About Blackstone Bicycles

We are a full service bike shop in Cumberland, RI carrying Rocky Mountain, IBIS, SALSA, Transition, Redline, Banshee, Surly and KHS. We offer quick and reliable service work and host a weekly NEMBA mountain bike ride at Lincoln Woods.

Our address is 391 Mendon Road Cumberland, RI 02864.

Phone is 401 335 3163.

Winter hours are now in effect: Monday through Friday 12-6, Sat 10-6.

Closed on Sundays (we need to ride sometime)....

Email: blackstonebicycles@gmail.com

Facebook page click here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

IBIS DEMO DAY - JULY 23RD 2014!!

Hi all,

We're hosting another demo day this year! This one will be our second with Ibis Cycles and will be on Wednesday, July 23. We'll meet at the shop around 5:00 for bike setup and leave the shop at 6:15. Much like the Salsa demo we will ride from the shop to Lincoln Woods via the road, bikepath and Chase Farm.

The ride will be roughly 90 - 100 minutes, around 12-14 miles, and there will be a slower paced and a faster paced ride available. We'll have some beverages from the fine folks at Foolproof Brewing in Pawtucket and hot dogs back at the shop.

Bikes available for demo (call and or email to reserve a bike/size!).

Ripley: 2 Small, 2 Medium, 3 Large and 2 XL.

Mojo HDR 650b:  2 Small, 2 Medium, 3 Large and 2 XL.

Hakkalugi Disc: 1 55cm.

Things you MUST bring:

A helmet! Seriously - bring a bike helmet.

The basics - you know what I'm talking about, all the stuff you carry in your hydration pack and/or saddlebag. Don't be that guy, or girl.

Photo ID and a credit card.

Pedals if you have a preference, though the demo driver will likely have flats and Shimanos.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014





Hear ye, hear ye!!

We have been able to schedule a last minute demo day with SALSA CYCLES!! This Saturday the 14th we will lead a ride from the shop over to Lincoln Woods to test some of Salsa's finest bicycles.

We will have size runs in the following models:

Beargrease
Spearfish
Horsethief
El Mariachi


Please call, email or message which model and size you would like to reserve in addition to your rider weight!!

Riders attending should arrive at the shop by 5:00 p.m. to allow time for proper bike fitting and suspension set up.

The ride will leave from our parking lot promptly at 6:00. We will ride through Chase Farm and enter LW near the Cross Course.

This will be a relaxed ride returning to the shop about 8:00 for some tasty Foolproof Brewing Company beers and some dogs/burgers/veggies on the grille.

Hope to see you there!!
Blackstone Bicycles

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Rocky Mountain Bicycles Demo Day - Wednesday May 7th!

Well now, it's been a while. I had planned on posting a while ago about Springtime, sunny bike rides, a change in the weather and all that jazz.... But, since that hasn't really happened until very recently this here blog has been woefully neglected! On that note, here is some news you can hopefully use!



Rocky Mountain Bicycles Demo Day!!

This is happening tomorrow, 5/7 at Lincoln Woods State Park. The event will run from roughly 4:00 - 7:45 P.M. It will be running in conjunction with our normal 6:00 Wednesday night NEMBA ride. If you would like to demo a bike please arrive with some time to spare ahead of the 6:00 ride (this way we can get you set up properly), OR, arrive after 4:00 and feel free to do your own ride. Burgers and dogs on the grill and some beverages to follow! We are meeting from the same location we ran the annual Fun Ride last November. Bring a helmet and a valid ID to participate in the demo!!

Demo Bike List:

Altitude 770 - Small, Medium and Large.
Thunderbolt 770 - Small and X Large.
Thunderbolt 750 - X Small, Medium and Large.
Instinct 970 - Medium, Large and X Large.


RI NEMBA BIG RIVER FUN RIDE 5/18!!

Join RI NEMBA for the annual Big River Fun Ride! This year the ride is happening on Sunday, May 19th. There will be arrowed rides for all abilities and food/drink available afterwards! This is a great chance to ride in Big River and learn some loops in one of the best and largest trail systems in southern New England! Registration opens at 9:00 AM. For more info visit the RI NEMBA Facebook page. 

