One of the features on the Taj bike is that it has a Potts Mod. This early 80’s BMX innovation can sometimes be confusing to younger riders and mechanics who weren’t even alive back when this doo-dad was popular.
The Taj has a Potts Mod April 24, 2015
New Stufffff! April 21, 2015
2015 Weekender frame-sets are finally in stock. The Weekender is a great platform for custom builds and can be turned into everything from Gravel Grinder to commuter to tourer. Available now in Black with blue graphics or our excellent Electro Silver.
Parser frame-sets are in stock too! Check out black or Pearl White (it’s kind of shimmery). The fun and tough single speeds can be built into lots of cool builds.
Goodship frame and ENVE forks are here to build. New Electric Blue colorway arrives soon too!
Taj frame and forks are now available in CHROME. Build this 26″ BMX cruiser into something cool. Tough enough for some real BMXing, but comfortable enough for some sit down cruising.
We just finished an educational video series on all of our bikes. Check them out HERE to learn all about all that we do.
New T-shirts are in stock!
Our Swan grips came out pretty awesome and come with bar ends that will fit most any bars.
Our much loved Archer 2 handlebars are available now. Comfortable cruisin’ bars for everyone. 31.8mm clamp and room for shifters (even grip shifters).
Win a one of a kind Austin Beerworks x Fairdale Flyer April 15, 2015
This sunday, April 19th, you can win this one of a kind Austin Beerworks x Fairdale Flyer bicycle at Easy Tiger. The Easy Tiger “Easy Sunday” hosted events are always a good time (we’ve been to a few of them). This time the event includes a cruise starting at Windmill Bikes starting at 12:30pm. The easy going cruise will end up down at Easy Tiger where Austin Beerworks will provide $1 cans of their wonderful beer, there will be live screen printing, good food, mellow sunday fun and potential bike winning!
2015 Weekender Drop Video 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 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 March 19, 2015
2015 Weekender Archer Video 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.
2015 Taj Video March 12, 2015
The 2015 Taj is Taj Mihelich’s signature bike. With nostalgic roots to its BMX predecessor, this bike is quite possibly the simplest and most indestructible bike in the Fairdale 2015 line-up. It’s also one of the most fun 26″ bikes available.
It’s the perfect bike for rad dads (or moms!) and just about anybody else who wants a fun cruiser. Pump up the tires and you’re good to go!
Spring 2015 T-Shirts March 12, 2015
We have a few new shirts available! Hit up your favorite mail order or local bike shop to get some. All three tees are also available in our online store!
BSS Gravel Grinder and MJ Classic MTB race March 12, 2015
Our man Sandy Carson has been out and about riding bikes with his crew, The Sativa Rollers, and shooting photos. He sent over a little report…
Two weekends ago, we rode the Bicycle Sport Shop Gravel Grinder. It’s a 50 mile ride on a jeep road through Rocky Hill Ranch and Buescher State Park. It was bloody freezing rain!
Here’s a coupla photos from that-
2015 Coaster Video March 10, 2015
2015 Parser Video March 3, 2015
Learn more about our 2015 Parser. This is the first model we ever offered and definitely a company favorite. We built this bike up exactly how we wanted it.
Something Cool About Our Cables February 20, 2015
From the beginning we have used Linear Slic Kables® made for us by Odyssey BMX on all of our disc brake equipped bikes. It’s a detail you can’t see from the outside but makes a big difference. We’ve found that the combination of mechanical disc brakes paired with the tough, compression-less Linear cable housing provides superior braking. Traditional coiled brake housing can feel especially mushy when used with disc brakes. The stiffer Linear housing applies much more of your brake force to the disc and feels much more solid.
We also keep the cable housing un-broken from the brake lever all the way to the brakes. This helps keep any weather you might encounter from corroding the inner cable wire. This keeps your brakes running smoothly with less maintenance.
Sandy Carson is out there February 19, 2015
A Bieszczady Field Trip February 5, 2015
Our friends from PNT Magazine took their Weekenders for a tour through the Bieszczady mountains on the edge of Poland. They came back with some of the most amazing photos! Thanks so much for sharing guys! You can download the latest PNT Magazine free from their website too. Read on to check out their adventure…
It was early autumn 2013 when the three of us decided to switch to bike touring. Bart and Dodo, avid fixie riders, were ready to move on to a different kind of biking (less taxing on the joints), I wanted to get out of the city and its immediate surroundings and start doing longer rides. Thus, an idea was born, a common goal which would see us debate, plan, map out, and finally set off on our first big journey. Read More
Parser review from Cyclocross Magazine February 3, 2015
Cyclocross Magazine did a nice thorough review of our 2015 Parser for their issue 27. It’s worth a read even if your considering buying a Parser for more urban uses. Our Parser has morphed through the years into a tough urban single-speed that now is fairly adapted even to CX use. Thanks soooo much to Cyclocross Magazine and check the full review below OR, better yet check out the full issue on a news stand or digitally from the Cyclocross Magazine website. Read More
We Hold A Torch For Chromoly January 30, 2015
A Story about our Drawnright tubing and the Goodship.
OFF-THE-SHELF BRANDED TUBESETS:
Bicycle frame builders can use butted tube sets to save weight, to control the feel of the frame and to improve durability by moving the “flex” of the frame away from critical places like welds and other highly stressed areas. A lot of brands and frame builders will point out that they are using “butted tubes”, however, when using an off-the-shelf tube set, the position and thickness of the butting will generally be designed to work on a wide range of frame sizes and geometries, and this can create a mix of benefits that are largely a compromise. Therefore, when it comes to designing the frame they are limited to working within the constraints and benefits of the off-the-shelf tube set that they have chosen for the project.
