If you live in the Dayton Region and ride bikes then the probability of you riding with someone on an Airborne is pretty high. When I moved to Dayton a few years ago I kept seeing these beautifully crafted, simplistic natured, high end bikes all over and I had never heard of the company. Of course while riding downhill and free-ride in the Pacific Northwest one wouldn’t necessarily come across one anyways, regardless I was intrigued. What intrigued me was that Dayton had a hometown bike shop – Airborne – an authentic, real deal, small manufacturer that makes the bike industry so interesting to me, making me proud to live in this city.
I will be the first to admit I am not very familiar with their history, roots, or owners but I loved the fact that they were made in Dayton. When the time came that I was considering purchasing an Airborne, I got word from the bike community (I think on a forum or blog!) that they were no longer in existence. How did I not know about this? Why did this happen? I recently felt very similar when I heard Gem City Records was closing it’s doors, you know what I mean. No, I didn’t loose faith in the greatest outdoor/bike town in the Midwest but that blog post really burst my bubble (at least it wasn’t from DDN).
So, for anyone who also might have been affected by Airborne closing up shop, I am happy to announce that they are back in business. They have some seriously slick rides and word is they will be launching a Cyclo-Cross line, which is blowing up in the Midwest.
Not much is up on their website yet but you can find them on facebook to get updates on the companies progress and newest additions to this awesome bike fleet. www.airbornebicycles.com
2010 product launch is April 15th. Don’t miss it.
Get you butt in the saddle!