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Day 9 / Austin To New Orleans Ride May 24, 2015

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The crew arrived in New Orleans today! I’m really impressed. Two riders who had never done a multi-day day tour like this just hopped on bikes and rode across a big chunk of the country. Hopefully it inspires other people to get out there and experience some of the fun. It’s such a cool way to travel. All in all the ladies pedaled 532 Miles… enjoy a final day wrap up from the crew below. image1

From Liz: Thinking back on today is almost a blur. I was so set on arriving in New Orleans today it was difficult to focus on taking in the sites. We got an early start this morning in order to finish early in New Orleans. It was still hot by 10am. Emily got a bit sunburned. The last long stretch of the day we spent on the Mississippi Trail, a lovely little paved trail that runs along the Mississippi River. Read More

Day 8 / Austin To New Orleans Ride May 23, 2015

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This morning was actually chilly. It was wonderful, but a bit windy. After the first 9 miles, we had warmed up enough to loose our jackets.

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While tossing over my jacket to Phil, I lost my balance and couldn’t get my foot unclipped. I toppled right over. I landed in perfectly soft grass so it was hilarious. It kept me grinning for hours. I put my chain back on and we pressed on.

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Day 7 / Austin to New Orleans Ride May 22, 2015

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From Phil: I got to sleep in all the way till 8:30 today. We crashed at our friend Abigail and Josh’s last night. I was awakened by Liz jumping up and down on our air mattress until I got up. We got dressed and walked to a local coffee shop for some cold brew and cookies.

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We drove out to Baton Rouge to go check out the city and a visit local bike shop. The shop was half bike shop and half machine shop; it’s a good mix of city bikes and new and mid school BMX parts. I could tell the shop owner was into making custom frames. 16″ Strider style bikes, some 20″ and 24″ creations filled the shop.  Read More

DAY 6 / AUSTIN TO NEW ORLEANS RIDE May 21, 2015

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From Liz: Today was a hot one.  The first half of the day Emily and I spent on our own. Unlike most days, we did not have longer than a 9 mile stretch on any road. The area we were in felt very desolate. We would go miles without seeing another car or person. It felt like a movie desert.

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We rode past a number of crawfish ponds and ended up on another dirt road today. It was the roughest we’ve been on yet and was mostly gravel for 3 miles or so.

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Day 5 / Austin to New Orleans ride May 20, 2015

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From Phil: Going down the frontage road on I-10 in Louisiana is like going down one big, long bike path. Today’s ride was pretty straight forward. Not a lot of twists and turns just one long quiet frontage road. It’s pretty nice. You can really ride your bike a long way without having to get on a real highway. Lots of people are nervous to ride their bikes, but you can really find a bike-friendly route. I think only one car has honked in anger (jealousy?) this entire time.

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From the campsite, we passed through Lake Charles, Louisiana. I split off from the girls for a few hours to check out what the city has to offer and visited the only bike shop in town.

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Day 4 / Austin to New Orleans ride May 19, 2015

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From Phil: The day started out sunny with lots of twist and turns in the road.

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Within the first 5 miles, Emily wrapped her chain around her sprocket. I’m sure someone reading this has gotten chain suck. That’s when your chain gets wrapped around the front chain rings and wedged all in the bottom bracket. It was a mess but lucky it didn’t break. After fixing that we moved on. Read More

Day 3 / Austin to New Orleans ride May 18, 2015

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From Phil: Sleeping in the tent last night was tough. It was warm and humid from all the rain. Luckily bugs didn’t really get bad until we woke up and started packing up the van. I ate candy for breakfast and the girls made healthy hummus wraps for themselves.

We headed out and it began raining again. Luckily it was just a light drizzling mist, with overcast skies. The national park continued to grace us with its tall green trees as we continued east.

The rain died down and I stopped by a donut shop to grab the girls some treats for the road ahead. The most consistent thing about all the towns we have gone through in East Texas is that there is always some sort of breakfast donut spot. They all offered the same plain, chocolate and sprinkle options, and terrible drip coffee (fine for dipping donuts in). We stopped on the side of a quiet road and ate the sandwiches I picked up from the same donut place.  Read More

Day 2 / Austin to New Orleans ride May 17, 2015

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From Phil: After all the rain and the end of Day 1’s ride we decide to check-in to a hotel so the girls could shower and sleep in a warm bed.  We woke up in the morning refreshed with the sun shining. The day ahead was looking up. Weather was warm and steamy as the water dried up.

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Day 1 / Austin to New Orleans ride May 16, 2015

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If you happened to work in a bike shop and have ever ordered a Fairdale there’s a good chance you spoke with Phil Bailey. He works at our in house distributor Full Factory Distro. Over the next 8 days or so he is leading a bike ride from Austin to New Orleans. Liz Mckibbon and Emily Ermer will be doing the pedaling while Phil drives the Fairdale van as a support vehicle. Having a support vehicle is such a rad addition to a trip like this. Someone who can carry the food and camping gear and of course be there if anything should go wrong. Also, Phil will be able to race ahead and visit some bike shops along the way spreading Fairdale, Sunday Bikes, Odyssey and G-sport everywhere he goes!

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Ben rides the Fairdale Parser 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!

Make sure to check out our 2015 Parser. It’s available now as a complete bike or as a Frame + Fork Kit.

Jeff Berres rides the Fairdale Taj 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!

Available now as a complete bike or a frame+fork kit.

Jed and Amy ride the Fairdale Weekender 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.

Also available with our more relaxed Archer 2 handlebars or as a frame set.

a recipe for vegan (and gluten-free) brown rice krispies May 1, 2015

For this video, we asked our good friend and proud Red 2015 Daybird owner, Billie Latzer, to share with us a little recipe. Hit play to learn how to make a delicious, quick and easy treat. It’s vegan AND gluten-free*!

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Goodship in 52 and new Electric Blue May 1, 2015

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Yay! A new round of Goodships have arrived in Electric Blue. We also finally have 52cm bikes and frame +forks in stock. Eagle eyed folks will also note we ever so slightly revisited the 54cm geometry as it is now based around ENVE’s 45mm rake fork. Read More

The Taj has a Potts Mod April 24, 2015

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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.

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New Stufffff! April 21, 2015

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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).

Our saddles are in stock and available. Choose from a nice soft Cruiser seat, our favorite Logo seat or from our Goodship, the Race Saddle (also available in Microtex).

Win a one of a kind Austin Beerworks x Fairdale Flyer April 15, 2015

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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!

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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

Next up in our series of videos is one for our 2015 Daybird and 2015 Daybird Step-Through. They’re available in matching colors and it’s 3 speeds combined with its comfortable riding position makes this a perfect bike for casual commuting or just a flat out fun cruise in the park.

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

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Sandy’s bike with recently added egg beater pedals and 40mm Clement tires.

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-

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Sativa Rollers Gravel Peloton.

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2015 Coaster Video March 10, 2015

Here’s a quick overview of our 2015 Coaster and 2015 UK Coaster. If you’re looking for a bike that’s fun, simple, and low maintenance, then make sure to check out one of these two bikes.