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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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.


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