Sandy also designed a cool back pack you should check out: Sandy’s Betabrand back pack design. A handful more votes and it will go into production.
Drawings post 7.31.2014
Here’s a flipbook of a bunch of sort of recent drawings from Taj
Limited run of Military Blue Taj Bikes 7.23.2014
A surprise summer shipment of a small number of Taj bikes in the coveted Military Blue colorway arrive next week. Hit up our in-house distributor Full Factory to order one (or tell your favorite bike shop to)!
Coming Soon Bikes 7.16.2014
When we are ready to show new bikes to bike shops we send out something like above. It’s just a preview of what is coming and a way for a bike shop to predict which models they will order from us. We usually include some plea for them to keep the new bikes secret and not share the images. I’m not really sure what we’re so worried about… I think we worry that no one will buy the “older” bikes if they see the new ones. Personally I think it’s more likely to drum up some excitement for the brand and hopefully get folks interested in trying our bikes. So, this year we are letting you all see the very same preview we sent to bike shops. Keep in mind these bikes won’t be out until November. Also, there’s no specs or geo listings in this preview… that will all come later once I get it all organized and fit for print (in our consumer catalog).
So check out the COMING SOON bikes!
Fairdale Castelli Kits 7.11.2014
We got kits in! Limited numbers available (because making custom kits is rather expensive). The cool thing is not a lot of people will look like you dressed up in a Fairdale kit. Made for us by Castelli you can be sure of the quality and fit (Castelli kits are our favorites). Check ‘em out…
Volcom Wild In the Parks 6.25.2014
We gave away a Coaster set up with a skaterack to the winner of the “Hipster” hip competition at the Denver stop of Volcom Wild In the Parks event a couple weeks ago. The winner must now grow a mustache, wear decorative scarves and go everywhere with a messenger bag cinched up extra tight. Volcom does a really great job with this fun and free skate event. Top 15 dudes get invited to a $15,000 purse event at Volcom’s private skatepark later this year! Congrats to Devin for winning the bike and cheers to Volcom for having us be a part of things.
Ryan Tuerck got himself a few custom pit bikes thanks to Sunday Bikes and Fairdale. The bikes are designed to match his sliding car and came out pretty darned cool! We always love seeing custom bikes. Check out some more photos below and check Ryan’s amazing driving out too.
The Goodship on The Radavist 6.18.2014
NEW BIKE DAY and Tune UP Sandwiches 6.16.2014
Getting a new bike is awesome! It’s hard to resist smiling sitting on a brand new machine with everything working perfectly and smoothly. However, that perfection may be short lived. I always warn friends when they pick up a new bike that things will settle, stretch and seat into place after a couple weeks of riding. This shouldn’t leave you feeling like you bought a crappy bike, it’s just a natural part of the break in process. It’s important to have a tune up after a little riding time. A handful of properly done minor adjustments will set your bike on the right track for a good long while. Resident mechanic Leif wrote a little bit on some things you should expect and keep an eye out for. Enjoy that new bike!! -Taj
You got your dream bike! You’re riding it everyday and in a true rom-com like bliss, pedaling everywhere together, staying the night in your room… you truly love each other! BUT after a few weeks the spokes start to ping, chain goes slack, headset loosens, and brakes are-a-squealing. It seems like your bike may be saying something to you. Is it already time to breakup? No! You need a tuneup sandwich!
Take your bike to your favorite shop (the one you bought it at!) and get it dialed in. The initial break in miles you put on your new machine let all the parts get to know each other and therefore may be in need of some fine tuning. A critical time that lays the foundation for your very bike existence! Often shops offer a no charge or reduced charge going-over of bikes they sell to keep you and your bike happy.
These are some of the points of attention covered in a tune up, all stuff you may also want to learn to do yourself one day. Knowledge is power to help your everypedal!
New PNT Magazine 5.27.2014
Our friends from Poland, PNT, have just released a new issue of their online mag. There’s some great photography and a few Weekender shots. Really stoked on what these folks are doing. Well worth checking out:
Leif Valin – Mint Weekender 4.25.2014
Leif shows off his Weekender Frame set he built up. The Weekender is turning out be a pretty adaptable platform. With front and rear rack mounts you could sling some racks on here and be off for a weekend camping trip, or carrying bags to school each day. Pop on some fenders and you have a fun way to get to work. The disc brakes will work in any weather condition you come across and the comfortable frame can handle a good range of riding styles.
