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.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays! And, closed for a few days..

Hey all,

We're going to be closed for a few days after the holidays and we'll be open again on 12/30. We already started some reorganizing and the shop should look a little different. Now that we are NOT switching places with Honey Dew we're trying to maximize the space we have for the next year or so, or until the move does take place. The new layout should free up some space and help make things run smoother around the shop.

Once the dust has settled we're going to hammer out a winter repair class schedule. We're going to offer some free repair classes over the course of January and February, starting with the basics and moving into some more advanced wrenching as we progress deeper into the icy season. The emphasis will be on practical repairs to help get you riding again should something bad happen out on the road, path or trail.

Anyways, have a happy holiday and a safe new year!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Lincoln Woods Fun Ride is canceled!

Finally getting around to posting this here. The ride is off due to the rain and temperature up swing tomorrow. The potential to completely wreck the trails for the rest of the winter is the main reason we called it off. That, and no one really wants to ride in a cold rain. And who can blame them.

There is no immediate rain date (the 19th was too close to the holidays) but we are going to look into an event in the early season before the park is officially "open". It sucks to have to cancel but it's the right thing to do. We are still collecting food at the shop as are most (if not all) of the bike shops in RI. When you visit your favorite shop please bring some canned goods or other non-perishable food items! We'll be accepting food until the end of next week.

Depending on the weather this winter Mike and I (and some fellow LW regulars) will likely hold a show and go ride at the park. While it won't have all the bells and whistles of an official fun ride it will be fun. We'll probably host a little after ride get together at the shop with beverages and grilled meats. Let's hope for some nice frozen hard packed singletrack this winter! The last week or so has been great, we just apparently have some lousy luck...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Winter Fun Ride, it's that time of year again!

Howdy folks,

It's high time I mentioned the annual Lincoln Woods Fun Ride. This year's ride will take place on 12/12 at Lincoln Woods State Park, registration will be from 9 - 11:30. The permits are in, a bunch of lines have been leaf-blown and the route is taking shape in our tiny little minds. As per usual there will post ride chili, burgers and hot dogs. There is NO cost to attend and ride, we simply ask that you bring some canned goods for the RI Community Food Bank. Also, please note that the aforementioned post ride eats will be sold for $1 each to help raise funds for the Food Bank as well.

If you cannot attend the ride but would like to donate canned goods please stop by your local bike shop. Most, if not all, of the local shops have a big blue bin in the store for food collection. Any non-perishable food will work!

If you bring a couple of food items (snacky cakes, cheezy poofs, soup, etc.) in to the shop we'll hook you up with a nice discount, some friendly advice and we'll even let pet the shop dog! How awesome is that??!

In other Fun Ride related news we may have a few of the Rocky Mountain demo bikes available for test rides, assuming they aren't sold by then. If the shiny new Paradox is still here it should be around to be ogled and fondled as well.

If you have any questions about the ride swing by the shop or give us a call!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Got Twin Six?

If not, no worries. We've got you covered! We just received our 2011 Twin Six threads today and they look pretty darn nice. These jerseys, and T shirts, make great holiday gifts for the stylin' rider in your life. We also still have good stock in Endura winter clothing (merino training caps, booties, gloves, jackets etc.).

Stop in and check out the new stuff or just swing in to drop off some canned goods (or other non perishable food items) for the annual RI NEMBA Winter Warmer Fun Ride. Mark your calendars because this year's ride is going down on 12/12. All the local shops were given a big ass blue bin to fill with food courtesy of RI NEMBA. Feel free to help us fill ours!

This years ride will be laid out by Mike and myself and will feature ~ 10 - 12 miles of singletrack out at Lincoln Woods. Post ride chili, burgers and dogs will be there for you when you get back. We're also collecting food items the day of the ride. Even if you can't make the ride but you find yourself in the vicinity the day of the event please consider dropping some items off at the registration table.

