It’s Friday, and the perfect time of year to spend some time out on rivers and lakes. Who’s going fishing?!
[RE-UP] Fishing with Jared • Francis • June 24, 2016 •
The Pearl Parser • Fairdale • June 10, 2016 •
When given the opportunity to build my own custom Pearl White Parser I choose the parts below. I envisioned a bike that would be ideal for off road adventures and ready for some light cargo if I was to install a front rack and/or a rear Adjust-A-Rack. I’ve taken this bike out for weekend rides around Bonelli Park in La Verne, CA and also to Griffith Park in Los Angeles. The Parser feels solid and responsive carving around the bends and the dirt/gravel that you can come across near the Hollywood sign. The 700×35 Ritchey Shield Cross tires are just wide enough for my comfort and they can handle sharp turns with ease. My favorite feeling was the downhill coast through the fire trails over to the backside of Griffith Park. This complete bike weighs 20 lbs which allowed me to catch some air when rolling through the dips in the woods. The Phil Wood hubs, DT Swiss spokes and H Plus Son rims complement each other well, allowing for a complete wheel set that is very sturdy and durable. I wanted this Parser to be reliable and enjoyable for riding trails here in California. The gear ratio I choose was a 48 tooth front chain-ring and 18 tooth rear freewheel. The goal with this build was to have an easy/fun/comfortable ride, and that has definitely been achieved. The build was finished off with proven and dependable components from Ritchey and SRAM.
In general, The Parser is a single-speed warrior that’s very tough. I would totally race CX on this bad ass machine. I hope you like what you see! It was a blast customizing and building my own Pearl White Parser.
– Diego Souza
Sea Otter T on sale! $10 • Taj • April 26, 2016 •
Thanks for the pics • Taj • April 22, 2016 •
Jim Cielencki Birthday Cartoon • Taj • April 22, 2016 •
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.
A custom pair of Nobelity Project Daybird bikes • Taj • April 18, 2016 •
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.
#FairdaleBox • Taj • April 17, 2016 •
Our #FairdaleBox feed never ceases to amaze me. You are all so great! Thanks! So many funny photos on there.
Taj Bikes in the Wild • Taj • April 16, 2016 •
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!
Win a bike and drink a smoothie from Soup Peddler in Austin • Taj • April 15, 2016 •
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!
Sea Otter Classic event and Fairdale • Taj • April 15, 2016 •
Sandy Carson’s WE WERE THERE • Taj • April 13, 2016 •
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.
#fairdaleanimalclub • Taj • April 13, 2016 •
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.
Sea Otter Classic coming up • Taj • April 11, 2016 •
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’s Drawing Dump #3 • Taj • April 7, 2016 •
Taj uploaded an assortment of doodles into a flipbook. A lot of them are Fairdale stuff:
Fairdale Cycling gear sale • Taj • April 6, 2016 •
Francis presents: His Own Private Idaho • Taj • March 3, 2016 •
Fishing with Jared Swafford • Francis • February 11, 2016 •
Upgrade your old Weekender with more gear range • Taj • January 27, 2016 •
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.
You can put so much crap on your bike • Taj • December 21, 2015 •
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…
2016 Weekender Forks • Taj • December 16, 2015 •
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…
2016 Bikes hitting the streets • Taj • December 15, 2015 •
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!).
New MX Handlebars • Taj • December 7, 2015 •
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, Fairdale • Taj • November 25, 2015 •
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!
Full Factory Sale week (for bike shops) • Taj • November 19, 2015 •
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