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Absolute Bikes May 2019 Newsletter

Absolute Bikes May 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming events and info (not necessarily sequential…)

Flagstaff Bike to Work and School Week! May 19th-24thAbsolute Bikes is proud to once again be an Associate Sponsor 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!

Mountain Bike Association of Arizona Flagstaff Frenzy, Presented by Absolute Bikes- May 11th, This is the final race in the Arizona State Series! Proceeds from MBAA events go to trails projects throughout the State, including several trails and the Fort Tuthill Bike Park here in Flagstaff. Come on out and race or spectate. Details here: https://mbaa.net/racing/flagstaff-frenzy/

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.facebook.com/events/524024371459681/ for details. We’ll be there shenanigating. May 4, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
1300 E Butler Ave.

Our Repair Clinics are back on in Flagstaff! 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. First clinic details are here:  

  • 5/9 (Basic Ride Safety..)
  • 5/16 (Routine Bike Care…
  • 5/23  (Fast Fixes..)
  • 5/30 (The Whole Bike)
  • 6/6 (Brakes, Shifting….)
  • 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

  • May 29th- Cornering
  • 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 late May. (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: 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: Sam’s Fisher Point Special

This is a great shortish after-work type ride, or maybe a good first-go at a bit of challenge for a newer mountain biker.

Start at Lone Tree Road and the Sinclair Wash Urban Trail, just south of Butler. Head southeast on Sinclair Wash Trail. As you skirt the ponds at the water treatment plant, turn left. You’ll wind up returning here at the end of the ride.

After you bear right around the hillside, turn right to continue along the base of the hill. At the next intersection, you’ll stay left at a small tank. Turn left on the Flagstaff Loop Trail at the next intersection.

Follow the Flagstaff Loop Trail. It continues along an old road at one point and then bears right to climb steeply up a few switchbacks. After you crest this section, you’ll turn right onto a substantial dirt road, FR301. Ride on the dirt road for a little over a half mile. Where the road begins to turn left sharply, turn right onto an old 2-track that becomes a trail. In .2 miles, you’ll turn right onto the Arizona Trail. Take the opportunity to go out and back to the overlook on Fisher Point before undertaking the somewhat technical descent off the rim.

At the bottom of the descent, stay right a few times to head up the canyon. Shortly after crossing the intersection with the Flagstaff Loop Trail, turn right. If you wind up at Pine Canyon, you’ve made a wrong turn. Make the next left. After you descend the super steep hill, turn right and return back up Sinclair Wash Urban Trail.

This ride has some great scenery and is a good option to keep in mind until some of the Mount Elden Area reopens.

Check out the Emmitt Barks Cartography Flagstaff Trails Map, available at Absolute Bikes, for details on this and many other area rides.

Propaganda: It’s National Bike Month!

Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the League of American Bicyclists and many others, May is once again National Bike Month!

It speaks volumes about our culture that, in spite of the challenges and modern distractions, the bicycle and all of its benefits and joys is recognized nationally. We are especially proud that Flagstaff annually hosts Bike to Work and School Week and embraces the bicycle as part of our community.

If you check the top of this email, you’ll see that May is chock-full of bicycling related activities in addition to Bike to Work and School Week. There are several races, the Bike Olympics, trail work events and more. We are lucky to have and stoked to be a part of a town that supports bicycling to this degree.

Ride on out and join us! We’ll be hosting a Breakfast Stop on Bike to Breakfast Day, we’ll be building trails on National Trails Day, ride to work and enter to win raffle prizes during Bike to Work Week, take the kids to the Ice Cream Social, come join a clinic with Leslie at Absolute Bikes, Flagstaff to learn more about how your bike works, and so much more.

See the links and posts above, but you can always call us for more info on what’s going on in the cycling world in northern Arizona.


*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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