Also, don't forget that our Monday night bike path rides are ongoing! Join us for a 15 mph spin up the Blackstone Bikeway. Road, 'cross or fixed gear bikes are encouraged but MTBs are cool too as long as the pace is cool with you.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Karate Monkey!

I couldn't resist the new Karate Monkey frameset, I just couldn't do it. I tried and all, but it's been a year since I sold my '03 and it was time. So, we brought in a complete 2011 Karate Monkey in the 18" variety, and I bought a frame and fork. Ride #1 was last night down at Big River before the RI NEMBA meeting. I had almost forgotten how much fun these bikes were to ride. The memory came back about 1 minute into the ride flowing down DNA trail. Like most Surlys it rides like a bike, nice and neutral and all around fun to ride! Swing by and check out the in stock complete and if it tickles your fancy we'll let you buy it, or we'll order you one in your size. Whatever works for you. See you then.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

We are all softies, the lot of us!

Seriously, this looks a cross between the UK Tough Guy race and something possibly more awful. I don't want to hear anyone complain about a 'cross course being too hard ever again. Check out the guy on the proto-29er.

The best part about this video is that, given the timeless cycling attire, at the beginning I wasn't so sure that I wasn't viewing some sort of rural hipster get together held last weekend within riding distance of Brooklyn, San Francisco, Providence or Portland. (I'm just kidding, don't get your tight pants all in a bunch).

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Weekly Late Fall and Winter Night Rides - Bikepath and Trail

Hey there! You may have seen this and thought "who is stupid enough to ride in the cold weather?". Or, maybe you're a die hard rider who will ride in pretty much any weather and you detest riding a trainer. Either way you're welcome to join us for some regularly scheduled night rides during the colder months. We're going to host rides on the local bike path as well as delve into some of the local trails here in the Lincoln area.

If you're looking for a reason to ride outdoors when the temps are low, the bugs are gone and the masses are warm and cozy inside (and not encumbering forward momentum on the bike path) then maybe this ride is it! Riding alone in the cold sucks, riding with other people dumb enough to freeze their butts off doesn't. It's just that simple.

If you need some durable and warm riding gear we can help you out. We carry Endura cycling gear and they happen to produce some of the nicest technical clothing on the market. We currently have their Dexter Windproof Glove, Singletrack pants, Techpant Overtrousers, Gridlock jackets, booties, wool training caps, and assorted tights and baselayers. We also have decent stock of Pace arm and legwarmers as well. The Singletrack pants are perfect for those real cold woods rides and make or stellar commuter garb as well. I'm actually itching for some cold weather to check them out for real.

If you need a helmet (and you do to ride with us. Sorry, you may think you look cool riding without one but you just look dumb and a lot like a future tragic head wound victim).... We have a bunch of Kali Amara helmets on sale for $59 while supplies last (retail is $80)! Our resident helmet model below shows us all just how cool you can look in one of the Amaras.

Below you will find all the details, the when the where and what to bring.

Monday Night Bike Path Rides:

These rides will start on Monday, November 1st. Bring a bike (duh), a light, a helmet and weather appropriate clothes. The pace will be fairly casual, topping out at ~ 15 mph. We'll ride to Woonsocket and back to the shop for some cold drinks, (or hot beverages from Honey Dew - your choice). We'll leave the shop at 6:15 with the intention of returning before 8:00. Too much snow and or ice on the path cancels. If it rains/snows on Mondays we'll ride on Tuesdays.

Wednesday Night Trail Rides:

These will start on Wednesday, December 8th. This ride leaves from the shop at 6:15 and hits local trails for up to two hours returning to the shop by 8:00 for post ride beverages. Lights powerful enough for trail riding at night are a MUST, as is a helmet, warm enough riding clothes and a mountain bike! A rear blinky light is a good idea as we will be on the road for a short stretch as well.

If the weather looks questionable be sure to call the shop. Hope to see you out there!

