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The Kingdom Social Rides are back!
 
Photos by Kron Segan

Photos by Kron Segan

Finally!

After the stress of moving the company’s HQ to Dubai and dealing with its summer heat, we are back in business and stronger than ever.

Just over two weeks ago we restarted the Kingdom Social Rides. After them being one of the most anticipated weekly events back in Arizona, we’re excited to bring the fun to a new city; one that has never seen anything or anyone like us.

Photos by Kron Segan

Photos by Kron Segan

Date and time: every Saturday (October to April) from 10am.

Location: PDL on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.

Distance: (approximately) 20km in 90min.

Difficulty: social. Everyone is welcome in any kind of bike.

Requirements: basic bike riding skills (falling rate as low as possible…). Helmets are encouraged.

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The route of the weekly rides will often change having one route that will be used often; what we call The Canal Ride;

As we introduce these rides to Dubai, a new exciting thing is being tried out–every first Saturday of the month we’re organizing a Fixed Criterium and we’re calling it the Kingdom Crit Series!

The first ever Kingdom Crit Series (KCS1118), is happening in November of 2018 (on the first Saturday). More details are yet to be revealed (stay tuned to our social media). The point of this is to grow the local community in the sport and to nourish it with a little bit of healthy competition.

Stay tuned as we have many exciting news for the coming months and the year of 2019!

 
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SocialAndre Abreu
When Life Gives You Lemons You Make Mt Lemmonade

Coming to Tempe from Monterey, many people told me I had to bike Mt. Lemmon.

I had no idea what kind of climb it was, but it was one that I wanted to do, especially because of my love for climbing. I'd heard so much about “the cookie cabin” and the wonderful, long climb with the scenery changing from cacti to pine trees.

Mt Lemmon Tucson Arizona

Finally, after about three months of living in Tempe, Andre told me we were going to do Mt Lemmon. Unsure of what to be excited for, I was excited mainly just to ride somewhere new and leave Tempe for a couple days. We decided to head up Friday night and camp overnight so we wouldn’t have to wake up crazy early. So, after everyone was off work, and school, our little 5 person and 1 small dog crew; Andre, Emerson, Victor, Jonny, Daiki (the small dog) and I packed our bikes, cameras, and gear in the truck, and we were off. Well, after a lot of waiting, attempting to vlog, and arguments of music preference.

Mt Lemmon is couple of hours drive from Tempe and as we drove we were told all about the mountains around us, which were too dark to actually see. Victor found a campsite a couple miles up Mt. Lemmon and we set up camp, unpacked, some vlogged and took pictures, before getting a good night’s sleep under the amazing stars.

Morning came and according to some, it was freezing!
After what seemed like hours of getting ready, we were packed up and descending down to the very bottom of Mt Lemmon so we could officially climb the entire mountain.

 

Our group of four set off and about five miles in, it was down to three. We climbed at a nice speed, not too fast, or slow, just talking and enjoying riding our bikes. After about one hour and 11 miles of climbing, we got to Windy Point where we met Jonny. We ate some food and saw cool rock climbers, before starting up again.

Riding again hurt a lot! I totally regret stopping that first time before stopping again to fill up water. But after filling up we continued on for the next 15 miles to Ski Valley. The cacti, rock, and desert were disappearing, and pine trees were appearing, leaves were changing color, and the temperature was cooling down. The road continued going up for a while longer before it descended for a little and then came back to being even steeper. Due to cramping, we lost another rider, and it was down to two. Getting steeper and with pain in my legs we got to Ski Valley and were ready to go down to Cookie Cabin to get giant cookies, rest and get ready for the descent.
It was nice to climb for a long time since I hadn’t been able to do that since I got to Arizona. Victor got to the top after cramping, and still decided to go a little further up to the observatory - crazy. But I went down, met Jonny with the support truck, and waited for all to get there. 
And the reward at the top? A giant cookie and pizza.

 

Ready to head down, we put on arm and knee warmers, and jackets to descend. Thanks to Jonny we were able to have awesome support, pictures of the adventure, and change our clothes for the change in temperatures. Immediately after leaving, the road climbed before going down, so I got really warm, but cooled off once we started the descent. I was told to stay on Andre’s wheel or else, so that was the plan – for me to work on descending. It wasn’t too curvy, the road was nice, and I was on a familiar wheel, so all was well. We stopped halfway down at a super cool spot of take pictures, fly the drone, and take off a few layers before we continued down, sticking mostly together for safety, awesome GoPro footage, and to go faster.

