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Absolute Bikes September 2019 Newsletter

Absolute Bikes September 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming events and info (not necessarily sequential…)

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!



  • September 9th, last day to get t-shirt free with entry
  • September 17th, entry fee increases by $25
  • September 18th, courses go live
  • September 28th and 29th, SEND IT!

2019 Rental bikes are up for sale! Bikes starting as low as $349! Full suspension bikes as low as $1199! Check our sale lists and get in ASAP for some of the best deals on used bikes! We have these bikes priced to go because our 2020 rental fleet is on the way and we need to make room. Sedona sale list: https://www.absolutebikes.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Sedona-072619-On-Sale-List.pdf Flagstaff bike sale list: https://www.absolutebikes.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Flagstaff-Bikes-072619-On-Sale-List.pdf All sale lists: https://www.absolutebikes.net/sales/closeouts-giftcertifcates-swag/ Call (928) 779-5969 (Flagstaff, or (928) 284-1242 (Sedona) with questions.

Pedals v Pistons v Horseshoes v Hiking Boots Trail Day September 14th, Kelly Trails- We are sponsoring Flagstaff Biking Organization’s participation in this annual celebration of multiple-use trails! Come help the “Pedals” win the trophy for the year. We’ll be working on the new Kelly Motorized Trail System, a network of single tracks between Flagstaff and Munds Park. See this link for details: https://flagstaffbiking.org/trail-day-sept-14-pedals-v-pistons-v-horseshoes-v-hiking-boots-kelly-trail-system/?

The 2020 Taylor House Ride registration is live! July 18,2020- Early registration deals, so sign up now! Northern Arizona’s best road cycling event. Click for details: https://www.absolutebikes.net/event/2020-taylor-house-ride/

Barn Burner MTB Race- Leadville Qualifier- September 7th- Get signed up now for this day of endurance racing in the cool pines around Kendrick Mountain! We’ll be doing neutral support, and Flagstaff Biking and Historic Brewing ware teaming up to provide beers as a fundraiser for the FBO Trail Fund! https://www.barnburnermtb.com/

Mountain Bike Association of Arizona Enduro Series- The Flagstaff Enduro is part of this four race series. Click here for more info on dates and locations, and to sign up now: https://mbaa.net/2018/10/23/2019-xc/

The Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League needs volunteers for their Flagstaff race! September 6-8 at Fort Tuthill- Help get and keep more kids riding! Click for sign-up options: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2872155/false#/invitation

Coconino Trail Riders need help with their moto race this weekend! Opportunities on Saturday between 7 am – 5 pm, (not all day, different shifts), and Sunday 8 am – 2 pm. Course marshalling at road intersections, and technical spots for the minis races. CTR has been a huge contributor to our local trails. Help them raise money to maintain and build more trails! Contact Steve at 928 607 6023, leave him a message if you can help.

Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach 100 MTB- September 21stThe Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach 100 presented by Babbitt Ranches and the Arizona Trail Association is a 100 mile mountain bike race begins a few miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona, near the intersection of Snowbowl Road and Route 180, and finishes in Tusayan, Arizona, the entrance of Grand Canyon National Park. Check https://www.facebook.com/events/390375564999512/ for details.

Arizona Trail Day at Buffalo Park- September 14th Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 14 when the biggest gathering of Arizona Trail enthusiasts come together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Arizona Trail Association at Buffalo Park from 10 am to 2 pm.  More details here: https://aztrail.org/events/azt-day-flagstaff/

Museum Fire Closure in effect, but stay tuned for changes! The Coconino National Forest has issued a Closure Order for the Mount Elden/Dry Lake Hills and Fort Valley areas because of the currently ongoing Museum Fire, and probable flooding. Stay tuned for updates and changes as the monsoon takes affect and the fire is contained. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd647113.pdf

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

  • September 25th- Invasion of the Flagstaff Enduro Pre Ride 

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 26thMt Lemmon Gravel Grinder 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.  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.

