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 and Tuesdays (I need to ride sometime)....

Email: blackstonebicycles@gmail.com

Facebook page click here.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

It's about time...

It is. It's time for the weather to finally change for the better. It's also far past time this shop had a new website! To that end you should see one shortly. Expect all the massive media infiltration and saturation that the LBS that took 7 years to make stickers is known for! (That there is some professional grade sarcasm just in case you are sarcasm deficient).

You can expect the new site to pop up over the next week or so. This blog will still exist and allow us to focus on product reviews whilst waxing poetic about our shared pastime. The product reviews will be zero bullshit and honest. We're small enough and stable enough to not sell or support crap. It's always been that way. Having the blog separate from our "official" site makes the decision to publish our thoughts in an unfettered manner that much easier.

On that note... Here are a few quick thoughts on a bike that made me stoked to get out again. It's been a long winter, and like many my enthusiasm for riding bikes like it's my job waxes and wanes. Toss in some physical issues that greatly impeded activity and recovery, and the bike started to seem like a cruel torture device.

Much like my last crash and burn cycles a Surly dug me out of the hole and put smile on my face. 10 + years ago it was a SS Karate Monkey that brought me back from near total bicycle burnout. A few years ago it was the original Krampus. Last night it was my Cross Check. The bike is, frankly, nothing special. It is a heavy, useful and decidedly old school cross bike that can be downright frightening to ride in the woods. Bikes like the Cross Check always reminds me how easy it is to get caught up in the bullshit this self destructive industry foists on all of us on a nearly daily basis. Newer isn't always better, neither is lighter and bigger. What is better is going outside and riding with your friends. Sometimes doing stupid shit on the wrong bike and remembering why you do this thing, sometime obsessively, and sometimes with your head screwed on straight.

In short, we could all do well to remember that the experience determines the ride. Not the bike your perched on at the moment. Now, let's all get out and enjoy the weather on tap for next week!


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Lincoln Woods Fun Ride 2015!! Endura Clothing Sale and Closeout Bikes!

Come out to this year's RI NEMBA Fun Ride at Lincoln Woods!

 

Join us for the annual RI NEMBA Lincoln Woods Fun Ride on November 8th! This ride is a fund and food raiser for the RI Community Food Bank. Entry is free, but please bring non perishable food items and some cash for the raffle!

There will be free chili, hot dogs and beverages afterwards. If you have a favorite you might want to BYOB. Helmets are required to ride, but blaze orange is not needed! Show up, follow the arrows, eat some chili and have a great time while helping others. 


There will be some great raffle items from Transition Bikes, Serfas, Kali, Trek, Surly, Profile Design, Bellwether Clothing, Endura Clothing, Blackstone Bicycles, Providence Bicycle, Legend Bicycle, NBX Bikes and more!

Directions:

From Rte 146 take the Breakneck Hill/Rte 123 exit. Head East, take a right into Lincoln Woods State Park onto Manchester Printworks Road. The entrance is just after the Jehovah's Witness Hall.  Go under the covered bridge and take your immediate right. Parking is up on the right. Please do not park on the grass!







Endura Clothing Sale!

From now until the end of November ALL in stock Endura gear is 30% off! This is a killer deal, come grab some of the best technical riding apparel on the planet and keep riding!

2015 Closeout Bikes!

2015 Transition Patrol 3 Large, black. Was $3500, now $2900!!

2015 KHS Six Fifty 5500 Medium and Large. Were $2750, now $2200!


2015 KHS Flite 150 Road bikes! 56cm, 58cm. Were $580, now $475!!

2015 KHS ULTRASPORT 17 and 19 inch bikes available. Were $440, now $380!!  


2015 KHS Six Fifty 200 Med and Large available. Were $550, now $475!! 


Kali Helmet Sale!

Take 10 - 20% off ALL in stock Kali gear - helmets, gloves and armor! 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Urban Assault Race - and Vacation 9/6 through 9/13!!

Wow, it's been a real busy summer around here since the last transmission from planet grime. As we transition to the much anticipated fall riding season there are a few things you may want to know about.

First, I'm taking an actual week off! The dates will be from 9/6 through 9/13. I'll be back to work resurrecting all the Huffys in the northern suburbs on the 14th. Maybe I'll ride somewhere besides Lincoln Woods, who knows.

Secondly - you need to attend this year's Urban Assault Race! Even if you don't race you should be there, if to simply witness the lunacy first hand. Event details are below.



