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Absolute Bikes April 2019 Newsletter

Absolute Bikes April 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming events and info (not necessarily sequential…)

**It’s our 30th Birthday! Scroll down for more info about our big party and sale!**

***Absolute Bikes 30th (!) Birthday Party and Sale!***

30 Days of deals and a huge party! You’re invited!

Sale details!

  • 30 Days! March 16th – April 14th
  • All bikes 10% off marked original or sale price!
  • All sale rack items, (we did some winter cleaning and there’s lots of good stuff!), 40% off regular price!
  • All Absolute Bikes Original Goods, 25% off! (Jerseys, t-shirts, pint glasses, so much more!)
  • 10% off everything else in the store! (Excluding labor, Velocare plans, shipping.)
  • Additional deals as part of the Specialized Bicycles “Speed Into Spring Sale” , March 15th – 31st . (Check in at Absolute Bikes for more details soon.)

Join us Saturday, April 13th, at the Flagstaff Elks Lodge for our 30th Birthday Party!

  • Music from The Conduits, The Deores, and Planet Sandwich
    • We’ll be grilling food for everyone and first beverage is on us
    • Bounce house for the kids!
    • All raffle proceeds and a portion of additional drink sales will go to the Flagstaff Biking Organization Trail Fund
    • Everything is free! (Except additional drinks and raffle tickets…)
    • 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm

Flagstaff Biking Organization Trail Days! Absolute Bikes will be sponsoring two Flagstaff Biking Organization Trail Days this summer! Click here for the complete schedule: https://flagstaffbiking.org/mountain/trail-program/trail-schedule/

Flagstaff Bike to Work and School Week! May 19th-24thAbsolute Bikes is proud to once again be an Associate Sposor of Flagstaff Biking Organization’s annual celebration of bicycling! You can help out cycling efforts in Flagstaff by riding to work and school and inviting your friends and coworkers to ride along with you! Every day that you ride you can enter FBO’s raffle to win great prizes for free. Many fun events throughout the week! Stay tuned to https://flagstaffbiking.org/ for details!

Chino Grinder, Saturday, May 4thNorthern Arizona’s best gravel race! 25, 42, 62 and 115 mile options. Absolute Bikes will be serving bacon and doing rider support again at the turn around for the 115 mile route. http://chinogrinder.azgravelrides.com/

Mother Road Brewing’s Flagstaff Bike Olympics! Saturday May 4thGeneral bicycle shenanigans and fun! Check https://www.motherroadbeer.com/events/ for details soon. We’ll be there shenanigating.

Mount Elden/Dry Lake Hills area closure order: The Coconino National Forest has enacted a closure order while contractors implement helicopter logging. The way that this order is written actually closes most of the Mount Elden/Dry Lake Hills area for almost two years. We have been discussing this issue with the Coconino National Forest Supervisor and Flagstaff District Ranger, and hope to have more clarity on how this will actually pan out shortly. The implications so far are that this closure will be amended/reduced after the helicopter logging ends in mid-April. Stay tuned for details. The official order is here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd608944.pdf

The 2019 Mountain Bike Association of Arizona Race Schedule and Registration are live! The next race is April 13th , the Prescott Punisher.  https://mbaa.net/racing/prescott-punisher/  Absolute Bikes is helping to coordinate the Flagstaff Frenzy on Saturday, May 11th : https://mbaa.net/racing/flagstaff-frenzy/ . Check out the dates and get signed up for the series here: http://www.mbaa.net

Save the dates! The Invasion of the Flagstaff Enduro will be September 28th and 29th, 2019 This year’s race will be part of the MBAA Enduro Series as well! Check here for details as they become available http://www.flagstaffenduro.com . (This event may be postponed depending upon the status of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project closures. Please stay tuned for details.)

Help build and maintain trails in Sedona! The Verde Valley Cyclists and Red Rock Trail Fund are working with the Red Rock Ranger District on trails in Sedona. Check the schedule of upcoming dates here: https://www.vvcc.us/Trail-Work-Days .

HUCKS AND HOPS RIDE! Saturdays at Absolute Bikes Sedona through the cooler months, Join us at 10:00 am for a fun and shreddy mountain bike ride. We’ll session some spots and learn new tricks! Afterwards the first round of beers is on us! Most weekends!

Wednesday Shred the Red Technical Rides, Absolute Bikes Sedona! Hone your skills on some of Sedona’s most challenging terrain with some of the best riders in the Southwest! 10 am – 1 pm, Wednesdays starting at Absolute Bikes, Sedona.

Friday Night Rides, Absolute Bikes Sedona! Hone your skills on some of Sedona’s most challenging terrain with some of the best riders in the Southwest! 6:30 pm, Fridays starting at Absolute Bikes, Sedona.

2018 RENTAL AND DEMO BIKES ON SALE! http://www.absolutebikes.net/sales/shop-online/bikes-on-sale Call 928-779-5969 or 928-284-1242 for details or stop in either Absolute Bikes location!

Check out our web site! http://www.absolutebikes.net !

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/

Absolute Bikes Group Rides!