Here are some pics of Mike sporting the stylin' new Endura stuff:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rocky Mountain Demo Bike Sale!! (Some new bikes too)

So, we find ourselves in possession of a handful of really, really nice demo bikes that need to find a new home. The Rocky Mountain Altitude 29er and the Altitude 50s below made the rounds at the NEMBA MBAS rides this year. Each bike has under a dozen rides on it. All of them have been tuned up here at the shop and are ready to get under your ass out onto your local trails. Stop by the shop , or call, email or send smoke signals for more info.

18 and 19 inch 2010 Altitude 50. The Altitude 50 is a great 5.5 inch travel enduro/all mountain bike. I've been riding one of these all season and I like it enough to keep it for next year as well.

These retail for $3500, you can snag yourself one for $2000. I don't think I need to do the math for you, it's what is known as a "good deal".

18 inch 2010 Altitude 29er. Mike rode one of these all year and is holding onto his for next season if that tells you anything about this rig. These retail for $4000, you can pick this one up for $2600.


2010 Rocky Mountain Vertex 29 SE, size 20.5. MSRP is $2600, we're asking $2100.

2010 Rocky Mountain Element 10, size 18. Retail is $2000, we're asking $1500.

2010 KHS Alite 2000. Retail is 1100, we're asking $850.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ronde de Rhody and NEMBA Fest!

Man, I gotta get some pics from NEMBA Fest. Photo evidence or not, it to say it was a really good time! The long loop was great and it started with a beautiful mix of fast and swoopy singletrack that turned into a nice long technical bony challenge around mile 14. One of the rock staircases was rough enough to knock Joe H's Brooklyn bottle cap off his You are What You Drink headset cap... After the ride we scarfed down some BBQ and beers and headed back to RI thinking that we might not have the energy for yesterday's on/off road tour of RI known as the Ronde de Rhody.

Waking up at 8:00 on Monday was a bit rough but the weather looked promising so we met up with 20 or so other riders at the RI State House and headed out on one really fun, and really unique, tour of the greater Providence area. The route included some out of the way spaces like the old railroad bridge that spans Interstate 95, some trail at Roger Williams Park and the abandoned stretch of old route 195. This ride was maybe best ridden on a 'cross bike (or a road bike with fatter tires) but everyone who rode it, regardless of the bike, had a great time. We unfortunately had to skip a few miles to make the time cut, but it was for great reason as there was great food and drinks awaiting us at McFaddens in Providence. Eric Weis, the ride leader/coordinator, passed out swag and also held an auction full of great prizes from Thule, Thomson, Princeton Tec, Ryders, etc.. This was my second ride on my Hutchinson Bulldog cyclocross tires set up tubeless. They were a blast the other night at Chase at real low pressures and they held up just fine over the varied terrain yesterday.

Anyways, I bored everyone with too many words in the last post. Here are some pics from yesterday's ride:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Catching up and NEMBAFEST 2010!

After catching our collective breathe post Big River Fun Ride we found ourselves deluged with service work and some pretty good days here at the shop. Now that the weather is craptacular I find myself with some time to type and recap, as well as announce a few things of importance to local cyclists.

The 2nd annual Tour De Big River came and went, and all we heard was that this was one of the better rides most of the riders had participated in, ever. While there were a few casualties along the way the loops were fantastic and the volunteer army that is RI NEMBA pulled off a pretty damn amazing event. After two rides (one just to "ride", and the other to pull down arrows) we were pretty cooked. Speaking of cooked, the multitude of hot dogs consumed between outings proved to be just the ticket to keep the engine stoked, and the spirits high, through two flats and a ton of pine sap laden arrows. A couple of folks also test rode Rocky Mountain Altitudes and an Element or two and came back with some positive reviews which was nice to hear.

On the subject of Canadian bike companies we're really happy to announce that we are now a stocking Banshee bikes dealer! This is pretty sweet and we'll have bikes in as early as next week with local ripper Anthony K rockin' a Rune. Watch out for this BMX guy turned mountain biker...
Some other guy will be riding a nicely appointed Paradox as well, though he's getting old and slow so no need to watch out there.

