Pedal Montclair

Keeps those wheels spinning

Montclair NJ's Pedal Montclair bike shop provides a one-of-a-kind, top quality service to riders hitting the streets of Montclair and the trails beyond. We're here to ensure our customers' safe rides and to help them reach their cycling goals. 

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Aaron Thall

Pedal Montclair: What do you ride? 

Aaron: Trek Superfly SL & Santa Cruz Hightower 27.5+  

Pedal Montclair: Favorite places to ride? Why?

Aaron: Wawayanda State Park- Technically Challenging with a great mix of flow and speed and with the added spice of an occasional bear encounter.  Blue Mountain - Blue is what mountain biking is all about. Every inch of trail utilizes the natural features to perfection. From the technical Monster DX trail to Rambler and the steep rock face drops.

Pedal Montclair: Where would you go on your ultimate biking trip? 

Aaron: Scottish Highlands and bike from bothie to bothie with a bottle of Balvenie in my pack!

Pedal Montclair: Advice to any new comers? 

Aaron: My advice to new comers is to get a bicycle that fits your intended use and has room for upgrades. Also, find a group ride to join but don’t worry about keeping up, use the time to watch the better riders and pick up some pointers.If you’re stoked after the ride you’ll want to come back for more and when you have that passion for riding your skills will follow.

Pedal Montclair: Who's your favorite rider? 

Aaron: This is a tough one, I admire so many, but the cross country riders are my favorite. Julian Absalon, now retired, was always a favorite. My two favorite riders are currently wearing the rainbow stripes as World Champions, Swiss maestro NinO Schurter and the USA’s Kate Courtney!  

Chris Albanese

Pedal Montclair: What do you ride? 

Chris: Pivot Mach 429SL – I take advantage of its versatility.  Right now I have it set up as a 27.5 PLUS and loving it, insane fun! Come race season I’ll convert to a 29er race weapon!

Pedal Montclair: Favorite places to ride? Why? 

Chris: I grew up riding Ringwood A LOT! Ringwood captures everything I love about riding…being challenged, super techy with lots of climbing.  It never disappoints!  More local to Montclair, I love riding “south of 280.”  It’s an amazing place to get good mileage in, you can string together really nice loops and you don’t feel like you’re in NJ! 

Pedal Montclair: Where would you go on your ultimate biking trip?

Chris:  I have two, BALI and SQUAMISH BRITISH COLUMBIA – BOOM!  

Pedal Montclair: Advice to any new comers? 

Chris: Get out there as much as possible and get hooked!  You’ll quickly find that mountain biking isn’t just a sport or hobby, it’s also a way of life!  If you start young, you can take the riding adventure with you your entire life.  I made the mistake of taking a hiatus when I got in to more competitive sports but I never lost the love for it!  It’s more than just a physical activity, it’s the ultimate therapy for me!

Pedal Montclair: Who's your favorite rider? 

Chris: This is a bit of a throwback – Hans Rey.  As a child I would watch his videos all night long, I was totally enamored by his ability and what he did on a bike. I wanted to be exactly like him minus the ponytail.  Trials riding was a major part of what I did as a kid, he doesn’t know it but he taught me a lot! Countless hours were spent at Montclair State University practicing, I attempted to mimic everything he did and all of it transfers over to trail riding.  Positioning on a bike, balancing and steadiness on trails. Thanks Hans!


15 Midland Ave, Montclair NJ  973-746-3200