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Absolute Bikes June 2019 Newsletter

Absolute Bikes June 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming events and info (not necessarily sequential…)

National Trails Day, Saturday June 1st, Little Elden Trail- Absolute Bikes is proud to be again supporting this annual celebration of trails! We are sponsoring Flagstaff Biking Organization’s participation in this USFS event to realign the Little Elden Trail in partnership with the rest of the Flagstaff area trails community. Join us! Click here for details: https://flagstaffbiking.org/june-1st-national-trails-day-little-elden-reroutes/?

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED! Do you ride an e-bike? Do you support broadening opportunities to get people out of cars? Please write Flagstaff City Council and urge them to allow Class 1 and 2 e-bikes on all of the Flagstaff Urban Trail System. Please do so no later than this Monday! Counter to advice from City Staff, the Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Transportation Commission, a City survey, an informal Facebook survey hosted by one of the Council members, and the input of multiple experts on cycling and e-bikes, the City Council has chosen to move forward with banning all e-bikes from all but the paved sections of the FUTS. Email them at council@flagstaffaz.gov ASAP! Their first vote on this is on Tuesday. Also, please consider attending the City Council Meeting on this Tuesday, June 4th, 6:00pm and make your voice heard publicly, or at least show support in numbers for this amazing new mode of transportation!

ALSO FROM THE FLAGSTAFF CITY COUNCIL: BUI Law that would punish cycling under the influence with NOT LESS THAN 5 days in jail! As part of the above e-bike ordinance, the Council has also proposed to make bicycling (any bike…) under the influence of drugs or alcohol punishable with a fine and NOT LESS THAN five days in jail. Details about Council discussion at Item 7, 2:00:15. (See the drop down menu on the left of the page.) http://flagstaffaz.swagit.com/play/05282019-2755/#0 And page 9 here: https://cityweb.flagstaffaz.gov//docs/2019/CCWS/20190528_860/4080%5FFinal%20Exhibit%20A%205%2E23%2E19%2Epdf

Sign up now for the 2019 Taylor House Ride! July 20th, 2019-Registration is live for this epic, (or not so epic but still awesome), supported, fun road ride! Proceeds go to help the families of Flagstaff Medical Center patients stay near their hospitalized loved ones, even if they cannot afford to otherwise. Click here to learn more and sign up now! https://www.absolutebikes.net/event/2019-taylor-house-ride/

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!

  • June 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Campbell Mesa
  • June 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Tuthill Trails
  • June 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm A1 Mountain
  • July 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Tuthill 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  

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

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

  • June 12th – Technical Descending
  • June 26th – Jumping
  • August 14th – Technical Climbing
  • September 25th- Invasion of the Flagstaff Enduro Pre Ride 

National Trails Day, Saturday June 1st, Little Elden Trail- Absolute Bikes is proud to be again supporting this annual celebration of trails! We are sponsoring Flagstaff Biking Organization’s participation in this USFS event to realign the Little Elden Trail in partnership with the rest of the Flagstaff area trails community. Join us! Click here for details: https://flagstaffbiking.org/mountain/trail-program/trail-schedule/?#6-1

Flagstaff Omnium p/b Team Pay ‘N Take, June 1-2, 2019 June 1 Williams Road Race and June 2 Flagstaff Snowbowl HC! A great warm-up for the State Road Race in Show Low the weekend of June 15-16! Register: http://www.swsportsreg.com/viewevent.php?EC=564

Show Low Ford’s 12th Annual Bike the Bluff p/b Summit Healthcare June 15-16- 2019 State Championship Road Race and Sunday Criterium.Register: http://www.swsportsreg.com/viewevent.php?EC=566

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/

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 early June. (Please stay out and help spread the word! The helicopters have been shut down at least 3 times because of people in the closure area. This will only delay reopening!) 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

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! 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: E-Bike the FUTS Trails, (while you still can!)

In light of potential action by the misguided Flagstaff City Council, we are urging everyone to try out a leisurely e-bike ride on the Flagstaff Urban Trail System, while it is still legal.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to try an e-bike, we encourage you to come to either of our shops and try one out. A spin around the neighborhood is always free, and you can rent a demo bike for a refundable-towards-purchase fee for a longer ride.

The Flagstaff Urban Trail System is a great, low stress place to enjoy a bike ride of any sort because of the lack of vehicle traffic. If you are new to cycling, or new back to cycling, and e-bike can help you go farther with greater ease while still getting a workout.

Most people find that an e-bike feels just like riding a bicycle, but with greater ease on hills and into headwinds. The ability to amplify your input “exponentially” rather than “linearly”, (as on a regular bike), encourages more frequent rides over longer distances. All of this adds up to more fun!

There is really no better place for a casual ride than the FUTS, and an e-bike affords anyone a great way to enjoy this great resource!

Propaganda: The City of Flagstaff must embrace and encourage e-bikes now!

We were shocked and dismayed by the Flagstaff City Council’s response to the City Staff’s and committees’ and commissions’ recommendations for the e-bike ordinance for Flagstaff.

E-bikes are being readily accepted as a new mode of transportation throughout the world. Forward thinking nations and communities recognize that this mode is a godsend for reducing motor vehicle trips and minimizing both the physical and carbon footprint for transportation. E-bikes constitute 40% of bike sales in much of the European Union, and they are the fastest growing segment of bicycle sales in the United States.

The State of Arizona adopted model legislation, very similar to that proposed by People for Bikes, last year, and that legislation became law in January of 2019. This law basically states that Class 1 (up to 20 mph, pedal assist only), and Class 2 (up to 20 mph, pedal assist and/or throttle), are allowed on pathways, and Class 3, (up to 28 mph pedal assist only), are allowed in bike lanes. The State is unclear on e-bikes on sidewalks. The State law otherwise recognizes e-cyclists as having all the same rights and responsibilities as other cyclists.

All the Flagstaff City Council should be doing is clarifying whether or not e-bike should be allowed on sidewalks.

We don’t think that e-bikes should be allowed on sidewalks, (nor should regular bikes, except for maybe children), but we definitely support the use of e-bikes on the full extent of the FUTS trails!

Please take a few minutes to write the Flagstaff City Council and ask them to take a reasonable, fact and statistic driven approach to allowing e-bikes on the FUTS! Unwarranted fears about speed and conflict have no place in the laws of a community trying to reduce its impact on the environment!

Email the Council: council@flagstaffaz.gov

Attend the Council meeting this Tuesday, June 4th, 6pm at City Hall.

More information on the City’s actions so far, (scroll down for links to presentation and Commission and Committee input): http://cityweb.flagstaffaz.gov/agendaquick/agenda_publish.cfm?id=0&mt=ALL&get_month=5&get_year=2019&dsp=agm&seq=4080&rev=0&ag=859&ln=20747&nseq=4014&nrev=0&pseq=4060&prev=0#ReturnTo20747

Video of the City Council work session on this issue: (click the drop down menu on the left and select item 7) http://flagstaffaz.swagit.com/play/05282019-2755/#0

Original Amendments to the City Code as proposed by City Staff: https://cityweb.flagstaffaz.gov//docs/2019/CCWS/20190528_860/4080%5FFinal%20Exhibit%20A%205%2E23%2E19%2Epdf

More info from People for Bikes on e-bikes: https://peopleforbikes.org/our-work/e-bikes/


*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
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