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Bummed that your event got cancelled? Do it anyway! 

AirLine buddy Dylan Howley was signed up to attempt his first half-IronMan this past weekend, which was unfortunately cancelled due to the VID. Hes never been one to back down from a challenge, so he completed it on his own... thats a 1.2 mile swim, a mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run, on his own. ON HIS OWN! No support tents, no food stops, no cheering crowds. 

When in doubt, be epic. Congratulations Dylan!

Look for more on this story in the newspaper this weekend...

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Awesome! I did my 2000yd swim, skipped the bike and ran the 5k! Almost a win! Great job on the 1/2!

Your such an inspiration Dylan Howley!!

Congratulations!

Awesome 👏

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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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Bummed that your event got cancelled? Do it anyway!

AirLine buddy Dylan Howley was signed up to attempt his first half-IronMan this past weekend, which was unfortunately cancelled due to the 'VID. He's never been one to back down from a challenge, so he completed it on his own... that's a 1.2 mile swim, a mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run, on his own. ON HIS OWN! No support tents, no food stops, no cheering crowds.

When in doubt, be epic. Congratulations Dylan!

Look for more on this story in the newspaper this weekend...
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Bummed that your event got cancelled? Do it anyway! 

AirLine buddy Dylan Howley was signed up to attempt his first half-IronMan this past weekend, which was unfortunately cancelled due to the VID. Hes never been one to back down from a challenge, so he completed it on his own... thats a 1.2 mile swim, a mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run, on his own. ON HIS OWN! No support tents, no food stops, no cheering crowds. 

When in doubt, be epic. Congratulations Dylan!

Look for more on this story in the newspaper this weekend...

Comment on Facebook

Awesome! I did my 2000yd swim, skipped the bike and ran the 5k! Almost a win! Great job on the 1/2!

Your such an inspiration Dylan Howley!!

Congratulations!

Awesome 👏

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4 days ago

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When I was first trying to open AirLine Cycles, I applied for a business loan, but I was denied. Maybe it was because I didn't have a business degree. Maybe it was because opening a bike shop in a small town was incredibly risky. Maybe it was because of my big dumb goatee. There were dozens of potential reasons that ran through my head, but not once did I ever wonder if I didn't get the loan because of my skin color.

To me, the phrase "white privilege" always meant trust funds, fancy cars, country clubs, and getting cushy jobs through family connections... But it's not that. It doesn't mean i didn't work my ass off... It just means that skin color wasn't one of the things that made life hard for me.

I hate the idea of posting this, for fear that I look like another soapbox poster, fighting for social justice safely behind a keyboard... but I learned something over the past few days, and maybe, just maybe, my explanation might help someone else think a little differently today.
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My business story is similar to yours, minus the “big dumb goatee”. Never even thought about my skin color as a reason for any struggle in growing my business. It’s time to become aware and learn. Open our eyes and ears.

No one gave me a business loan right away either. Thank goodness I had a lot of friends who believed in me and was able to do much on credit with them and customers came to support me. It was very tough and very scary but I have never been this uncertain in my life. I knew I would always succeed because I was in charge of my own business but not so much now. Who is in charge now? And no I agree never ever did I think I didnt get it because of my race etc.

I think we only have our personal perspectives to share and the more we do that with honesty and empathy, the further down the road we will get. Thanks for posting this, buddy. I miss seeing you. Keep being awesome in your little community!

I’m glad you got on the soap box for a minute. That was a great explanation, worded in a way that everyone can understand.

Well said my friend!!

THANK YOU!!! This is really important to share and continue to explain. I had this very conversation (again) with someone near and dear to me yesterday. And - I think I got through this time, with a very similar explanation. Love you Holdty.

Thank you for sharing your important message. I don't see it as "another soapbox poster" but authentic self awareness that might influence others to be more aware of their understanding of privilege.

Your a great guy Brian. Never be fearful of being great. 👍

Well said and thank you for speaking out and sharing. I know I have been way to silent for way to long.

Me too, I understand why... Thanks Brian for posting this. I watched a great Trevor Noah episode that really made me see and understand white privilege.

Good post. I think we all need to go out on a limb a little more like you just did

This is exactly why a lot of people don't understand white privilege. I appreciate you writing this

Thanks for posting this and for everything you do for our town.

Thank you, Brian. Hope to stop in to the shop soon.

Thank you for posting this.

Well said, as always!

100%. So glad you posted this!

More like bike wizard goatee.

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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!
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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.
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