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Twelve hours, two ferries, and some of the bumpiest highways I've ever experienced, but we successfully returned from Long Island with two dozen 24" kids bikes!! In these times of massive bike shortage and supply chain issues, we are doing what it takes to keep kids out riding! ... See MoreSee Less

Twelve hours,  two ferries, and some of the bumpiest highways Ive ever experienced,  but we successfully returned from Long Island with two dozen 24 kids bikes!! In these times of massive bike shortage and supply chain issues,  we are doing what it takes to keep kids out riding!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Gran labor, felicidades

How awesome! It is the best seeing the really little ones learn to ride and the middle schoolers improving their skills! Thanks for what you all do to promote the sport!!!!! 🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️👍😎

Amazing! I miss my bike while it's in the shop. But patience, they say, is a virtue. Great to see your work being done for the kids!

Your dedication to the biking community is amazing...those kids are seriously lucky ducks!

Your the Santa of bikes 😂

You're such great humans! So proud to have you in our town. 🚲

Airline Cycles like WuTang is for the children !!!

You’re going to make a lot of kiddos happy 👏🏼 🚴🏼‍♀️ 🚴‍♂️

Have bikes, will travel!

There’s going to be a lot of happy kids because of you!!

Are they all spoken for? Looking for my 14 year old since last year

Nice work Brian.

Wow congrats amazing!

Woo Hoo! nice going.

Awesome!!

That’s awesome

Wow

you guys rock

Cool, that’s almost 20 bikes!

I hear you are looking for mountain bike for the kids race team? I have a 26" Cannondale lefty hard Tail trail is part with if it is something you'd be interested in

Nicole

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1 week ago
AirLine Cycles

QUICK ANNOUNCEMENTS:
1) We are basically sold out of bikes. Global bike boom plus pandemic supply chain issues equals every 2021 bike being essentially sold out. Each bike that is coming in probably has a waitlist. Things will be slightly better in 2022, but may not be back to normal until 2024. If you are looking for a bike, please email me at brian@airlinecycles.com and I'll add you to the list. Please include your bike size or height, ideal price range, etc...
2) The spring rush for tune-ups is the biggest we have ever seen. We are working as fast as we can, and WE WILL CALL YOU when your bike is ready. We are about 3 weeks out on tune-ups at present.
3) Parts supply is similarly affected. We are on waitlists at many different distributors just to get the day to day parts. The daily hunt for parts is exhausting and slowing everything down. We share your frustration. This is not far from life during wartime, and we all need to be more flexible n some of our choices to keep the world moving.
4) We are wildly stressed and exhausted, so if we seem a bit off our game, please have patience. While much of the world has had reduced hours, time of, and work from home conditions, we haven't missed an hour due to COVID, and gosh, we're pretty darn tuckered.
5) It's a beautiful day... go ride your bike, take a hike, or just sit on a bench and enjoy this day.

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You guys still a Jamis dealer? If so I may want to put in for a frame for 2022 or 2023 shipments.

And if you want to have even more fun in the bicycle retail world, imagine placing an order late last summer 2020, with an ETA of early spring '21, then a month before the expected arrival of said bike, the manufactures lets you know that they are oversold, and the bike is not going to show.....Welcome to the fun world of a global economy!

I rode the Grey Ghost with this incredible weather on the Hop River Trail for the first time today! It would not have been possible without you 💕 You are all amazing!

Wow it’s nuts to still see supply issues with things like this! Your transparency will definitely help people navigate these challenging bike times.

So which church basement does the support group for bike shop staff meet in?

So I take it there won't be a bike raffle this year

We got a bike so you can remove our name and move someone up ❤️❤️

You guys are always awesome... Thanks for everything that you are doing to keep us healthy and riding!!! Stay safe !!!

I love my new bike, and feel so grateful I was able to get it!

Airline Cycles rocks! Your hard work will pay off!!

Thanks Brian! Glad I got my gear in early and as always you and your team were great! Both Bikes riding great! Keep up the good work.

Thanks for the update Brian!

Keep up the good work! You guys are great!

We are so lucky to have you here in town!! 🤗

You guys are amazing!! Thank you ❤️❤️❤️

You guys are doing great

Thank you 😊

BRAVO!!! 👍🏼👊🏼👏🏼

We love you guys!

Got mine 👍😃 thank you Airline Cycles!

What kind?

👍

Ellen Rogers Snyder

Thanks Brian! Keep up the good work!

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Thursday Night Gravel Ride
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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[...]
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6:00 pm Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Apr 22 @ 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
Apr 22 @ 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[...]
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6:00 pm Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Thursday Night Gravel Ride
Apr 29 @ 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[...]

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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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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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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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.