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Just Riding Along… Deal of the Year…

If you have ever read this blog, you know that I like a good deal. There are quite a few companies and products that really strike my fancy, but some of the best deals that I have seen comes from Airborne Bicycles. I have written about their bikes before, like here and here, and once again they are dropping the deals.

From their website today, they unleashed what I am calling “the deal of the year” when it comes to buying a new bike, all in the name of Interbike. Four of their models are now at amazingly low prices, with included shipping. With that said, lets take a look:


Sabre 26″ hardtail, $249.99
Airborne’s entry level hardtail. 21 speed drivetrain, Tektro mechanical disc brakes. This price makes me want to buy one of these for my wife.


Skyhawk 26″ hardtail, $349.99
The Skyhawk is a step up from the Sabre, offering better components and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes. The geometry is also more in line with their higher end, very successful Goblin 29er.


Wingman dirt jumper, $549.99
The Wingman has earned rave reviews from various mountain bike publications, making it one of the best bang for your buck dirt jumpers.


Delta cyclocross, $749.99
The price on this bike shocked me. I have been bike lusting for this one for some time, now it is almost impossible to pass up this offer. SRAM drivetrain, Avid mechanical disc brake cyclocross machine? Yes please. Now it’s time to convince the wife…

If any of these bikes make you as happy as I am, you need to head over to their site here soon, as this offer ends at the end of Interbike, which is the 23rd of this month.

Amazing, simply amazing.

Just keep spinning…

Photos from Airborne’s site.

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Just Riding Along… Get Lost.

Spent time getting lost on the Troll today, only to find my way back. Today’s ride was just what I needed.

Over the Little Miami River.Over the Little Miami River.

Taking a H2O break in Indian Hill.Taking a H2O break in Indian Hill.

Old school Rollfast ,along the trail in Camp Dennison.Vintage Rollfast off of the trail in Camp Dennison.

Just keep spinning…


616 Bicycle Fabrications…

At some point in my life, I plan on buying a frame from a custom builder. There is just something cool about having a frame/bicycle that you don’t see everyday. Something almost like bicycle street cred. Anyway, while surfing the cycling related web as I usually do, I stumbled upon 616.

616 Bicycle Fabrications, based proudly out of Michigan, is pumping out some quality, head turning rides, at a decent price for a smaller frame builder. One feature that stands out is their paint process. Since they do not believe in decals, every logo is painted on, using the process of reverse masking. Another nice touch is custom metal ID badge with the bike’s information. Add those touches to a hand crafted steel frame, and that is well worth the price of admission.

Only a few spectacular models are available at the moment, including a 29er and 650b hardtails, and also a fatbike. According to their website a cross bike is coming soon:

Even though they are relatively new, I feel that 616 is going to stick around for awhile, especially with such great looking bikes. They will definitely be on my short list when the time finally comes for a custom frame. Also, as with many other bike companies these days, 616 is always looking for pro level racers to throw some swag to, check them out if that is your thing. Now if only I could find a company looking to sponsor a beer drinking, non racing, everyday rider…

Maybe I am really pumped for my vacation in northern Michigan this summer, but the last few topics have been about brands based out of there. There might be more to the state up north than cherries, lakes, and the upper peninsula.

Just keep spinning…

All photos from 616’s site, go check it!


Just Riding Along… Banjo Brothers.

The Minehaha bag from Banjo Brothers.

While waiting for a certain rear rack to come back into stock, I turned my consumer attention towards saddlebags for my Brooks B17. Saddlebags seem to be a great option for commuting, and they also seem pretty handy for bike camping. Unfortunately, not too many companies throw out a decent, large quality bag without breaking the bank. That was my thought, until I stumbled onto Banjo Brothers.

Banjo Brothers carries quite a variety of bicycle related bags, including their Minehaha line, which focuses on the older style, canvas bag. This is their “medium” model, which holds 650 cubic in. or 10L if you prefer the metric system. Large enough for a couple spares, my camera, some tools, and some spare clothes. With room for more. I feel that this bag with my small, front panniers on a rack will give the Troll a great bike packing setup for some overnight trips this summer. Now if only I can figure out what to do with my tent…

Spacious...

What sets Banjo Brothers apart from other companies in my opinion though, is their customer service. After receiving my bag in just a couple days, I realized that I was missing the seatpost strap. After a quick “tweet” letting them know the issue, I had my missing link practically the next day. Super fast! You normally don’t get service like that very often.

If you are in the market for a canvas bag, check them out. Quite a bit cheaper in price, but way above and beyond in customer service and quality. They definitely have my business in the future!

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… Enter WordPress.

After using Blogger for quite some time, I finally hit the point where I needed to move on.  With their new layout, I could not get into the flow of things, and since I have been contemplating using WordPress for a while, the time seemed to be right to make the switch.  Thankfully, it has been a bit easier than I thought it would be.

Thanks for the start Blogger, it’s not you it’s me.  Well, actually, it is you.  But anyway…

Thanks for reading this far, please bear with me as I learn this new system.

Just keep spinning…

 

 


Just Riding Along… New Airborne Bicycles edition.

One of my favorite things about the cycling industry, among many, is that every year new products start showing up. Every company has a new product that is bigger, better, lighter, faster, etc. You get the idea. Airborne Bicycles is no exception, and from the looks of it 2012 is going to be a big year for them. Enter the Guardian:

Building off of the very successful Goblin 29er, Airborne has launched a more wallet friendly 29er to, as they say, “Get more butts in saddles.” I like that, more people on bikes is a good thing. Anyway, sharing quite a few components from the more expensive Goblin, the Guardian is a well spec’d entry level 29er, or just the rider on a budget. If you were on the fence about the Goblin due to the price, there is no reason for you to sit any longer. So what is the price? Head over the Airborne’s site and check it out!

Well done Airborne, can’t wait to see the rest of the line up.

Just keep spinning…

Photo from Airborne’s website.


New Bike!

So here is a funny story: Back in 2008, while living in San Diego, I was searching for a new mountain bike. I went to my local bike shop, I forget the name now, and asked if they were planning to get one of the new Haro 29ers, and if not to see if they would bring one in for a test ride. I was going to buy it, but I wanted to see it, and also make sure that it would fit properly. Bike fit is crucial. Anyway, they would only bring one in as long as I would put all of my money down, sight unseen. I decided not to, looked around at other shops, and long story short, could not find a Haro Mary anywhere. That’s when I found the 2008 redesigned Gary Fisher Rig, and the rest was history.

Fast forward two years, a cross country move, and two broken Rig frames later, and guess what pops up on the local Craigslist? A 2008 Haro Mary single speed! After a little negotiating, I ended up grabbing this bike for about 60% off of retail! And to top it off, this bike has only been “lightly” ridden three times. I’m still a little surprised and shocked at how clean this bike is.

So I have some big plans for this bike. My other Haro is becoming my cargo bike, but this bike will serve a dual duty. Since I have parted out the Rig, I did keep the wheel set, so now for the Mary I will have a road wheel set, and a mountain wheel set. Two birds with one stone.

I cannot say enough how durable Haro’s products are. The Haro V3 that I have had since 2003 has been ridden to hell and back, and is still kicking. Great products, and their pricing is very reasonable. If you are in the market for a new mountain bike, definitely check them out! Now I’m off to do a little tweaking to the new ride…