Bike shop history...
Congratulations to Bill and Robin Groff on their induction into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. They certainly deserve this recognition for their pioneering and visionary efforts in the mountain bike industry and for their enormous role in the transformation of Moab into the mountain bike capitol of the universe. I still ride the 1989 Klein I purchased from them during the Fat Tire Festival in ‘89. However, contrary to what the T-I article states, Moab’s first bike shop was actually started by Bob Degles in 1971 in the same building later made famous by Rim Cyclery. It was called Moab Cycle and featured bicycles along with backpacking and climbing gear. Bob sold and rented bicycles.
At that time, I was publishing a bicycling magazine called “Ride On” in Salt Lake City. Together with Moab Cycle and Salt Lake’s University Cycle, we sponsored the “Tour de Moab,” a three-day ride from Salt Lake City to Moab in 1971 and 1972. There were only two of us (Brian Coombs and myself) in the initial tour ... but our numbers swelled by 50 percent the following year. The finishing line was the newly established Poplar Place.
Moab Cycle was a regular advertiser in “Ride On.” Bob’s quarter-page display ad simply read: “Sweet Air and Sandstone – Moab Cycle.”