My name is Bob Sharpe. I’m 58 years old and live in Jefferson Iowa. I’m not from here but I moved here to have access to the Raccoon River Valley Trail. I cycle every day regardless of the weather. I don’t go as far or fast when it’s really bad, but I go for the simple reason that it makes me feel better.
I ride a lot of miles. Most are at a reasonable clip but speed isn’t the objective. Enjoyment is the objective. I’ve fallen in love with gravel and have discovered that my favorite bike is my Salsa Fargo, a drop bar mountain bike with 29″ x 2.25″ tires. People who see the bike are enamored with it. My tires are so much larger than roadie tires they’re used to seeing. They want to know the story, so I stop and we talk. I’ve made some good friends.
I’ve struggled for a long time with regard to what I want this site to be. I don’t know why. I guess it’s because cycling is very personal and special to me. My goal is to get other people on bikes…the more the better. That hasn’t changed. The challenge is how to best do it.
What I’ve decided to do is simply share my stories and pictures. I bring a camera on most rides and offer custom and stock photography. Maybe they’ll get you as excited about cycling as I am. I hope so.
* The picture above is of me on top of the Colorado National Monument during the 2016 Tour of the Moon in Fruita Colorado. That was a special day. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend going and riding in this amazing event.