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19 hours ago

AirLine Cycles

TAX FREE WEEK! What's that, you thought tax free week was just about back-to-school clothes? Well put down those ToughSkins and 'Roos, folks, because it is time to buy bike stuff! All week long, everything in stock is tax free at AirLine Cycles! Clothes, helmets, even brand new hot off the presses 2020 bikes! Plenty of other bikes will be 10 and 15% off as well, so come on down.

(legal disclaimer so I don't get arrested: "tax free" is actually a 6.35% discount to be offered this week. All federal, state, county, town, street, village, and building taxes will be collected and paid as mandated by a vast pile of really complicated laws.)
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TAX FREE WEEK!  Whats that, you thought tax free week was just about back-to-school clothes? Well put down those ToughSkins and Roos, folks, because it is time to buy bike stuff!  All week long, everything in stock is tax free at AirLine Cycles! Clothes, helmets, even brand new hot off the presses 2020 bikes!  Plenty of other bikes will be 10 and 15% off as well, so come on down.  

(legal disclaimer so I dont get arrested: tax free is actually a 6.35% discount to be offered this week. All federal, state, county, town, street, village, and building taxes will be collected and paid as mandated by a vast pile of really complicated laws.)

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AirLine Cycles strives to be the ultimate family friendly neighborhood bike shop… but that doesn’t mean we don’t race!  

We are proud to sponsor the Stage 1 Cycling Team (which started at the first shop Brian worked in 25+ years ago), and on any given weekend we have racers tearing it up on the road, cyclocross, mountain bike, or fat bike race courses, and even the Eastern States Cup Enduro races. Our racers range from 6 to 60+, and compete in all categories from first timers right up through national level contenders!

Our team is focused on fun… but it is amazing how much having fun puts us up on the podium! Check out the 

STAGE 1 Cycling &
Muddy Mayhem Junior Team Facebook Pages to see what it is all about!  Please take a look, Like and Follow us! We appreciate the support!

Who Rides What

Here's what some of the AirLine Cycles crew is riding this season

 

Between Giant, Liv, Norco, FatBack, and Surly, AirLine Cycles offers hundreds of different bicycle options; rather than scrolling through endless drop-down menus, stop by or give AirLine Cycles a call, and let our friendly staff help you decide what style bike is right for you! While many of our customers choose a great hybrid or gravel bike for cruising the AirLine Trail, here’s what some of the AirLine Cycles crew is riding this season:

Brian – Owner

“I’m mostly a mountain biker, and I LOVE riding the smooth flowing trails at Hurd State Park. I don’t do big drops or jumps (ever since my RedBull contract expired), but I love the big travel and control of my Norco Sight full suspension bikes. I also added a Norco Bigfoot fatbike to my stable, and really enjoyed getting out in the snow in the winter. My Giant TCX cyclocross bike is the perfect training tool for long AIrLine Trail gravel rides, and for CX racing in the fall.”

Jerett – Ace Mechanic

Jarrett rides the more aggressive trails in the area, and takes a few trips to downhill mountain bike parks in when he’s not turning wrenches. He’s loving his Giant Trance 2! It’s big enough travel for aggressive trails and drops, but still climbs really well! When he’s not on the Trance, his Giant TCX Advance SX carbon cyclocross bike is perfect for long gravel rides and even some road rides.

Kate – Licensed Massage Therapist and Casual Weekend Cruiser

Kate loves her Giant Roam 2 hybrid for cruising on the AirLine Trail. She test rode the Liv Rove, the women’s specific version of the Roam, as well, but actually found the geometry of the Roam to be a better fit. When asked what she liked best about her Roam, she said “The colors! It’s blue and yellow! I do love that bike though – very comfortable bike to ride, and I don’t fall off it as much as other bikes.” (You don’t need to be an expert or a pro racer at AirLine Cycles… we just love talking bikes to any kind of rider!)

