Rider Appreciation Week

The week of March 17 the host of the weekly group social ride, Loops, is celebrating and saying thanks to all of those who ride Loops, be it the Downtown Phoenix ride or Tempe group ride.

Co-founder of State Bicycle Co. Mehdi Farsi joined in on Monday’s group ride in Phoenix to join in on the fun. After the ride, all riders were invited to come over to the State Bicycle Co. shop downtown where free pizza and brews were available for all of the riders who rode that night.

Downtown’s Loops was different as cyclists gathered in Civic Space park, the ride has been shortened and an impromptu drag race at the capital was planned for the night. When cyclists took off the everyone rode slowly as they made their way to the capital on Washington St.

On Washington St. many of the riders lined up, taking up the entire street. Wheels were lined up and when the 1, 2, 3, go was announced riders were off and sprinted their way to the capital.


Two riders high-five each other after the race

After the race, the group ride rode over to Arizona Center’s parking garage in hopes of another race, a quick race to the top and then back down again.

As the riders lined up in the garage, a security guard sadly came up to the large group and asked everyone to kindly leave and the race was cancelled.

After that everyone made their way to the State Bicycle Co. Shop for a good time and a few laughs. Riders talked about the usual, riding, all the while enjoying pizza and free Coors.

Be sure to meet up with Tempe Loops at Tempe Beach Park for more of this week’s fun Rider Appreciation week and check the event out on Facebook here.



State Bicycle Co.

There are many bicycle shops in Phoenix, but none that cater specially to the ever growing fixed gear community, except for the State Bicycle Co. shop.

The shop has everything for fixed gear riders; tires, tune-ups, cranks, bars, headsets and breaks, but they don’t really need breaks.

State Bicycle Co., is a local fixed gear biking company that is headquartered in Tempe and one of the shop’s co-founders is Mehdi Farsi, ASU alumni.

Carter Mitchell, the shop’s general manager, has been working here since day one of the shop, nine months ago.

Instead of just being a place of business, the shop is also a hangout spot where riders come to chitchat or even party.  Can’t Fool the Youth 2, a fixed gear freestyle video was premiered in the shop.

“We try to do quite a bit of events,” Mitchell said. “We have a couple things in store for the next couple of months.”

The shop was designed with the skate shop theme in mind, Mitchell said, local artists who  do graffiti or tagging that are known by the employees even do murals on the shop’s wall, giving the shop the local and authentic feel. 

A customer, Galen Sailer, had just bought his very own State Bicycle and was picking it up in the shop.

“I found out that State Bicycle was local,” Sailer said. “So that really drew me to them.”

Sailer said that he really likes the shop, due to its large array of stock and the customizable options for his bike.

Sailer's New Bike