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Bike Ride for Apple Picking (and yes, there is ice cream!)

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - October 7, 2015 - 7:42am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Apple season is well underway, so it's time to bike to Shelburne Farm in Stow to pick (and eat) apples. Starting in Weston, we'll take a scenic ride to Shelburne Farm through the rolling hills of the bucolic western suburbs, and spend about 1 hour or so at the farm. There will be time for lunch (bring your own or buy something yummy from their concession stand), pick (and eat) apples, enjoy cider donuts and, if you want, ice cream.

Although this is a no person left behind ride, please be able to maintain a rolling speed of about 11 - 12 mph on rolling hills. We will stop from time-to-time to regroup. Cue sheets will be available at the beginning of the ride. Total distance about 42 miles.

What you need: a bike in good working order, spare tube, 1 - 2 water bottles (you can refill at the farm), panniers to carry your farm-fresh goodies home, helmet, and a sense of humor, especially if the leader takes a wrong turn on occasion. :)

No ear buds or headphones, please!

Weston, MA - USA

Sunday, October 11 at 10:00 AM



Salem to Gloucester Loop

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - October 6, 2015 - 8:51pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

The ride, like its predecessors will begin at Salem Common. The group will ride out of Salem to and over the Beverly Bridge to Water Street. Turn right and ride past two of Beverly’s small public beaches to pick up Route 27. This route will be followed approximately five miles to West Beach in Beverly, where we will stop, regroup etc. From here, it is an approximate ten mile ride into Gloucester. We will stop at Good Harbor Beach to again regroup and take a break. The ride will now alter from my prior rides. We will pick up Route 133 and follow it into and through Essex to Route 22 South. 22 has some twists and turns, but will be followed all the way back to Beverly until reaching the intersection with the Beverly Library on the right upper corner. Make a left here and back to the beaches we will pass early in the ride. Follow the road back to Water Street, over the Beverly Bridge, left on Bridge Street and back to Salem Common.

The weather looks decent for Sat, but rain will cancel and possibly reschedule this to Mon-Columbus Day.

For those interested, The Tavern in the Square offers outdoor seating to have a drink and/or food after the ride. Ride is approximately forty miles in total. Hope to see you there!

Salem, MA 01970 - USA

Saturday, October 10 at 10:15 AM



PARK(ing) Day 2015 – The Pallet Cleanser Project

Mass Bike - October 1, 2015 - 7:55am

Report by Programs Director Barbara Jacobson

What is PARK(ing) Day?
PARK(ing) Day takes place in cities worldwide the third Friday in September and celebrated its tenth anniversary this year! The event originated in 2005 to address the lack of open/public space in San Francisco and has expanded each year since. The premise of the event is to reclaim and repurpose parking spaces for something other than a parked car. By reclaiming the space for people, it becomes an activated place. PARK(ing) Day is a great way to pilot temporary, creative installations and strengthen the case for more green spaces in cities and towns.

Project Conceptualization
Programs Director Barbara Jacobson and GIS Analyst Mat Schete wanted to repurpose and reuse something that is readily available. Both were interested in bicycling as a way to facilitate economic growth and development. One way to increase patronage to local businesses is to have facilities for bicyclists. It seemed only fitting that since the concept was to utilize a parking space, that the MassBike space should repurpose the one car space for many bike parking spaces. Typically, there is a 10:1 ratio of bicycles parking capacity to car capacity. A standard parking space is 20’ x 7’ so there was plenty of space to repurpose!
Barbara and Mat decided to use wooden pallets for the project because they are strong, durable and adaptable. After finding pallets on craigslist, the pair strapped them to Mat’s car to take them to be crafted into bike parking and a jenga game.

Bike Valet Coordinator Michael Zembruski joined in to help saw out the wooden beams holding the pallets together. This way there would be more room for the bike wheels to run through the pallets and park easily.

Project Installation
Mat and Barbara set up The Pallet Cleanser at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Prospect Street in the Central Square Business District in Cambridge. Adjacent to the Red Line subway station, the MassBike space attracted many visitors to the installation who were not bicyclists. Because of the one-on-one setup with a small table and chairs, it was easy to engage with people who stopped to check out the project.

Project Impact
Overall, we had 150 interactions throughout the day. Temporary pilot programs like Park(ing) Day bring a heightened awareness to public/open space, sustainable transportation and activating cities and streets for people.
Some of the feedback that people said to us:
“I wish this was here year-round.”
“Why only one day?”
“The City should do more of this!”
Project Lessons
Let’s do pilot programming and gather both qualitative and quantitative data.
Let’s work collaboratively with municipal & local business stakeholders.
Let’s solve problems creatively.
Let’s work together.
Let’s do more.

