Mount Airy Bicycle Company

World’s Toughest Bicycle Race – Race Across America 
to visit Mt Airy Maryland

2022 Marks the 38 th anniversary of the RAAM and for the 13th year in a row, Mt Airy has been selected as an official Time Station, no. 51 out of 54. “TS 51” as it is known , is one of the most famous and well attended. By the time the racers reach this 2934 mile mark, it’s just 55 to go, and racers will have been pedaling, with as little as 3 hours’ sleep in over 48 hours, from between 6 and 12 days. TS51 is also one of only 2 National Penalty Boxes, where riders with rule infractions must serve from 15 minutes to hours. TS 51 has been the scene of tightly-contested rivalries turning about due to the penalty times, and a place where some have tossed in the towel.

With lawn camping, and 8 days of racers, spectators, officials, media, and crew milling about, and its proximity to the finish (no one sleeps once they get to 51,) this is where the last sprint starts before the racers reach the Annapolis finish

“This race is no cakewalk” said Larry Black the station director for 13 years “these men and women don’t get a plush hotel, steak dinners, and 16 hours off the bike like the Tour de France, “this event will inspire anyone to get on their bike when they think they have had a few hours to little to sleep for their 25 mile outing” and it’s amazing to think that just a week ago many of these folk were taking off from California then crossing the entire USA on their own power”

This year
TS51 is again dedicated to Jure Robic, the winningest RAAM racer in history, at the time fell victim to a bike car accident while getting ready for the 2012 RAAM.
He was a huge fan of the Mt Airy station where he visited each year whether he had a penalty or not.
His winning bike is on display at the Time Station.

Spectators are welcome 24/7 from on or about June 23 until the last racer or team comes through sometime around June 29.
Teams of 2,4, or 8 racers leave California June 18, and individuals leave June 14.
Racers are male, female, able-bodies, and differently abled. Afes have been 18 to over 80.
Location is again Mt Airy Bicycles, 4540 Old National Pike.
As usual, the operation of the Time Station depends on volunteers and positions are still available for night shift volunteers who will get food , drink, a souvenir staff T shirt, and a chance to be part of the world’s toughest bike race – hosting racers from dozens of nations and all over the USA.
for information: see www.bike123.com
301-831-5151

or email info@bike123.com

RAAM website: raceacrossamerica.org

RAAM Facts: http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/raam/raam2.php?N_webcat_id=21

Address

4540 Old National Pike (Rt. 144)
Mount Airy, MD 21771

301-831-5151

 info@bike123.com

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Monday-Friday 10AM – 6PM
Saturday 10AM – 5PM
Closed Wednesdays & Sundays

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Dear Customers,
As restrictions ease, we are coming back to ‘normal’ Due to the annual surge of service requests in the high season, we are implementing triage protocol in order to keep as many people on the road as possible.

Because parts supplies are still backed up from weeks to months, some items are on ration status. If something is ‘wearing out’ or you’re looking to bling your bike, we suggest waiting .

As time and supplies become more available, prices will start to come down a little like they usually do in the off season, the best time for cosmetic and elective surgeries.

Unlike most places with backlogs up to a month, we are still doing almost every job same day, Monday through Friday.

Before visiting here are some suggestions for better and lower cost service:

1. Place your name and contact info on the bike.

2. Air your tires. Over 80% of the bikes that come in with ‘flat’ tires only need to be pumped. Air seeps out weekly.

3. Wipe your bike with soap and water
4. Remove your accessories like bags, pumps, bottles, and things not bolted on
Email  info@bike123.com for fast answers 24/7

Test Rides & Repairs: Because we have a smaller, focused professional staff and a smaller space than many shops, we suggest emailing or calling before visiting to test ride, especially in the off season, inclement weather, or for trikes, tandems, recumbent, and used bikes.Test rides should be completed at least 60 minutes before closing. Please arrive early enough to allow ample time for your test ride. Call or email if you need any special attention with late arrival.

NOTE to Everyone:

Due to the current worldwide bike shortages, most stores are ‘out of bikes’.
Every few minutes the phone rings and people ask for a ‘specific’ New bike model.
Not happening. We say the dreamers are thinking August, routine optimists say September,
but insiders are thinking Thanksgiving-ish.
How short?
‘Craigslist ran out of bikes” said a caller, “I’m knocking on neighbors’ doors” said another.

We have thousands of bikes!
Thanks to a 45-year hoarding disorder. While you may not be able to get
as picky and choosy, you’ll be riding this summer. Really nice bikes, mostly USA from the heydays
just after the last shortage of the 70’s up till the current days. Going for the SAME prices as decades ago,
just adjusted for inflation, all fully guaranteed and including our legendary follow up service.

Do you Have a Bike?
Maybe one of those from the barn with manure on the tires, hay in the spokes, and MOLD on the seat?
How about SAME DAY SERVICE? While the ‘other guys’ are taking your bike away for MONTHS?!?
send up an email with what you need, what store is closer, and we will tell you when to visit.
See the service guidelines that include: clean the bike, air the tires, and tag it with your name

We’re holding off on elective surgery, blinging out your bike, paint jobs, department store bikes, and e bike work
until peacetime returns and we have some help.

What happened?
Seven day weekends, bikes being great for being physically distant, stimulus checks, not to mention (arrggh)
the annual surge of procrastinators who all but forgot about us and their bikes during the off season when
we were friendly, needed, the money, and prices were better.

Looking forward to meeting you and your bikes!!

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Built To Perform On The Toughest Of Terrains

 

We are taking your off-road cycling passion a step ahead. No matter how rough or steep the trails are, our bicycles are built with the latest technique and technology to go beyond the horizon and exceed your expectations every time. Our bikes are meticulously designed to ride well on the steep descents while their light weight makes your uphill journey a lot easier.

Are you ready to expand your horizons? Your bicycle awaits you!

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Test Rides & Repairs: Because we have a smaller, focused professional staff and a smaller space than many shops, we suggest emailing or calling before visiting to test ride, especially in the off season, inclement weather, or for trikes, tandems, recumbent, and used bikes.Test rides should be completed at least 60 minutes before closing. Please arrive early enough to allow ample time for your test ride. Call or email if you need any special attention with late arrival.