can do much better.  I don’t think this photo even needs a tag line.  Just the rider on the Horsethief Drop In with “” is enough. If they’re going to insist on something edgy, then they need to keep thinking!  Why does everything have to be pink and geared towards women?

Tumbleweeds and Fruita Mountain Biking

This weekend was chock full of biking and, for so early in the spring, I definitely got some miles in.  Saturday I headed out to 18 Road for some fast flowing riding on Prime Cut.  I was also working on a blog post for about directional trails.

I started out Prime Cut and as I rode up the trail I was amazed at the massive amount of tumbleweeds around me!  They were everywhere!  Beside the trail, on the trail, on the hill at the top of the trail…the world was filled with tumbleweeds.  A friend on Facebook commented that it looked like something out of a Dr. Seuss book!

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Later on I took a few photos to illustrate the directional signs for Prime Cut (uphill only) and PBR, Kessel Run and Mojoe (all downhill only).  As I was snapping a photo of Mojoe’s sign, I saw this guy:

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Can you see him?  Right in the center of the photo?  He’s riding UP Mojoe.  I would hate to be him when he encounters someone in the middle of a feature.

So let’s see, 18 road riding:  UP Prime Cut, DOWN PBR, UP Prime Cut and then DOWN Kessel Run.  On Kessel I actually had to stop several times to move tumbleweeds.  If you’re out there and see them, then please do the same.  Please don’t ride around them.  Keep the singletrack single!

On Sunday I met a friend out at the Kokopelli Trails and we took off from the parking lot at what felt like 60 mph.  We hauled butt up Mary’s all the way out to Pizza Point/Steve’s cut off.  Here, we turned around, rode Mary’s the other way (it is NOT directional and is fun from either end) and then picked up Wrangler.  After that we still had energy left and so made a quick lap around Rustler’s loop.

The trails are perfect right now!  Get out and enjoy!  See you soon!

The Daily Sentine’s RIDE 2014 Magazine

The Daily Sentinel’s annual RIDE magazine is out!  It’s full of great tips and tricks, information on biking in Grand Junction and surrounding areas, and info on etiquette.  Let’s face it, we all want to be polite bikers, right?

Here’s the link to the full magazine: RIDE Magazine 2014

For a sneak peek, here’s the introductory article written by Desert Rat Tours guide Sara Withers.

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Bike Gear I Want for 2014

This year will be the year of accessories. The needs have been met; I’ve got a great bike with great components. Now is the time to spend a little money on accessories and things that I want. This list is in no particular order.

1. Ergon GP1 BioKork Grips – First of all, these just look cool.  I love the cork.  According to the Ergon website, the cork is taken from sustainable forests in Portugal.  The rest of the grip follows the same eco-friendly idea: gel in the palm section uses vegetable oil instead of mineral oil and the clamp “can also be 100% recycled.”

I rode Adelle’s bike around a bit last year and loved her ergonomic grips.  These have gotten some good reviews on and are still an affordable $39.95 when purchased directly from

2. A bike bell.  Any bike bell will do, but this Mirrycle Brass Duet one from seems popular.  Sure it may sound bizarre, but on some of our trails a means of letting others know you’re coming can be handy!  For instance, since adding the Holy Bucket trail, riders now often ride the last portion of Holy Cross in both directions and there are places where you cannot see what’s coming.  Speed is the name of the game in this section and I often find myself yelling, “rider coming!” I’d rather have a bell.

This one retails for a mere $12 on

3. This is one I’ve actually already acquired: my new Orange Mud Hydraquiver.  I reviewed it for, but then realized how great it will be for short afterwork bike rides too!  I can carry a water bottle and shove a spare tube or patch kit and tire tool in the zippered pouch.  There’s also room to stash a gel in a small pocket in the shoulder strap.

The Hydraquiver retails for $84.95.

4.  These awesome Pearl Izumi Women’s Impact Capri bike shorts/baggies are described as a “loose-fit” capri.  Aside from my great Sombrio bike shorts, all I own are spandex bike shorts over which I usually wear baggy hiking shorts.  I’m the least-well-dressed biker I know. I think these great capris would be perfect for spring and fall riding and would look great too!  They have stretch fabric, 2 zippered pockets and a detachable liner with  W’s MTB 3D chamois.

They retail for right at $100.

5. Of course, if I’m going to get new bike shorts, I should get a nice jersey to go with them! This Pearl Izumi Women’s Impact SL Jersey in scuba blue is perfect.  I love to go sleeveless in the summertime and the zippered front allows for extra venting.  A nice added feature is the sunglasses wipe sewn right in to the jersey!

This jersey retails for $50 on the Pear Izumi website.

6.  G-Form Knee and Elbow Pads – There are some trails (Moore Fun, Holy Cross, Free Lunch) that I’d feel more comfortable riding if I had some knee and elbow pads.  I can ride the trails now, but I end up walking features.  I think if I had some extra crash protection I might be a little more willing to go for it on some super technical sections.

I like the G-Form brand because the pads are designed to flex with you – they aren’t rigid like some pads.  According to the G-Form site, “The unique way the pad is shaped and molded, plus its attachment to the compression fabric, keeps the pad close to the surface of the body, and this enhances the protection, especially compared to hard shell pads that can move out of place.”  They can also be washed repeatedly, which is just a nice plus.

A pair of knee pads or elbow pads retails for $59.  Check out a review of the men’s knee pads in our Gear section, here

7.  The Garmin Edge 510 GPS Bundle – Ok, this isn’t really necessary since you can get the Garmin Fit app for .99 and then just sync it to the heart monitor and speed/cadence sensor, but wow does it look cool!  You get the computer, the heart monitor, the speed/cadence sensor, and all the chargers/adapters for $400.

You can upload ride data, measure you ride, elevation, calories burned, speed, heart rate, how many times your mom called while you were out…(ok, maybe not that one).  It seems like this does everything and tells you probably more than you’d ever want to know about your bike ride.

I know I’m not the only one planning what gear to buy/covet this year.  What’s on your list?