Happy March from Absolute Bikes!
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Upcoming events and info (not necessarily sequential…)
Winter Clothing is ON SALE! 30% OFF! Come get the good stuff before it’s all picked-over!
ALL SUGOI CLOTHING IS ON SALE! 30% OFF UNTIL ITS GONE~!
WE HAVE A TON OF CAMELBAK CLOSE-OUTS ON OUR SALE RACK! Best deals going on a new hydration pack! (Flagstaff, but we can move a pack to Sedona for you, let us know!)
Annual Absolute Bikes Birthday Party Sale, April 1st-April 7th! ALL BIKES WILL BE ON SALE! We will have sales throughout the store, daily specials through our Facebook Page (“Like” us here!), and best of all, FREE CAKE AND ICE CREAM AT THE BIKE RAFFLE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 6th AT NOON! Come in each day throughout the week for one free raffle ticket. (Must be present to win on Saturday, but everyone wins with free cake and ice cream!) Stay tuned to our Facebook Page and the April newsletter for details!
Sedona Singletrack Celebration! May 3-5 2013! Come demo bikes from Specialized, (they’ll be bringing their big demo rig!), Pivot, KHS and more! Ride with the locals, join in the festivities! Details developing here: http://sedonamtbfestival.blogspot.com/
Register now! Old Fashioned Mountain Bike Race, August 24th, 2013. Super fun race with awesome trophies! All ages event including a short fun race for little kids! Proceeds benefit the St. Mary’s Food Bank, Flagstaff. This year’s raffle prize will be a $1000 Specialized Spending Spree at Absolute Bikes, courtesy of Specialized Bicycles! That’s right, $1000 worth of Specialized product for FREE! Buy raffle tickets even if you aren’t racing, need not be present to win, and the money all goes to help feed folks.
Save the Date! Sedona Metric Centuries, October 5th and 6th, 2013. Two days of beautiful road riding in the Sedona and greater Verde Valley area. Red Rock, ancient ruins, rivers and creeks and more! Registration will be live soon!
The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona Points Series Races! March 9th Estrella Hedgehog Hustle See http://www.mbaa.net/#!race-4-estrella/c1rel for details on this race and the State Series!
Absolute Bikes, Sedona Clinics: Trailside/Roadside flat tire and chain repair and more! Don’t feel helpless when minor things go wrong on a ride. Every other Thursday evening from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM. March 14th and 28th.
Flagstaff Bike to Work Week 2013 presented by Flagstaff Biking Organization! May 19th-24th, 2013! Absolute Bikes and Specialized Bicycles are proud to be sponsoring this annual celebration in recognition of the fun and important role the bicycling plays in our community! Check http://flagstaffbiking.org/bike-to-work-week/ for details as they become available, and in the meantime, get your commuter bike in for a tune up before the weather gets nice!
The 2013 Flagstaff Biking Organization Trail Work Schedule is live! Once again Absolute Bikes and Specialized will each be sponsoring two of these events! Check http://flagstaffbiking.org/trail-program/ for dates.
Red Rock Ranger District volunteer trail events in Sedona for March! These are still being planned, but stay tuned to http://www.vvcc.us/ for details and updates! Also, we will post info on our Facebook page as more info becomes available. For more info, contact Adrian at the RRRD at 928-203-7531 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Absolute Bikes wins the AZ Daily Sun’s 2012 “Best of Flagstaff”! Thank you to everyone who voted for us! We are so flattered to win again. http://azdailysun.com/news/local/bof-results/article_5797fd0e-4081-11e2-b892-001a4bcf887a.html
2012 MODEL BIKES ARE ON CLOSEOUT NOW! Come and get’em while we got’em! Also, ALL OF OUR 2012 RENTAL BIKES ARE ON SALE!
Did we do right by you? Please give us some social-media props! If we have done great work for you, we’d appreciate it if you could find some time to post a positive review on Google Reviews, Yelp or another web review site. These reviews can help guide folks to us so we can help them as well. Thank you!