  • Hucks and Hops! Saturdays – Meet at Absolute Bikes Sedona at 10:00 am.
  • Wednesday Shred the Red Technical Trail Rides! Meet at Absolute Bikes Sedona at 10:00 am.

Check out our events, rides and clinics here: https://www.absolutebikes.net/events/

Absolute Bikes Repair Clinics!

Absolute Bikes, Sedona Clinics:

  • Trailside/Roadside flat tire and chain repair and more! April 1st and 15th .Please RSVP by calling Absolute Bikes, Sedona at (928) 284-1242 or email sedona@absolutebikes.net.

Absolute Bikes Flagstaff Clinics: We’re done for summer 2018. Leslie will be back next spring!

More on our rides and clinics here: https://www.absolutebikes.net/events/

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! https://www.absolutebikes.net/sales/closeouts-giftcertifcates-swag/

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: Girdner, Western Civilization, Outer Limits, Ledge n Airy. New stuff in West Sedona!

The Red Rock Ranger District and the Sedona mountain bike community have really outdone themselves this time! We had a chance to ride this combination of adopted, realigned and new trails this past weekend and this system in west Sedona is a virtual maze of cool routes for pretty much any adept mountain biker.

Eat a big breakfast, because there’s a lot to ride!

We started on Long Canyon Road and rode up Long Canyon Trail to Deadman’s Pass Trail. Watch for hikers as there are quite a few on these routes. Then we climbed Aerie, made a left on Cockscomb at the first intersection, and rode down and up Cockscomb to the acute left hand turn onto Outer Limits.

We then turned right to stay on Outer Limits, which is easier, but still entertaining, than Last Frontier. These two trails rejoin, so either route will continue your loop.

You’ll have options to ride Ledge N Airy/Drano or Outer Limits a couple of times. Once again, these routes rejoin, so you can’t go wrong.

Once we neared the old Cultural Park area, we crossed over to Girdner and enjoyed this classic descent. Be ready for a sustained climb back to the Dry Creek Road area as the new Girdner retains elevation along contours rather than splashing in and out of the creek. We returned to our parking spot via Dry Creek Road, but we recommend using Chuck Wagon to get some more trail time in.

With all of the old classics in this area, (Arizona Cyprus, Rupp, OK), newer additions, (Anaconda, Snake, Chuckwagon), and these brand new trails, the opportunities are endless. These trails tend towards intermediate difficulty, with a few techy sections, but be prepared for some long physical efforts as the mileage is substantial.

All of these routes have been updated on Trailforks, our current favorite app for riding in the Sedona area. Download it to your phone if you haven’t already.

Propaganda: What does the Mount Elden-Dry Lake Hills Closure order really mean for riding in Flagstaff?

Most riders are aware the Coconino National Forest Supervisor, Laura Jo West, issued a Forest Order closing the greater Mount Elden Dry Lake Hills area to entry to entry until December of 2020. Although at face value this seems absurd, we have been told, and we are hopeful, that things are not nearly that dire for riding on our favorite trails.

As soon as we learned about this we contacted Coconino National Forest leadership with our concerns. Of course the idea of having all of Mount Elden and Dry Lake Hills closed for two years was extremely concerning for us and our customers!

We have been assured by the Forest Supervisor and the new District Ranger, Matt McGrath, that the full closure should be relaxed somewhat towards the end of April. The reason for such severe restrictions is to protect public safety while helicopter logging operations are underway. Several measures have been taken throughout the winter to prioritize these operations with our recreational interests in mind. Apparently it is easier to write a Forest Order for the entire time of the operations and the full scope of the area and then amend it as the on-the-ground operations change than it would be to write lots of smaller orders through the duration of the project.

After April, some areas may be reopened for periods of time depending on what type of logging operations are going on. Additionally some considerations are being given to special events. We are working on courses for the Flagstaff Enduro and we are hopeful that this year’s event will be every bit as good as the previous two years. We do know that our friends who run the Soulstice Trail Run were able to get permit using Sunset Trail and Little Bear for October, so that is encouraging.

The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project, which is the reason for these closures, is vital to protecting all of Flagstaff from catastrophic fire and flooding that can result in a fuel laden forest. We are grateful for these efforts, but we also want to make sure that we can still get out and ride on our trails as much as is possible. We believe that the USFS is making every reasonable effort to keep as much of the mountain open as possible.

We are also really excited for the future of trails in Flagstaff! The Flagstaff Trails Initiative is making progress on creating an area wide trails plan that the Forest Service, City and County can refer to towards developing trails on the ground, The Mount Elden Dry Lake Hills Recreation Planning, (MEDL), is firing back up again, Flagstaff Biking Organization has obtained a substantial grant to rebuild Heart Trail as a much more useable route and they’re working on realigning Little Elden Trail with volunteers, and Matt, the new Ranger mentioned above, has a recreation background. All of these things add up to a bright future for riding in Flagstaff.

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*See the full lists of ALL SALE STUFF: https://www.absolutebikes.net/sales/closeouts-giftcertifcates-swag/

2018 and 2019 early launch demo bikes for sale! Check this link for details! https://www.absolutebikes.net/sales/closeouts-giftcertifcates-swag/

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

Thanks for reading and thank you for your business!

The Absolute Bikes Staff- 

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

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