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Absolute Bikes July 2019 Newsletter

Absolute Bikes July 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming events and info (not necessarily sequential…)

Sedona rentals and demos are for sale! We are selling off much of our Sedona rental fleet! Call us at 928-284-1242 or stop by either Absolute Bikes location for more info. Check here for our current sale list, scroll down to “Rental…”: http://www.absolutebikes.net/sales/shop-online/bikes-on-sale

Join us for the Taylor House Bike Ride! Saturday, July 20th! Come ride Northern Arizona’s best road cycling event. We provide rest stops, sag support and lunch for all riders on 30, 45, 65, and 95 mile routes. All proceeds go to provide lodging at the Taylor House, an hospitality house, for family members of Flagstaff Medical Center patients who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to stay near their loved ones. Register here now! https://www.absolutebikes.net/event/2019-taylor-house-ride/

The Invasion of the Flagstaff Enduro will be September 28th and 29th, 2019 Two days of epic mountain biking on Flagstaff’s best trails! Raffles and prizes including a $1000 Specialized Spending Spree and a $1600 pro purse courtesy of Arizona Snowbowl.This year’s proceeds will be split 50/50 between the Flagstaff Biking Organization Trail Fund and the Flagstaff Family Food Center.  This year’s race will be part of the MBAA Enduro Series as well! Register now!


Mount Elden/Dry Lake Hills area closure order is lifted! Pretty much all of the Dry Lake Hills/Mount Elden area is open except for Schultz Creek Trail and Upper Brookbank Trail. Click this link for details. http://flagstaffwatershedprotection.org/forest-closure-modification/

Mountain Biking Monday’s with Deb! Join Team Absolute Bikes rider Deb Will for these intro to intermediate level mountain bike rides! This summer will be lots of fun exploring beautiful trails with friends. Join the Monday YMCA outside mountain biking class with Deb. All you need is a mountain bike, a helmet, and sunglasses or another form of eye protection. Also for each class bring some water and a snack. Each class will range from 1.5 to 2 hours and you may get hungry! I have selected trails that are moderate to easy and good for anyone wanting to try mountain biking and learn about the beautiful trails we have around Flagstaff. This is a no drop, fun ride. All people and skill levels are welcome. You do not have to be a member of the YMCA to join in the fun! Please text Deborah Martin Wille (cell-928-699-8891) if you are going to join so if you happen to run late the group will wait for you or meet up at a selected place or in case of cancellation due to weather. All rides are free!

  • July 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Valley Trails
  • July 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Flagstaff Loop Trail
  • July 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Skunk Canyon
  • July 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Campbell Mesa
  • August 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fisher Point
  • August 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Tuthill
  • August 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Sandy Seep
  • August 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm will leave from the YMCA at 9 am for a longer 3-4 hour ride. After the ride there will be a potluck at Deb’s house!

Our Repair Clinics are back on in Flagstaff! Free! Our Clinic Specialist Leslie Gilmore has a series of bike repair and maintenance clinics cued up for the next couple months! Come and get an overview of some of the basic care and feeding of your bicycle. All clinics begin at 7:00pm  

Summer Skills Clinic with Coach Ryan Geiger! Free, but RSVP! Come join Coach and Professional Mountain Biker Ryan Geiger for a series of Beginner/Intermediate skills clinics this summer. Each clinic will focus on a specific skill; demonstrated and practiced on the wide variety of terrain Flagstaff has to offer. Whether you are trying to better your race results, improve your handling or clear a section on your favorite trail, Ryan will give you the tools to do so! Clinics are free but limited to 10 participants. RSVP required to flagstaff@absolutebikes.net

  • August 14th – Technical Climbing
  • September 25th- Invasion of the Flagstaff Enduro Pre Ride 

Flagstaff Trails Initiative Walk and Talks- Join local trail experts to learn about the technical aspects of trail design, construction, environmental concerns and more!

