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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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...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Big Rivah! And some tasty BBQ and bikestuff...








A lot transpired in the last week or so since the last transmission from planet Blackstone. One half of the shop made the trip "all the way" up to the Redbones Bike Party in Somerville. This event was a blast with a ton of bike minded people of every ilk and vice imaginable making an appearance. It was great to see so many familiar NEMBA folks and a host of others in attendance. The raffle prizes were ridiculous; an ANT bikes complete bike, a $500 gift certificate from Geekhouse bikes, Highland Mountain Bike Park prize packs and a whole lot more. The good folks at Harpoon were there to compliment the super awesome Redbones BBQ. Check out the pics from the event, you might see a few people you know here and there. Consider heading up to this event next year as it is a great time, and it is one of the few events where all kinds of cyclists come together in one spot for a few good causes (Massbike and NEMBA).

Now on to the Big River segment of this report... Mike Iafrate, myself and Mike Leblanc headed down to Big River yesterday for some hardtail 29er riding in the hot sun. We rode from the Big Pickle out to I see dead people and Elephant before stopping atop the ridge for some sweet and salty treats. Thanks for the food stuffs! Next time we head to Big River we'll replenish the snacks we hastily scarfed down before hitting up the Burnt Sawmill side of things. The rest of the ride was fun and the post ride burritos at Cilantro were even better. Ride to eat, or something like that...

Friday, June 4, 2010

Seriously? 'Cross bike babble in June?

Yeah, so, we're sorry about this. Not to sound too much like the non-stop cyclocross daydreamer that is Gewilli, but I just took receipt of a new Redline Conquest Pro and I felt compelled to post a few words about it here. I'll try to keep this brief so we can all go back to our regularly scheduled summertime cycling escapades.

Simply put this is the nicest 'cross bike someone such as myself should be allowed to ride. One as ill equipped in the fitness department as I am should probably be relegated to singlespeed 'cross bikes (for the convenient poor performance excuses), or really low end bikes that can handle stupid human tricks. That said the first few outings on the Conquest Pro involved plenty of dirt, some mountain biking inspired stupidity and some real random "trails" north of the shop in the vicinity of Cumberland and Manville.

The bike comes with some tubeless ready Hutchinson Bulldog 34s that are pretty comfy even with tubes, and they sport a nice wide footprint with some well spaced knobs. These are rolling on some frighteningly light (for me) Alex wheels that make me feel legitimately fast. Notice that the word fast is in italics, that's how fast I thought I was going! The tricks that technology can play on our feeble minds, eh?

Here are some pics of the bike, notice that I took the in line levers off and added the Harpoon bottle cap. This was to satisfy Mike and Jim Grimley, for making fun of me for even considering keeping the levers. You may be wondering just how that Harpoon cap is stuck on there. I'll tell you how; it's magic . That, or it was the Niner "You are What You Drink" top cap I installed. I can't be sure though. We have a couple in stock so if you feel the need to share your affinity for a specific brand of beer swing by and grab one. Sorry, screw tops don't work so well though they can be jerry rigged to work. All the more reason to try some good beer anyway! There's magic all up in the good beers, trust me on this.



 

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