FYI, Leif is 6’2 and this is a XL Weekender frame with parts to properly size it to him.
Fun times flat track racing 4.24.2014
A friend sent us this video by Kei Yanagisawa of some good ol’ flat track racing. I think we need more of this kind of thing in our lives! Looks like such a good time. And of course, stoked to see a Taj taking some wins!
What a night with the rain, but waking up to one hell of a view is a great way to start the day. I took some time to enjoy the desolate road, and to marvel at the landscape and the open ocean stretching as far as the eye could see. From here I made my way towards Honolua Bay.
After hiding from the rain for the night, I awoke to stormy clouds but it wasn’t raining! I looked at some NOAA weather models for the day, and it looked like I was going to get wet. Most likely really wet. So I bought some zip lock bags as extra insurance that all my gear would stay dry and after a couple quick stops got back on the road.
Day 3 of our Adventure In A Box starts with our travelers waking up in a cave in Maui. Noah heads off back to work and Ryan picks up the trip solo. There is also a bow and arrow involved in todays story… Read More
We took a quick cruise to Wainapanapa state park and I went for an early morning ocean swim out to a sea stack, which I could climb up the chossy volcanic rock to reach the top before jumping into the ocean below. A great way to start the day, and even better after we went for another swim in the freshwater caves close by.
We’re very pleased to bring you a new Field Trip installment from beautiful Maui. We sent Ryan Worcester a Weekender and he will be taking us along on his adventure around the island. He’ll be handling both the typing and camera work. We would be stoked if you read this and got inspired to buy a Fairdale, but to be entirely honest, we’d be even happier if we inspired you to get out there and take your own adventure. Ryan is a master of making do with what’s available and he’ll show us all how to travel without the stress of overthinking and over planning. Read on and enjoy the amazing images…
Adventure In a Box by Ryan Worcester
Everything starts somewhere, especially something that in hindsight you’d call an adventure. This particular journey started with a box. Two of them to be exact. The first one came in the form of a cardboard box (with the graphic of an animal that had the desire to say something important). Inside this box from Fairdale was a drop bar Weekender, and coupled with it came an opportunity to spend five days pedaling around Maui, Hawaii. An endeavor like this requires some supplies, hence the second box. Read More
Field trip: Tour of Maui 4.7.2014
The Stud Bike 4.1.2014
Fairdale is excited to announce that the first bike from our 2015 lineup has arrived early. The Stud is exactly what it sounds like it would be, the toughest and most bad ass bike we have ever made. Wind tunnel tested for the maximum aerodynamic rider position and designed to be equally at home on the streets or off road. We’ve all heard of the “so-called” benefits of Carbon Fiber frames, but our 100% pure Pine stud main frame advances bike building to the next level. Compliant in all the best ways, 100% made and grown in the USA our elegant weld-less frame construction looks as good as it performs. Our test riders were able to reach top speeds of over 19 kilometers an hour, which we are told converts to over 85MPH! To compliment this masterpiece of design The Stud comes with the finest quality components. Our custom designed memory foam seat cushion will keep you happy on even the longest rides, and the comfortable prone riding position is very similar to lying in a plush feather bed. The Stud frame has infinite mounting points for water bottle cages and touring racks. Pre-order today and be the first in your area to be seen riding The Stud!
Complete Bike: $999
Frame Only: $6
Frame Only (Di2 Compatible): $6.10
Fairdale R+D 3.21.2014
Thanks URBAN CYCLIST 3.20.2014
Free BIKE 3.11.2014
Thanks to Wahoo’s ATX and 365 Things to Do in Austin we are giving away a beautiful chrome Coaster during SXSW. To win is EASY, though it’s a bit of mouthful… visit the Wahoo’s in Austin at 509 Rio Grande St and see the Coaster on display there. Take a photo of the bike and instagram it with the hashtag #wahoos365fairdale. We’ll pick a winner from the tagged photos on saturday. Good luck!