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Vans on our feet • Taj • October 30, 2015 •

Motorized boat shoe. #vans @vans @fairdalebikes #fairdalebikes

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Vans sent our team a supply of Van’s shoes. We filmed a video for them of our France trip. It’ll be a while before it comes out but it’ll be good we promise. Thanks for the shoes!

 

A customers custom Daybird • Taj • October 29, 2015 •

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Aaron Ross just got hitched. As a wedding present for his new wife Bethany he built this one of a kind custom painted Daybird. We love seeing folks take the time to customize our bikes. This one’s pretty over the top with even custom graphics, new rims, Aaron Ross Signature Odyssey grips, Brooks saddle, new bars and shorter stem. Thanks Aaron and congrats!

 

Bike won’t make things worse. • Taj • October 28, 2015 •

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…and that’ something.

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Pet Pegs • Taj • October 27, 2015 •

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Spent the morning goofing off doodling. Came up with another product for our Probably Going to Patent series: Pet Pegs. Taking your pet on bike rides can be difficult, but Pet Pegs will change that. Strap your animal to the pegs, mount the pegs to appropriate sized wheels, lock the tow rope to your bike and roll!

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Pictures of cool looking Fairdales from Instagram • Taj • October 26, 2015 •

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I lurked around the #fairdalebikes hashtag on instagram and found a rad assortment of customized bikes. Stoked to see them, thanks y’all!
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No Hair, No Air • Taj • October 20, 2015 •

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I’m working on some new Fairdale stickers. I keep thinking back to those old Stick ‘Em Up ads that used to be in the back of old BMX mags. Remember those things? Had all the silly slogan stickers like, “RAD,” or “CRASHING SUCKS,” or “No Posers.” This “No Hair, No Air” drawing isn’t going to be a sticker but I’ve always loved that slogan because I couldn’t ever make any sense of it. I think I finally cracked it! This is #2 in my shaved sheep series. -Taj

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En Danseuse reviews the Goodship • Taj • October 20, 2015 •

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Assuming you read French you’ll probably enjoy reading this review of the Goodship from En Danseuse. Alternatively it’s always a good laugh to let Google translate it for you.  Thanks so much for the support guys!

Good Company Watercolor T’s for men and women • Taj • October 19, 2015 •

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Check out the Good Company T in our new Watercolor print. Available in both men’s and women’s cuts.

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Electronical Video • Taj • October 16, 2015 •

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Dig BMX is celebrating 30 years of Odyssey BMX  by posting the Electronical video in full. We use lots of Odyssey BMX parts on our bikes, the Fairdale brand is produced with Odyssey’s help and Taj has a section in the video. Check out some BMX action here. 

Diego on the road • Taj • October 16, 2015 •

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Diego is hitting the road on monday and driving up the west coast. He’ll be visiting bike shops, pedaling around and taking pictures. He’s also organized a “Meet & Greet” evening at Velocult in Portland. He’ll be hanging around talking bikes and stuff for the evening. Come out for some fun and say hello!

 

Sharks can ride and some Gnus • Taj • October 15, 2015 •

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We’re always thinking about how everyone can enjoy bikes… we mean “everyone”!

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Fairdale west coast road trip • Taj • October 12, 2015 •

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Our man Diego will be cruising up the west coast in about a week. He’ll be visiting bike shops, showing off our new 2016 line and pedaling around.

Our Swan Badge • Taj • October 9, 2015 •

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Searching through some old drawing books I found some original sketches for our Swan badge. Fairdale is 5 years old now and we’ve done lots of growing and changing since then. One item that has stayed consistent is our headtube badge.

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Leif rides the Dolores 100 • Taj • October 8, 2015 •

Leif_woolie_in_the_trees copyOur team rider Leif  just rode the very exclusive Dolores 100 self-supported mountain bike adventure. The race centered around Dolores, CO and included about 9 billion feet of climbing. He did the ride with his girlfriend (Jonesy Pants) in 12 hours and 20 minutes. Somehow they had energy after the race to stop and do some more riding on the way home in Kenosha Pass and at a friend’s place in Durango. Read more to see some of the wilderness few people get to ride.

