Upcoming events and info (not necessarily sequential…)
Join Team Absolute Bikes! Team Absolute Bikes is a great opportunity to earn discounts and store credit at Absolute Bikes in exchange for spending some time giving back to trails, bike events, getting kids on bikes and more. Please send an email to Anthony firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you’d like to join for 2018. This year’s sign-ups will close January 10th, 2018, so let us know soon!
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/
Mountain Bike Association of Arizona Series starts soon! 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/
Papago 6, Saturday January 6, Papago Park Tempe, AZ. Six hour mountain bike race in the beautiful Sonoran desert~! To register go to, https://register.chronotrack.com/r/26918 , for more info see www.12hoursinthepapago.com
Verrado Velo Criterium, Saturday January 13, Verrado, AZ The first Arizona crit of 2018! More info and register here- www.verradovelo.com
Prickly Pedal, Saturday January 20, Flat Tire Bikes Cave Creek, AZ This event benefits the Maricopa Trail project! Fun mountain bike race on the north side of the Valley of the Sun. More info here: www.pricklypedal.com Register here: http://www.swsportsreg.com/viewevent.php?EC=425
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/
NEW TIME! Sedona Ladies Ride, Saturdays at Absolute Bikes, Sedona– Sedona Ladies Ride will leave from the shop every Saturday at 10am. All levels welcome! Just looking for ladies who are excited to get out and ride bikes.
PRICE REDUCTION on 2017 rental and demo bikes! Moving out the old to bring in the new! Get in while the selection is still good! http://www.absolutebikes.net/sales/shop-online/bikes-on-sale
2017 RENTAL AND DEMO BIKES ON SALE! 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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You can apply for free financing online! We offer financing through Specialized/ Synchrony S-Card, and we have set up a link through our 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.)
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Ride of the Month: Black Canyon Trail lower loop
This section of the Black Canyon Trail System is less frequently ridden by us northland residents probably because it is a slightly longer drive and it is harder to find the trail head. We just rode here and highly recommend this Sonoran desert ride, especially for colder/wetter days in Flagstaff and Sedona.
Drive south on I-17. You’ll go past Black Canyon City and the Rock Springs Café, (where you might want to get some well-earned pie after riding). You’ll exit at Table Mesa Road and proceed back to the north on the west side of the freeway. You’ll follow the signs to the Black Canyon Trail trail head to make a left after a couple of miles.
Ride north on the trail after you leave the parking lot on a short connector. After about 2 miles, we recommend turning right on Little Pan Trail at the junction for the loop. This way will have you climbing on road and descending on trail once you reach the top of the loop. If you prefer climbing on trail and descending on gravel two track, then go clockwise. (We had a hard time seeing where the “Tech Loop” was on the ground, so we would recommend this option only for intrepid explorers.)
There is a little route finding towards the top of the loop either way. We recommend using Trailforks or some other geo-locating app on a GPS or phone to make route finding easier.
This is a rocky, moderately technical, moderately strenuous mountain bike ride with some phenomenal desert scenery! There are many other variations on this theme in the area to explore as well, see the below link to Trailforks. Don’t forget to stop for pie on the way home!
Propaganda: Mountain bikes have changed the world for the better…
Our international correspondent recently spent some time in Morocco. This beautiful country in north Africa has many remote, very poor, villages. For many of the Berbers, who have inhabited these areas for as long as 12,000 years, a bicycle is a primary mode of transportation.
There are still some old Chinese and/or Indian steel framed, push rod brake utility style bikes. These bikes are ubiquitous throughout the third-world since they are cheap, to break and easy to fix.
There are also thousands of mountain bikes! These would best be considered similar to a Walmart-style hardtail and full-rigid frames. They are simple and heavy. That aside, they have fat tires, a broad gear-range and cantilever brakes making them vastly superior on dirt roads and paths than their Chinese/Indian counterparts. The added traction of the tires, handling characteristics of mountain bike geometry, low gears for climbing hills and added stopping power are far better than the skinny tires and poor braking of the Chinese/Indian utility bikes.
This had us thinking about how awesome the invention of the “modern” mountain bike is! While mountain bikes are still a toy for those of us who are reasonably well off, and were originally conceived as a means of recreating in the woods, the mountain bike has assumed a valuable place as a mode of transportation for folks around the world, including the US.
Here’s to the early pioneers of the sport, and to the people and companies that turned a fun idea into one of the most important developments in the history of the bicycle and transportation!
DEALS OF THE MONTH!
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We have a bunch of Yakima stuff on close-out!
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