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So what does this bike boom/supply chain disruption mean to bike shops? Well, as an example, here's a picture of what Giant has available for tubes right now: Keep in mind, Giant is the LARGEST bicycle company on the planet.

As far as bikes go, we'll have a shipment of Norco mid level hybrids and mountain bikes arriving in late August. I will post up as soon as they arrive, I promise. Giant bikes will be arriving in October sometime.

Our repair schedule has gotten back to normal, so if you need service, come on down, and we should be able to get the bikes back to you within a few days.

Thanks for your patience during these difficult times, and please understand, this bike shortage is WAY more frustrating for us than you could possibly imagine.
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So what does this bike boom/supply chain disruption mean to bike shops? Well, as an example, heres a picture of what Giant has available for tubes right now: Keep in mind, Giant is the LARGEST bicycle company on the planet.

As far as bikes go, well have a shipment of Norco mid level hybrids and mountain bikes arriving in late August. I will post up as soon as they arrive, I promise. Giant bikes will be arriving in October sometime.

Our repair schedule has gotten back to normal, so if you need service, come on down, and we should be able to get the bikes back to you within a few days.

Thanks for your patience during these difficult times, and please understand, this bike shortage is WAY more frustrating for us than you could possibly imagine.

Comment on Facebook So what does this ...

So I can sell some 24” schrader valve tubes for the same price people are charging for weights ???

Wow! Do you see the bicycle boom as strictly due to Covid and do you think it will return to normal or have people found a new love for biking?

you can steal the tubes out of the Norco bikes!

Patrick Liam stop getting flats. Tubes are in short supply.

....what's a tube? 🤪

Ed needs training wheels

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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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So what does this bike boom/supply chain disruption mean to bike shops? Well, as an example, here's a picture of what Giant has available for tubes right now: Keep in mind, Giant is the LARGEST bicycle company on the planet.

As far as bikes go, we'll have a shipment of Norco mid level hybrids and mountain bikes arriving in late August. I will post up as soon as they arrive, I promise. Giant bikes will be arriving in October sometime.

Our repair schedule has gotten back to normal, so if you need service, come on down, and we should be able to get the bikes back to you within a few days.

Thanks for your patience during these difficult times, and please understand, this bike shortage is WAY more frustrating for us than you could possibly imagine.
... See MoreSee Less

So what does this bike boom/supply chain disruption mean to bike shops? Well, as an example, heres a picture of what Giant has available for tubes right now: Keep in mind, Giant is the LARGEST bicycle company on the planet.

As far as bikes go, well have a shipment of Norco mid level hybrids and mountain bikes arriving in late August. I will post up as soon as they arrive, I promise. Giant bikes will be arriving in October sometime.

Our repair schedule has gotten back to normal, so if you need service, come on down, and we should be able to get the bikes back to you within a few days.

Thanks for your patience during these difficult times, and please understand, this bike shortage is WAY more frustrating for us than you could possibly imagine.

Comment on Facebook So what does this ...

So I can sell some 24” schrader valve tubes for the same price people are charging for weights ???

Wow! Do you see the bicycle boom as strictly due to Covid and do you think it will return to normal or have people found a new love for biking?

you can steal the tubes out of the Norco bikes!

Patrick Liam stop getting flats. Tubes are in short supply.

....what's a tube? 🤪

Ed needs training wheels

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1 week ago

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It was another epic weekend for the AirLine Cycles family. I'm so proud to have these folks associated with the shop.

To start, the Stage 1 Enduro crew cleaned up at the Eastern States Cup this weekend, with the juniors strongly representing. It's not important whether we won or not because these kids have so much fun and display such incredible sportsmanship. (Spoiler alert: we won. Hudson, Jax, and Tristan swept the podium, with Declan and Cole close behind.) A pile of other Stage 1 racers were there as well, and I'm guessing more podium results will be posted soon.

In other news, remember that friend of the shop who went out and completed a half Ironman on his own because the official event had been canceled? Well this weekend, he was up in Lake Placid New York where the official Ironman race should have happened, were it not canceled due to COVID. You guessed it, he did it again, completing his first IronMan in a spectacular way. No cheering crowds, no support tents and feed stations along the route, no big fanfare, just one dude proving that having a positive outlook changes everything. He was swimming the 2.4 miles before sunrise, and finished his marathon run at almost midnight, with a 112 mile bike in the middle. Amazing work Dylan! #NoMoreBadDays #leftycycles
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Awesome job Dylan!! Great job to all the enduro guys!! You guys rocked it!!

Such an awesome group of badass people! Congratulations all around!

Congratulations all of you!!

Yeaaahhhhhh get it!!!!! Congrats everyone 👏 👏👏👏👏

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*UPDATE* – Photos and video link has been added below...

Good times today making the short road trip to West Greenwich, RI for the New England High School Cycling Association MTB training race. It was hot and the course was dusty, but the guys rode well and had fun. Congrats to Jack and James Cote, and team newcomer Tristan Healey, on their finishes. Also, a huge congrats to our good friends Justin Green (2nd) and Patrick Woble (6th) on their strong races.

Results can be found here:
my.raceresult.com/156061/results?lang=en#0_605C28

Photos and videos:
www.flickr.com/photos/tyrantbmx/albums/72157715327940332
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Kate Cote Katie Healey

Sorry, couldn't get the photos and videos to bulk upload on here, so I used a 3rd party site. Photos/videos can be downloaded by clicking on the image/video and clicking the downward arrow in the bottom right corner.

Good luck to all the Juniors racing the first New England High School Cycling Association race today! Jack/ James/ Justin/ Patrick/ Tristan are all going to be racing the clock at Big Johns in RI 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 ... See MoreSee Less

Good luck to all the Juniors racing the first New England High School Cycling Association race today! Jack/ James/ Justin/ Patrick/ Tristan are all going to be racing the clock at Big Johns in RI 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻
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Upcoming Events

Aug
6
Thu
6:00 pm Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Aug 6 @ 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 6 @ 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
13
Thu
6:00 pm Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Aug 13 @ 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 13 @ 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
20
Thu
6:00 pm Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Aug 20 @ 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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