What’s Going On @ AirLine Cycles?
Big congratulations as well to Anthony Vecca on a very strong 5th place in his first race since upgrading to the Pro-1-2 category!
There are tons of pictures up at the Stage 1 Cycling Team, but here’s a great one of AV racing up the infamous Heckler’s Hill, having just passed team member and 30-year Stage 1 racer Dr. Brian Girard, looking distinguished as usual in a shark costume. Thanks to Peter Blake Photography for this great shot!
Hot off the truck – the 2019 Norco bikes have arrived!
Stop in to check out the new Bigfoot fat bike and the Sight A3 all mountain trail bike! More are arriving each day…
Your Local East Hampton Bike Shop
AirLine Cycles is a full-service bike shop with new and used bikes, cycling accessories, and rentals in East Hampton Connecticut. Conveniently located near the historic Village Center and the Airline Trail, we are proud to feature bikes from Giant, Liv, Jamis, FatBack, and Surly. We have a large showroom full of in-stock bikes along with clothing, gear, and other accessories, and if it’s not in stock, we can get most bikes and accessories within 24 hours! Come into the store and you’ll get friendly expert advice on just about any cycling topic.
Looking for a bike rental or want to try a bike before you buy? Don’t be confined to a small parking lot for test rides! We are conveniently located just steps away from the Airline Trail which offers miles of car-free and mostly flat gravel road perfect for test-riding most of our bikes. We also rent comfortable mountain bikes and hybrids, perfect for cruising the Airline Trail.
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY
You do NOT need to be a team member to order clothes and support your friendly neighborhood bike shop AirLine Cycles and the Stage 1 Cycling Team. Once again, huge thanks to Giant Bicycles and East Hampton's own Fat Orange Cat Brew Co. for their support of our team! The image below shows a few items, but we've got men's and women's jerseys, bib shorts, vests, long sleeves, jackets, and more! Sample sizes for try-on are available at the shop as well at the online store.
We only order clothing 5-6 times a year. Watch our Facebook for availability or contact us for the goods!
Who Rides WhatHere's what some of the AirLine Cycles crew is riding this season
Between Jamis, Giant, Liv, FatBack, and Surly, AirLine Cycles offers over 400 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), so I prefer the great traction and comfortable ride of the 3” wide tires on my 27.5+” Jamis Komodo Expert hardtail. I just added a FatBack Rhino to my stable, and really enjoyed getting out in the snow in the winter. FatBack really dialed in the geometry on these new fat bikes, and they ride amazingly well. As soon as the 2019 models come out, I’ll be adding a Giant XTC single speed 27.5″ plus bike into the mix as well!”
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. His older son Hudson, aka the Savage, is the youngest member of the Stage 1 team. Despite being only seven, 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 apprciates that the smooth full suspension keeps her comfortable and in control while keeping up with her crazy family. Younger brother Charlie and Brooks are anxiously awaiting the 2019 Giant releases to pick out their new rides…
Looking for more information? Please get in touch!
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.