First Flight Bicycles is an advocate for all things cycling. Without places to ride, and events to ride in, you and your new bike won’t reach their full potential. Big box stores, and unfortunately many local shops, do little to nothing to support cycling.
First Flight Bicycles has also taken a lead role in building and maintaining local trails. We have been instrumental in the creation of the Itusi Trail system at Lake Norman State Park and have written grants resulting in over $125,000 to purchase trail building equipment and pay professional trail builders. Over the past decade, we have also helped build and maintain the Signal Hill Mountain Bike Trails in Statesville. Currently, we are working with Iredell County to build a mountain bike trail at Big Leaf Slopes. Check out the trails page for details
For the casual rider, we have a series of weekly rides with the emphasis on fun and learning. If you are more competitive, we have been long time sponsors of the Crossroads Criterium in downtown Statesville as well as the summer and winter mountain bike series. This year, we have also added support for the Cyclo-Cross series. We also sponsor events through Blue Mountain Revival. Details can be found on the events page.
Our staff is always involved with local and national groups. Wes Davidson traveled to Washington DC, with IMBA, to lobby Congress to improve funding for cycling projects. He currently serves on the Iredell County Recreation Advisory Committee as the Chairman and is a Past Master at Snow Creek Lodge 571 A.F.& A.M. Jeff Archer is currently on the Lake Norman State Park Advisory Committee, Downtown Statesville Development Corp. Board of Directors, Carolina Thread Trail-Iredell County advisory board and active in Cub Scout Pack 171/Boy Scout Troop 171 (including Cubmaster for 2 years). Representatives from the shop regularly attend Parks and Recreation and Council meetings to represent cyclists.
In recogntion of these efforts, First Flight Bicycles has been the recipeint of several awards, including:
America’s Best Bike Shops: 2013, 2014, 2015
Active Times: #7 in the USA (2013), #10 (2014) and #3 (2015)
2013 Great Statesville Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year
2016 North Carolina Main Street Champion Award
2010 Statesville Mayor’s Cup award
2015 Reader’s Choice, Best Place to Buy a Bicycle
2013 Bicycling Magazine Top 100 Bike Shops
Remember, when you purchase a bike you are also purchasing the shop and the folks that work there. Before you buy, ask them what they have done to give you more opportunities and places to ride