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

Facebook page click here.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Holiday closing dates 12/25 + 12/26 and 12/31 and 1/1

Hey all,

Just an FYI - we will be closed on Christmas Day as well as the 26th. We'll be open for the remainder of the week with regular hours.

We'll also be closed on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day!

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Blackstone Bicycles Annual Holiday Party and sale!

Hi all, Hope this year has been as good to you as it has to us! Thanks to seriously kick ass customers we've had a strong season, and a great year all around. This time of year finds us starting a little remodel while building new bikes and looking forward to the 2013 season (after a well deserved break in late January/early February).

Once again we're hosting a Holiday Party, and this years shindig will go down on December 15th between the hours of 2 and 6pm. Feel free to swing by and guzzle our drinks and partake in our pulled pork, chili or whatever other good stuff Stacy decides to make for us all! A vegetarian dish of some sort will also be on the menu, so there you go. Please bring an unwrapped toy to be entered in a raffle for bike gear and accessories! All the toys collected will be donated to Children's Friend as part of their Spirit of Giving Campaign. Clothing such as mittens, gloves, hats etc make great gifts and are very much appreciated as well!

Ahead of, and during, the party we'll also be holding a sale on all of our in stock winter riding gear. That means jackets, pants, tights, booties, training caps, gloves, warmers and socks will be 20% off! Since all of those things are made by Endura you can bet they are absolutely awesome and will last you forever. After today's chilly road ride I'm almost looking forward to some real cold days to put my new gear to the test! All of our Osprey hydration packs will also be %20 off to boot!

In case anyone is wondering about leftover demos.... Well, I'm happy to report that we sold almost all of them. We do, however, have one beautiful full on lean and mean XC racing machine up for grabs. It's a Large 2012 Rocky Mountain Vertex 970 RSL. I use the term "large" loosely here as it weighs in around 23lbs without pedals and you could always make it lighter... $2,400 smackers take this one home (in shop only)!

We also still have the large 2012 Transition Trans AM demo bike complete with a Stan's Flow wheelset (upgraded from the pic below) for $1,900.

And last, but not least, come take home our last 'cross bike. A 54cm Rocky Mountain Solo CX, brand new, not a demo, for $850. That's a good deal right there.

So, how about current and next year's demos? We already have a 2013 Banshee Prime built and ready to demo as well as an Ibis Mojo HD 160 (both size large). Down the road we'll be getting a 650b Rocky Mountain Altitude 750 demo, and we'll also be sporting a 2013 Banshee Rune demo bike in addition to a complete Spitfire on the floor! Pretty cool new bikes for 2013 and we're hoping they all ride as great as we think they will. Or, as we know they do, in the case of the Prime and the Mojo! Oh, yeah, and we're getting another Prime frame in the shop in the next week or so in that nice yellow color that all the cool kids talk about.

That's it. That's all I got. If you want more then swing by the party, help a good cause, maybe win some swag and hang out with like minded bike riding people!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Lincoln Woods Fun Ride November 4th 2012!

Hi folks,

It's been a while but I like to wait until we actually have something to talk about so, on that note, here goes...

The annual Lincoln Woods Fun Ride is happening on 11/4. The rain date it 11/11. Same deal as it always is, bring canned and/or non perishable food items and ride for free! Everyone loves free stuff, right? Flyer for said event is below. All the food and any cash donations go to the RI Community Food Bank so please be generous!
Parking will be the same as years past in the lot by the beach, next to the little cemetery. Registration will run from 9 - 12. Arrows come down by 2:00! Plan accordingly. There will be chili and hot dogs and good tasty treats for after the ride as well. The trails will be leaf blown just before the ride and we'll likely throw in some new stuff this year to keep it interesting and maybe make it a bit longer.


Rte 146 to the Twin River Road exit.
Left off the exit if coming from the South.
Right off the exit ramp if coming from the north.
Drive straight into the park and take a right at the kiosk. The lot is down a few hundred yards on the left, you can't miss it.

In related news the Rocky Mountain demo truck may be there and we hope Mark can make it! We'll likely have a Banshee Prime for folks to drool over as well. And maybe the Surly Pugsley Necromancer to boot!

Speaking of bikes.... we're almost all sold out! Seriously, we still have a few really nice mountain bikes that need a home. Please look into your heart and provide a loving new bike life to one of these fine steeds.