Endura Clothing Sale!

Apologies if you've seen this before via email, or the shop Facebook page, but it's worth noting that we are holding an Endura sale through the end of May! 20% off all spring and summer gear in stock!


Thursday, December 19, 2013

2013 Holiday Party and a quick Surly Krampus long term review!

Hi folks,

In case you haven't heard already we are hosting our annual party time bike-o-rama hangout on 12/28 this year! Swing by the shop from 12-6 for free beer courtesy of the fine folks at Foolproof Brewing as well as some tasty treats. Also included, free of charge, is some fascinating conversation about bicycle related doohickeys and the like.

Tell your friends! It'll be fun, or it won't. If it's not fun, well, that's on you and not us, as we aim to please. The flyer for the party can be found below. Feel free to share with your homeboys and homegirls alike.

If you're on Facebook and would like to stay abreast of this sort of news feel free to like us here.

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** Please note that if you swing by between 12/25 and 12/27 that we will not be here!! We're taking a break. Then we're coming in and hosting a party. It's the hard knock life around here for sure.

Also - please note that the sale on Endura clothing is ongoing through the end of the winter. 25% off anything from Endura!

Jackets are actually on some sort of super duper Crazy Eddie style blowout - buy one at 25% off and get another for 50% off! Pick up a Gridlock and a Pakajak for under $120. Crazy! In case you don't know Crazy Eddie, here's a crash course in awesome...


Oh, and all the in stock tires and tubes are still 20% off, and 2013 leftover bikes and demos are still on sale. 2014 stock is 10% off as well.

So, now that the important commerce and party related stuff is out of the way.... Here's that Surly Krampus review you probably came here for in the first place.

By now you all know what they look like, so I'm going to skip the gratuitous bike porn photo shoot B.S. and get to it. I could babble on for a while here so I'm going to just boil it down to 11 bullet points detailing what it is, and what it isn't.

1. It loves gently rolling terrain and rewards those who can hold momentum.

2. It abhors steep climbing.

3. The Krampus is a bounce house on wheels with the wrong tire pressure.

4. Don't take this thing to a race if you want to win unless you are on EPO.

5. Do take it to a race if you need attention and/or you are on EPO.

6. It kinda needs those 120 tpi tires. A 30t chainring doesn't hurt either.

7. It is NOT an all day 4 hours in the saddle kind of bike, unless you enjoy torture.

8. It is a super cool bike that rides way better in snow than we thought it would. Like, WAY better.

9. It rides better on dirt than a "normal" Fat Bike, or maybe just different.

10. It is a really fun bike to just ride, explore trail on and wander around with and forget about Strava and crap like that.

11. It is sparkly green and really pretty. 

It looks like this:

That is all, happy holidays!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

News! Or, lots and lots of content to make up for slacking for so long!

In our zeal to continually blast the Facebook world with relevant content this blog has become neglected. I do, however, think we found a way to revive this media channel going forward. How? By adding product reviews, and simply posting more of the happenings in our local cycling community. This post will focus on the news and sale side of things with parts reviews to come..
 
Alright, with that covered here's all the news that's fit to invade your eyeballs!

First on the agenda is the annual RI NEMBA Lincoln Woods Fun Ride! I think this is the 5th, or 6th, year we've been doing this ride? I'm a little fuzzy on that one, but who cares? It's a great ride for a good cause, the trails are leaf blown and there's hot dogs, burgers and chili! This year's price of admission is either non perishable food items for the RI Community Food Bank or a toy for the Children's Friend Holiday Drive. Cash in lieu of the above works as well. Oh, yeah, we're hosting a bike swap as well. Bring your parts and haggle amongst friends! Please print the flyer below and distribute as you see fit!

*Please note the new start/registration area! Take the rte. 123 exit from rte. 146 and head EAST. The park entrance is roughly 2.5 miles down on the right. Drive through the covered bridge and take a right at the kiosk.

Please, DON'T be that guy who only brings a pack of gum. Seriously, suck it up and give like you mean it. Chances are if you're attending this ride, on a mountain bike, you can spare a little for others. It ain't gonna kill you, and you can restock your Zombie Apocalypse prepper cave later.