Absolute Bikes group rides in Flagstaff are suspended until spring. We will be resuming group rides in Flagstaff when the weather warms up again next spring. Stay tuned for some winter Sedona rides!http://www.absolutebikes.net/community/clinics-rides/
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 right now and take up to 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: Lake Mary Road
Lake Mary Road is the staple of road riding in the Flagstaff area!
As the temperatures begin to warm but the trails are still muddy, this is a good time to ramp up your fitness for spring. The great thing about the Lake Mary Road/Mormon Lake area is that because there are no grueling climbs to speak of, you can set your own pace.
The wide shoulders and long line of site make for great opportunities to ride with your friends as well. Road rides are always better with some company to take turns pulling in the wind.
Speaking of wind, we recommend avoiding this ride on windier days. This out-and-back often seems to have a headwind in both directions.
Please be careful to stay to the right of the shoulder marking as vehicles travel at high speeds on this route.
Here is a map of this ride: http://goo.gl/maps/Tz2SZ
(This month’s “Ride of the Month” is in tribute to Everett Ramsay)
Propaganda: Don’t Ride Muddy Trails!
This winter has had a fairly decent amount of precipitation in both Flagstaff and Sedona. As a result, we have seen the trails in Sedona become pretty soft, and we’re bound to see the same in Flagstaff over the coming several weeks.
We wanted to take this opportunity to remind folks that riding your mountain bike on soft trails can cause damage and erosion that can take an entire season to recover. Although our observations have been that the occasional bike on a muddy section here and there doesn’t have the devastating impacts that it can in some places, it is still bad form as it will, at best, leave the trail tread bumpy for weeks and at worst, lead to rutting and the need for maintenance to prevent further erosion.
We also want to make sure folks know that we will occasionally suspend renting mountain bikes, especially in our Sedona location, because of trail conditions. We don’t do this because we don’t want our bikes to get dirty, we do it because we want don’t want to contribute to damaging the trails in the heavily used Sedona trail system. Last night we attended a presentation by a Red Rock Ranger District soils specialist who further elaborated on impacts that trail erosion can cause, including degradation of wildlife and watersheds.
So PLEASE, be patient! The trails will be as awesome as ever when they firm up a bit. In the meantime, consider going on a road ride!
DEALS OF THE MONTH!!
2012 IN-STOCK BIKES ARE ON CLOSEOUT!!
ALL GIANT 12″ WHEEL “Lil Puddins”, $50…YUP…$50!
-Breezer Lightning Team, 26″ wheel custom SLX build, cromoly, 18.5″, was $2499.99, sale price $1999.99, your price $1799.99 with a copy of this email.
-Breezer Lightning 29 Pro, cromoly, 21″, was $2249.99, sale price $1999.99, your price $1749.99 with a copy of this email.
-Soulcraft Royale 105, 57cm, black, was $2999.99, sale price $2499.99, your price $2399.99 with a copy of this email.
-2012 BH RC1 SRAM Red, road bike, 56cm, was $4799.99, sale price $4199.99, your price *$3499.99* with a copy of this email.
-2012 KHS Flagstaff, 29″ full suspension, large, was $2499.99, sale price $1999.99, your price $1799.99 with a copy of this email.
-2011 Specialized Ariel Sport Disc, small and xs, was $729.99, sale $599.99, your price $429.99 with a copy of this email.
-2011 Giant Via 3, medium, small, was $399.99, sale $299.99, $269.99 with a copy of this email!
-Worksman Pizza Bike!! Was $749.99, now on sale for $599.99! Pick up you own pies in style!
-All Swobos must go! A copy of this email gets you an addition 15% off the already low sale price…
Thanks for reading and thanks for your business!
The Absolute Bikes Staff-
202 East Route 66
6101 Highway 179, Suite C
Village of Oak Creek/Sedona, AZ