18" Rocky Mountain Altitude 30. Retail is $2600 and we had this listed below for $2125. $1700 takes this bad Larry home!
17" Rocky Mountain Element 930. Retail is $2600 and we had this one listed for $2210. Go hit the trail on it for $1900 will ya?!
19" Rocky Mountain Slayer 50. A personal favorite of mine, and may others, a great bike all around! Retail is $3700 and we had this listed below for $3190. You too can shred the gnar for $2700 dude!
54cm Rocky Mountain Solo CX. Great way to get into 'cross on nice bike cheap! Retail is $1150, we had it on sale for $975. Snatch it up for $900 and go get it dirty at some CX races while there is still time!
Large Transition Trans AM demo. A really solid 29er trail bike and a blast to ride! This one is up for grabs for $2000 and comes with the E Thirteen chainguide, an adjustable height seatpost is an optional upgrade.
But wait, there's more! Union Cycles is hosting a cyclocross training race series right here in Cumberland. If you live in the area and want to give it a whirl this is the perfect opportunity. Races start on 11/23 and run for 4 weeks. We'll be there doing our best not to get lapped. Should be interesting! All of the pertinent info can be found here: Union Velo Cyclocross series That's all for now! I'll be posting about some repair classes in November/December shortly.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cumberland Youth Mountain Biking Program Fall 2012

September 1st kicks off the Cumberland Youth Mountain Biking program in Cumberland, RI!

Instructor Chris Nichols will teach beginner riders how to ride a trail bike with gears, trail riding skills such as proper braking, cornering and descending as well climbing and maneuvering over and around trail obstacles. Bike maintenance, trail stewardship and proper bike and helmet fit will be covered as well.

Classes are $50 dollars for five classes and payment can be made to the Cumberland Parks and Rec office at 1495 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland,or at the start of classes.

*Bike rentals should be made in advance by emailing chrisnichols416@gmail.com.

 Riders should know how to ride a bike and be between the ages of 7 and 14 years old. Helmets and bikes are required!

 Some bikes and helmets are available for rent at an additional one time charge of $15.

The start date is Sept 1st at 11:30 am and classes will run through Oct 6th with no class on Sept 29th.

Program Dates below:

9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, Oct 22

Oct 6 will be our Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day festival so bring the whole family!

In the event that classes, or start times, change you will be notified via email.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Summer Sale Continues!! And, some other news you might want to read about.

So, in case you didn't already know we've been holding an in season sale on all of our in stock bikes. Basically any of the bikes in the shop are 15% off msrp. Not a bad deal.

Anyways, we just received and built some new Rocky Mountains and KHS bikes as well as a beautiful new Banshee Scythe to ride at Highland and Diamond Hill. The Banshee is not for sale but we can, and will gladly, build one just for you.

Some of the standout sale bikes are listed below with the sale prices, just in case math is a problem for you.

2012 Rocky Mountain Altitude 30. Size 18" MSRP: $2500. On sale for $2125.

2012 Rocky Mountain Element 930. Size 17" MSRP: $2600. SOLD

2012 Rocky Mountain Slayer 50. Size 19" MSRP: $3750. SOLD

2012 Rocky Mountain Trailhead 29er. Size 17". MSRP: $1200. SOLD

2012 Surly Karate Monkey sporting our own Ala Carte build. Size 18", or medium.

$1650 - SOLD. Build is below...

Recon Gold 100mm, X9 hubs laced to Stan's Arches, Geax Gato tires, Race Face Evolve crankset, Surly cog, BB7s, Salsa seatpost, WTB saddle, Cane Creek 40 series headset and a Race Face Turbine bar. It's a real nice budget build. One of the original 29ers and one of the best XC hardtails ever made. Period. Not open to debate, sorry.

2012 Rocky Mountain Solo CX. We have a 54cm and a 57cm. MSRP $1150. On sale for $978.

Aside from the above bikes we still have a bunch of KHS Urban X Presses, Brentwoods, Rocky Mountain Soul 29ers and some Rocky Mountain Oxygen 30 and Oxygen 10s in the shop. All are on sale at 15% off as well.

Oh, and we just built this thing for trips to Highland...

 Bike swap info is coming, I swear! We're Just trying to figure out a good date in August or possibly in Sept/Oct...

Friday, June 22, 2012

Summertime! Or, my face is melting off!!

