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Absolute Bikes April 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming events and info (not necessarily sequential…)

Absolute Bikes Birthday Party Sale! April 1-April 9! Deals and cake! How much better can it get? ALL BIKES ON SALE! Come in each day for a free raffle ticket to win an Evo High Tide fatbike cruiser. (Must be present Saturday to win…) Pivot Mach 6 aluminum XT1x on sale @ $2999.99! ALL SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT UP TO 30% OFF! Special deals on select FiveTen shoes. MORE DEALS! Bike raffle and cake and ice cream Saturday, April 8th at 12 noon!

Taylor House Registration is Live! July 15th, 2017. Temporary new routes this year. Click here for route details and to sign up. https://www.absolutebikes.net/community/events/taylor-house/

Chino Grinder, Saturday May 6th! This epic gravel race climbs from Chino Valley to Williams and returns over up to 108 miles! (Shorter options as well…) We’ll be serving bacon and other goodies in Williams. Click here for more info and to register: http://chinogrinder.azgravelrides.com/

The 2017 Mountain Bike Association of Arizona Race Season! The next 2017 MBAA points series race, the Prescott Punisher, is April 15th at Prescott. https://mbaa.net/racing/prescott-punisher/ . We’re sponsoring the Flagstaff Frenzy and Super D coming up on May 13th and 14th. The MBAA puts on some great races and supports trail work and mountain bike advocacy throughout Arizona. Click here for details! https://mbaa.net/racing/

The Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race- April 1st  This 40 mile race is a showcase event for the Maricopa Trail which will eventually loop the Phoenix metro area and connect various regional parks. Proceeds benefit the Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation (MT+PF) Click here for details http://pricklypedal.com/ .

Red Rock District Volunteer Trail Work Events- Saturday, April 1st, Thunder Mountain Trail realignment. Sugar Loaf Trailhead

From Hwy 89A in West Sedona take Coffee Pot Drive north to Sanborn Dr. take left (west) to Little Elf Dr. take a right (north) to parking at the trail head. Limited parking, carpool if possible. Prepare to hike .6 miles to the worksite. Also coming up, April 8th, 20th, and 29th, May 13th and 25th. Contact Bret Edstrom with the Red Rock Ranger District for details and updates: bretaedstrom@fs.fed.us or 928-203-7509 .

FINAL PRICE DROP ON REMAINING 2016 and 2015 BIKES! Check the list of “Flagstaff Bikes on Sale” linked below…come by and get a deal before they’re gone! We also have access to some other sizes, colors, and models from Specialized and Scott at the same deals! If you don’t see what you want in our inventory, let us know and we can check availability. Click here for lists of all of our bikes and other gear on sale: http://www.absolutebikes.net/sales/shop-online/bikes-on-sale

Lots of equipment, apparel and accessories on sale! 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

Register now! The Taylor House Ride, July 15th, 2017. Temporary new routes! The National Park Service is having Sunset Crater and Wupatki Road re-paved this summer so we cannot obtain a permit for our traditional course. Check out this year’s routes here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xnDoHo3eVw8nDLKmtjT3_wG6qxM&usp=sharing Join us for Northern Arizona’s best road ride!

SAVE THE DATE! Old Fashioned Mountain Bike Race, August 26th, 2017. Help feed folks while racing your mountain bike for fun!

Flagstaff Bike to Work and School Week, May 21-26! Participate in the Flagstaff tradition! Absolute Bikes is again an Associate Level Sponsor. Click here for preliminary details… http://flagstaffbiking.org/commute/bike-to-work-week/schedule/

Flagstaff Biking Organization Trail Days! Absolute Bikes will be sponsoring two of these eight events again! Please click here for details on the season schedule: http://flagstaffbiking.org/mountain/trail-program/trail-schedule/

Absolute Bikes Weekly Rides!

  • Saturday morning Ladies Shred-the-Red Ride! Saturday mornings: 9:30am-12pm, Absolute Bikes Sedona! All age and skill levels are invited and welcomed! The ride can be tailored to fit the needs/desires of the group. Learn skills, have fun and spend time on the trails on Saturday mornings! Lead by our very own Mikaela Ray who is a professional cycling instructor and tour guide!
  • Friday Night Rides in Sedona! Meet at Absolute Bikes, Sedona, 6:30 pm on Fridays for a mountain bike ride. Let’s kick off the weekend right with a quick after work trail ride! Through the summer. Bring a trail-worthy headlight!!If you don’t have your own lights, we have rental lights from Niterider for $15. We will credit you back for the rental towards purchase if you want to buy one after trying it out! (Rental lights available starting Friday, October 7th.)
  • Tuesday Night Rides, Flagstaff! Postponed until the Flagstaff trails dry out…stay tuned here for details.
  • Hucks and Hops discontinued until spring. Stay tuned for details…

Absolute Bikes Repair Clinics!