Unfortunately the new bikes won't be here in time for NEMBAFEST but we'll be up there on Sunday with Kevin from Rocky helping to get the Rocky Mountains out in the woods, and hopefully partaking in another long ride at a great trail system NH. If you've never been to NEMBAFEST, or you've just never been to Bear Brook, get yourself up there for at least one of the days! The list of demos and supporters is huge and the loops are a blast with a great mix of classic flowy singletrack and technical riding.

In more local news, the NBX cyclocross training races have already started. What this means is you need to get down to Wakefield, RI on Wednesday nights for some CX racing, swag and a good excuse to ride your bike in the middle of the week. Matt's training races (and I use the term race loosely, this is a go at your own pace kind of thing) are the perfect venue for anyone interested in trying 'cross and a great workout for the seasoned racer. Expect to see us down there often, and hopefully my Redline will be sporting a new tubeless setup after this coming weekend. We're pretty interested to get some first hand experience with this setup. More traction sounds pretty awesome to me... On that note if you need some new kicks for your 'cross bike swing by and relieve us of our cyclocross tire collection! We've got some Small Block Eights, Crosswolfs, Speedkings, Excavaders and they're all on sale and looking for a good home. Our 2009 KHS CX200 also needs a good home. Come snag it for $900 and go race your face off, OK?

Speaking of racing bikes there's some big 'cross race thing happening in Providence this coming Saturday and Sunday. If you're up at the ass crack of dawn and find yourself at Roger Williams Park in Providence on Saturday morning (and you look real closely) you might, might see either Mike or myself flailing around like a cracked out monkey performing a piss poor rendition of cyclocrossing. That will be one us, proudly putting the amateur in amateur bike racing. But,then, like most normal humans, you likely have far better things to do than race, or attend said race, at 8:00 AM on a Saturday. At least I hope you do anyways. The chances of either of us actually racing are slim but who knows, maybe one of us will find the urge to suffer before breakfast.

I know this post is getting long but since we were talking tires earlier, I need to let it be known that my new favorite all 'rounder in the woods has to be the Maxxis Ardent. It could be that I've been fighting forward momentum all year on these classic standby aggressive NE tire and anything would feel great - including a set of bald Velociraptors. But I'm going with my gut on this and it says that the Ardents rule.

That about wraps this post up, on the horizon expect to see a schedule for our fall and winter free repair classes. News about the impending December 2010 Lincoln Woods Fun Ride and RI Food Bank Fundraiser (what's this, the third or fourth year? I've lost count...), and night rides. We'll be riding in the dark and scary woods and on the path all winter (snow cover permitting) and we'd like to have some company. We've got lights in the shop, and winter riding gear from Endura will be rolling in relatively shortly. Sure, you can hang out at the gym and ride a trainer all winter long, but we humans love a challenge and some real miles in the darkest days go a looong way come those first happy sunny weather days in the springtime. Just keep pedaling and repeat after me; "The night time is the right time, the night time is the right time"....

Saturday, September 25, 2010

New hours!!


After some serious number crunchin' and deliberatin' we done decided to be closed on Sundays and open Mondays from 12-6. Sundays have mostly consisted of us staring at the walls, catching up on busy work and changing a few flats. That, and the fact that we have been busier on Mondays when we were supposed to be closed, prompted the change.

Also, in case you were looking for something fun to do on your mountain bike tomorrow, the 2nd annual RI NEMBA Tour de Big River is taking place this Sunday, September 26th. There will be arrowed loops for all ability levels, demo bikes courtesy of Rocky Mountain Bicycles and Niner bikes as well as post ride burgers, dogs and wings. Registration runs from 9-11 AM, click on the link above for more info like directions and ride distances, etc. Hope to see you out on the trails!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

NEMBA MBAS Ride Report - Foxboro 9/19

So, we went to the NEMBA Foxboro MBAS ride on Sunday and all we came back with were some pictures... If we weren't having so much riding we might have stopped to take some out on the trail. The weather and trail conditions were great, and the loops that the SE MA NEMBA crew laid out were a perfect mix of the trails and terrain in the forest. We rode with a few folks from RI and hit all of the intermediate loop with some "hero" sections and a custom route back to the event HQ. The post ride BBQ was, as always, excellent and was the perfect afternoon snack. A whole bunch of people checked out the Rocky Mountain demo bikes and got a chance to try them out on the trail (the best way to demo a bike for sure). Overall it was an awesome event and we're looking forward to hitting the trail at the RI NEMBA Tour De' Big River next Sunday. Below are a few pictures from the event.