Howdy all,

Hopefully the recent heat wave hasn't completely fried your desire to ride a bike because we're going to run a little in season special on bikes through July 7th.

All of our in stock KHS and Rocky Mountain fitness, road, mountain and cyclocross bikes are 15% off! And, you still get to take 10% off any and all accessories you buy with the bike. Not a bad deal. We have Rocky Mountain Metropolis LHRs, Rocky Mountain Solo CXs, Rocky Mountain Soul 29, Rocky Mountain Flares, KHS Vitamins and KHS Urban Xpresses in stock and ready to go!

All of the fitness, road and cyclocross bikes listed above can double as capable commuters should you feel the urge to ride to the store, work or those backyard BBQs that are on your social calendar this season.

Speaking of rides and social events... We are going to host a bike swap/ride/BBQ here at the shop in August. We're still working on the date but the idea is to hold a swap, ride from the shop to Lincoln Woods for a tour of the trails and then return to the shop for some BBQ. Sound like fun? I hope so.
The swap will be open to all kinds of bikes and bike parts, but we're kinda hoping this swap is heavy on the mountain bike goods so tell your friends!

On the trail riding front we still have quite a few demo bikes available for test rides including the Rocky Mountain Element 950, a Transition Bandit 29 and a Transition Trans AM 29. The IBIS Mojo HD is still here as well! At some point in late summer we will have a Banshee Prime built up and ready for demos - how sweet is that?!

We're also selling our shop fixed gears, soon to be replaced with some nice geared steel road bikes. Mike's All City Big Block is up for grabs as well as my All City Nature Boy for $700 each. Both are of the 55cm variety and are a steal at this price. Think of it as the "bro-deal" you always wanted but never knew how to ask for without coming across like a jerk... Or buy some scavenged junkbox on Craigslist with an Ashtabula crankset and a crappy cog duct taped to a freewheel hub for $500. Whatever...

Pics of said bikes can be found below:

That's it for now, stay cool out there kids!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

News you can use!

Hi all,

It's already May! Insane, isn't it? Seems like it was just yesterday we were getting back down to business here after our winter break... Hopefully you've taken advantage of the dry, warm and generally great weather we've enjoyed in southern New England as of late.

The Monday night Lincoln Woods rides are in full swing.We're still meeting at the covered bridge off of route 123 at 6:00 on Monday nights, and we're able to ride for almost two hours now that the sunset is cooperating with us! The Thursday night Big River ride has now moved to exit 6 (Burnt Sawmill Rd.) and starts at 6:00 these days, just a friendly reminder.

Speaking of Lincoln Woods.... if you ride in there without a helmet well, then, you probably don't need one. Seriously kids! Use your damn brains while you still got 'em. I'm getting tired of seeing people ripping around out there sans protection. Don't get hurt and ruin it for everyone, please. I'm asking nicely, and really, this is nice. What won't be nice is when you're in a coma and you can't hear your friends talking all around you.

Wow, what a bummer... On to positive things below: 

Did you know that May is National Bike Month? Well, it is! Even if every month is bike month for most of us this is the time of year the cycling community collectively asserts itself, and works to get more people safely out there on the road. Recreation and transportation cycling on our roadways is something many folks are interested in but not sure how to get started doing it safely. Luckily for us here in RI we have a great resource in the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition. And, not too surprisingly, they have a bunch of events planned for the month of May including Bike to Work Day on 5/18 in both Providence and Newport. Click here for the latest schedule of events.We like to think the bike below would make for one super duper commuter... Discs, a steel frame with rack and fender mounts and a full Tiagra 10 speed kit for $1099. What's not to love?

Speaking of events, RI NEMBA is holding a trail work day down at Arcadia Management Area in Exeter this coming Saturday, May 5th at 9AM. If you're a mountain biker, or hiker,  and you don't mind getting your hands dirty consider giving back to the trails you love to ride and hike! The work party is meeting at the Browning Mill Pond parking lot, info can be found on the RI NEMBA facebook page.

Don't forget we're still demoing some really nice bikes this season! We currently have an 18.5" Rocky Mountain Element 950, a large Transition Bandit 29 as well as an IBIS Mojo HD in large. All of the above bikes are sporting a height adjustable post as well. If you haven't tried one of these yet, well, now you can kill two birds with one stone.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What happened?!?

We blinked and then it was busy, and then it got really, really busy. Not complaining by any means but if we look like zombies and smell like Tri Flow, well, now you know why!

