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16 hours ago
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On the eve of snowmageddon, we have decided to keep our staff safe and sound on Saturday. Both shops will be closed. If you need something today, we can stay late as needed or leave the item securely for pickup or delivery. Please be safe, and stay off the roads as much as possible to give our plow drivers room to do their job.
(Obviously this is subject to change if the storm shifts to the east, but the models all look pretty confident that we're going to get hammered.)
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On the eve of snowmageddon, we have decided to keep our staff safe and sound on Saturday. Both shops will be closed.  If you need something today, we can stay late as needed or leave the item securely for pickup or delivery. Please be safe, and stay off the roads as much as possible to give our plow drivers room to do their job. 
(Obviously this is subject to change if the storm shifts to the east, but the models all look pretty confident that were going to get hammered.)

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That’s an oldie 🙌🏻

Whose doing the hurricane Hannah crossup huck on the fat bike? Nice pic !

But a goodie 🙄

Be safe guys!

2 weeks ago
AirLine Cycles

Cheeseburgers:
There was an argument at dinner last night. One person suggested that cheddar is always a better cheese than American, regardless of usage. The other person suggested that on a cheeseburger, American cheese is a much better choice because so many cheddars are far too mild to add any flavor to the burger.

Please help us settle this crucial issue. Lives are at stake.
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Cheeseburgers: 
There was an argument at dinner last night.  One person suggested that cheddar is always a better cheese than American,  regardless of usage.  The other person suggested that on a cheeseburger, American cheese is a much better choice because so many cheddars are far too mild to add any flavor to the burger.  

Please help us settle this crucial issue.  Lives are at stake.

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Oh man. Apparently there are some opinions on this one. It's just a shame so many of you are so very very wrong. 💚💙

So many cheeses.....so little time.......we are truly forgetting blue cheese mounted, ever so slightly melted high atop the beautiful burger, while under the delicate leaves of arugula.....with a touch of spicy mayo......💞💞

Team NEVER American Cheese

I don’t consider American a real cheese, definitely sharp cheddar, and if you want some fun Gorgonzola or Gouda.

All bike rides are fun. All burgers are yummy. It doesn't matter what bike, it doesn't matter what cheese. Tuesday might be road ride day. Wednesday mountain bike. Thursday American. Sunday cheddar. Wednesday gouda. Monday gravel. Saturday hardtail. Switch it all around. N+1 bikes. N+1 cheeses !

I love blue cheese on a burger but sometimes you just need that plain old American cheese for a true burger experience 🍔 👍

My vote is purely based on texture and nostalgia. American makes an incredible “sauce” and doesn’t separate and get grainy like a sharp nice cheddar better suited for eating out of hand does on a hot burger.

I like food. 😁

American isn't even cheese, technically speaking. Cheddar or jack or.. anything but American.

With the exception of grilled cheese sandwiches, American cheese is never the right answer.

I don't like cheese on my burger. 🤮

I agree with American on a burger, but have you tried one with smoked gouda? Will end the debate.

It depends on the topping. A bacon and onion rings burger should have american (or cheddar). A mushroom should have Swiss or cheddar. A good ol burger should have cheddar. So cheddar is better but American cheese has its place on many burgers too.

American Cheese isn’t cheese at all ........ go with a real cheddar or even some havarti, Brie, or Gouda ......

I like em' both on burgers: add an egg (over easy), thick cut bacon, and a good BBQ sauce with some smoke. Of course, blue cheese with caramelized onions is as good and some times better. Anyone who cooks their burger beyond medium rare needs a good slap from my Nana.

Yea, American or a nice smoked provolone. Yes, but the test is my old friend--what kind of beer?

So many cheddars are far too mild!!!! I’m with that guy. I say it all the time. Can’t ever taste cheddar on a burger. American all the way.

I like a nutty cheese (Swiss, Gouda) or a blue cheese on my burger - not a big fan of American but that’s just me. If it’s cheddar, or has to be sharp chedda. 😜

I believe American cheese is a product, not a cheese in the true sense of the word.

Any cheese or a few at a time. And a thick helping!

I kinda like Swiss on my burgers.

Depends on the other condiments and bun. Backyard bbq, American in a potato roll.. cheddar at a nice burger place with a brioche bun

What kind of dystopia do you live in where a cheddar is milder than American? Please let me send you some real cheddar so you can be embarrassed you even asked the question.

This conversation is making me hungry! Depends on the burger. White American between two thin smashed and crisped on the edges patties with Sweet Baby Ray’s. Or big thick and juicy burger with tomato and red onion needs the cheddar.

The correct sharp cheddar works well on a burger. Although as the Chef Ben mentioned Blue Cheese or a Gorgonzola oh so yummy 🤤

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Thursday Night Gravel Ride
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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 

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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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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

Our East Hampton location is conveniently located in downtown East Hampton CT near the head of Connecticut’s famous Airline Trail. We also have a location in Colchester CT at the end of the Airline Trail Colchester Spur. 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.

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