Rob Stiles – STAGE 1/AirLine Cycling Club President

I love to ride and race in a variety of disciplines, events, and conditions, and Giant has really delivered on all aspects. For mountain, I ride a 2018 Giant XTC Advanced 29 1 (hardtail) and a 2018 Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1 (dual suspension). For cyclocross and gravel, I ride a 2018 Giant TCX Advanced Pro 2. I still train on the road frequently throughout the season and I occasionally compete in road events. When I do, the 2017 Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 is my bike of choice. Right out of the box, the TCR weighed in just below 16 lbs. It’s comfortable yet plenty stiff. Finally, I was a reluctant latecomer to the fat bike party, but that all changed this past winter when I picked up an aluminum Fat Back Rhino. It’s become my go-to winter training and trail rig. The Fat Back has really inspired me to choose and stick tougher and lines than ever before. So yes, I have a lot of bikes, and I love them all. What better way to have a mid-life crisis? Come on out and ride with the AirLine/STAGE 1 crew and see for yourself.

David – Web Guru from WebLight Media

“My old school Surly Pugsley fat bike keeps winters fun, and I loved trying out cyclocross racing on my Jamis Nova this past fall. And I’ve been test riding lots of bikes. I’m looking for a carbon fiber full suspension bike, probably the Giant Trance.

Apollo – Trail Dog

“Ruff!” Translation – If I could, I’d be shredding it on a Trance Advanced 0 – Neon Yellow and Green… I dream of big air and screaming runs with the Maestro suspension system and I’d just float down those big rock washouts with the 140mm of rear suspension travel. I’d also have better turning control with the shorter chainstays and a longer toptube during my off-trail bushwhacking. I could catch a lot of squirrels with a tight radius like that… lot’s of ’em…

Brooks Nablo – Muddy Mayhem youth team coach and Eastern States Cup juniors official

When he’s not coaching the Stage 1 Muddy Mayhem junior team or officiating at a Eastern States Cup enduro event, Brooks can generally be found enjoying the local mountain bike trails with his family and other members of the infamous Haddam Neck Red Pedal Gang. He’s ripping a Giant XTC singlespeed most of the time, though he is often found commuting or training on a sweet new Giant TCR Advanced KOM edition road bike. His older son Hudson, aka the Savage, is the youngest member of the Stage 1 team. Despite being only eight, this kid regularly keeps up with the adult group rides, and more often than not puts them to shame by easily clearing tough climbs and soaring over drops on his Giant Trance Junior full suspension rig. Mom Maggie is loving her new Liv Embolden 1, and appreciates that the smooth full suspension keeps her comfortable and in control while keeping up with her crazy family. Younger brother Charlie is also ripping it up on a 20″ full suspension Fluid 2.2FS from Norco and amazing us all with what a six year old can accomplish on a nice bike!

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19 hours ago

AirLine Cycles

TAX FREE WEEK! What's that, you thought tax free week was just about back-to-school clothes? Well put down those ToughSkins and 'Roos, folks, because it is time to buy bike stuff! All week long, everything in stock is tax free at AirLine Cycles! Clothes, helmets, even brand new hot off the presses 2020 bikes! Plenty of other bikes will be 10 and 15% off as well, so come on down.

(legal disclaimer so I don't get arrested: "tax free" is actually a 6.35% discount to be offered this week. All federal, state, county, town, street, village, and building taxes will be collected and paid as mandated by a vast pile of really complicated laws.)
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TAX FREE WEEK!  Whats that, you thought tax free week was just about back-to-school clothes? Well put down those ToughSkins and Roos, folks, because it is time to buy bike stuff!  All week long, everything in stock is tax free at AirLine Cycles! Clothes, helmets, even brand new hot off the presses 2020 bikes!  Plenty of other bikes will be 10 and 15% off as well, so come on down.  

(legal disclaimer so I dont get arrested: tax free is actually a 6.35% discount to be offered this week. All federal, state, county, town, street, village, and building taxes will be collected and paid as mandated by a vast pile of really complicated laws.)

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3 days ago

AirLine Cycles

Best of luck to Stage 1 Cycling Team's own Ben Burkey as he takes on the Lake T Olympic triathlon today! Here's a great shot of Ben with Muddy Mayhem Mama Allison S. Scott after her successful completion of last week's Lake T Sprint, her first tri ever! Congratulations Allison on getting a crazy idea in your head and going for it!

Racing is not just for pro athletes, folks! Racing is for chefs, for master gardeners, even for bike shop owners (coming soon to a cx course near you).

Great job Ben and Allison and as always to the rest of the Stage 1 Cycling Team out there getting it done!
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Best of luck to Stage 1 Cycling Teams own Ben Burkey as he takes on the Lake T Olympic triathlon today! Heres a great shot of Ben with Muddy Mayhem Mama Allison S. Scott after her successful completion of last weeks Lake T Sprint, her first tri ever! Congratulations Allison on getting a crazy idea in your head and going for it!

