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Absolute Bikes September 2018 Newsletter

Absolute Bikes September 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming events and info (not necessarily sequential…)

2018 Revenge of the Flagstaff Enduro, September 22nd and 23rd ONLY THREE WEEKS AWAY! We are planning on eight stages, new routes, more descending, more sick rad shred gnar! 200 rider cap so sign up soon. Details posted here: http://www.flagstaffenduro.com 

2018 Barn Burner Mountain Bike Race, September 8thJoin Blue Wolf Events for this Leadville qualifier in the Kendrick Mountain area. More details and get signed up here – http://www.barnburnermtb.com/ This event helps to raise money for Flagstaff’s trails by donating all beer proceeds to Flagstaff Biking Organization’s Trail Fund! Come sample FBO’s Handlebar Hops Lager, brewed exclusively for Flagstaff Biking and this event by Historic Brewing! The Barn Burner folks could use some volunteers Friday afternoon/evening for the packet pick up, please contact Gail at gail@virtualroster.com if you can help out with this. You’ll get some cool swag!  

Pedals v Pistons v Horseshoes v Hiking Boots Trail Day! Saturday September 15th – Come help win the trophy for the Pedals! Every year Flagstaff Biking Organization, the Coconino Trail Riders, The Coconino Horsemen’s Alliance and the Northern Arizona Trail Runners team up to get the word out to come help maintain or build a multi-use trail. The group with the most volunteers gets to keep the coveted trophy for the year. Come out an meet your fellow trail users “out of uniform” and help build better trails and a better community! Absolute Bikes is the sponsor of FBO’s involvement in this event! http://flagstaffbiking.org/trail-day-september-15th-pedals-v-pistons-v-horseshoes-v-hiking-boots-rocky-moto-trail/ 

2018 Bear Jaw Groove, Saturday and Sunday September 15th and 16th! Saturday Elden Lookout Road Hill Climb and Sunday Race Around the Peaks, and shorter options! Check out https://bearjawevents.com/ for more info! 

Ride Clinic With Coach Ryan – Racing strategy and tactics, Wednesday, September 12, 5-7pm- Come join Coach and Professional Mountain Biker Ryan Geiger for a series of Intermediate/Advanced 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 requested to flagstaff@absolutebikes.net   https://www.absolutebikes.net/event/ride-clinic-racing-tactics/ 

HUCKS AND HOPS RIDE! Saturdays at the Schultz Pass/Elden LO Road “Y”, 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 throughout the summer!

Sunday Funday Ladies Only Ride! Sundays at the Schultz Pass/Elden LO Road “Y”, Starting up again August 12th, Join us at 10:00 am for a few hours of mountain bike riding. Ride pace will be set by those who show up, but no one will be left behind. Absolute Bikes will treat everyone to a frosty beverage after the ride! Most Sundays throughout the summer. 

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! https://www.absolutebikes.net/event/fridays-night-rides-absolute-bikes-sedona/2018-06-01/ 

Other races and events coming up throughout the State: 

2018 RENTAL AND DEMO BIKES ON SALE! Check back here as we add bikes over the next few weeks here: 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! 

The 2018 Flagstaff Biking Organization Trail Days schedule is set! 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/

Check out our new 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!

  • 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!
  • Hucks and Hops! Saturdays, 10 am- Meet at the Schultz and Elden LO Road “Y”, Flagstaff at 10:00 am.
  • SUNDAY FUNDAY! Ladies Trail Ride. Sundays, 10:00 am. Women only, ride on mountain bike trails. Pace and route is mellower/ easier for the first hour and steps up after that. Come join us for at least some of the ride! Meet at the Schultz and Elden LO Road “Y”, Flagstaff at 10:00 am.

Absolute Bikes Repair 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. August 6th and 20th  . 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: New and Improved Rocky Moto 

Rocky Moto is an oft overlook piece of the Flagstaff Trail System. Although it doesn’t rank among our best routes, it is worthy of a little exploration now and again. A couple of seasons ago the USFS and American Conservation Experience did some improvements which made this trail better, and this year’s Pedals v Pistons v Horseshoes v Hiking Boots event will again tune up some pieces and maintain some tread and drains, making it even better.

We recommend riding this trail east to west since it is primarily a descent that way. It can be incorporated with various loops. You can ride from the Fort Valley Trail Head, up Lower Moto, across Pipeline to the west about a ½ mile to the left hand at the intersection with Rocky Moto and Secret Trail. After descending about 150 yards from Pipeline, you’ll need to turn right around a huge boulder, not left on the more prominent user-created trail. You can also ride east to west on Secret Trail from the Schultz Pass area to make a bigger loop.

There is only one intersection along Rocky Moto’s length, a discreet right hand to GT Trail, (we don’t really recommend GT Trail…), before you reach the Arizona Trail. AZT is the best way to return towards the Mount Elden/Lower Moto Area.

If you like chunky, old-school technical riding, Rocky Moto is a great experience! We also know that there are usually some vast, untapped wild mushroom gathering opportunities this time of year, and acres of wild blackberry bushes in early August.

Add Rocky Moto to your quiver of mountain bike trail rides!

Propaganda: Tariffs will be affecting the price of bicycles!

Proposed and enacted tariffs on goods imported from overseas are directly affecting the prices we’ll all be seeing on bicycles.

For better or worse, most bicycles and bicycle components, like so many things in the USA, are manufactured in Asia. The current Administration is implementing new tariffs on various consumer goods. Bicycles are probably going to be affected, and the tariffs on ebikes are already in place.

Most of the ebikes we sell are not produced in China, so we have yet to see any price increases. Similarly, higher end mountain bikes tend to be produced in Taiwan, rather than mainland China, so we have escaped tariff-induced price increases on most of the bikes we sell so far.

That said, the dollar has been declining in value, which has raised prices on some 2019 models versus 2018 models already.

The futures is always uncertain, but all trends point towards bicycles becoming more expensive in the coming months.

That said, if you are considering purchasing a new bike, it’s probably better to buy sooner rather than later! We have a few closeouts on 2018s left, and 2019s are in stock already.

Come on by and let us know what your next dream ride is!


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

We have begun to sell our 2018 demo bikes. 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 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
928-779-5969 Flagstaff
928-284-1242 Sedona


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