Happy May from Absolute Bikes!
Upcoming events and info (not necessarily sequential…)
Be our Facebook Friend, follow our Tweets! The best way to stay up-to-date on our events, and to get some special deals is to “friend” us on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Flagstaff-AZ/Absolute-Bikes/98223130076?ref=nf , http://twitter.com/absolutebikes
The MBAA Absolute Bikes Flagstaff Frenzy Race is Saturday and Sunday May 19 & 20. Get signed up for the XC Race on Saturday or the Super-D on Sunday. More info here: http://www.mbaa.net/
A huge thanks to the MBAA for donating $5000 to Flagstaff Biking Organization to hire American Conservation Experience to do trail maintenance on lower Moto Trail! These guys definitely give back to our local trails! More info here: http://flagstaffbiking.org/2012/04/28/ohmygosh-theres-a-bulldozer-on-lower-moto/
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/ Two upcoming topics:
Feeling Good on Your Bike, for Beginner to Intermediate Riders: Nutrition, fit, clothing and comfort for long and short rides. Thursday, May 17th, 7:15 pm-8:30 pm, presented by Amber Belt, ND.
Biking to Work, School and Errands: Tips and advice for making riding around town convenient, easy and safe. Wednesday, May 30th, 7:15 pm-8:30 pm, presented by Anthony Quintile
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 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/
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 near Ft. Tuthill! We are co-sponsoring this Flagstaff Biking Organization event with Specialized. Lunch and free raffle provided! http://flagstaffbiking.org/trail-program/#6-2
Flagstaff Biking Organization’s first trail day is May 5th. Come on out and help build new tread on the Flagstaff Loop Trail near Campbell Mesa! Thanks to our neighbors, and favorite running store, Run Flagstaff for sponsoring this event! http://flagstaffbiking.org/2012/04/26/first-trail-work-event-of-the-year-new-construction-on-the-flagstaff-loop-trail/
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. Thursday, May 3 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
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: Schultz, Sunset, Upper Brookbank, Little Gnarly, Schultz
This is a Flagstaff Classic!
This ride incorporates some of the best sections of the Mt. Elden/ Dry Lake Hills trail system with dark forests, views of the San Francisco Peaks, steep climbs and technical descents. Our best reference for a map of this ride is the Emmitt Barks Cartography Flagstaff Trails Map, available here at Absolute Bikes. (If you remind us when you are picking up a copy, we’ll try to draw in some of the recent AZ Trail, Ft. Valley and Flagstaff Loop Trail additions as well.)
Stay tuned for more info on the Flagstaff Ranger District’s soon to be issued Proposed Action for recreation planning in the Mount Elden and Dry Lake Hills area. If everything goes the way we think it is, we should be getting some great new trails and re-alignments in the next few years!
Propaganda: End of an Era
We’re gonna go out on a limb here a little.
We understand that not all of our customers are fans of the fact that some trails are open to motorized use, and we respect that view. If you are not aware, the Coconino National Forest just implemented its new motorized travel restrictions as part of its implementation of the National Travel Management Rule. Local details here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5362842
The basic idea is that all Forests throughout the country must restrict motor vehicle travel to designated routes and areas; this had never been required in the past. Anyone could drive anywhere not restricted for any specific reason, (a Wilderness designation for example). We strongly support the need to appropriately restrict travel to protect Forest resources.
This new Rule doesn’t only affect OHVs; this will affect where everyone can camp, what roads are legal to drive on and much more. Even if you have no interest in riding quads or dirt bikes or driving jeeps, you will probably be impacted in some way in your ability to access your favorite campsite, climbing area or vista.
We want to give a shout out in solidarity to some of the folks who first pioneered some of our favorite singletrack and who continue to help build and maintain and advocate for more routes…the local single track motorcyclists. Thanks guys, and we support your ongoing efforts to get some legal routes.
To those who don’t like motorized trail based recreation, please keep a few thoughts in mind. Managed recreation has far fewer negative impacts than unmanaged recreation. Our National Forests are managed with a multiple use ethic. We in no way think motorcycles ought to be on all single tracks…we don’t even really think bicycles ought to be allowed on ALL trails, (although it would be sweet if a few of those trails in the Wilderness were open to bicycles…;-}), but we do think that responsible trail users of all types should have legitimate opportunities to recreate in our National Forests.
So once again, thanks for the trails friendly motorcycle guys, and we’re rooting for you!
Details on one new motorized multiple use trail system currently under review can be found here: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36911
DEALS OF THE MONTH!!
-2011 Giant Cypher 2 women’s full suspension, medium, was $2099.99, CLOSEOUT AT $1499.99!
-2008 Giant Cypress, hybrid bike, XL, was $329.99, sale $269.99, $229.99 with a copy of this email!
-2012 Niner MCR 9 XT hardtail chromoly, large, was $3474.99, sale $2999.99, $2899.99 with a copy of this email!
-2010 Specialized Roulux (comfort road), medium or large, was $1249.99, sale $1039.99, $849.99 with a copy of this email!
-2009 Specialized Langster, fixed/freewheel, 56 cm, was $829.99, sale $629.99, your price $499.99 with a copy of this email.
-2011 Giant Via 3, medium, small and extra small, was $399.99, sale $329.99, $269.99 with a copy of this email!
-2011 Pivot Mach 429, large red only, was $5299.99, sale $4699.99, $3499.99 with a copy of this email!
-Worksman Pizza Bike!! Was $749.99, now on sale for $699.99! 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…
-Our 2011 rental bikes are on sale..git’em while the gittin is good!
Most 2011 bikes are on close-out since the 2012 models have been arriving.
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-
202 East Route 66
6101 Highway 179, Suite C
Village of Oak Creek/Sedona, AZ