30 mile loop with 5 miles of gravel

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - September 26, 2015 - 7:24pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

This 30-mile loop includes my three favorite gravel paths/roads that don't require a mountain bike. In other words, no technical sections, and only 5 miles total. I do this on my road bike with narrow tires, but some folk might be more comfortable on a hybrid. I wouldn't recommend a mountain bike unless you are in very good shape, otherwise it will be hard to keep up with us on the roads.

The first 4 miles are on the Minuteman Bikeway into Bedford. Next 4 are the Reformatory Branch Trail, which is a flat gravel trail (with occasional sandy spots) through forests. Bathroom & water-bottle refill in Concord Center, then normal roads out to mile 18. Next comes a one-mile section of gravel road in Wayland with gorgeous views, followed by a quick stop to admire PonyHenge. The third and final gravel section is at mile 23. This is a narrow single-track, but smooth, straight, and very short. The last 6 miles loop around the Cambridge Reservoir, climb up Spring St, and down to Lexington Center.

Here's the map and cuesheet: http://ridewithgps.co...

Let's meet up at 9:45 am and be ready to start at 10:00 am. Aiming to be back by 1:30 pm.

We start out in Lexington Center, which has free parking in the Depot lot on Sundays. Meet by the water fountain at the entrance to the lot, right on the bikeway.

You need to be okay with a 12-15 mph pace. We will wait for everyone at the top of major hills and at confusing intersections, but please don't sign up if you can't keep at least a 12 mph average pace with relatively few stops.

What's required: 
* Road or hybrid bike in good repair 
* Bike helmet 
* At least one full large water bottle (you can refill along the way) 
* Spare tube, and air

What's recommended: 
* Basic repair tools 
* Snack 
* Cell phone

Lexington, MA 02420 - USA

Sunday, September 27 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 4

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/225623777/

Support MassBike this week with GlobalGiving

Mass Bike - September 22, 2015 - 12:41pm

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MassBike’s Barbara Jacobson to Speak at The New England Bike Walk Summit

Mass Bike - September 22, 2015 - 9:42am

By Dana Henry, Traffic Safety Store

A large mural facing the road. A full scale Bochi ball court beneath an overpass. A public park inside a triangular intersection.

Complete Streets advocate Barbara Jacobson has seen countless examples of asphalt transformed into lively public spaces. She will share these during her presentation, “Bicycling: Going Beyond the Paint,” at the New England Bike Walk Summit hosted by the East Coast Greenway Alliance on Thursday, September 24th, in Worcester Massachusetts.

Jacobson recalls projects that go beyond infrastructure and embrace the unexpected. Barron Plaza in Cambridge’s Central Square, once a four lane thruway, is now it’s one of Boston’s liveliest destinations, supporting a bevy of nearby restaurants and venues. In Mexico City, a parking area has been revamped into a public meeting space furnished with sculptures, bike racks, and shrubbery. In San Francisco, a full scale park decked out with ball courts and swings sits beneath an underpass.

Some projects incorporate technology. “The Faces of Dudley,” a civil rights mural project proposal that Jacobson worked on for FEAST MASS, incorporates an iPhone accessible audio track that tells the story of the leaders pictured.

Effective transformations, however, aren’t limited to large public works projects. Simply reinventing a parking space as a “parklet” can excite local business owners and jumpstart collaborations. Small efforts – a movie screening beneath a bridge in Baltimore or a string of lights hung on dark overpasses in Austin – are evidence of complete streets ideals spreading across the U.S.

“Cities are living, they’re changing, they’re adapting,” says Jacobson. “It’s about viewing the streets as a place for people to be in rather than drive through.”


27 mile loop out of Concord Ctr

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - September 19, 2015 - 12:47am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Last minute decision here: I'll come up with a route tonight, but basically I'll start in Concord Ctr. and weave together some mix of the routes we all love for a 25-30 mile loop.


Here's the map and cue-sheet, 27.4 miles:


Let's meet up at 9:45 am and be ready to start at 10:00 am. Aiming to be back by 1:00 pm.

The public parking lot on Keyes Rd, right in the center of Concord (it has public restrooms and a water fountain).

You need to be okay with a 12-15 mph pace. We will wait for everyone at the top of major hills and at confusing intersections, but please don't sign up if you can't keep at least a 12 mph average pace with relatively few stops.

