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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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.

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