Sandy is constantly up to something new and making things happen. Just this weekend, he ran his first marathon, and earlier this month, he launched his We Were There book project. Today, Dig BMX released an incredible feature on him on their website.
News / Videos
Sandy Carson / Dig Alumni & We Were There • Francis • February 20, 2017 •
Builds: Surf Blue Goodship • Francis • February 3, 2017 •
Fairdale Goes to the Sun • Francis • December 30, 2016 •
We’re always in search for a new adventure, and this time around, we discovered Glacier National Park. Hit play to join Chris Cotsonas, Sandy Carson, Leif Valin, and Alex Hendrex on a ride up Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Cache’s Chickens • Francis • November 1, 2016 •
[Re-Up] Fairdale FDRD • Francis • October 25, 2016 •
Don’t throw out your front derailleur just yet, here’s a whole list of things you can still use them for!
Fairdale 2017 Videos • Francis • October 12, 2016 •
Fairdale x Vans • Francis • September 27, 2016 •
We’re honored to work with our friends at Vans on these custom Fairdale Authentics. We’re so psyched, we even built up a matching Fairdale Taj just for them. These shoes will go out to key Fairdale shops, friends, and family as a thank you for their support. On top of that, we’re also giving a bunch of shoes away to lucky Instagram followers.
Fairdale + Biltwell • Francis • August 19, 2016 •
Amid our 2017 line-up is a special limited edition run of our Weekender Archer. We teamed up with our friends over at Biltwell to bring you guys just 100 of these classically styled two-wheeled vessels.
Fairdale France • Francis • July 8, 2016 •
We took Taj Mihelich, Leif Valin, Sandy Carson, and Chris Cotsonas to the French Alps and celebrated Chris’ birthday in one of the best ways imaginable.
Fairdale Bikes Research and Design Front Derailleur Repurposing Division: Shifting Your Perception • Francis • April 18, 2016 •
The bicycle industry has deemed shifting the front chainrings on your bicycle to be unnecessary. The front derailleur has been declared dead. The Fairdale R&D team has the vision to see that the front derailleur still has plenty of life left in it. The incredibly dynamic mechanical range of the front derailleur has many potential uses. The newly formed Fairdale Bikes Front Derailleur Repurposing Division (FBFDRD) is focused on honoring the front derailleur by finding new and practical uses for this beloved bicycle mechanism. Here’s a sampling of our latest projects.
Fishing with Jared Swafford • Francis • February 11, 2016 •
Cycling, Cameras, and Cats with Sandy Carson • Francis • September 14, 2015 •
Sandy Carson was our first team rider back in January of 2012. “Team Rider” is a term we use very loosely at Fairdale. We don’t expect our riders to win races (though Sandy did just win a Texas State Championship on a mountain bike). Hell, we don’t expect our riders to even ride all the time.
Mostly our team is made up of friends who are doing cool things. Folks we admire. People who in some way have bicycles as part of their lives. Sandy couldn’t sum that up more.
As a full time photographer he is always doing something exciting… some shoot or another, working on his own photo books and shows, or traveling around to odd places. More than any of that what really makes us admire his work is the way his photographs portray the world. He takes some of the most interesting photos we know of by catching little details that the rest of us skim over. Those little things that when expertly highlighted can reveal special moments all around us.
On top of all that he is an amazing bike rider. A cyclist who is perpetually motivated to ride all kinds of bikes. Riding with an infectious sense of humor and inspiring enthusiasm. His great history as a sponsored BMX rider means he can naturally shred on any bike. Applying that mastery to bikes with other sized wheels has lead him into an even bigger love for cycling.
We spent some time down in Austin filming the man and would like to present to you this video. Check out our friend Sandy.
Visit SandyCarson.com to see more of his work.
The Badship • Francis • July 13, 2015 •
We gave you guys a sneak peek of the Badship last week, and now we have a video showing you guys some of the hand-painting process and custom build that went into this one of a kind Fairdale Goodship.
- Full SRAM Force 22 drivetrain with a compact crankset and an 11-28 cassette
- Zipp Service Course SL cockpit and seat post
- Zipp 30 aluminum clincher wheels
- Zipp Service Course road bar wrap
- Zipp Tangente clincher tires
- Fizik Kurve saddle
The Badship could easily retail $4,500 and it will be auctioned off the evening of August 1st at the ABGB as part of the Bicycle Sport Shop’s and TexasBikeRacing.com’s El Diablo’s Poker Dash & Bash. Auction Proceeds will benefit the Texas High School Mountain Bike League.
