Saddleback buys cycles from AJ and will operate as Saddleback bike shop this summer


The next step in full-service mountain bike operations at the resort

Saddleback Ski Resort acquired repair and tuning equipment from the bicycle shop of the former AJ’s Cycles in Rangeley, Maine. Saddleback has hired a full-time bike mechanic and will offer repairs, adjustments, rentals and full-service bike shop instruction from the base lodge.

This is the next step in Saddleback’s initiatives to create a complete mountain bike operation. The resort opened its first section of single-track downhill trails in fall 2021 and will add mountain biking serviced by the South Branch Quad lifts later this summer.

Andrew “AJ” Ash opened AJ’s Cycles in 2015 and has strived to provide year-round biking options, from summer mountain bike rentals to fat bikes for winter riders. AJ has been instrumental in helping the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and the Rangeley Lakes Trail Center begin to prepare new winter trails for high-speed biking. He also helped build a bike park in downtown Rangeley and ran countless free clinics to help kids learn about the sport.

“We’re excited about the new bike store and can’t wait to ride the mountain with everyone,” said Andrew “AJ” Ash.

“Purchasing the bike shop equipment from AJs gave us the opportunity to offer a full-service business model,” added Jared Emerson, mountain operations manager at Saddleback. “We appreciate Scott and AJ’s help in smoothing the transition and all of their support as we build this business.”

The Saddleback bike shop and trails will be open soon. Please stay tuned to and @saddlebackmaine on social media for updates. Call the Mountain at 207-864-5671 Ex. 139 for questions.


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