Register here:

https://www.bikereg.com/urban-assault

Facebook page is here:

https://www.facebook.com/Ovahthebars

Third, the day before the Urban Assault Race there is something else you should really go check out.

The Dude Smash is a really cool race just down the road in West Warwick, RI. It is right off of the Washington Secondary Bike Path, there is plenty of parking and/or you can ride your bike there via the path. I suggest you go, bring some beer, heckle some racers and have a good time. Or, register and race and then apply steps 2, 3 and 4 listed above!



Their Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1637224396495951/

Stay tuned for some bike sale info and weekly ride updates after I'm back from vacation. Until then enjoy the weather and get out and ride!



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wow, it's been a little while!

Well, it's been some time since I've posted anything. Rest assured that the shop is still here. In case you didn't figure it out already, or hadn't heard via the RI cycling knitting circle, the shop is now a one man show (or flying circus, depending on the timing of your visit).

Mike has been spinning wrenches, and keeping Barak company, over at Providence Bicycle since last October. I've been holding down the fort and keeping the lights on over here. He is still doing a killer job helping out with the Wednesday night ride and the group has grown a lot over the last two seasons.

Things this late spring have been busy. Super busy, really, given the glacial conditions we all lived through followed by a swift transition into some gorgeous weather. As a result I've been remiss in getting around to updating anything but Facebook.

Now that it is (almost) Summer it's time to post a few things you may find interesting, including some sales and some ride info...

Local Rides/Racing:

The weekly Lincoln Woods ride is still on Wednesday nights, at 6:00! We meet at the covered bridge and roll out by 6:10 at the latest. The group has grown to roughly 20 or so riders each week with 2-3 groups for varying skill levels. If you haven't ridden Lincoln Woods in a while you should come check it out. The post ride beers and conversation are probably as good as the riding!


The Gnar Weasels are now coming to Diamond Hill! Yeah, you likely knew that already but it's worth mentioning that the race has been moved to the very local DH trails. This is guaranteed to be a tough old school mtb race. Bring your climbing legs, and a your tech skills, to town on July 5th! Bike reg link is here.

Speaking of Diamond Hill, did you know there is a Summer MTB bike camp? Well, there is, and it's sure to be a good time. Info can be found here, and here. Check it out!

Sale info:

For the rest of the month of June pick up some Endura and Kali gear at 20% off!!! Anything in stock is game, just mention the blog post or that you saw it on Facebook.

Demo bikes on sale!

2014 SALSA Mukluk 2, Large: Was $3,000 - now $2200!





2014 SALSA Horsethief 2 Demo, Medium: Was $3300, now $2,000!


And......... in case you missed it and you've been wanting a Salsa El Mariachi:




Oh, and the shop has one of these in large for you to demo:  I'm calling it Uncle Bucksaw in honor of one of the best movies ever made by one of the best comic actors, ever. Large and in charge if ever there was such a thing.


 




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LINCOLN WOODS FUN RIDE 2014! End of Season Sale Bikes!

As you can see, the Fun Ride is serious business again this year. We at RI NEMBA, and the shop, seriously hope you bring food for the RI Food Bank. We also hope you have a seriously awesome wicked good time. Don't be a fool, bring some food!

Directions:

Take route 146 to the Breakneck Hill Road exit (AKA rte 123). Head East (that's away from where the sun sets, towards where it rises)! After you pass the Jehovah's Witness Church the entrance is on your right. Go through the covered bridge and hang a right, you'll figure it out from there.

Registration is from 9-12. Chili, hot dogs and beverages to follow. Bring a helmet, a bike and an appetite!

Rumor has it that the fine folks from NBX bikes will be there with a bunch of demo bikes. Foolproof brewing will be supplying the beverages and Stacy will once again be cooking up a ton of chili. Hot dogs will be cooked, bikes will be ridden, mistakes will be made and everyone will have fun. Seriously.

Other Stuff:

Ah yes, the other stuff... There are still a few bikes that need to get out into the wild this season. Peruse the list below and give the shop a call if anything strikes your fancy! All of the bikes below are guaranteed to make you super cool. Way cooler than that time the Fonz jumped that unicorn over Snake River Canyon. I'm serious, they are that cool.

2014 Salsa El Mariachi 3. Size medium.

MSRP $1700 - On sale for $1200. Seriously, buy this poor bike. It's begging to be ridden.


2014 Salsa Warbird 3 55cm.

MSRP: $1700 - On sale for $1275! I adore my personal Warbird 2, enough said.


2014 Salsa Spearfish 3, size medium.

MSRP $2750. On sale for $2200!


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
 

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