Inclement Weather 01/22/2016Read details
posted on: 01/22/2016
- Looks like we will be closed Friday 1/22/16 due to the weather. Go out and ride your fat bikes!
Bigleaf Slopes in the NewsRead details
posted on: 01/21/2016
Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2016 11:50 am | Updated: 12:08 pm, Thu Jan 21, 2016.
Nina Mastandrea [email protected]
When most people would be riding the trails on a warm, sunny Saturday in January, Wes Davidson and his crew of volunteers are building them.
The fruits of the labor will be Bigleaf Slopes Park on Twin Oaks Road, which will include six miles of trail designed for mountain biking, said Davidson, who is the manager of First Flight Bicycles in Statesville.
Davidson, along with volunteers from the Tarheel Trail Blazers, a mountain bike club and trail-building alliance from Charlotte, will complete trails in two phases. Park volunteers will build about three miles of trail by the end of April, and another three miles this fall.
“You can really only build trail in the winter because of poison ivy, animals and the heat” in the summer, said Michelle Hepler, assistant Iredell County Parks and Recreation manager.
This allows riders to enjoy the trails sooner rather than later, along with other benefits, Davidson said.
“Letting people ride the first phase of trails will help us in the long run,” Davidson said. “It compacts the dirt and preserves the trail through the summer.”
Bigleaf Slopes joins a family of several other parks and trails in and around Statesville.
Iredell County Parks and Recreation hopes to get help from the Carolina Thread Trail project to connect Bigleaf Slopes with the Statesville Park & Soccer Complex on Simonton Road via a greenway.
The Carolina Thread Trail is a network of 220 miles of greenways and trails that encompasses 15 counties across North and South Carolina, according to the Carolina Thread Trail website.
To adapt Carolina Thread Trail master plans in the community, Iredell County Parks and Recreation must apply for a grant through the program, according to the website. A recent Parks and Recreation meeting helped fulfill the grant requirements. The deadline for grant submissions is April 17.
“We have already submitted and applied for the grant, and we hope by the end of 2017 to have the connection complete,” Hepler said in the Iredell County Parks and Recreation meeting Thursday night.
But for now, the Bigleaf Slopes Park trail building process pushes on. Since the fall of 2015, volunteers have been spending their weekends working to get the park done on time.
That’s much easier said than done.
“The process is pretty involved, you have to get the lay of the land, flag where you want [the trail] to go and then clear the path,” said volunteer Jonathan Finch.
On a recent warm Saturday, volunteers worked on “benching” about one mile of trail.
A bench cut is the result of cutting a section of tread across the side of a hill, and if you look at the profile of the trail, it looks like a bench, according to Traildesign.com, a blog specializing in trail building.
“It’s definitely one of the hardest parts of building the trail, but we got a lot of it done today,” volunteer David Terifay said.
Though the process may take massive amounts of time and effort, volunteers find joy in giving back to the local cycling community.
“It’s great to be a part of a project that will bring people together for time to come,” said volunteer Sandi Crider.
Being out in the woods is a way for volunteers and cyclists alike to enjoy nature, and bring peace of mind after a hard, long day, Finch said. “[Mountain biking] is a great way to get out of your own head and focus on something that gets you active and healthy without even thinking about it,” he said.
Bigleaf Slopes will offer trails that suit all levels of experience, and may even be a venue for future races and events, according to volunteers.
“We want the entire family to be able to enjoy the trails, but also offer options that even the experienced riders can challenge themselves with,” said Davidson.
Go out and ride, FFB closed New Years dayRead details
posted on: 12/30/2015
- First Flight Bicycles will be closed on New Years day. Go out and enjoy a ride!
FIrst Flight In the NewsRead details
posted on: 11/05/2015
- FFB is in the news again. Check out the article at http://www.statesville.com/news/first-flight-bicycles-earns-national-recognition/article_a1fe1182-825d-11e5-87bf-831202e326a6.html
Jeff stickRead details
Contact: 10/21/2015posted on:
- Jeff decided to find a new way to stop his Trek Stache 9
Sale BikesRead details
posted on: 09/09/2015
We have placed a special order with Salsa and Trek for some 2015 bikes on sale. Quantities are limited so come by quick to find yours. You can always see what we have available on our web site at http://www.firstflightbikes.com/bikes#tab=6
America's 50 Best Bike ShopsRead details
posted on: 09/03/2015
Thank you to everyone who voted for us, we made the top 3! http://www.theactivetimes.com/content/americas-50-best-bike-shops-2015-slideshow?slide=49
Celebrating 20 years in our Current LocationRead details
posted on: 07/02/2015
- Couple of pictures of 216 S. Center St. as First Flight Bicycles celebrates 20 years in Historic Downtown Statesville (DSDC). We moved from our previous E. Broad St. address in July of 1995 and have watched downtown "blossom".
Opening of Lake Norman State ParkRead details
posted on: 05/03/2015
- Lake Norman State Park Visitor Center was dedicated today. The new outdoor facilities is a wonderful place and the new Dragonfly Trail is a great place to take the young 'uns.