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

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It can't rain all the time

So yeah, the ride was pretty much a bust. Even Mike didn't want to head out into the nasty weather at 6:00 so I went out solo. I figured things might clear out when I spotted the western edge of the storm and saw a hint of clear sky. About an hour in things improved vastly on the weather front and by the time I was cutting back through Chase Farm things were downright nice. It was one of the few times I've had the park all to myself as it was completely devoid of people and dogs. Pic below courtesy of the magical i phone

Spooky in the shop

Matt Green swung by the other day after the Massasoit Lung Opener with his pimped out Spooky Darkside race bike! Don't hate on the old school set up (I think his stem might be 250mm long) because the boy is fast! He showed off his E-Thirteen XC guide and Edge rims laced to King hubs as well. Tough life, right?

Speaking of tough lives we made the trip up to the always awesome Harpoon Brewery in Boston to pick up 10 cases of IPA and UFO. These fine beers are for the upcoming season of Tuesday night rides. Sorry Leblanc, no PBR... you're on your own! Big thanks to Jessie Cox and Jamie Schier for lookin' out for thirsty mountain bikers in our neck of the woods!

Check out their latest year round offering, a hoppier version of Belgian style Pale Ale.

Not a bad post ride sight to see:

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rootin' Tootin' Shootin'. Or, it's that time of year - again.

Wear your blaze orange kids! Lest you get taken out in the crossfire between the wild turkeys and the hunters. Those birds are crack shots, or so I hear.

From the RI NEMBA folks:

Please note that blaze orange vests are required on Rhode Island state
lands between Sunday April 25 and the last day of May.

So, that's about it. Wear your orange and don't rile the nice DEM officers or the hunters we share the woods with. Pretty simple stuff. Now get out and ride!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Foxboro State Forest Trail Work!!

FYI - South East Massachusetts NEMBA is doing some much needed trail work in Foxboro!

On Sunday April 25, 2010 SEMASS NEMBA will be holding our fourth 2010 Spring Trail Maintenance day in F. Gilbert Hills State Forest in Foxboro.

The projects we are planning to do have been approved by the DCR Park Management.

All volunteers who attend, will be eligible for the TREK BICYCLES drawing held at the end of the season!

The funding for materials we will use for this project are all from the Foxboro MBAS ride we held last summer (2009).

Meeting Location/Sign In:

We will meet at the Mill Street Dirt Parking lot at 8:30 AM across from the headquarters building. There is parking here and next-door at the Foxboro Community Center. Volunteers can come early to sign in and have a cup of coffee care of SEMASS NEMBA.

Start Time: Work will start at 9AM.

Project Over-view: Sunday's work will include work in two separate areas of the park (depending on volunteer turnout). The 1st major trail work site is a 10 minute walk from the Mill Street Parking lot. Our (2) projects include constructing a large bridge on one very wet trail, and a re-route & closure of an eroding portion of trail in a different section of the park. SEMASS NEMBA will provide lunch FREE for all volunteers.

Estimated Project Time:
We expect both projects to take 4+ hours to complete. We may have a group ride after the trail day, but this is weather and or time dependent. Bring your bike & riding clothes JUST IN CASE!

What to Bring/Wear:
Please bring water, work gloves, & bug spray. The bridge work will be in a muddy section of trail, we recommend long pants and work boots.

Weather/Cancellation Notice:

We'll try to work on Sunday regardless of the weather conditions. If inclement weather such as heavy rain or storms come through, please check www.semassnemba.org for updates/cancellations.

Tools: SEMASS NEMBA will provide tools for all of the work being performed. If you have your own personal tools you rather work with, feel free to bring them, but you are responsible for your own property.

For questions, please email: cpatrick@semassnemba.org

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Foxboro, 4/20 Monday Road Trip

A few pics from yesterdays ride in Foxboro with Steve Rossi and Juliana (and trail dog)from the hinterlands of Western Ma. Conditions were near perfect with temps in the 60s. Can't think of a better way to spend Monday morning...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bluff Point trip!

We took a road trip down to the coast of CT for some fast flowy singletrack and plenty of rock garden goodness. We didn't stop to take too many pics but here are a few to whet your appetite for riding...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

KHS 650b Demo bike in the house!

Super KHS rep Derek Griggs dropped off his personal 650 606 and we should have it in the shop until the middle of next week. Swing by and check it out and if it's nice out take it for a spin on the trails over at Lincoln Woods. The bike comes pretty decked out fresh out of the box. SLX, Hayes Hydros, Nevegals (with room to go bigger), an FSA cockpit, WYB Silverado and an X Fusion Velvet R round out the package. Having personally ridden an X Fusion last season I can say it's a pretty nice fork and works well with the 650b wheels. The bike is a medium and sports a fairly long top tube and should work for most folks somewhere between 5'7 and 5'10 tall.*

* That is unless you are built like a monkey or something. In which case we can't help you, though we can sympathize with your plight.

Big River Cleanup and Arcadia Trail Work Day

It's that time of year again. The buds are popping out on the trees, the grass is turning green and the rusty detritus of past human encampment in Big River is just begging to be pulled from it's rest! Guess what that means. It's the 80000th annual Big River Cleanup in West Greenwich, RI.

Swing on down on Saturday morning and work together with other people who, like you, enjoy pulling old tires, refrigerators, lawn mowers, bed springs and beer cans out of the woods. Think of it like American Pickers only with a land stewardship angle.

The message below is from the man with the plan. Mr. RI NEMBA himself, Pete Gengler:

Big River Cleanup is Saturday April 10th, 8:30 at the 6a Park & Ride off 95 in West Greenwich. 5 dumpsters to fill up with crap.


Lots & Lots of trail work to do to fix Arcadia from the flood of 2010!

RI NEMBA is looking for volunteers to clean up Arcadia with AMC.

Sunday April 11th, 9am at the entrance to Frosty Hollow Rd across from the White Church on rt 165.

Go get your trail work on.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

NEMBA ride is finally happening tonight!

I hope so anyways... When I awoke this morning it was sunny and warm like the accu-weather forecast stated late last night. Now it's raining. Way to go local weather people!

If it's pouring the ride is off. If it's just drizzle and/or light rain we ride. Simple enough, right?

Meet at the shop at 5:30 to be ready to ride promptly at 6:00!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Shop Whip

Because we need to ride in style... this is how we roll.


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