Richard on his new "Terra" Dactyl recumbent trike.The comfy, high-seated TerraTrike Rover
with a custom fitted (by Mt Airy Bicycle) Cargo Monster
extending the back end and featuring a Nuvinci 360 CVT Transmission Hub
Yes, you CAN take it (ALL) with you, be Comfortable, and have a blast!
October 19, 2012
Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Subject: My Fuji
I purchased this bicycle from you when I lived there in 1980. It has
many of the original components (Suntour) ,that I have maintained
throughout the years. Still have the College Park Bicycle sticker on
the downtube! Thank you for a wonderful bike!!!
March 5, 2010
January 2, 2010
Molly from Bethesda, MD on her new 2010 Madone Project 1 5.9 featuring the
Shimano Ultegra SL grouppo.
November 30, 2009
Here's one more for your happy customer feedbacks! You can edit it if
you like! Here's a pic of me in the Silver Spring, Montgomery County,
MD, Thanksgiving Day Parade 2009. I took the whole bike apart,
regreased, re-adjusted, replaced some of the parts, and added some
It rode like a dream!
I was surprised that i didn't have a hard time with it, even with my
gigantic shoes, it handled really well, i was even doing no handers
after a couple of minutes, and mind you i just had the bike for a
couple of days. I was expecting to experience back-aches, saddle
sores, aching thighs, knees, calves and ankles after the ride, but it
didn't happen. So much for proper bike fitting and all that hoopla huh?
I was even able to ride the trails (with a regular mountain bike) the
next day without a hitch, by the way i haven't ridden in months.
It was a big hit with the crowd. It beats my kick scooter by a
longshot in terms of paradability, novelty, and shock factor. It drew
a lot of stares, double takes, smiles, amusement, and laughs. A lot of
people took pictures even without me on it. Someone pointed out that i
ran over a nail, i just plucked it out and threw it away, thank god
for them solid rubber wheels huh? I will be adding some more mods
soon. I wanted to re-paint it but i didn't have the time. I'll be
getting a unicycle next. And probably a Penny Farthing. Thanks for the
bike! I had a blast riding it, and will be using it again more (it is
a very effective tool) for promotions and in future parades. Hope i
can ride with you guys in a parade soon!
Attached is a pic of me getting ready for the parade, with some of my
clown friends at the back.
Jolly was so taken by his experience buying the bike from Larry he invited him to Clown School Larry's answer? "Don't they have enough instructors?"
October 24, 2009
I want to pass on what a great job one of your dealers in the United States is doing to promote Hase bikes and give superior customer support. Larry Black at Mt Airy Bicycles has a lot of knowledge about Hase and seemed to be the only person that could help my wife and me with our 2009 Hase Pino.
Below is an e-mail that I sent to Larry.
You are my new bicycle hero. You saved the Pino and my marriage!
The new 155mm cranks in front worked perfectly. Dee Dee and I now are working in sync, everyone is happy and making the Hase Pino a joy instead of a sore subject. I only wish that we knew about Mt. Airy Bicycles and Larry Black when we originally bought the bicycle. You were the only one that had the knowledge to help us with our specific needs for the Pino. We almost sold the bike, but because of you we are now enjoying long rides with it.
We did get wider tires (26 and 20 X 1.60) which work much better for us than the 26 and 20 X 1.10 tires that came on the Pino. The new tires (Schwabe, Marathon Supreme) worked great on a rails to trails ride in Farmville VA and the tires also ride well on the road. I also got some regular Marathon 1.75 tires that I am also going to try. Suggesting to change the tires on the original wheels that came on the bike is another thing that I can thank you for.
Hase management should be very appreciative to have Mt. Airy Bicycles doing such a great job representing them!
Dee Dee and I are looking for a wide tire tandem that we can lend to family members or friends to ride with us. We plan to come back to visit your shop soon for some test rides.
In the future when I am looking for a tandem or recumbent you will get a call. If I know anyone that is in the market for one, I will suggest that they at least get in touch with you before making any decisions. I will pass on the word that it is worth the trip to Mt. Airy Bicycles, even if it is a 2 to 3 hour drive from home.
October 17th, 2009
Don Malone from Charlottesville, VA with his Catrike Villager.
October 4, 2009
Dear Larry, John, and Steve,
Just a note so the other "recreational" bikers know your shop is a great resource for them too! I bought my daughter's bike from your
shop, and then a while later I came in looking for a bike for me to try! I came in as an out of shape adult, hardly even remembering how to bike! Larry fixed me up with a new "Partner" bike, and it was a nice, comfortable, and stable bike for me. I hit the C&O Canal tow path very slowly.
I have gotten all kinds of biking gear at your shop because I can ask questions and get help for my skills. I do not even know how many "free" tune ups my family has had at your shop! I just bike the tow path for fun and exercise. I like the wooded path by the river, so beautiful.
I also started kayaking on the Potomac River, next to that same tow path. Mt. Airy Bicycles is also one of my kayak shops! John ordered my Yakima kayak rack for the van (since the Yakima bike rack worked so well…) and he installed it too. Larry and Steve were the only folks I could find to cut down my carbon paddle shaft. No one else would touch it. Steve would cut it down a centimeter on each side and I would duct tape it and give it a go. He cut it down several times for me.