The Rocky tent:

The BBQ Master:

The yellowest bike you've ever seen:

Bart's Banshee Paradox (expect to see one in the shop by year end):

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Come ride a Rocky Mountain and eat some sweet BBQ!

Be sure to head over to Foxboro, MA this Sunday for round number eight of the 2010 NEMBA MBAS ride series. We're going to be there helping out with the Rocky Mountain demos and of course riding some of the trails in the forest. It looks like there will be a few Altitude 29ers, Altitude 50s (26er), the Element 50 we have in the shop and a couple of road bikes as well. This ride was a blast last year and if you have never been to Foxboro you need to go and check it out. It's a great place to ride roughly 30 minutes north of Providence. The SE MA NEMBA gang did a great job plannign the loops last year, and the BBQ courtesy of Harpoon brewer Jamie Schier (and family + friends) is excellent and not to be missed.

In case anyone out there is wondering, our Tuesday night NEMBA ride at Lincoln Woods is still happening. We're now meeting at the park at 5:30, be ready to ride as close to 5:30 as possible! Call the shop for details regarding parking if needed but we are meeting in the same double lot we used for the last few years (the one nearest to the Twin River road entrance). We'll ride until the lack of daylight catches up to us, then we may switch over to night riding in Foxboro or somewhere else nearby.

Speaking of night riding we just received some of the affordable lights from Serfas. We snagged a few of the TSL-250 and TSL-150 lights. They are both USB chargeable, come with helmet and bar mounts and are self contained lights with no battery cables to worry about. I rode home with the TSL-150 model last night and it's a true 150 lumen light with a flash mode, as well as three steady beam modes in varying intensities. The 150 lumen light retails for $100, the 250 lumen model is $130.

In other shop related news we're having a sale until the end of the month. 10-20% off most bikes, 10-15% off all cyclocross tires and 10% off all Twin Six and other assorted T Shirts.

For a list of sale bikes click here!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Trail Work Day in Burlingame 9/11!

We just received the below transmission from planet Burlingame, direct from the Czar of Burlingame... Lennon Schroeder:

Hi all,

If you haven't responded and think you are able, please come out! It
is a great day and we do a great deal to help the park.

It also goes a long way in keeping good relations with the AMC.

If you want to come at an odd time, take my cell phone # and call me
on your way in, so I can direct you to one of our work sites:

There is free camping for helpers Friday and Saturday night, but
please tell me if you are camping so I can let the park know.

Along with the camping, there is a pot luck dinner with the AMC
Saturday evening at 5:00. Myself and a couple of others plan on
camping and attending the Pot Luck.

We are going to try to put together a ride after the work, so bring a
bike, if you are interested in that.

No tools are needed, but if you have a cordless drill or hammer, you
might toss them in the car, just in case.

WE MEET AT SITE 492 AT 9:00 A.M.

***Be sure to go to the campground entrance, which is about 2 miles
past the Picnic Area (beach) exit, on Rt. 1 South.***

I hope you can make it, it really is a great day!



Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fasty McNasty

Here's some seedy, low down and dirty bicycle pictures for the more XC racer types out there.

We're heading on down to the wilds of Big River tonight to have some fun riding this beautiful and purposely built go-fast bike. It's been a while since I've been on something so unabashedly XC oriented. Mike and I had the chance to ride the Team version of the Element last year and it's enough to make me want one simply so I can ride less and still go faster. It's that quick, and it's fun to ride in an ass up, head down kinda way.

