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...

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