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Delicate Arcs: Charlie’s Blaze Bicycles Twin Turbo

Delicate Arcs: Charlie's Blaze Bicycles Un-Road Bike

Thanks to trails like Slickrock that course over the stone it’s built on, Moab is a spiritual home of mountain biking. Make a pilgrimage to the city and you’ll come across a shop called Bike Fiend and, nearby, the workshop of Pierre Chastain and Blaze Bicycles.

Delicate Arcs: Charlie's Blaze Bicycles Un-Road Bike

If Moab is the spiritual home, then Bike Fiend is a temple, supplying bikes, apparel, accessories, and coffee to the residents and visitors of the town that, while small in size, has such a huge cultural (and geological) significance.

Delicate Arcs: Charlie's Blaze Bicycles Un-Road Bike

You can also pick up a custom titanium frame with the neatest TIG-welded beads from Bike Fiend, via Pierre’s Blaze Bicycles workshop, whose specialty is his hardtail frames with elegantly curved tubes that serve both an aesthetic and functional purpose.

Delicate Arcs: Charlie's Blaze Bicycles Un-Road Bike

His frames, both skinny and fat-tired varieties, are designed to handle the punishment dished out by the harsh Utah terrain and the famous “Slickrock” sandstone trails. Pierre’s curved tubes bring a helpful amount of compliance to his frames.

Delicate Arcs: Charlie's Blaze Bicycles Un-Road Bike

This is one of Pierre’s Twin Turbo frames, built for Charlie, a Moab-local self-confessed nerd bike mechanic. Charlie tweaked a standard road bike geometry to suit his own style and ended up with more of a drop-bar mountain bike.

Delicate Arcs: Charlie's Blaze Bicycles Un-Road Bike

Charlie intended on making a statement with the Twin Turbo: It’s a call for less bravado and machismo within the bike industry, and a space for everyone. Be who you want to be. And we’re in total support of it.

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Massive thanks to Spencer Maughan for the photos and insights.

Delicate Arcs: Charlie's Blaze Bicycles Un-Road Bike