Speaking of Rocky Mountains it looks like the demo mobile will be making it's way to the NEMBA MBAS ride at Foxboro on 9/19. Mike and I will be there as well, riding and helping out with the demos. There will be quite the spread with some Altitude 29ers, Altitude 50s (26er), the Element seen above and various others including a road bike or two. These same bikes are likely to make an appearance at the Big River Fun Ride a week later so if you miss one ride you can check them out at the other.

In other exciting news we're having a big ass sale this month! Up to 20% off all bikes in stock. This means 'cross bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, etc.. you get the picture. We're also doing 10% off all higher end tires ($40 or more) and we have a bunch of 'cross tires and MTB tires kicking around so come help us clear 'em out, OK?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Three weeks!!??!

Yeah, I know. We're seriously slacking with regard to our interweb communique responsibilities. Three weeks is weak. But.... we did want as many people as possible to see the last post and this being a blog I needed to leave it at the top of the page for as long as possible. It seems to have worked out as quite a few folks did see the post, as well as Joe Hozempa's request for support via Facebook. And thanks to his efforts, and the generosity of local cyclists, the Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland has some more funds to help support this fledgling program.

As well as providing wrench support Mike and I have been riding with the group at Chase Farm the last two weeks. We had some plans for tomorrow but the lousy weather led to the ride being called off. I managed to snap a few pics of the kids at Chase, and Bill Boles of NEMBA/Dirtrag fame took some photos last week as well. Hopefully those surface on the NEMBA page soon so we can share them here as well.

Maybe not the best pics but I was riding so cut me some slack...

Below photo courtesy of Bill Boles:

On the mountain bike front there are a bunch of notable things going on in our area. The 2nd Annual Tour de Big River is coming up on September 26th. Last years event was a blast and featured many of the best trails Big River has to offer. Be sure to hook up with some locals to add on some fun trails not featured on the official loop.

Just over the border in Massachusetts, on September 19th, NEMBA is hosting one of their super popular MBAS ride at Foxboro State Forest in, you guessed it, Foxboro. If you live in RI but have never ridden Foxboro, go to this ride. In fact I'm commanding you to head up there and ride. It's a great place with all the rocky and techy singletrack you could ever wish for and the post ride BBQ courtesy of Harpoon brewing superhero Jamie Schier is downright amazing.

While we're talking about riding bikes in the woods it's worth noting that our weekly NEMBA ride will begin meeting at Lincoln Woods starting next week, 8/31. Plan on being ready to ride at 6:00 sharp. This way we can eke out a bit more riding before it gets dark. We'll meet near the Twin River road entrance, take a right when you enter the park and head down to the double parking lot on the left. If you get to the beach you went too far. We should be able to ride Lincoln Woods for a few more weeks before having to make alternate plans (night rides in Foxboro anyone?). I'm going to see if we can get the OK to night ride on the trails behind N. Cumberland Middle School over the winter months. From what I hear the town is very pro-trail, hence all the trail building going on at Diamond Hill, so here's to hoping we get the thumbs up.

And, last but not least, we are going to host a no drop beginner ride at Lincoln Woods at some point in October. The ride will likely take place on a Sunday morning, and the idea is to show people around the park at a mellow pace. Details will likely be posted soon with a rain date planned for as well.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Northern RI Kids Summer Mountain Biking Program!

Thanks to the Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland and Lincoln, and RI NEMBA's Chris Nichols, we now have a local mountain biking program for kids in our area. Needless to say we're pretty psyched to see this come about and we're more than happy to lend a hand. Getting more kids outside, away from TV land, and into the woods is always a great idea and it's nice to see some local folks working together to make it happen.

