Monday, November 27, 2017

Marin Bobcat Trail 5 - Bike of the Week 2017-11-27

The Marin Bobcat Trail 5 is a solid option for affordable trail geometry hardtail. Features include a desirable 1x Shimano Deore drivetrain, RockShox Recon Silver air fork, Shimano brakes, and is available in 27.5" or 29" wheels. Stop by Ride-A-Bike in Gastonia, NC for a test ride. :)

The full list of specs is available on Marin's website

Monday, February 13, 2017

Just Released: Salsa Deadwood 29+

Just Released: Salsa Deadwood 29+

Deadwood SUS is our 29+ full-suspension short-travel trail bike. The rolling prowess of 29 x 3.0” tires with true-tracking, sure footed Split Pivot suspension gives “rubber adhesive” a whole new meaning. Frame geometry tailored specifically to the 29+ wheel diameter paired with 100mm front and 91mm rear travel yields a momentum-holding, flat corner-crushing ride whether racing or connecting widely-spaced points on unfamiliar maps.

Take a look at the full line up on the official Salsa Bicycles website and learn more on this Salsa blog post.... looks like a fun bike!

Stokesville from Salsa Cycles on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday SALE! 11/25 & 11/26 2016

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Deals!

We're doing it again! We have many incredible deals for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! Many bicycles, apparel, helmets, and more are on sale from 10% to 50% off original MSRP!
  • Doorbuster grab bags worth $45 with any purchase (while supplies last)
  • All in stock new Raleigh bicycles are 50% off original MSRP
  • All in stock winter apparel is 50% off
  • The ½ price table is back!
  • 10% off all special orders including bicycles!
  • For the first time - A large selection of used parts will be available to the public!
  • $49 tune ups on all makes and models for bikes dropped off on November 25th or 26th
  • Save on over 20 quality reconditioned used bicycles
  • Trade-ins welcome
  • We are your HQ for green way and lifestyle bicycles and accessories
  • New gift table to assist in your holiday shopping!
  • Gift cards available
  • 12 months special financing with no interest for those who qualify
  • 60 days same as cash lay aways for Christmas
Sale is valid only during normal business hours of November 25th and 26th, 2016. Grab bags are available to the first 20 purchases while supplies last. One grab bag per family.
Saturday November 26th, 2016 -10am to 4pm
Friday, November 25th, 2016 - 10am to 6pm

Friday, October 28, 2016

2017 Marin Hawk Hill - Extreme Fun at an Extreme Value!

Finally, a high-value, trail-ready full suspension mountain bike for just $1499!

No matter how much you spend, we feel that everyone deserves an awesome bike, and the Hawk Hill is just that. Built around 27.5" wheels and a butted & hydroformed Series 3 aluminum chassis delivering 120mm of rear wheel travel using the MultiTrac suspension system. A RockShox Recon Silver RL fork sits up front, while an X-Fusion O2 Pro R air shock handles rear suspension duties. A wide-range Shimano Deore 1x10 drivetrain puts the power down, while Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and 27mm wide double-wally alloy rims inspire confidence.

2017 Marin Hawk Hill from Marin Bikes on Vimeo.

Features & Highlights
  • 1x10 Shimano Deore Drivetrain
  • Shimano hydraulic brakes
  • RockShox Recon Silver SL 120mm air fork
  • Series 3 6061 butted and hydroformed aluminum frame with 120mm travel MultiTrac suspension technology and 27.5” wheels.
  • MultiTrac suspension system provides similar kinematics to Marin's proven IsoTrac suspension technology, but in a more economical package.
  • Closed 9-12 convertible thru-axle dropouts allow for future wheel upgrades.
  • Trail geometry consists of a low BB, slack head angle, and longer reach for max trail shredding.
 Don't take our word for it, take a look at some other reviews on the Marin Hawk Hill...

"The Hawk Hill is a fun bike to chuck around, with good trail manners – a handy rider could take this bike into some challenging terrain with confidence.” Ben Winder, Dirt Magazine

“Many mountain bikers on a budget have to choose between a hard tail with a solid parts spec or a full suspension that cuts a lot of corners. Marin’s new bike, the Hawk Hill, appears to offer the best of both worlds: a full suspension frame with a quality build.” Aaron Chamberlain, Singletracks

“One bike we were particularly interested in is the new Marin Hawk Hill. What makes this full suspension build special is the price. For just $1,500, they’ve put together a package that includes a 1x drivetrain, wide bars, and dialed geometry.” Saris Mercanti, MTBR

“It’s all in the details. In this case, those details include quite literally, Marin’s ‘Made for Fun’ mantra. Hidden on the top of the rocker link for the new Hawk Hill, the slogan seems to represent the new additions to the 2017 line up quite well. Great prices, intelligent spec, and bikes that look like they would be a blast to ride. What’s not to like?” Zach Overholt, Bike Rumor

“While some brands focus exclusively on bikes that cost more than most used cars, Marin has found recent success by producing quality builds at a price point that mere mortals can afford... It's about time. Thank you Marin for giving this bike a realistic MSRP. Other brands have inflated MSRP so that they can put it on "sale" for the real price and make people think it is a good deal. Hope other brands follow suit.” Saris Mercanti, MTBR

12 MONTHS SPECIAL FINANCING* available with your Freedom To Ride credit card. $200 minimum purchase required. Available every day. *Subject to credit approval. Minimum Monthly Payments Required. We reserve the right to discontinue or alter the terms of this offer at any time. See store for details.