In related news we are going to leave the arrows up for a few weeks after the ride. This means you can go out and ride after the Fun Ride, without getting lost and eaten by werewolves! Yaay!

I'm guessing there will be some arrow removal courtesy of jerks, but the thing to focus on here is that the park manager wants to blaze a loop in the spring. This is a pretty big deal and it will be great for everyone venturing into the park. The idea is to mark a hiking/mountain biking loop that will allow folks to venture out without feeling like they will get lost. It should also help curtail some of the local "wildlife" activities in the park to boot.

What's next? Well, we're hosting some repair classes over the next few weeks.

The schedule and topics are below:

10/30 - Flat tires!  Patching, replacing tubes and how to trouble shoot and identify the cause.

11/6 - Chain repair!  Breaking chains, resizing and loosening stuck links.

11/13 - Fiddling with shifty bits!  Or, how to adjust your derailleurs.

If demand is there we will keep going with the schedule above restarting on 11/20.

Please RSVP for the classes as we try to limit them to 5 at most. You can RSVP by calling the shop (401 335 3163), or shoot us an email at blackstonebicycles@gmail.com.


There is no fee, however beer in lieu of payment is always appreciated.  :)

We're going to be posting some bike specials and sales from now until the end of the year. The bike below, and the clothing sale, is already on the Facebook page but I'll re-post here. Expect to see more bikes popping up here over the next few weeks. 

Endura clothing sale! Take 20% off all in stock clothing - this includes any and all cold weather riding gear! 

KALI helmet and armor sale!  Take 20% off all in stock Kali helmets and armor!
  
Banshee Bikes 2013 Prime demo in large. $2750 with a stock post. $2950 with the Reverb.

Build list: Stan's Flow EXs on Stan's hubs, Rock Shox Revelation 29, Sram X9 build, E-Thirteen chainguide, Race Face Evolve Crankset, Cane Creek 40 series headset, Race Face Atlas Bar, Avid Elixir 3 brakes, Maxxis Ardents, WTB Pure V saddle, ODI Crosstrainers and a Truvativ AKA stem. Click on the image below for a bigger pic.



 












That's all we've got for now... Expect to see more reminders about the Fun Ride, and more sale info as the fall progresses. Product reviews to come as well!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The IBIS are coming!! The IBIS are coming!!

That's right boys and girls, the Ibis Demo Tour is coming to Blackstone Bicycles!

This is your chance to ride an available Ibis of your choice at one of the most technical riding spots in RI, that's right... Lincoln Woods.  This event will be held on Wednesday May 29th in place of our regular Wednesday night shop/NEMBA ride.

We have rented one of the pavilions next to the ball field so we have a nicer space to meet, set people up on demo bikes, have a spot to chill and possibly do some grilling after the ride if time allows.

Demo bikes available are as follows.  Demo bike availability is subject to change.  Please call the shop to confirm availability and to reserve a bike of your choosing for the ride.

4 Large Ripleys*
1 Small Mojo HD
1 Medium Mojo HD
1 Large Mojo HD
1 XL Mojo HD
1 Small Mojo SL-R
1 Medium Mojo SL-R
1 Large Mojo SL-R
1 XL Mojo SL-R
1 55cm Hakkal├╝gi Disc
1 58cm Hakkal├╝gi Disc

See you all on the 29th!!

Friday, April 12, 2013

RI NEMBA Beginner Rides and Skills Session!

Hey all,

If you, or someone you know, is new to mountain biking and would like to improve their skills then you're in luck!

Every Saturday morning, with the exception of 4/20, RI NEMBA is hosting a beginner skills ride. This week the ride is taking place in Big River at 9:00 AM. The meeting location is at the corner of Division St. and New London Turnpike.

To get there take Exit 7 from Route 95. Head east off the exit (that's left if coming from the north, and a right if coming from the south) and go to the end of the road and cross over to the dirt parking lot in front of the fire gate. Don't block the fire gate. This is easy button stuff kids, you can get there from here!

All you need to bring is yourself, a helmet and a working bicycle! Oh, and a positive attitude won't hurt either. So, go get your practice in and become a seasoned trail rider faster and avoid being this guy...




 

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