What's required: 
* Road bike in good repair 
* Bike helmet 
* At least one full large water bottle (you can refill at lunch) 
* Spare tube, and air

What's recommended: 
* Basic repair tools
* Snack 
* Cell phone

A few lunch options:

• If you bring your own, then the picnic tables by the brook right off the parking lot are ideal. 

• Main Streets Market & Cafe has a small take-out shop right next to these picnic tables that serves "Burritos, Pizzas, Hotdogs, Sandwiches, Smoothies & Ice Cream". They sometimes get too crowded and run out of stuff. Also, I walked by them today and noticed that it now says cash only.

• Their main restaurant is in the same building, with an entrance on Main St. It would take too long to eat there, but they are great if you are looking for ice coffee or homemade lemonade to go. 

• Helen's Restaurant is across the street, at 17 Main St. Standard coffee and sandwiches, cash only.

• Haute Coffee is in an alley on the right, 100' down Walden St. Fancy coffee and sandwiches. 

Concord, MA 01742 - USA

Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 7

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/225451766/

Boston City Council Hearing Testimony

Mass Bike - September 16, 2015 - 1:43pm

From MassBike’s Programs Director Barbara Jacobson, a letter to Councilor Ayanna Pressley

The Honorable Ayanna Pressley
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201

Dear Councilor Pressley:

I am writing on behalf of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition in regards to the City of Boston’s efforts to improve the safety of the roadways for vulnerable road users. As bike ridership continues to increase, better infrastructure is needed to meet the demands of safety and usability of bicyclists on the streets of Boston. The City of Boston signed onto Vision Zero in March of 2015, but from the public’s perspective, there has not been much action taken on the proclamation of the goal of zero fatalities on the roadways. Since Vision Zero was adopted, three bicyclists have been killed: Fritz Philogene, 18; Yadielys Delcan Camacho, 8 and Dr. Anita Kurman, 36.

Better protected infrastructure is possible and is necessary in order to prevent crashes and fatalities from happening within the City. Innovative infrastructure redesigns and enhancements such as separated bike lanes and protected intersections must be considered and implemented throughout the city in order to ensure that biking is safe for all on all of Boston’s streets.

High speed arterials such as Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan, Washington Street in Roxbury, Massachusetts Avenue, and Tremont Street in downtown Boston should be top priorities for building out the spine of the bike network plan.

With the implementation of better and safer infrastructure comes the issue of maintenance: both for pre-existing projects as well as for year-round bicycling, such as snow removal. The City needs to have a larger maintenance budget for existing projects and additional funds for short-term pilot programming for testing protected intersections with additional funds for implementing more permanent curbing.

By allocating more funds for separated bike facilities, protected intersections and pilot programming, and having an active timeline for project implementation and maintenance, it will demonstrate the City of Boston’s commitment to Vision Zero and clearly convey to operators of large trucks and motor vehicles that bicyclists belong on Boston’s roadways and all precautions are being taken to account for their safety.

As a personal note, every day when I commute from my apartment in Jamaica Plain to my office in the Financial District, I tell myself the same thing, “Not today.” I await the day when I no longer have to tell myself this mantra and can bike safely without thinking that I will get into a crash or die while biking on the streets of Boston.


Barbara Jacobson
Programs Director, Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition

Ride on Fenway

Mass Bike - September 8, 2015 - 4:17pm

All right, get this. Tomorrow, we celebrate heading to Fenway Park by bike with RIdeOnFenway.

But this isn’t just any old ride to the ball park.

Conceived by legendary cyclist Tim Johnson with the support of Red Bull , this ride is an informal ride to engage the community of Rhode Island and connect them via bicycle to the major league Red Sox in Boston, starting at minor league team’s home. We’ll showcase the creative ways that bicycles can be woven into every day recreation and regional travel in Massachusetts (and New England), some of which is the result of MassBike’s work.

Riders will depart Boston via the commuter rail in the morning, meeting up at at Providence City Hall starting at 11:30. The ride departs at 12 noon. We will ride to McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, arriving at 12:30. After picking up a baseball there, we will then head north at speed, departing at 12:50 p.m. to deliver it to Fenway Park for tomorrow evening’s game.

We expect to arrive at the Blue Hills Road overflow lot at 4 p.m. (using the proposed Park and Pedal location on Route 138 in the Blue Hills Reservation), just north of Royall Avenue in Milton.

From there we will roll north to Fenway Park arriving at 5:30 p.m. at D Gate, at the MassBike valet service.