Our Distro has a new website December 15, 2014
In the USA Fairdale is sold to bike shops (mostly) by Full Factory Distribution. Full Factory is our own distro and they also sell Sunday, Odyssey and G-sport. They have totally revamped the catalog section making it much easier for bike shops to purchase our products. Only bike shops can buy from Full Factory, but if there is a shop you wish carried Fairdale feel free to point them this way! Check out Full Factory here: Full Factory Distribution
The rest of the world can buy our bikes from our international partners here.
Push TO Pedal Documentary December 15, 2014
I found this to be really inspiring. One of those “get out there and do something kind of videos”. Also, check out our Skaterack in action!
The Goodship is here! December 8, 2014
The Goodship is a road bike. It’s not a bike that is meant to be adaptable to 100 different uses. It won’t fit knobby tires, nor does it have fender mounts. It is a purpose-built bike for riding on the road, and we might add, doing that quite quickly – if you are so inclined.
One of the Goodship’s standout features is our Drawnright Tubeset. The tubing starts out as an ultra high-grade, seamless, Japanese 4130 chromoly. We custom form and precisely butt each tube of the bike so it is specific to each size. That means that the internal thickness of the tubing changes depending on where it is on the bike. For example, tubing is thicker near the hand TIG welded joints to increase strength, while it can be thinner in the middle of the tubing to save weight. The tubing is also heat-treated to exacting specifications to further increase strength. The result is a frame that has all the benefits of good ol’ reliable steel. It’s very strong, dependable and only weighs in at 3.8 lbs (for 56 size). Of course you can find carbon frames that are lighter, but the Goodship is set to follow a different course. Instead of chasing grams we concentrated on ride quality and the practicality of a high-quality modern steel frame. Steel is resilient, proven, strong and much more versatile and affordable to work with too. It makes an outstanding platform on which to build a bike that you will love to ride every day.
The Goodship also comes stock with an ENVE Road 2.0 carbon fork, which contributes to the bike’s immediately noticeable and outstanding overall “ride feel”. ENVE’s quality is something we believe in and it’s essential to have a trustworthy name on your bike’s forks. The Goodship comes with our own sealed bearing Fairdale wheelset that is traditional and tough without being overly heavy. This is a classic cross-laced wheelset that you will be able to put some “real” mileage on. Continental Ultra Sport tires in 25mm width handle the road work (maximum tire size on the Goodship is 28mm for most brands).
SRAM Force 22 covers the braking, shifting, and cranking. You’ll notice that we didn’t mess around with using some off-brand crank that might interfere with Force’s excellent shifting. We stuck with SRAM’s specifications and used the whole groupset. An FSA Gossamer stem and seat post, FSA Vero bars and a sealed, integrated FSA headset round out the component spec. The Goodship’s initial introductory pricing will be about $2999.99 for the complete bike or $999.99 for the frame and fork (FSA headset included).
The first round of bikes are available NOW in 54, 56, 58, and 60 sizes.
Project Loop 50/50 2 Auction November 22, 2014
Our team riders Sandy Carson and Taj Mihelich both have custom designed skate decks in the Project Loop 50/50 2 Auction. Project Loop is an amazing charity that helps empower kids to do cool stuff. This particular auction is benefitting a skate park they are trying to build in Taylor, Texas. Loads and loads of great artists and great people made boards this year. Browse through some of the work on the online auction here: http://www.32auctions.com/50502 The auction ends in time for Christmas too, could be a cool gift idea.
Aside from Sandy and Taj look for boards from Jim Bauer, Jed Rogers, Bryan Nelson, Michael Sieben, and tons more!!
BMX Halloween In Austin October 29, 2014
Seth Holton building trails in the Great Northwest October 23, 2014
We haven’t had an update on our team rider Seth in quite a while. He was the leader of our epic Seattle to SF Field Trip (which is worth a read!). After 7 hard working years as a bike messenger in Seattle he took a job working in the Mt Baker National Forest and more or less fell off the grid. No cell service or internet, just trees, mountains and nature. That area of the country is amazingly beautiful and about as perfect an escape as you could dream up. He sent a few photos and a little update for us….
2015 GOODSHIP: EXPLAINED October 8, 2014
I’ve been excited to build this bike since we first started talking about creating the Fairdale brand. It’s a bike where we get to show what we can do when we combine proven manufacturing techniques with modern technology. It’s also a bike that most companies would not be able to do. Thanks to Fairdale being part of Odyssey BMX, we were able to tap into 30 years of manufacturing know-how in order to create something truly unique. Continuing on with our daily posts of the 2015 line (full catalog HERE) we’ve reached our last new model, THE GOODSHIP. Let’s dive into the details….
2015 Drop Weekender: Explained October 7, 2014
If you’ve been reading our posts about each of our 2015 bikes you may have noticed me saying this one’s a “favorite”, or that one’s “our favorite”. Well, this bike is my REAL favorite model of the 2015 line. The Weekender with drop bars is so nice to ride and I’m very excited for you all to see it (and ride one). I feel like we absolutely nailed the spec on this bike and it has created a bike that is very special. The Drop Weekender is a tough, all-purpose road bike. It is reliable transportation that can keep you out of cars, and keep you smiling.