More info on the program from the Boys and Girls Club site:

Summer Mountain Biking Program

Action sports are a great alternative to the typical recreation program. It is our hope that the Summer Mountain Biking Program will be the first of many of its kind. In association with Chris Nichols (Vice President of the Cumberland chapter of the New England Mountain Biking Association ) we will offer both intermediate and advanced levels. Participants will receive instruction in bike maintenance, trail blazing and safe riding habits all in an environment based upon strong teamwork. Volunteers from NEMBA’s Explorers Program will assist Chris as guides and help provide a safe riding experience. The program will run for a total of 10 sessions on Tuesdays August 3rd - 24th and Saturdays once school is near starting August 28th and going until Saturday October 2nd. Our program leads up to the Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day event that Chris is holding as a fundraiser Saturday October 2nd.

Important details

Program Fee: $25

Intermediate Co-ed division is intended for 9-11 years old, exceptions are a possibility.

Advanced Co-ed division is intended for 12 to 14 years old, exceptions are a possibility.

Location: There are various trails in the Cumberland/Lincoln and Southern Massachusetts area that we will ride. We will provide a trailer for transportation if needed and a week to week schedule when the program starts, Diamond Hill is an example.

Times: Each time we meet will be an hour and a half long. Intermediate group will meet from 9:00-10:30 and the Advanced group will meet 10:30-12:00.

For any additional information please email Evan Hanson at evanh@bgccl.org

Monday, July 12, 2010

Mike went to Highland...

And he didn't take any pictures, that I know of, so you get to read this update instead. People riding big old squishy fun time bikes and jumping off of stuff and having a good time would be a fun thing to read about, right? Right. Well, buckle up and get ready for all that type of stuff to decidedly not happen in this post. You get hot and dusty dirt road riding and other cyclocross bike related stuff for now. Sounds like a blast. Let's go!

On that note, if you're into racing 'cross or you just feel vexed by front derailleurs in general then check out the Paul Components Chainkeeper. Mike installed one on his personal 'cross bike and it works! Who would've thought something called the Chainkeeper could do just that? This device really doesn't do anything more than a Third Eye Chain Watcher and a bash can do, but it's lighter than said combo and looks about one million percent more elegant. And it's made in the USA by a guy who rides. Did I mention it just looks pretty darn nice to boot?

We also picked up a leftover medium 2009 KHS CX 200. It's pretty sharp and would make a great starter racer, or a super nice commuter/dirt road rider for someone out there. This bike listed for $1400 last year, we'd like $950. Tell your friends. No really, if you know someone looking for a 'cross bike for short money run out into the streets and shout it out loud! Or, just call them or text them or something quieter like that. That's probably a better idea as you don't risk getting run over by a bus, and they'll likely get the message.

Ok, now for the part we've all been waiting for. The hot as hell dirt road riding segment of our program! Woohoo. I won't bore you anymore than is absolutely necessary I promise. I revisited a beautiful part of the state of RI today when I went out to George Washington State Forest. Yeah, I know it's far from Providence. It's even farther from Cranston. You'll get over it. I wanted to torture myself with a MTB ride on the Walkabout Trail again, but I didn't really have 4+ hours to kill so I grabbed my Redline Conquest Pro and planned to ride for 2-3 hours on the fire roads and double track. As it turns out this wasn't the worst plan I've had. Having a decent handle on the network of dirt roads out in this neck of the woods (thanks to a suffer fest of a ride 2 years ago that involved some serious lostness on my part) I planned for 3 hours at worst 2.5 if I did right. I figured the Turkey Vultures would clean up if I did it all wrong.

So, it was hot and it was dusty and the conditions on the dirt roads ranged from hard pack to real nasty deep sand at all the wrong times (long descents), and there were some long sections of fist size loose rocks. It basically felt like a long power line ride on a mountain bike without the super steep climbs. I managed to do it really right and found a super fun and long rolling descent on a stretch of road in great condition. I didn't stop to take too many pictures as the horseflies were the size of small children and they were relentless in their pursuit of my blood. Seriously, those things are scary and will mess you up. Just ask Mike why he looked like a lopsided Popeye last weekend, it wasn't all those one armed pushups.

