Happy June from Absolute Bikes!
LOTS GOING ON THIS COMING WEEKEND! Read on…
Upcoming events and info (not necessarily sequential…)
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Join Absolute Bikes and Specialized for National Trails Day, Saturday June 2nd. Come on out and help build new tread on the Flagstaff Loop Trail off of Woody Mountain Road! We are co-sponsoring this Flagstaff Biking Organization event with Specialized. Lunch and free raffle provided! http://flagstaffbiking.org/trail-program/#6-2
Bike to Work Week is June 3rd through June 8th! Absolute Bikes, Specialized and KHS are all pitching to support this event this year. Click the link to register your workplace and join in the Worksite Challenge! You could win fabulous raffle prizes or even a KHS Urban X or Specialized Globe Haul 1 commuter bike for you and your co-workers to use. Join the Bike Bazaar! Make a pedal powered float for the bicycle parade and you could win cash money! Get more info and sign up your workplace here: http://flagstaffbiking.org/bike-to-work-week/ AS CYCLISTS WE ALL NEED TO PITCH IN TO SPREAD THE WORD!! BIKING TO WORK IS FUN!!
Check out our upcoming clinics schedule! We will be adding some topics and speakers as well as having Leslie Gilmore back with her classic offerings on basic bike maintenance. Bookmark this page and check back as dates and times are firmed up! http://www.absolutebikes.net/community/clinics-rides/
Absolute Bikes group rides in Flagstaff! Through the summer we will be hosting some group rides. Click here for updates and additions to our schedule.
Red Rock Racing Wednesdays Snowbowl Hill Climb! Through the summer Red Rock Racing will be hosting a ride out-and-back on Snowbowl Road. Meet at the bottom of Snowbowl Road at 4 pm every Wednesday. This should be an average fast-ish paced ride, but not a hammer-fest.
Support a MTB Skills Park, trails and other cycling activities at Ft. Tuthill. The County Parks and Recreation Commission will host a public hearing to discuss the Fort Tuthill County Park Master Plan at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6th in the County Board of Supervisors Chambers at 219 E. Cherry Avenue in Flagstaff. Flagstaff Biking has been advocating for a trails hub and competitive event venue, a mountain bike skills park and other cycling-related facilities at this park. Come to this meeting and show your support!
Red Rock Company’s Flagstaff Barn Burner, Saturday, June 2nd. Join in this classic long-distance mountain bike race! http://www.redrockco.com/events/event-details.cfm?id=F0B0027A-2219-527F-24387D6F79A90139 Proceeds from some of the event go to Flagstaff Biking Organization. If you can volunteer to help with this event, please click here to sign up: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFZieTBDTE9iS1hmT3k2RHhua3lnS0E6MQ#gid=0
Help Re-Open Little Bear Trail! Saturday, June 30th. Join Flagstaff Biking Organization and the Coconino National Forest in doing some of the final repair work to get Little Bear Trail re-opened. If all goes well, this event may be the last bit to get the closure rescinded, (pending Coconino NF Supervisor approval!) Click here for details on this event: http://flagstaffbiking.org/trail-program/#6-30
Team Absolute Bikes has been assisting Safe Kids with Bike Safety Rodeos. Our team members have been pitching in to teach bike safety and traffic rules at several local schools! If your child has come home raving about getting to ride bikes at school, we were probably there instructing them on hand signals, situational awareness remembering to always wear their helmets while riding…
The Taylor House Century Ride is scheduled for July 21st! Registration is live! Presented by Absolute Bikes. Click here for more details and to register: http://www.absolutebikes.net/taylor/
The Absolute Bikes Old Fashioned Mountain Bike Race is scheduled for August 25th! Presented by Absolute Bikes. Register now and/or buy raffle tickets to win a 2012 Specialized Epic FSR 29″ frame set generously donated by Specialized Bicycles! All proceeds from this event go to the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Flagstaff, to feed the hungry in Northern Arizona. http://www.absolutebikes.net/mtn_race/
The Absolute Bikes Sedona Century is scheduled for October 20th (tentatively)! Presented by Absolute Bikes. Save the date! Stay tuned for updates!
You can now apply for free financing online! We offer financing through GE Capital, and we have set up a link through our new web site that allows you to apply easily at home. Click here for details: http://www.absolutebikes.net/sales/financing-and-layaways/ . You could be riding your dream bike this spring and take a year to pay it off! (A little tip for those who wind up not qualifying: sometimes a co-applicant can help get you approved.)
Ride of the Month: Little Elden Trail area
This is mostly a reminder that this vital connector is re-opened now that the damage caused by the Schultz fire and subsequent flooding has been repaired. Within a month or so, Little Bear Trail should also be re-opened, pending the Forest Supervisor’s approval, which will afford us some long missed opportunities to link up loops on the east side of the Mount Elden area again!
As you ride in this area be sure to note the resurgence of thousands of little aspen trees. The US Forest Service and Friends of Northern Arizona Forests, (FONAF), have been building fence exclosures, (mostly visible from Elden Springs Road) to keep elk and deer from grazing on the new aspen shoots until they are big enough to thrive on their own. Various wild flowers and grasses are taking off as well as the forest begins to recover from the fire. Another interesting project to note is the hundreds of plastic cones in the forest, mostly visible from the northern side of Schultz Pass Road. These are protecting newly planted ponderosa seedlings, another USFS/FONAF project.
Riding in this area is a great way to see how the forest recovers and what people are doing to expedite that recovery. Keep in mind that once the monsoon returns, some of the drainages in this area can become deadly dangerous with flooding.
FONAF is driven by membership dollars, so consider joining this group to support their projects on the Forest!
Propaganda: Our cup runneth over!
June is a busy month for bike related events!
Flagstaff Biking Organization is hosting two trail days and Bike to Work Week, the Red Rock Company is promoting the Barn Burner mountain bike race, the Flagstaff Hullabaloo will be hosting some bike-centric festivities…there’s a lot going on!
The funny thing is that June is not much different from other warm months in Flagstaff and Sedona!
We sponsored the Sedona Singletrack Celebration in March.
May was host to the MBAA Flagstaff Frenzy mountain bike race.
We will be hosting the Old Fashioned Mountain Bike Race again in August.
There is a new 12 hour mountain bike race , the Bear Jaw at the Nordic Center in September.
We will be promoting the Sedona Metric Centuries in October…
There are trail building and maintenance events a couple weekends of every month and new trail being opened, (or reopened), constantly.
In addition, there are all sorts of group rides and we are hosting cycling clinics.
Make an effort to participate in a few of these events! We are really excited to be a part of so many of them, but it is the participants that make these happenings so worthwhile, and that helps to make Flagstaff the cycling town that it is!
DEALS OF THE MONTH!!
-BIKE TO WORK WEEK SPECIAL: Breezer Downtown 8, in stock only, all sizes as of this email, was $829.99, sale $549.99, mention this email well throw in a Niterider 1-watt Mako Combo Light Set, a $60 value, for FREE! (Good through the month of June)
-All Swobos must go! A copy of this email gets you an addition 15% off the already low sale price…
-Also, ALL GIANTS MUST GO!! If we have a Giant bike in stock that you are interested in buying, come see us; our prices are un-beatable!!
Thanks for reading!
The Absolute Bikes Staff-