Absolute Bikes Flagstaff Clinics

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 Monday evening from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM. Mondays, April 3rd and 17th. Please RSVP by calling Absolute Bikes, Sedona at (928) 284-1242 or email sedona@absolutebikes.net.

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/

While supplies last! Buy any in-stock Bionx ebike kit and get a Specialized Expedition Sport to install it on for FREE! We have the tried-and-proven Bionx S-350 RX and DX e-bike electric-assist kits in stock and ready to install on the Specialized Expedition Sport of your choice. (A $509.99 value!) If you already have a bike that you’d like to install a Bionx kit on, we will give you 10% off the in-stock kit of your choice and install it at no charge, (up to a $400 value). Come by either Absolute Bikes location for details.

We have a huge selection of Yakima, Thule and Kuat 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/

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!

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.)

Be our Facebook Friend, follow our Tweets, check out our Instagram! 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/Absolute-Bikes/98223130076 , http://twitter.com/absolutebikes , http://ink361.com/app/users/591804033/photos

Ride of the Month: Rocky Ridge, Pipeline, Forces of Nature, Christmas Tree, Sandy Seep

Since much of the higher elevation and north facing trails in Flagstaff are still a bit snowy and/or muddy, these route provide some options for riding in the meantime.

We recommend connecting Rocky Ridge, Pipeline, Forces of Nature, Christmas Tree and Sandy Seep as an out-and-back from either end as one option. Additionally, a longish loop can be made using the Arizona Trail/ Flagstaff Loop Trail under Highway 89A, across the Picture Canyon property and under I-40 to Campbell Mesa. From there, you can find your way back home on the Flagstaff Urban Trail System, or make an even longer loop by following the Flagstaff Loop Trail along the southern end of Flagstaff towards JWP Boulevard.

Rocky Ridge, sections of Pipeline and Forces of Nature all offer some great “old-school” technical trails to challenge your skills. Most of the rest of any of the above listed options are beginner to intermediate level mountain bike trails with few extended climbs or descents.

For more detail, check out Emmitt Barks Cartography’s Flagstaff Trails Map. Stop by either store and we can get you set up with this map and some other advice.

Propaganda: Filling in the holes

Already we are learning that changes made by the new Presidential Administration may affect the availability of trail crew staff for the local Forest Service Districts.

Without any commentary on the political nature of these changes, we’d like to suggest that we can all make sure our trails stay maintained and fun to ride regardless of changes far away in Washington, DC.

Ultimately public lands belong to all of us. We have miles of trails in the Flagstaff and Sedona area that are our trails! At different times the Forest Service, (and others), have had more and less funding available to build and maintain trail on our Federal public lands.

Given that the trend has been towards less funding for trail crews, it is more important than ever that we all get out and volunteer to keep up the trails. Flagstaff Biking Organization is hosting 8 Trail Days and 5 additional Trail Fairies events maintaining trails this year. The Red Rock District is also hosting numerous volunteer trail events. (Email or call Bret for details. bretaedstrom@fs.fed.us or 928-203-7509 )

Trail work events are a great time, volunteers can work as much or little as they want. Often there is free lunch too! We guarantee that you’ll never see trails the same way after attending a well-run trail event. You’ll have a new appreciation for the trails every time you ride!

Who cares what happens in DC? We got this…

DEALS OF THE MONTH!

*See the full lists of ALL SALE STUFF: http://www.absolutebikes.net/bikes-on-sale/

We have a bunch of Yakima stuff on close-out!

Other Closeout Bike Email Deals!   

  • 2015 Electra Townie Go!, (electric-assist town bike), men’s black, was $2599.99, sale $1599.99, $1549.99 if you mention this email!
  • Worksman Pizza Delivery Bike!! Was $749.99, now on sale for *EVEN LOWER PRICE* $499.99!Pick up your own pies in style!
  • Evo High Tide, (fat bike cruiser), step-through and traditional, (one size) was $499.99, sale $299.99, $279.99 if you mention this email!
  • Sun Atlas, (industrial cruiser bike with fenders), was $349.99, sale $249.99, $229.99 if you mention this email!
  • ALL 2016 and earlier demo bikes priced to sell! Pivot Carbon Mach 6 medium @ $2999.99, Scott Spark 760 only $999.99, Specialized Roubaix Disc $899.99! More bikes and more deals! Check in or click here for details…

 Thanks for reading and thanks for your business!

The Absolute Bikes Staff-

202 East Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ
6101 Highway 179, Suite C
Village of Oak Creek/Sedona, AZ
http://www.absolutebikes.net
928-779-5969 Flagstaff
928-284-1242 Sedona