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.
Filmed + Edited by King.
Intro by Olive Cooper.
Contraptions by Taj.
Electric 13 Tattoo’s (and our good friend) Pat Schreader custom painted a pair of Daybirds to benefit the Nobelity Project. The bikes will be raffled off Friday, April 22nd (Earth Day) at Bicycle Sport Shop during a family friendly fundraiser to benefit the Nobelity Project. Check out the full event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/587465861435064/
Our #FairdaleBox feed never ceases to amaze me. You are all so great! Thanks! So many funny photos on there.
We built the Taj to be a bike you can comfortably sit down and cruise on but also have some BMX fun. It combines the simple toughness of a BMX bike with the ability to go for a cruise too!
The Soup Peddler is giving you a chance to win a Fairdale Daybird in either Standard or Step-Thru style. We are big fans of the Soup Peddler and they have kept us going through many a hard work day with healthy drinks and foods. Starting today and going until May 1 (the beginning of Bike to Work Month) if you buy a smoothie from one of Soup Peddler’s 3 Austin locations you will be entered into a drawing to win the bike. Thanks Soup Peddler!
Personally I would be terrified to name a book this. There is so much potential for my grammar challenged brain to screw this up… WERE, We’re, where, there, their, they’re…. Anyway, I think Sandy Carson got this right. WE WERE THERE is a photo book from his unique perspective inside the photo pits at all different sorts of music shows. The photos are really fantasic… Sandy is such a master of catching candid moments. Check out more over on Sandy’s site SandyCarson.com and we highly recommend picking one up here.
I read in a business book that it is bad to depict your customers falling into a T Rex’s catapult trap but I figure most companies customers are kind of nerds. @badbadbrain joins the #fairdaleanimalclub.
This weekend we will be out at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA standing around in our booth and riding bikes. We hope you’ll come say hello! Diego will be keeping things going with Leif, Mike G and Barney.
Taj uploaded an assortment of doodles into a flipbook. A lot of them are Fairdale stuff:
The 2016 Weekender Drop comes stock with a 11- 40t rear cassette. With 10 different gears ranging from a-bombing-down-a-hill-high-speed 11t to the granny-gear-hill-climbing 40t you can ride anything that comes your way. Older Weekenders have an 11-36t rear cassette. If you want a bigger range of gears you can follow the traditional path and add a front derailleur and another sprocket up front. Another option is to take advantage of all the 1x upgrades available in the mountain bike world. Leif Valin upgraded Sandy Carson’s Weekender with a OneUp 42t rear cassette kit and a Wolf Tooth narrow/wide front sprocket.
Forgive the slightly sarcastic title. It’s really amazing how adaptable bicycles are and the amount of cool attachments you can stick on them. Want to carry stuff with you on a bike ride, I promise there is a solution for that. Leif tried out some accessories on his Weekender Archer. Check out some options…
The forks on all of our Weekender models are re-vamped for 2016. We worked hard to make them better than ever. Let me walk you through some of the features…
We are stoked to see our 2016 bikes hitting the streets. I’m seeing a number of them tagged on the instagram. Thanks so much folks! Love seeing the bikes out in the real world (and off my computer screen!).
We just received some of our new MX bars. These low-rise chromoly BMX bars can give your bike a new look and feel. Here’s my bike and the switch from Archer bars to MX bars. They have a 4 inch rise and are 28 inches wide. They work especially well with our Weekender Archer, Coaster or Flyer. Pick some up through your favorite bike shop or they are on sale here for $24.99.
Bike Rumor has a very nice little write up on our 2016 line. Check it here. The bikes are now available and beginning to ship out to bike stores. Let us know how you enjoy them once they get into your hands!
This one is for bike shop buyers but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t point this out to your favorite bike shop. Our USA distributor (and our own in-house distro) is having a sale this week. Bike shops can stock up on Fairdale and other Full Factory goods with a great deal. Hit up Full Factory for all the details. 512-382-9973
We’re VERY happy to announce that Fairdale will once again be back in the UK! IMG Distribution will be bringing Fairdale’s into the UK and then getting them out to the right bike shops (and ultimately happy customers). Hit us up with any questions:firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much to Bike Biz for helping to get the news out.
Some of the Fairdale family and a whole lot of our friends have taken part in The Project Loop 50/50 for Taylor project. The non-profit sends out 100’s of blank skatedecks to artists and Fairdale employees to paint, draw or design on. The finished decks are being auctioned online right now until December 5. There is so many great decks to check out on the site… if nothing else it’s rad inspiration to see so many interpretations of what you can do with a skateboard. Our team rider Sandy Carson meticulously deconstructed his first SLR camera, Tim Kerr honors Jeff Phillips with his deck (Tim was once a hobo in one of our videos), Michael Sieben’s work is always awesome (and he once designed the Roger Bike for us), Jeremy Hrabal helped us out many times building Texas Toast and did this beautiful inlaid board, Jim Bauer is the art director for our mother company Odyssey BMX, is a big part of Fairdale, and put together this rad core sampled board, Steve Crandal helped us out as the announcer for TX Toast and painted a rad board, Aaron Ross has a couple Fairdales and came up with this giant skateboard/ cell phone thing. I drew the bat on a bike one here. Search around and find decks from Mat Hoffman and loads of other legends of skate and BMX. Also, tons of great artists contributed too. https://www.32auctions.com/50503 -Taj