Steamboat Springs, CO – “Handbuilt in the Rockies,” is the simple but very poignant tagline for Moots Cycles.

Once your local Moots dealer sizes you up and sends the specifications to the factory in Steamboat Springs, the entirety of your brand new bicycle, right down to the image of Mr. Moots on your head badge, is cut, shaped, mitered, machined, aligned, welded, and finished inside their four walls.

Started in 1981, Moots Cycles first offering was actually a custom steel frame. It would take another ten years until the company rolled out its first titanium frame at Interbike, and it has not looked back since.

img_6081aimg_6085aWhile the facilities have definitely seen an upgrade over the years, the original factory now Orange Peel Bicycle Service, the dedication, quality, and purposeful design philosophy of each Moots bicycle have not varied.

Using US-made titanium tubing, each Moots creation could easily be classified as art. But the true aesthetics of any bicycle often comes through in its fit and ride quality. And in that, Moots exceeds expectations.

img_6069aimg_6075aimg_6077aTaking the dime tour with Public Relations Manager, Cathy Wiedemer, it was readily apparent that the craftsmanship that goes into and onto each Moots bicycle is directly related to those people involved in the process. From Amy DeCastro Shelters, one of the few female welders in the industry, to Moots President, Rob Mitchell, who took the time out of his busy schedule to show me Steamboat Springs, the real quality of any Moots bicycle is in the people who work meticulously on it.

img_6080aimg_6064aWith their first complete booth at Eurobike this year and the unveiling of three new offerings at Interbike, Moots Cycles certainly has a great deal to celebrate this year.

Somehow, I just don’t feel they’ll all slow down long enough to enjoy it.

For more information on Moots Cycles, visit the company’s website.

Lenny B
Leonard Basobas - Among my many and varied interests are cycling and writing. I am deeply passionate about both. Strangely enough, neither has come very easy to me.I had such a horrible crash as a small child that I did not attempt to ride again until the 6th grade. From that point forward, you could say that I have had a love affair with two-wheels. When I was not out on my bike, I could be found tearing apart or putting back together other bikes. The frames and parts found in my parents’ basement today are a testament to that fact. Around the same time that I began riding again, a young rider named Greg Lemond had just won the U23 World Championships. Following his career was my entry point into the sport of cycling, but I never participated in organized racing until I was past my cycling prime. Today, a healthy curiosity about racing has me lining up on the road and in the nearest velodrome.In regard to writing, I am not a trained journalist. My writing, instead, strikes a creative bent in the form of short stories, at least when I not writing for my day job in clinical research. Although I have yet to be published for my creative writing, I have authored several abstracts and papers, and been published as the lead author for a paper in a well-known peer reviewed medical journal.I have covered the sport of cycling, as both writer and photographer, at such races as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 to 2014) and the US Pro Cycling Challenge. I was also the featured Guest Contributor for, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.