FTI Walk and Talk: User Experience

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/

Mt. Lemmon Gravel Grinder- October 26thThe Mt Lemmon Gravel Grinder is held annually on the last Saturday in October and leverages the 3C Ranch to provide a complete family-friendly experience. Attendees enjoy the beautiful grounds for event activities and live music, onsite camping and accommodations, campground games, craft beer garden and food vendors, a robust communal campfire and more! On October 26th a limited field of 500 riders will discover the challenges and gratification from riding awesome back-country gravel/dirt roads (and some pavement) among old mining and cattle ranching operations at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains within the Coronado National Forest, ALL while taking in the endless beauty of the fall season in the San Pedro River Valley. All finishers receive a custom woodallion engraved with their distance, and are welcomed to the post ride after party!   

Link here for more info: https://www.mtlemmongravelgrinder.com/

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! 7:30 am-10am-ish, 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! May .Please RSVP by calling Absolute Bikes, Sedona at (928) 284-1242 or email sedona@absolutebikes.net.

Absolute Bikes Flagstaff Clinics:

  • 5/30 (The Whole Bike)
  • 6/6 (Brakes, Shifting….)
  • 6/13 (Hubs, Headsets….)

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: Sunset, Little Bear, Little Elden, and all those trails on the front of Elden..

This ride highlights a few of the old favorites we haven’t been able to use this spring, Sunset Trail and Little Bear, and a newly realigned section, (still more to come), of Little Elden Trail to make a long loop with a bunch of climbing and descending.

Start at the “Y” intersection of Elden Lookout and Schultz Pass Roads. You can ride over to Rock Ridge and climb that, but this is a big ride, so you might opt to climb Elden Lookout Road and save your energy a bit. Either way, make your way up Mount Elden to the top of Sunset Trail. You can cut off early at the very top of Upper Oldham to Sunset, or climb to the top of Upper Sunset as you exit the trees about a mile further on Elden LO Road.

Descend Upper Sunset, Catwalk and the Hobbit Forest to Little Bear. Make a right and continue down Little Bear to Little Elden. Turn right on Little Elden. You’ll stay on Little Elden past the spring, (a usually dry, stone walled tank). Just after the spring you might notice that you are riding a much nicer alignment than the old trail. This trail, along with Heart Trail, are part of a project developed by the Forest Service to make these trails more sustainable and provide a better user experience.

Ride Little Elden until it becomes Christmas Tree Trail, and follow that as it becomes sections of Fatman’s Loop, Forces of Nature, Pipeline, and some other sections and segments, until you get to Lower Oldham. Generally, any route closer to the foot of Mount Elden will be more challenging. Choose accordingly.

You can ride all the way up Lower Oldham to Rocky Ridge, and descend that back to the “Y”, or you can bail out to Elden Lookout Road on the Arizona Trail and cruise home, or cross Elden Lookout Road and jump onto the middle of Rocky Ridge and ride that back.

This is a big ride, so bring plenty of water and snacks. We recommend the Flagstaff Trails Map by Emmitt Barks Cartography for details and guidance, available at Absolute Bikes.

Propaganda: Finally it’s time to mountain bike on Mount Elden again!

After a long spring waiting for our favorite trails to re-open, it’s finally safe to go in the woods again!

Pretty much all of the Dry Lake Hills/Mount Elden area is open except for Schultz Creek Trail and Upper Brookbank Trail. Click this link for details. http://flagstaffwatershedprotection.org/forest-closure-modification/

Our US Forest Service contacts and initial first-hand reports have indicated that the forest will look dramatically different in places. Although things may look a bit rough, the undergrowth should come back, even throughout the monsoon season, and things should look good within a year or two. Please bear in mind that this project is truly necessary to protecting not only the forest, and wildlife and other resources in the forest, but to the health and safety of the residents of Flagstaff. From our first-hand experience with the immediate and long term results from the Schultz Fire and floods, the impacts from this pro-active work are far more desirable to catastrophic wild fire and flooding that can destroy habitat, property and even take human lives.

There may be debris down on trails, or tread condition changes from the last time you rode, so please use your best judgement and ride within your line of sight. If you encounter unsafe trail conditions, you can report them here: https://flagstaffbiking.org/mountain/trail-program/report-trail-conditions/ Also, if you are riding on Elden Lookout Road and/or Schultz Pass Road, please be cautious around any logging trucks you might encounter. In general, stay away from any logging operations, log decks, or logging equipment you find out in the woods.

All of this said, the best thing is that we can ride our favorite trails again! Get on out on a ride, and don’t forget to wave and be friendly to your fellow trail users!


*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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