What's Going on with the Airline Cycles Community?
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!
Who Rides WhatHere's what some of the AirLine Cycles crew is riding this season
Between Giant, Liv, Norco, Cannondale, and Aventon, 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
Brian started working in shops back in the early 90s, and enjoyed shop life in Wallingford CT, Boulder CO, and Portland ME before “getting a real job”; every year he climbed the corporate ladder, but missed being in bike shops more and more. In 2016, he opened AirLine Cycles and hasn’t looked back! In the rare moments when he’s not at the shop, he’s usually mountain biking at Hurd State Park, supporting the Stage 1 Cycling Team at events, or working on his 1750s farmhouse.
Chris – Mechanic
Chris has been turning wrenches for over 30 years in Connecticut! He was the constant friendly face at Sunshine Cycle for most of those years, joining the AirLine family when the shops merged in 2020. He’s equally comfortable working on antique bikes and cutting edge technology. When he’s not at the shop, chances are good that Brutus, a 160-pound Dogue de Bordeaux, is by his side.
David – Mechanic
David relocated to Connecticut from Colorado with over 20 years of bike industry experience. He’s a suspension guru, and as a former professional downhill racer, he’s the go-to guy for gravity bike setup. When he’s not riding in the dirt or wrenching, he’s out enjoying New England with his wife and pups. David has also never been seen in public not wearing Vans.
Jack – Swiss Army Knife
Jack also grew up in shops, suffered through corporate life, and just recently returned to the bike industry. He’s the ultimate utility player, keeping everything at the shop rolling smoothly. He splits his cycling time between road, gravel, and mountain, but almost exclusively on green bikes. When he’s not on two wheels, he’s probably camping with his wife and their dogs, or wrenching on some sort of unusual vehicle.
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.
Patrick – Swiss Army Spoon
Patrick joined the AirLine family first as a talented junior mountain bike and cyclocross racer, and has been part of the shop crew since 2022. He’s all business up front, keeps the party rolling in the back, and sports the epic mullet to seal the deal.
Dudley and Stanley – The Shop Dogs
Dudley the sleek black dog is a purebred mutt, and he lives with Brian when he’s not at the shop. Stanley is the fluffy white English Cream Retriever, and he’s one of Jack’s pups. They enjoy greeting customers, getting belly rubs, and wrestling each other pretty much continuously.
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY
Our East Hampton location is conveniently located in downtown 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.
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