Upcoming events and info (not necessarily sequential…)
Sedona Mountain Bike Festival, March 2-4, 2018- Come shred the red, drink some drinks, eat some food, hear some music, check out some bikes and generally have a rad time! We’ll be guiding a ride and feeding some folks, and we’d love for you to join us. Details and sign up here- http://sedonamtbfestival.com/
Join the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona State Series- The MBAA has been hosting the Arizona State Series for years, and we help out with the putting on Flagstaff Frenzy every spring as part of that series. The MBAA uses funds generated from their races to help build and maintain trail, get kids into mountain biking and more throughout Arizona. Check out the series and sign up to race here: https://mbaa.net/2017/11/09/the-2018-mbaa-xc-series-details/ .
White Tank Grinder, February 24th, White Tanks Mountains- Join our friends from Blue Wolf Events for this mountain bike race to raise funds for the White Tank Mountains Conservancy. Details and register here: http://www.swsportsreg.com/viewevent.php?EC=452
Downhill, Enduro, and Dual-Slalom racing in Boulder City, NV- Check out www.downhillmike.com for more info and to register. Also check out the Facebook page… https://www.facebook.com/events/272981276558407/
Red Rock Ranger District Volunteer Trail Days- Join the US Forest Service in maintaining and building trails in the Sedona area! We’ll be buying lunches for some of these events for anyone who shows to help. More info at the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition web site: https://www.vvcc.us/
The Specialized Cactus Cup, March 9-11, McDowell Mountain Park- Come for 3 days of racing and one big mountain bike party. It’s a chance to put the hammer down and work on that cycling tan. https://thecactuscup.com/
Chino Grinder, May 5th, 2018- We’ll be helping out AZ Gravel Rides with Northern Arizona’s best gravel race. You bring the suffering, we’ll bring the bacon! http://chinogrinder.azgravelrides.com/
2018 Flagstaff Frenzy, Saturday, May 12th– We’ll be working with the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona and Mangled Momentum Timing to help them put on the Flagstaff Frenzy. Check it out at https://mbaa.net/racing/flagstaff-frenzy/
2018 Flagstaff Super-D, Sunday, May 13th– We’ll be working with the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona and Mangled Momentum Timing to again present the Flagstaff Super-D the day after the Flagstaff Frenzy. Check it out at https://mbaa.net/racing/super-d/
2018 Flagstaff Bike to Work and School Week, May 20th-25th – Join Flagstaff Biking Organization and the whole community of Flagstaff for A WEEK LONG CELEBRATION OF CYCLING! Stay tuned to http://www.flagstaffbiking.org for details.
2018 Taylor House Ride, July 21st, 2018- We are back on the classic route in the Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments area! Details and sign up here: https://www.absolutebikes.net/community/events/taylor-house/
2018 Revenge of the Flagstaff Enduro, September 22nd and 23rd– We are planning on seven stages, new routes, more descending, more sick rad shred gnar! Save the date! Details will be posted here: http://www.flagstaffenduro.com
Check out our Team Absolute Bikes Facebook Group- You don’t have to be a member of Team Absolute Bikes to hang out with us and our Team Members! This group is a forum to hook up for rides, maybe snag a lift to a race or a trail day, discuss bikes and more! https://www.facebook.com/groups/324203578069485/
Sedona Ladies Ride, Saturdays at Absolute Bikes, Sedona- Sedona Ladies Ride will leave from the shop every Saturday at 9am. All levels welcome! Just looking for ladies who are excited to get out and ride bikes.
2017 RENTAL AND DEMO BIKES ON SALE! PRICE REDUCTION! Check here: http://www.absolutebikes.net/sales/shop-online/bikes-on-sale Some models not listed online yet, call 928-779-5969 or 928-284-1242 for details or stop in either Absolute Bikes location!
Absolute Bikes Group Rides!
Absolute Bikes Repair Clinics!