Just a quick note, the Tuesday night NEMBA ride is still going on until we run out of daylight! The Advanced/Intermediate pace slackens a bit when the weather doesn't cooperate, like when it rains a bit or it's 50000 degrees.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

On the trail again

Local mountain biker type guy Joe H. managed to break himself another bike... So we fixed him up with a new whip in the form of this sweet black and blue combo Redline Monocog Flight frame and Surly Karate Monkey fork (an appropriate color scheme given his bicycle abusing track record). It turned out pretty nicely and should be up to the frame detonating riding he seems to dish out. At least we hope so anyways.

Speaking of bikes, we have a slew of Banshee bikes in the shop right about now (a Spitfire, Rampant, Scythe, Wildcard and something else I can't remember right now) . If you feel like checking them out then by all means swing by and arrange to demo one. While we aren't a Banshee dealer we are operating as a um, liquidator, if you will for the old Banshee rep. These are all demo bikes and they were ridden so, you guessed it, this is a good chance to snag a great deal on some nice bikes for all your aggressive riding needs.

I'd hold out for a 2011 Rocky Mountain Slayer but hey, that's just me... Speaking of Rockys we should have some 'cross bikes in the shop for demo rides as well. We'd really like to turn some of you mountain biker only type folks to the dark side of riding more than one type of bicycle. I know, it's scary stuff. With that in mind a 'cross bike is like a small step towards being a well rounded cyclist, not to mention it allows you to try something new related to bikes. And, I'm assuming you dig bikes if you've read this far. Good for you. Thats step one. Step two is realizing there's more tricks in the bag. And besides, we really want to keep the Tuesday night rides rolling through the fall the winter months. 'Cross bike (or fixed gear) rides on the bike path, and over at Lincoln Woods, are a great excuse to ride in the cold and drink beer afterward. We won't even mention actually racing 'cross. Baby steps, remember?

Now for some pictures of Joe's Redline. It looks nice.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Borderland; AKA Boulderland... and some NEMBA ride news.

Mike L, Jeff, Frate and myself hit up Borderland State Park in Easton, MA on Monday for some hot and rocky riding. For a small park this place packs plenty of techy NE riding in spades. I'd try to recommend some standout trails but really they are all great fun to ride, with the NEMBA trail showcasing the talents of the local trail builders in the SE MA area. The long rock armored section of the trail is one of the most fun features to ride in the park.

Other standouts include the aptly Granite Hills trail and the Split Rock trail. We spent around 3 hours out there and managed to completely drain our Camelbacks and eat all of our food, and we only had one crash. Frate was really digging the Altitude 29er and crushed some of the technical climbs and longer rock gardens. Big wheel bikes do perform well in Borderland due to all the gaps and techy rock gardens. The rocks in Borderland are generally pretty grippy, and even with some humidity sticking around in the woods the traction was really good. This ain't Lincoln Woods with it's icy slick green hued rocks of doom. More like Foxboro but with more rocks in the trail than dirt.

The RI NEMBA Arcadia ride series starts this coming Sunday down at the Browning Mill lot at 9 AM. Beginner to advanced welcome, figure on a 2-3 hour tour of the trails in Arcadia courtesy of the nice folks in RI NEMBA.

Don't forget that every RI NEMBA ride you attend (including our Tuesday night ride) enters you into the NEMBA raffle for a Moots, as well as the RI NEMBA raffle for whatever bike it is that Peter chooses (likely a SS 29er). Just remember to sign and date your NEMBA waivers and you're all set.

Speaking of 29ers, and Singlespeeds, we find ourselves with a couple of each. The deal of the bunch is a really nice 2008 KHS Solo One Se (Verus HT tubing and disc ready frame/hubs) for $625. We still have two Redline D660s left as well.

Rumor is we may have some Rocky Mountain 'cross bikes in the shop for demo come the next few weeks. If you have yet to ride a 'cross bike in the woods swing by and take one for a test ride over at Chase Farm or Lincoln Woods. I could go on and on about the benefits of choosing a 'cross bike over a road bike as your only "skinny tire" bike but I'll save it for later...


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