How can you walk away from this? :) Test ride one today at Ride-A-Bike in down town Gastonia, NC. 


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Amazing Deals on Bicycles Fall 2016

Ride-A-Bike Bicycle Shop recently moved and is now located on Main Avenue in downtown Gastonia, NC. We are a full-service bicycle shop and we do mechanical repairs on all makes and models. Stop by the store and say hello. Visit for more quality pre-owned bicycles. Your cycling adventure begins here!

Dahon Mariner - $52 / month*

SOLD! Santa Cruz Jackal (Custom) - $223 / month*
Call 877-574-0656 for details.

SOLD! Santa Cruz Highball - $490 / month*
Call 877-574-0656 for details.

SOLD! Salsa Colossal - $276 / month*
Call 877-574-0656 for details.

Ralegh Special (Custom) - $63 / month*
Call 877-574-0656 for details.

SOLD! Sun Atlas Trike - $50 / month*

Unicycles - $50 and up*

Linus Gaston 3 - $65 / month*

Raleigh Tripper (Used) - $34 / month*

Marin Pine Mountain - $88 / month*

SOLD! Raleigh Detour Deluxe (Used) - $36 / month*

Raleigh Olympian (Custom) - $132 / month*
Call 877-574-0656 for details.

SOLD! Raleigh Misceo 3 (Custom, new) - $72 / month*
Call 877-574-0656 for details.

SOLD! Sun Streamway - $48 / month*

SOLD! Raleigh Kodiak 1 - $76 / month*

SOLD! Raleigh Tokul 2 (Closeout pricing!) - $54 / month*

Argon 18 Gallium (Custom) - $516 / month*
Call 877-574-0656 for details.

SOLD! Raleigh Willard - $107 / month*

SOLD! Columbia Tourist (Used) - $20 / month*

SOLD! Raleigh Redux - $40 / month*

*12 MONTHS SPECIAL FINANCING (subject to credit approval) available with your Freedom To Ride credit card. $200 minimum purchase required. Available every day. Minimum Monthly Payments Required. We reserve the right to discontinue or alter the terms of this offer at any time. See store for details.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ice Cream, Live Beach Music, and Final #HappyTuesday Ride for 2016!

Tuesday! Tuesday! Tuesday!

We would like to invite you and your family to join us this coming Tuesday evening, September 13th, at 6:15. We will be celebrating our  one year anniversary in Gastonia with a customer appreciation party and the last Happy Tuesday social bike ride for 2016!
Our 9-mile #HappyTuesday Social ride will begin at 6:15 as we have been for the past few months. After the ride we will be serving ice cream and treating you to live beach music featuring Hotwired.
This is a rain or shine event. If there is rain, we will skip the ride and go straight to the ice cream and music indoors. We look forward to seeing you at 6:15 on September 13th.
Thank you all for a successful first year in Gastonia!

(If you are not familiar with the #HappyTuesday Social ride, you can catch up on the details on our blog.)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Chromag Samurai 650b custom build

I have been chatting with Ian Ritz from Chromag for almost a decade before finally pulling the trigger on this sweet new Samurai frame. Chromag still makes a few models in its frame line up in BC, Canada. The Samurai is one of these models. I can tell by the craftsmanship that this is a special piece of work.

The head tube is tapered 44mm to 56mm making it perfect for a Chris King Inset headset.

The head tube forming/butting/junction is impressive.

Some of the parts for this build are lightly used, namely the wheels. Sour apple Chris King hubs laced to Nox Farlow rims using Sapim CX-Ray spokes and polyax alloy nips. I love these wheels and ran them previously on a Santa Cruz Nomad C. 

Full XTR drivetrain with 11-40 cassette and Hope E4 4-piston calipers front and rear.

Here's the build specs:

Chromag Samurai M/L
2015 Fox 36 Float 160mm
Chris King Inset2
Raceface SIXC bars
TLD lock-ons
Chris King ISO disc front 20mm
Chris King ISO disc rear 142x12
Nox Farlow rims
Sapim CX-Ray spokes
Sapim Polyax spoke nipples
Maxxis Ardent 27.5" 2.4
Hope Tech 3 E4 levers and calipers
Hope 203mm floating rotor (front)
Hope 180mm floating rotor (rear)
Thomson stealth dropper
Raceface Turbine Cinch 170mm cranks
Wolftooth 30t cinch chainring
Raceface 73mm bb 30mm
Point1 Podium pedals
XTR 11spd rr shifter
XTR shadow plus rr mech
XTR 11-40 cassette
KMC DLC 11spd chain

If you want to check it out in person, email me