The long ride is free and open to participants capable of holding the pace of 20 mph. The beginning and finishing stretches of about six miles on each end are open to the general public regardless of their cycling ability.

We’ll be talking about many things along the way…including roll on MBTA access, improving conditions from RI to the South Shore and on up to Boston, the new Park and Pedal program, urban cycling and commuters, and more. Be sure to tune in.

#RIdeOnFenway 9.9.15


Three Ribbons and a Bow

Mass Bike - September 8, 2015 - 1:54pm

By RICHARD FRIESExecutive Director

Zagster at the YMCA. Left to right, Aaron Donahue, Councillor Josh Zakim, Tim Ericson, Nyesha Motley, David Tavares

As I labored up a massive climb during the Vermont Overland Grand Prix I fixed my gaze on the little pink ribbon tied to my stem.

The month of August had three ribbons for me. The one tied to my stem came at the service for Anita Kurmann, the young Swiss medical researcher killed by an errant truck driver in Boston. I learned of her death while laboring up another climb during the Cycle Massachusetts ride near Greenfield, where a Channel 5 reporter reached me.

The impact of her death has proven both profound and curious. She was the seventh bicyclist hit and killed in Massachusetts by a motor vehicle this year. But the date, the time, the location, her occupation, and her innocence garnered massive attention. The intersection where it occurred had been cited repeatedly as dangerous by all transportation groups, private and non-profit. Poor enforcement added to the issue.

The massive media attention, most of which proved well-written, did light a fire under Boston officials. I personally did five media interviews, all of which were sparked by that incident.

The intersection of two iconic Boston streets, Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street, serve as a transportation ground zero. The danger is that the intersection is overloaded bikes, pedestrians, automobiles and trucks…But the design remains mostly just for cars.

Do you think we’re going to have a lot of bikes there? Let’s see, it’s at the end of one of the few Charles River bridges. Harvard, MIT and other universities are on the Cambridge side; BU, Northeastern, Suffolk, Emerson and other universities are on the Boston side, along with several famous hospitals. Confused tourists bound for museums and Fenway Park mix with trucks seeking access to the Mass Pike and other wider boulevards for deliveries. And with a major subway station two blocks away, pedestrians flood every crossing.

I learned a lot from other advocates on ways we must respond to both journalists and those folk on-the-street, at-the-barbecue, and in-the-office when they ask, “why do you think there is such an uptick in fatal bike accidents?”

Talk about a loaded question.

First, we have to straighten out data.

  • In 2014 Massachusetts had 16 bicycle deaths; this year we are at 7 as the summer season winds down.
  • The number of bicycle crashes might be up somewhat, but given that the number of bicyclists and hours spent bicycling are way up, the “rate” of crashes is coming down…dramatically.
  • Of note is that we have had 149 motorists deaths this year. But where is that story?
  • When measured in the only fair way of doing so, by hours spent with each activity, bicycling is safer than …well ….even living. When measured per million hours of activity, bicycling in American sees a fatality rate of .26, compared with driving automobiles which harvests .47 deaths. Motorcycles blows them all away at 8.80. (But notice there is no media frenzy about the crazy increase in motorcyclist deaths, eh?)

Second, we have to straighten out language.  

  • And this woman’s death was NOT the result of a bicycle crash but a truck crash. Bicycle crashes rarely prove fatal unless they involve motor vehicles. We have not had a fatal bicycle crash this year; only collisions with cars prove fatal.

With each successive interview I gave and each successive report I heard, saw or read, I realized that the media had started to chant a “bikes are dangerous” mantra. This mantra, I feared, could undo decades of improvements made in both policy and engineering for bicyclists.    

But the month of August also brought me two other happier ribbons …and a bow.

The second of the ribbons would be the ribbon cutting at the Somerville Community Path extension, which opened from Cedar Street to Lowell Street. This is essentially stretching the Minuteman Bikeway, which in 20 years has spawned networks of spurs and trails positively impacting the health and prosperity of more than seven communities.   

This extension is one to behold. The engineering includes several play areas, fitness equipment, and a spongy running trail alongside the paved trail. The ribbon cutting drew Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, and U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano.  

But honestly the prior ribbon cutting that week made a larger impression on me.

They cut a ribbon on the Northern Strand Trail, often known as Bike to the Sea, to open its section through Revere. From an engineering perspective, this hard-packed path is not something to behold. This path is located about four miles east of the Somerville path. But the Mystic River and the elevated I-93 serve as more than physical barriers. For the Revere opening had no hipsters present. There were no bike hippies, no tie-dye, no pony tails, no college kids, no tattoos, no piercings.