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New Coaster • Taj • October 8, 2015 •

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Back by popular demand the Coaster returns in this Battleship Gray colorway. Always one of our favorite bikes, we’re glad to see the Coaster make it back into the line. Retailing at $459 the Coaster is a quality choice above a sea of run-of-the-mill fixies.

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Driver-less Bicycle and half a decade of innovation • Taj • October 7, 2015 •

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With e-bikes blurring the lines between bicycles and motorcycles we thought that maybe we are approaching automated cycling from the wrong direction. Perhaps the problem with bicycles is not the pedaling so much as it is the steering. Our Robotic Bike Driver® easily attaches to your tandems driver’s seat-post and will take care of all steering duties. In fact it is actually an updated solution for our previously Probably Going to Patent design for the Lonely Tandem Handlebars. Click on to see more of our ground breaking designs through the years.

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Monty’s own Hat • Taj • October 7, 2015 •

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Monty got his own embroidered patch hat. It’s on one of our Camper hats and comes in a few different colors. Check it out here.

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A Beautiful Weekender OG build from No Life Like This Life • Taj • October 6, 2015 •

porteurIt is so flattering when someone customizes one of our bikes. I like seeing our bikes reborn in ways that I would never have imagined. It’s also great to know that someone likes the starting platform enough to pour all that extra time/money into the bike. No Life Like This Life just posted a really pretty Weekender OG build belonging to Tyler Scaife.

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Bike sizing through the internet is hard • Taj • October 5, 2015 •

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We receive quite a lot of questions about bike sizing. It’s an obvious question to ask but one that isn’t always that easy to answer. In an ideal world you’d head down to your local bike shop and have them “size” you for a bike.

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Daybirds at work in Austin as a rental fleet • Taj • October 3, 2015 •

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I should tell y’all sometime about the day I first set foot in Austin back in 1992. It was a life changer and a magical moment. I’ve been forever in love with riding bikes around that city because of it. I know not all cities are perfect for cycling, but pretty much year round Austin is better enjoyed by bicycle than any other means of transportation I can think of. Austin Bike Tours and Rental recently picked up a fleet of 30 Daybirds and put them to work. On a strictly personal level that is a such an awesome achievement for me! Fairdale exists because I fell in love with riding bikes around Austin… to see our bikes being lent out of strangers to experience some of what I love is the coolest thing I can imagine. View More

Handlebar holders • Taj • October 2, 2015 •

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Upgrading or updating your grips is a simple way to freshen up your bike. Throwing on some fresh grips can make a bike that’s starting to feel old feel new again.

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Thursday’s Doodle day • Taj • October 1, 2015 •

monto-bike-animationTrying to keep the creative juices flowing I amass quite a number of doodles around my desk. They keep me giggling to myself and keep things from getting stagnant.

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The Pencil IS the Sword • Taj • September 30, 2015 •

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While supplies last get a free Fairdale rabbit drawing stick with all orders from our catalog (shirts, hats, waterbottles… that sort of stuff). Imagine the fun you can have with them!

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A story from Taj about why Fairdale started • Taj • September 29, 2015 •

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Some months ago The Ride Journal  asked me to write a little story about Fairdale. Funnily enough they had seen our momentarily viral R+D video and wanted to know more about what we were all about. Though I expect they were hoping for something as goofy as that video I gave them a much more sincere version of “our story”. This ran in their mag a few months ago which you can download from Ride Journal. I imagined myself trying to explain my motivation for the brand to someone who didn’t know anything about Fairdale.  -Taj

A Change of Gear by Taj

I want to keep my bicycle innocence. I want to walk a into a bicycle store and feel amazed by all the spaceship styled machines inside. When the salesman spots me lusting over the top of the line road bike I want to still feel bewildered when he tells me the “cross-weaved carbon-fiber lay-up” makes the bike so strong it’ll win the Tour de France (but don’t let it fall over because it’ll break if it lands on anything sharp). I want to remember the discouragement I feel when the mountain bike that looks like a motorcycle with no engine somehow costs more than a motorcycle WITH an engine. I want to remember what it feels like to not know anything about bikes… to just want to go for a ride.

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2016 Catalog • Francis • September 28, 2015 •

 

The 2016 Fairdale line will arrive to bike shops in November. You can check out all the bikes now in the above digital version of our print catalog or see more detailed info on our “bikes” link. If you need info on 2015 models or older you can also find our bike archives there.