I came in recently and John helped me find that next new bike up a step or two from the first bike I bought. I really am enjoying the Trek Navigator. It rides very well on the trail and can carry all my "stuff". It gets me outside even more. Steve helped me choose a great Vega Light in Motion light! This is so much better than hanging every kind of little light I could find off the handlebars! It is a lot of fun to finish up a ride in the dark, and allows me to get out a bit after work for a quick ride!
Thanks for all your help, experience, creativity, and flexibility. This shop will spend time helping you, even if you are not any kind of elite biker! Here are a few photos of Barb and I (and even our kayaking friends) on some rides! Barb got her bike at your shop too!
Mount Airy, Maryland
September 14, 2009
September 10, 2009
of our location on the 'old national Road' which dates back to the stage
coach trail from Baltimore to St Louis and points beyond, we get all kinds
Steve recently ended a relationship with his lady in North Carolina and decided to go back to Frederick, Md. He stopped in for some new spokes and a couple of tires on the way. He's got a great supply of goodies on the front and a nice collection of interesting magazines in the rear basket. I noticed the EasyRiders chopper magazine (they have attention-getting covers dontcha know) and we started talking HOGS
August 9, 2009
Dear Hase Bikes,
I just wanted to say that the Pino is an incredible bike! My wife and I rented one from Mt. Airy Bike shop and we had an incredible time on it doing a supported 33mile bike ride in Westminster, MD yesterday. We are definitely thinking of buying one sometime within a year. Keep up the good work!
August 3, 2008
referral: Bought my
touring bicycle from you.
July 3, 2007
Just wanted to thank Greg and John for excellent service over the past few weeks....Both took lots of time with me, taught me a lot, and made sure my purchase (a Specialized Ruby Comp) was the right fit for me.
Outstanding service the whole way through, and I look forward to visiting you guys again as my cycling hobby blossoms!
Thanks for the note.
I'll pass the words, but one of the things that makes us perform well is the high level of 'dealer service' we seem to get from customers.
In this world of 'the educated consumer' there's a growing breed of those that need a lot more hand holding, and more that aren't as appreciative.
We look forward to helping you soon.
Remember, 'sales' is derived from the Latin 'to Serve'
May 31, 2007
re: classic bike from Website
from linda in OC, Ca.
Well David (the other one interested in the Lotus) knew a good thing when he saw it, however, he was a week too late -- so, I really am lucky, eh?
Sorry for the reply delay. I've taken pictures, however my high school journalism daughter has taken off the camera, so whenever I can pin her down long enough to access the camera, I'll send them.
YES! #2067 finally arrived here today at noon on Tuesday 5/29. You pack very well! I LOVE it! I spent quite a while giving it a good final sprucing up -- got familiar with the quality of this bike. It is a true gem in my book. All the prepping was definitely worth it for the first ride -- it is fantastic for me! I am very impressed with everything -- it is very difficult to believe it is from 1983. I have no doubt it is more than a match as my "reliable wheeled companion". It is so sweet! It is much better than what I thought I was going to end up with -- this is like a dream.
This whole transaction has been fantastic Larry. Thank you to you and your shop! Well, it's time to ride! Yipee!
Truly & Absolutely Linda The Luckiest Lotus Lady : )
After I sent this to some of my friends, I thought I should have included you
Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 04:39:17 +0000
I have bought a recumbent. I got a Rans Stratus XP. (www.ransbikes.com) I have had ongoing neck problems. Typically after a week long tour I have to go to a chirapractor to be able to use my neck. About 6 weeks ago I irritated my neck and have not been able to ride. I have pain going down my arm.
2 weeks ago I went to Mt Airy bikes to look at recumbents. I was there for 4 hours and rode 8 different bikes. I probably rode 20 miles that day on their bikes. I went back last week and rode another 20+ miles and narrowed it down. I thought I was going to get a Volae Team which is a "high racer". It is a short wheel base bike with two 26 in wheels. It has a high bottom bracket that is about 33 inches off the ground and about 9 inches higher than your butt.
I went there today expecting to to come home with one. I did an 18 mile test ride and my toes started to fall asleep from the high bottom bracket. I then tried a similar bile with a 26 in rear wheel and a 20 in front wheel, so the height difference is not so much. I still had the same toe problem.
I then decided on the Stratus, which has a lower bottom bracket and is a nice riding , "faster" bent.
I am approaching Sierra to the Sea doing the wrongs things. They always tell you to do lots of training which I have not. And that a tour is not the time to try out new equipment. I will have my bike for a week before I have to ship it to California. So I will only see Ronni, Andrew and Kristin at the beginningg and end of the day.
I have to add how great the people at Larry Black's Mt Airy Bike shop have been. They provided guidance on getting started on recumbents. They set up 8 bikes for me originally to ride. Then they put together one sitting in the back still in a box for me to try. I have probably ridden 75 miles on their bikes. How many other shops would let you do that. Today I was gone for 1 1/2 hours with one of their high end bikes. Beside recumbents they have a huge selection of regular bikes. Even some Italian bikes that Eric does not own.
I do not think I will be doing any part of Bike VA since I am still having neck problems and my recumbent will sitting in the back of a UPS truck.