Absolute Bikes, Sedona Clinics:
More on our rides and clinics here: http://www.absolutebikes.net/community/clinics-rides/
Absolute Bikes is Northern Arizona’s E-Bike Specialists! We have certified e-bike techs on staff, bikes in store for demo and purchase and the expertise to get you riding farther and funner than ever before! Click here for an overview on e-bikes and info on how to try one out now! https://www.absolutebikes.net/sales/brands/bikes-that-we-sell/e-bikes/
We have a huge selection of Yakima, Kuat and Thule Car Racks, and most installations are free with purchase and done the same day! We have been the place to get a car rack in northern Arizona for over two decades. We stock racks for all applications, not only bikes! We have a great supply of small parts as well. Come see us and we’ll help you choose the best system for your needs. We have a bunch of car racks on sale, including some roof-top boxes and ski racks! Click here for details or stop by! http://www.absolutebikes.net/sales/shop-online/bikes-on-sale/
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Ride of the Month: A Short intro to gravel riding in Doney Park…
This ride is a good first short gravel ride for folks north of town, or for folks who want to ride out that way. Start at Highway 89 and Silver Saddle Road.
Ride north on Highway 89 for about a mile, turn left on the road to the Cinder Lake Landfill. After about a half mile, turn right into the US Forest Service trail head. Continue through the fence on the trail.
After about 100 yards, turn left on a 2 track trail. This is a pipeline corridor. After another few hundred yards, turn right on a discreet trail before the big hill in front of you. This trail winds through the woods behind Old Caves Crater. It will put you on a public easement/trail adjacent to a dirt road (Vista de Oro) that accesses some private properties. You might need to hop the fence to get on the trail. Turn right onto this trail. Turn left to head out to Heritage Drive, turn left and follow this as it becomes Moonbeam until you’ll turn right on Stardust.
Turn left onto Neptune and ride for about a mile to North Bryant and turn left. At the end of Bryant, turn left and get onto the trail through the access provided by the neighborhood. Stay to the left along the fence line at first. This 2-track trail bears around a hill to the right where you’ll come to a 4-way intersection. Turn left.
After about .25 miles, turn left onto the pipeline 2-track. Ride for a couple of miles until you begin to approach a steep hill where the pipeline corridor continues. Turn right on the 2-track road and follow this to the Cinder Lake Landfill Road. Turn left head back to the start/finish at Silver Saddle and Highway 89.
This ride seems like it might be a little tough to follow, but if you use Google Maps, or a similar app, on your phone, you should be easily able to find your way.
Propaganda: Tips for a great gravel ride in Northern Arizona.
I just recently purchased a Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon. This is my first drop-bar gravel bike. I thought it would be a great way to add some diversity to my road riding. Ultimately it has in an amazing way, but not after a bit of a rude awakening about the capabilities and application of such a bike…
My first ride was a loop utilizing FR6064D, (the end of Campbell Avenue north of town off of Highway 89), the far side of Schultz Pass Road and a descent down Elden Springs Road. For someone who hasn’t ridden a drop bar bike on dirt, this seemed like a perfect first ride.
I was sadly mistaken.
Although the bike performed remarkably well on the somewhat technical climb, (for a gravel road bike), the descent down Elden Springs Road was brutal! Elden Springs, like many of the major dirt roads in northern Arizona, has a base of sandy white gravel that, when driven by lots of motor vehicles, becomes severely wash-boarded. This is not those small, vibrate-y ripples. This is 4” deep, 2’ spaced whoops. By the bottom of the descent, my hands were cramping and I had almost been bounced off the road several times. This was one of the more violent experiences I have had on a bicycle.
Not to be deterred, I decided to try some smaller, 2-track, routes on my second ride.
What a difference!
The Diverge has opened up a whole world of new riding and exploration for me! Every little two track in the greater Doney Park area has been added to the various paved roads and neighborhood streets affording me endless opportunities to make new loops. I can easily get in an assortment of 20 mile rides without getting more than 5 miles from my house.
The Diverge is light and quick and really translates a road riding experience capably to looser dirt surfaces, all while maintaining the agile feel of a full-on road bike on the pavement. The Future Shock suspension in the head tube and the CGR seat post work seamlessly to take the edge off of small bumps on dirt trails and roads. I don’t notice anything odd, just that the ride is smoother than it ought to be. The tires are set up tubeless, further contributing to the nimble fast feel of the bike. Although there are a lot of great options for this type of riding, I am extremely impressed by this bike!
The main takeaway for gravel road riding: stick to the back roads, both dirt and paved. Stay away from big highways and the major gravel routes like Schultz Pass Road, Elden Springs Road, the first part of Woody Mountain Road. Not only are the smaller routes more interesting, there is less traffic.
DEALS OF THE MONTH!
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