Racing is not just for pro athletes, folks! Racing is for chefs, for master gardeners, even for bike shop owners (coming soon to a cx course near you). 

Great job Ben and Allison and as always to the rest of the Stage 1 Cycling Team out there getting it done!

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Huge Thanks to Airline Cycles and the gang! Done and done.....up next Surftown half marathon (September 8) who's in!?!?!?!

Thank you for your support Brian Holdt 💙

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Canton Ride/Lobster Fest scheduled for tomorrow is sold out. They are no longer accepting day of registration. The lobster fest is still happening and tickets for that can be puchased on site. They had no idea they would get such an overwhelming response to this event (80 riders!) Thanh is the only S1 member who snagged a pre-reg ticket...nice job, Thanh. ...

5 days ago

Stage 1 Cycling Team

More Bike Fights to come! See you next Wednesday night -- all abilities welcome for this fun, low stress, MTB racing event. www.bikereg.com/andoverbelltown-bike-fights3

Come for the racing, stay for the pizza, ice cream, and beverages. 🙂Big thanks to Exposition Wheelmen for putting on a great race last night at the Bike Fights Andover edition! The racing was fast and fun and the pizza and drinks were a great way to cap off the night! Great job!

Next Wednesday, the Bike Fights head back to East Hampton for the final event on the Stage 1 Cycling Team course at Paul's & Sandy's Too. We will use the same fast, fun flowy course as the first week -- you will not be dissapointed! Following the lead of Expo Wheelmen, we will have pizza, ice cream, and kid and adult friendly beverages for afterward.

Don't miss it!
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More Bike Fights to come!  See you next Wednesday night -- all abilities welcome for this fun, low stress, MTB racing event. https://www.bikereg.com/andoverbelltown-bike-fights3

Come for the racing, stay for the pizza, ice cream, and beverages. :)
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Upcoming Events

Aug
22
Thu
6:00 pm Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday Night Gravel Rides will be a weekly event, weather permitting. We will typically have a single group of about 12 miles. You’ll be happiest on a gravel or cross bike, but could do it[...]
6:15 pm Thursday Night Mountain Bike Ride
Thursday Night Mountain Bike Ride
Aug 22 @ 6:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Rides alternate between leaving from AirLine Cycles and Hurd State Park. Demo headlights are usually available – please call ahead to reserve a set. Check Facebook or call the shop for ride details! We typically split[...]
Aug
29
Thu
6:00 pm Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday Night Gravel Rides will be a weekly event, weather permitting. We will typically have a single group of about 12 miles. You’ll be happiest on a gravel or cross bike, but could do it[...]
6:15 pm Thursday Night Mountain Bike Ride
Thursday Night Mountain Bike Ride
Aug 29 @ 6:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Rides alternate between leaving from AirLine Cycles and Hurd State Park. Demo headlights are usually available – please call ahead to reserve a set. Check Facebook or call the shop for ride details! We typically split[...]
Sep
5
Thu
6:00 pm Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Sep 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday Night Gravel Rides will be a weekly event, weather permitting. We will typically have a single group of about 12 miles. You’ll be happiest on a gravel or cross bike, but could do it[...]

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY

Brian was very friendly and took care of our bicycles at a very reasonable price. He also completed them a day earlier than he predicted. Great addition to our town with much use on the Airline trail. Check out the bike shop, you won’t be disappointed! Jeremy Beatty

Doesn’t get any better than Airline Cycles! Friendly service and top notch repair work. Short waits and fair bike shop prices! Rob Sites

So happy to have found Airline Cycles. So close to my home, and Brian and George are incredibly helpful and friendly, not to mention highly skilled at what they do. Brian went above and beyond with me to get me AND my bike road-ready! Highly recommend! Rondelle Fischmann

Huge shout out to Brian and Airline Cycles for the time, assistance, ordering, delivery, and exceptional customer service to make a birthday very special. Thanks, everything was perfect. Jeannie-Todd Schoenberger

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We are conveniently located in down town East Hampton CT near the head of Connecticut’s famous Airline Trail. We pride ourselves in our customer service and local riders know us as the go-to local bike shop in the local areas of East Hampton, Marlborough, Hebron, Colchester, Portland, Middletown, Glastonbury, East Haddam, Moodus and Salem Connecticut.