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Retired BMX Rider Launches Fairdale

Published October 25, 2011

AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN)—It’s not unusual that retired BMX rider Taj Mihelich launched a new bicycle company. But what is of note is that Fairdale isn’t a BMX company, selling instead road/commuter bikes.

“I always wanted to do commuter bikes,” Mihelich said.

What forced Mihelich’s hand was a debilitating back injury that not only ended his BMX career a few years back, but also ended his BMX riding days in general. “It just made sense that I would sell bikes that I could ride,” he said.

Mihelich also wanted to have bikes that were simple in nature. Mihelich said he’s always been “against too much technology” on bikes; he sees it as a roadblock to those who are new to the sport.

Fairdale’s first bike offerings: the Parser Express (pictured) and Parser Black recently began selling. Both are single speeds with the Parser Express ($899) featuring drop bars and Parser Black ($749) featuring riser bars. They’re being distributed through BMX distributor Full Factory, while several Austin, Texas, retailers are also carrying them.

“One thing I wanted to do was keep the bikes affordable,” he said. “They’re spec’d really well for the price.”

Besides the bikes, Fairdale is also selling a pannier skateboard rack that’s already been featured by Wired and Gizmodo. It retails for $41.95.

Other bikes in Fairdale’s future include a geared (1x9) road bike with disc brakes, cruiser bikes and a BMX-themed 29er.

Click on above link to check out Fairdale’s website.

—Jason Norman

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