Thursday, June 16, 2016

Merlin Cyrene Titanium Beauty!

We recently took in a classic titanium Merlin Cyrene that has been laser engraved. 

The bike features a complete Shimano DuraAce 10 speed drivetrain except for the FSA crank, Real Design carbon fork, Real Design alloy wheels, Thomson seat post, and Easton Carbon bar. 

This bike is currently for sale, but we're not giving it away. In fact, we don't particularly want to sell it, but if you want it worse than we do, we might let it go :) Call the shop at 877-574-0656 and we can discuss. 

I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Custom Build: Salsa Colassal (Chris King, ENVE, Paul, Soma, & more components!)

A recent custom build from our service department resulted in a modern but comfortable all-day adventure road bike! We started with a Salsa Colossal steel frame and ENVE carbon fork. A Chris King headset provides smooth and predictable steering.

The wheels feature the Legendary Chris King hubs, Sapim CX-Ray spokes, Sapim Polyax alloy nipples, and HED Belgium rims. The wheels were hand-built by local wheel builder and shop affiliate Calvin Stiles of NoGas Wheels

The drivetrain consists of Shimano 105 11 speed shifters, derailleurs, and cassette, 11 speed Ultegra crank, and a nice KMC chain. 

The superb Paul Component Engineering Klamper brakes and SRAM Centerline rotors bring this bike to a stop quickly when needed. 

Thanks to the steel frame, tubular cased Soma Supple Vitesse EX tires, and the Lizard Skins DSP bar tape, this bike will keep you comfortable on short spirited rides as well as all day adventures!

Stop by the shop for a test ride. This bike is for sale - call for pricing. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

2016 Dog Days of Dallas Metric Century Ride

Sunday July 10, 2016

Presented and organized by Gaston County Cyclists and Ride-A-Bike Bicycle Shop to benefit the Gaston County Senior Centers. 100% of Proceeds go to Gaston County Senior Centers.

Time: 7/10/2016 8:00 am mass start (7:00-7:45 am onsite registration).

Come out and enjoy another great ride, supported by the Gaston County Senior Center and Ride-A-Bike Bicycle Shop. All proceeds will benefit senior programs and equipment at the Gaston County Senior Center. The Gaston County Cyclists and the Gaston County Senior Center will work together for the third year to make this a very enjoyable ride, with great support along the route and at the aid stations. We are looking forward to another great ride this year. Please come out and enjoy the morning! Rolling hills and back country roads with long stretches of scenic rural Gaston County! A great Sunday ride to cap off the weekend with some nice straights, good climbs, and a lot of cyclist friends to share it with. Come see why a lot of people are heading “over the bridge” to Gaston County for their riding joy! 

Distances: 25 or 46 or 63 mile options. Route HERE on MapMyRide (Dog Days of Dallas 2014 - route will be slightly different to avoid busy roads on last part of the return)

Elevation: ~2600ft (for the 63 mile option)

SAG: Yes

Rest stops: Yes, 2 or 3 depending on route

Cost: $25 prior (via bikereg), $30 day of


Food: Yes - catered by Lily's Italian Bistro.

FLYER: please print or email to those that may be interested HERE

Parking: At the Gaston County Senior Center (plenty of free parking)

Please note that course support ends at 1:00 pm. All cyclists should complete their rides by 1:00 pm.

Location: Dallas Senior Center. 1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy, Dallas, NC 28034 (approximately 25 minutes from downtown Charlotte) Link: HERE Approximately two miles North of Gastonia, N.C. on US321. Exit onto Hwy 279 W (Dallas / Cherryville exit) toward Cherryville. The Senior Center is on the left just beyond the fast food restaurants (appx 20 min from Charlotte).

Gaston County Cyclists is a 501c3 non-profit -- 100% volunteerism!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Schwinn Suburban Restomod Project

We recently had the pleasure of working on a unique restomod bicycle project. The customer did a lot of work on this bike and then brought it to us for some finishing touches and functionality upgrades. His goal for this project was to create a very functional urban commuter, cruiser, and bar bike with a classic look and modern functionality. 

Local wheel builder and shop affiliate Calvin Stiles of NoGas Wheels built a new wheelset to meet the specifications of the customer.