2019 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 7:30 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! Please RSVP by calling Absolute Bikes, Sedona at (928) 284-1242 or email sedona@absolutebikes.net.

Absolute Bikes Flagstaff Clinics:

  • Check back for more details on Leslie’s next series.

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: Campbell Mesa/Flagstaff Loop Trail/Walnut Canyon Rim Loop

This ride is one of our current favorites. It is great ridden either way and can be shortened with a couple of “short cut” options.

Start at the Campbell Mesa trail head. Ride to the trails on the closed to the public road and turn right onto the Walnut Meadows Loop. Stay right at the first intersection, and note the Flagstaff Loop Trail bearing right shortly thereafter, which descends to Old Walnut Canyon Road. You’ll be returning here.

Continue on the Walnut Meadows Loop to the right turn to the AZ Trail Connector, turn right. Cross Old Walnut Canyon Road and continue to the AZ Trail, where you’ll turn left.

Ride the AZ Trail for several miles in and out of a side canyon to Walnut Canyon, and along the rim of the Canyon. Consider venturing out to one of the overlooks, the views are worth the extra mile or two.

As you descend from Fisher Point, your first bail-out short cut will be on your right. Turn right when you reach the “T”-intersection of two roads and follow the Loop Trail signs back to Campbell Mesa.

After descending from Fisher Point, you’ll turn right two times to head towards Flagstaff on the Fisher Point Trail.

The second bail-out short cut will be to follow the Fisher Point Trail to the top of a short climb and turn right on the Flagstaff Loop Trail to follow this back to Campbell Mesa.

For the long version, make the second left to Skunk Canyon. After the “narrows” in Skunk Canyon, you’ll climb past a couple of old tanks. Look for a discreet “exit” to the right to intersect the Flagstaff Loop Trail climb out of the canyon. Follow the signs for Flagstaff Loop Trail back to Campbell mesa.

The last piece of Flagstaff Loop Trail tying into FS 301D road, close to Campbell Mesa, has not yet been completed, but it is flagged, so you can follow the flag line to the 301D Road, or travel cross country for 100 yards or so to your left to intersect the road sooner. This section of trail should be finished this summer. Join the Flagstaff Biking Organization trail day on May 11th to help this along!

Check Emmitt Barks Cartography’s map, available at Absolute Bikes, and this interactive map for details: http://www.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=91e0af6714ec4631a1193110a6676abc

Propaganda: Keep on riding!

The summer of 2019 has been tough on riders in Northern Arizona.

We started off the Flagstaff season with a fuels reduction project closure of indeterminate length on our favorite trails. Shortly after the trails reopened, the devastating Museum Fire reclosed much of that area and more, (thanks to all of the firefighters and the US Forest Service for minimizing the impact of that!)

Lake Mary Road was immersed in smoke for a few days, and Snowbowl Road has had construction going on, limiting its appeal as a road ride.

Although much of the closure footprint for the Museum Fire has reopened, much is still closed and will probably remain so until next spring, at best. The USFS has to do work to mitigate falling tree hazards and stabilize some slopes before they can safely allow the public back in.

As I write, it has been raining hard on the burn, and we’re hoping the trails and Elden Lookout Road will hold up. We’re also hoping that the residents downstream from the fire scar will be safe and not lose their homes and property.

All of this adversity has not kept Flagstaff folks, and our visitors, from getting out on their bikes! We’ve been checking out discussion forums and seeing positive stuff. We are greatful that folks are concerned about our forests and trails, but that they’re still getting out on the open trails and having a great time. Absolute Bikes has been as busy as ever, (know any bike mechanics looking for a job? Let us know…). Thank you for continuing to come in and support our business!

It’s important to keep doing the things you love even if life throws adversity your way. Lemons and lemonade, sunny side up.

Keep on riding, northern Arizona! We’ll see you on the roads and trails.

Thank you for your business and please let us know how we can help keep you riding.


*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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