To get an idea of what it’s like sailing around on this thing, click here, or if you want to scope her out in person, swing by the Bicycle Sports Shop on 517 S. Lamar Blvd. in Austin!
Drumming and Skating with Erik Conn • Taj • June 16, 2015 •
Inside the Fairdale Tribe Erik Conn holds a seat of wisdom. Even before I knew him personally I could tell by watching him play drums that he was doing a hell of a lot more than mechanically keeping the beat. Watching him play was almost spiritual… or maybe you could say it was in that special zone where there was no thinking… it was all feeling. It’s kind of a rarity to find folks who are so obviously doing what they are supposed to be doing. Who are so committed to following their heart. I think we all sense those signs tugging at our lives, but it’s not always easy to find the courage to go the direction they lead. We sent our film-man extraordinaire Francis Delapena down to Austin to try and capture some of the inspiration that Erik is.
PORCHTIME! • Francis • June 8, 2015 •
Leif just built up a new Daybird!
A new model for 2015, the Daybird is our take on a legendary classic. This simple and easy to use 3-speed is available as a step-through (shown) or a Standard model. We didn’t make this bike to win races or jump off roofs, we made this bike so you could enjoy bike riding!
Ben rides the Fairdale Parser • Francis • May 13, 2015 •
We find it extremely flattering when folks who work at bike shops choose to ride our bikes. Ben here works at our top dealer Bicycle Sport Shop in Austin, Texas and is cruising our 2014 Parser. We can’t thank BSS enough for all that they’ve done for us through the years, nor can we properly thank our hometown of Austin for all the support the city has given us. But we’ll give it a try… thanks to Ben, Bicycle Sport Shop, and all the other great dealers in Austin who have helped us so much! Cheers y’all!
Jeff Berres rides the Fairdale Taj • Francis • May 12, 2015 •
Jeff actually owns a fleet of Fairdales but one of his favorite ones to ride is the Fairdale Taj. With 100% chromoly frame, fork, crank and bars, the Taj can handle some real BMX action, but don’t overlook its cruising potential. Built with sturdy BMX parts this bike is meant to last.
It’s the perfect bike for a chill ride to your nearest Wahoo’s!
Jed and Amy ride the Fairdale Weekender • Francis • May 6, 2015 •
Jed and Amy ride the Fairdale Weekender. Cruise, commute, tour, or just go for a bike ride. The Weekender (shown with Drop bars) is a great bike for just about anything you might have in mind. The 10-speed drivetrain is an absolute joy to ride; just one easy shift lever gives you a full range of gears.
Enjoyable simplification for beginner to expert riders. The X7 clutch derailleur quiets down derailleur flop and gives the bike a wonderfully solid ride quality. SRAM levers work perfectly with the BB7 Road disc brakes to provide confident all weather braking. Flat-protected tires will keep you rolling and Electro Silver will keep you stoked to be on board.
We REALLY love this bike and we think you will too.
a recipe for vegan (and gluten-free) brown rice krispies • Francis • May 1, 2015 •
2015 Weekender Drop Video • Francis • March 23, 2015 •
Cruise, commute, tour, or just go for a bike ride. The 2015 Weekender Drop is a great bike for just about anything you might have in mind. The 10-speed drivetrain is an absolute joy to ride; just one easy shift lever gives you a full range of gears.
Enjoyable simplification for expert to beginner riders. The X7 clutch derailleur quiets down derailleur flop and gives the bike a wonderfully solid ride quality. SRAM levers work perfectly with the BB7 disc brakes to provide confident all weather braking. Flat-protected tires will keep you rolling and Electro Silver will keep you stoked to be on board.
We REALLY love this bike and we think you will too.
2015 Goodship Video • Francis • March 20, 2015 •
Our 2015 Goodship video is now live! It is Fairdale’s top-of-the-line steel road bike. We set out to design a bike with race-inspired geometry that still retained Fairdale sensibilities. The bike is a mix of some tried and true technologies that have been paired up with some of the most modern manufacturing techniques and resources available. Click HERE to learn more about the bike and HERE to learn more about our seamless, Japanese, Drawnright Tubeset.
2015 Daybird Video • Francis • March 19, 2015 •
2015 Weekender Archer Video • Francis • March 19, 2015 •
Our Weekender Archer1×9 is what we’re known for best. This easy-to-ride bike has turned more than a few casual riders into happy “cyclists”. A single, confidence-inspiring SRAM trigger shifter is easy enough for even the most derailleur-challenged rider to use. Add some front or rear racks and this bike can easily become the “car killer” in your life.