The rear wheel features a Sturmey-Archer 8 speed internal hub, Wheelsmith DB 14 black spokes, and Sapim Polyax 14mm brass nipples laced to a Sun CR18 27x1 1/4 rim. 

The front wheel is not something we see or build very often! The requested hub is a Schmidt-Son 28 generator hub, Wheelsmith DB 14 black spokes, and Sapim Polyax 14mm brass nipples also laced to a Sun CR18 27x1 1/4 rim. 

Lighting was covered by Busch & Muller. Front light was a Luxos U and the rear fender-mounted light was the Secula. I spent a fair amount of time working to make clean runs on the wiring. I left a loop of extra wire that could be shortened and cleaned up once the customer finalized his handle bar position, etc. 

We also performed a few other upgrades while the bike was in the shop. Most notable was converting the bottom bracket to a sealed cartridge square taper assembly and a new, lighter crank. 

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- After Pictures -


Monday, May 23, 2016

Let us bring your memories back to life! We repair all makes and models of bicycles in Gastonia.

We service all makes and models of bicycles!

Earlier this spring a customer brought an older Sears bike to us. It was dirty and needed some maintenance and work to get it rolling again. This bike belongs to his wife and had sentimental value to her. We replaced all rubber parts, brake cables, fabricated a shift cable for the Sachs Dreigang 3 speed hub, and did a lot of cleaning! This project turned out very nice. 

Do you have a favorite bike that needs some love? Bring it to the shop and lets talk. Conversations and estimates are free. :)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Happy Tuesday Shorts & Tshirt Social Ride

Join us every Tuesday evening during the riding season for a social bicycle ride through quiet Gastonia neighborhoods and the Avon Creek Greenway.

This ride is intended to be slow, social, and fun! Leave your carbon race bike and kit at home and put a few slow, easy miles on your hybrid, cruiser, vintage steel bike, etc., with the family.

We will gather in the back parking lot of Ride-A-Bike Bicycle Shop at 6pm and start riding around 6:15. The back entrance of the shop is part of a large public parking lot, so parking will not be a problem. 

Ride Expectations & Guidelines
  • Helmets are required.
  • Observe & obey all traffic laws.
  • Lights are highly recommended. Please run them on solid mode (blinking is annoying in a group ride!)
  • Be polite to those around you.
  • Have fun!
  • Be sure to ring your bell when passing other pedestrians, cyclists, etc!
  • Smile!
  • Yield to pedestrians. 
  • Slow down and give plenty of room when passing pedestrians on the greenway. 
  • Ring your bell!
  • Please wear casual attire - this is not a race!
  • Be alert, be predictable, watch for traffic, and stay to the right.
  • Meet someone new. Learn their name. Ask questions. Look around.
  • Have fun!
  • When's the last time you did a safety check on your bike?

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, the ride may be cancelled for safety reasons. We will post cancellation info on our Facebook and Twitter pages between 5:00pm and 5:30pm. You may also call the shop at 877-574-0656 for the latest information. 

The Route

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Gastonia, NC Bicycle Store Tour

Ride-A-Bike Bicycle Shop -- 140 E Main Avenue, Gastonia, NC -- 877-574-0656.

Over 80 bicycles in stock.

Ride-A-Bike is your local Santa Cruz dealer.

Retro - a 1985 Raleigh Olympian, a 2012 Raleigh Grand Prix, and a late-80's Eddy Merckx.
The doors are open, come on in :)

Some of our pre-owned selection.

We offer cruisers from Linus, Raleigh, Sun, and Manhattan.

We offer a wide variety of bikes in many different styles including kids, unicycles, greenway, family, mountain, road, folding, and more.


Ride-A-Bike is your local dealer for high quality made-in-USA Chris King and Speedplay components. Talk to us about custom hand-built wheels.

We repair all makes and models of bicycles, tricycles, and tandems.  The service area is still under construction - we are adding work stations and organizational solutions as we speak to boost efficiency for the upcoming season. 

The factory recommended service interval for Chris King hubs is 3 to 6 months. Bring your wheels by for fast and affordable maintenance. You made an investment in USA-made precision hubs - don't forget to take care of them! Talk to us about custom hand-built wheels.

We have an indoor bike wash with hot water! Keeping your bike clean is important for optimal performance and longevity. We know your time is valuable; let us clean your dirty bike.

See our variety of quality pre-owned bikes at