In other news the Rocky Mountain Element 950 demo bike and the Transition Bandit 29 demo are both built and broken in for your demoing pleasure. Call the shop for details if you would like to take one out. It's worth noting that both of the above bikes sport Rock Shox Reverbs. We can't help it, we're addicted to height adjustable posts!

We also still have a very lonely Surly Karate Monkey in 18" wearing some stunning grey paint as well as some BB7s, Salsa rims and a nice Truvativ Crankset. Someone needs to find it a new happy home out in the woods soon! $950 takes it home.

Our Facebook page has a bunch of pics of the new bikes in stock, including the new Redline Metro Disc, the super affordable Rocky Mountain 29er hardtails and the trail bikes we're rocking this year.

Over and out.

Monday, February 13, 2012

We're back in action!

Last week we came back to work after a nice long break and we're ready to go! Apparently the local riding community is as well judging by the service work and general busyness around the shop. It could be the weather we've enjoyed this winter, or it could be that all the diehards just needed to ride all year round. Whatever the reason, we got you covered in 2012. Here is some pertinent info to check out as we roll into the new riding season.

"The Basics" Free Repair classes:

These are free classes, close to the start of the season (so you don't learn it and forget it), that cover the basics like flat tire repair, drivetrain maintenance, chain repair and basic wheel truing. The idea is to empower you so you can get home should anything (or a few things) go wrong. The classes are FREE and we give a 10% discount on all tools and supplies (tubes, patch kits, lube, etc..) bought after the classes. The dates are March 5th and March 12th, classes start at 6. Basically we'll show you how to do it and then let you practice and ask us questions as you go. Learning by doing is always the best way. Please email the shop to RSVP, space is limited to 4 per class. If need be we can add more dates.

Monday Night NEMBA rides at Lincoln Woods (and possibly beyond Lincoln):

We're going to restart the standing ride at 6:15 at Lincoln Woods, meeting at the Route 123 entrance, on March 19th! Sure, the rides will likely be short at first but it won't be dark at 5:30 so that helps. Be sure to bring lights for the first week or two, a helmet light is required!

We are toying with the idea of moving the ride around when we have the most daylight from late May through July. Details to follow but we are looking at 6:30/6:45 starts in Foxboro, Sutton, Uxbridge, Big River etc...

Wednesday Bike Path rides:

We're going to keep heading out shortly after 6 on Wednesdays for a 20 mile spin along the Blackstone. 16-18 mph pace, this will be a recovery spin for some and a workout for others. No one gets left to the wolves!

New Bikes!

We have some 2012 bikes in stock from Rocky Mountain including a bunch of nice and affordable 29er hardtails, a new Slayer 50 and a few well spec'd and priced 'cross bikes. The new KHS bikes should be here in a few weeks and we're looking at bringing in a Transition 29er as well as some other cool bikes and accessories. The new Rocky hardtail 29ers are a great bang for the buck! Ranging from $600 for the Flare to $1200 for the Trailhead. Sandwiched in between the Soul 29 continues to be a very well spec'd mid level 29er at $800.

We still have one medium 2011 Banshee Paradox left as well. Click here to check out the deal and the bike, or just scroll down the home page for the other sale bikes like the Redline D440 and the Surly Karate Monkey.

We're not just a mountain bike shop:

I know, everyone thinks we only ride in the woods... And, yes, we do really enjoy trail riding in all of it's niches, but we also like road riding, 'cross and commuting and contrary to popular belief we're pretty well rounded cyclists. You'll likely see us continue to concentrate on mountain bikes, and fitness bikes for the bike path, but this year we'd really like to see more people out there riding to work utilizing the infrastructure we have here in RI to get around by bike. On the repair side of things, if it's a bike we can usually fix it. If we can't we'll point you in the right direction.

From long to short commutes we've done it and can help with advice as well as bomber bikes to get you to and fro (the new crop of disc equipped 'cross bikes from Redline are awesome commuter machines!). Gas might hit $5 a gallon but you can save some cash and keep in shape this year with a little effort and the right equipment. Don't be surprised to see commuter friendly bikes in the shop as well as plenty of lights, clothing, racks, flat resistant tires and more. And don't forget to mention if you belong to the RI Bike Coalition, NBW, IMBA or NEMBA as we do offer 10% discounts to members.

Here's to the 2012 riding season, may it be safe and fun for all!.

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