Uncle Al in Heaven

by admin on March 9, 2012

One of our old friends and a great dealer for us, Alan Ardizone (Cascade Bikes in Montrose, Colorado), retired a couple of years ago. He’s also known as Uncle Al, tech guru for several years at http://roadbikerider.com, a weekly newsletter for roadies. His practical, no-nonsense advice was a breath of fresh air from the usual hype about bikes, parts and service. After retiring, we’d hear reports every so often, but missed our more regular contact. Just before transferring his shop to his son, he purchased a Roadie for his wife Leslie, and a Sport for himself. Since then, he’s taken large chunks of time traveling the country with his pick-up and camper. Yesterday, he passed in this report along with a couple of nice photos.

“Thought I’d send this photo to you taken on the Mickelson Trail in South Dakota last fall.

This bike was a retirement bonus to me after 20 years owning and operating Cascade Bicycles. It’s THE perfect machine for the mixed surfaces one encounters on Rail to Trails. It handles like a dream. My other favorite bike is my orange Roadie.

I run 32mm Conti Contact tires and have the Tubus rack and Ortlieb bag (only one side) for those long days on the trails. Extra clothing, lunch, tool kit, etc. We ditched the fenders as they always rattle and make transporting the bikes in the back of our truck a bear.

Leslie and I do out and back rides,usually around 50 miles total, returning at the end of a ride to our inviting little Scamp trailer (see other photo). We feel like we’ve died and gone to Heaven. This bike has been on the Mickelson S.D., the Paul Bunyan, the Heartland, the Gitchi Gammi, and the Willard Munger Trails in Minnesota, and the Katy Trail in Missouri.

Thanks for making our cycling lives so wonderful!

Uncle Al & Aunt Leslie Ardizone, Happy Campers “

We can’t thank Uncle Al enough for all he’s done for us, for his community and for the larger cycling community.

By the way, to eliminate rattling fenders, try a product that didn’t exist 3 years ago – leather fender washers . Thanks!

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