Getting to the bottom of Mt Lemmon, it flattened out and Victor decided to go faster, so we all got on his wheel to do one last effort. Ending on a good note, Andre won the “sprint,” kinda, and everyone arrived safely. We met Jonny in the mall parking lot and had finished our ride after about 4 ½ hours of riding, 73 miles, and 7,000 feet of climbing. I had completed the Mt. Lemmon I had heard so much about. Returning with 4 happy and tired cyclists, Jonny, and Daiki, we had already talked about the next time we would return, and head back to the long climb, a mountain which people who don’t even like climbing like, a fun descent, which I even really enjoyed, and seeing the beautiful creation. 

 
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And Strava...

It's not official until it's Strava official, so here are Christina's grabs from the ride:

 
 
SocialAndre Abreu
Down to the Bones

We've ridden our bikes in some pretty interesting places, but this one may have just topped the list.

Just outside of Tucson, Arizona, jammed up against a busy US Airforce Base, on a flat and dusty patch of land, lies the Boneyard. It's exactly as rad as its name sounds - a storage place for an assortment of old airplanes, some being used for scrap and some waiting for a new owner with enough money to afford a plane and enough patience to get it into flying shape.

We weren't there to buy a plane, but we did want to ride on a wing or two and explore this metal boneyard on our favourite Kingdom rides...

Riding on the Navy Plane Wing Kingdom

From old Navy transport planes, to a NASA Photo surveillance plane used before google maps was a thing, to aircraft that have been doing sneaky things down in South America, ones that would carry nuclear weapons, and a bunch of other craft if various states of decay, the Boneyard is full of parked stories.

The Boneyard Safari tour has jumped up near the top of our list of rad things you can do in Arizona. 
It's basically 3 hours of wandering around the airplane graveyard, exploring everything, listening to the history of each aircraft and taking photos you won't be able to get anywhere else.
And a bonus point - that very active Airforce base next door means there are all sorts of military aircraft buzzing around overhead while you're exploring the ones on the ground. 

Check out the Boneyard Safari and book yourself a tour right HERE.

 
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SocialJonny Kennaugh
I'm Fixing To Get A Bruise

PSA: I AM NOT A BIKER… or Cycler, or cyclist, or whatever they are called? But my close friends are, so I guess by association I am?

Something I learned very quickly is you’re only cool if you ride “FIX” gear… Haha, well to my surprise, bikes are NOT all the same.

There are single speed bikes, fixed gears, road bikes, mountain bikes, etc.

This was news to me.

If you were to ask me six months ago anything about a bicycle, I would have laughed and shrugged. I was in a bad car accident 7 years ago and was in physical therapy for a year where I was forced to sit on a stationary bike in pain for miles upon miles… SO by default when I was finally released the last thing I ever wanted to do was get on a bike.

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Life is funny sometimes. I just so happened to stumble into a “biking community” like the klutz I am. When you become apart of something bigger than yourself, a community with a shared passion, it’s hard not to become passionate about it.

But biking single speed wasn’t gonna make the cut. The last step of my initiation was to learn fix gear. (I’m totally joking, kind of, not really).

One day I walked into Kingdom Life and Bike and my friend Christina said, “Kaylie! Let’s go for a bike ride, and you’re gonna ride fix!”

Out of pure curiosity of how bad I would be, I agreed.

It actually wasn’t that bad, and by the end of the ride, I felt like a pro, and a cool kid, lets not forget about that.

As the weeks went on the more I learned how to control my fix gear, how to use my breaks less, and how to absolutely destroy the crap out of my legs.

But now I can rise victorious saying the bruises were worth it, the trips and stumbles bring joy to my life, and the friends and endurance I have obtained through the learning process I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.

So I guess you can say I’m a fixie?

I’m fixing to keep it that way…. Wanna join me?

 
 
SocialAndre Abreu
Kingdom x Dubai

We've gone East, way East.

The very first Kingdom bikes rolled out in 2016 straight onto the streets of Tempe, Arizona, so it makes perfect sense that our first international chapter would be in another desert - Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

We're now shipping directly to Dubai with a limited run of bikes and gear, looking for new streets, new adventures, and new rides.

Check out our first frames from the Middle East.

You can click through to the Dubai website here and get your hands on your very own desert adventure machine. 
Go Go Go!

 
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SocialJonny Kennaugh