Stephen Winslow has steadily worked for two decades to auger this bike path from Everett, into Malden and later Saugus. But Revere, with its surprisingly beautiful corridor through the Rumney Marsh, had been the missing link between two ends.   

These communities hardly resonate as bike-friendly places. Study a Strava heat map and these communities are largely void of much activity. And while the Minuteman has more than a dozen bike shops near its path, the current Northern Strand communities have not a single bike shop. Bike lanes and “sharrows” remain an oddity. And bike racks are not found at supermarkets.

And yet Winslow has somehow built a steadfast group of community leaders, not cyclists per se, who have augured through enormous political and cultural resistance to build this path.  

“Revere has come a long way since our first Bike to the Sea Day in 1993,” said Winslow. “The ‘No Bike Signs’ have been taken down on Revere Beach Boulevard and new sidewalks laid end to end. Bicycle lanes and sharrows have started popping up the last few years. All this means that drivers no longer shout out for bikes to get on the sidewalk. With the completion of the Northern Strand in North Revere, there’s even revival of talk to look at options to bring a trail directly to Revere Beach along the Rumney Marsh as we had originally envisioned.”

After the ribbon cutting we rolled about 100 meters to “Anthony’s Cabana”, where a fenced property abutted the path. The wooden picket fence did not set this modest home apart from the others along this Revere Street, dotted with quaint sugar cube properties. Only the surf board on this fence serves notice of the spirit of its owner.  

For once inside this fence, one finds a densely packed outdoor pavilion with an in-ground pool, jacuzzi, full bar, game pavilions, sound systems, flat screen televisions….Welcome to the home of Anthony Chianca. With disarming smile, this bald, middle-age man in a Hawaiian shirt loves to entertain.

But this man – about as far from Howie Carr’s stereotype of a bike hippy one could find – has worked tirelessly to improve his neighborhood and his city to build this path that runs behind his home.  

This path is close to connecting into a powerful bike-friendly corridor into Boston. And that path is crawling tantalizingly westward as the Somerville Community Path is crawling tantalizingly eastward.

Sadly it has taken Winslow 22 years to get this far. And his dream of a Bike to the Sea path can only now claim to get one to a salt marsh. But with this Revere connection, the path runs unfettered to the Lynn line. Lynn, a city that needs bike facilities far more than any other community along this pathway, sadly has a decidedly anti-bike mayor.  

But the placid and persistent Winslow has outlasted every element of opposition to date.  

The same day that I attended the ribbon cutting in Somerville I also got a bow. This came from Zagster, the Cambridge-based bike share company has been steadily working in smaller cities, corporate centers, and college campuses nationwide. With high-quality Breezer Villager bicycles, this company has developed such surprising clients as General Motors, where accountants realized they were pissing away a full time salary a day as employees waited for shuttle buses to move them to and from their 28 buildings. This car company put in bike share.  

So what to do with those bikes when they come offline, in need of some minor repair and upkeep?  

Zagster opted to present 30 of those bikes to the Boston YMCA on Huntington Avenue, the nation’s first Y. The bikes were presented to less privileged kids from Roxbury and Dorchester who participated in an essay contest. The essays revealed just how important something as simple as a bicycle could be in their lives, expanding a world from a few blocks to a few miles.   

One young family, with three little kids, received a bike. I could see and sense just how hard dad was working to be just that, a dad. And this sturdy and swift machine could expand his economic horizons by about five miles. Within that radius would be opportunities in education, healthcare, social services, recreation and something suburban folks take for granted: a supermarket.

The bow on that gift, coming off the tragedy in Boston and ensuing media coverage, showed me how in four different locations serving four entirely different communities that bicycles continue to present a solution to so many problems. We hold that truth to be self-evident.

I had spanned an entire socio-economic spectrum during that week of ribbons and bows. Of all the ribbons and bows I saw, however, one particular application made me recognize that our gains would not recede.

For as we gathered for a rush hour ghost bike presentation to commemorate the loss of Anita Kurmann I expected to see a cop or two sent to keep the peace. What I saw, however, caused my throat to thicken with emotion. For there, wrapping around the entire corner, stood a dozen green-clad Boston Police Department bicycle patrol officers. As we cyclists – of all stripes and styles – clustered on to the corner, we had this day-glow shield to the smoldering conveyor belt of evening traffic. One dump truck driver sounded a horn briefly … only to register the glare of these officers.  

This thin green line confirmed that we indeed belonged there. This thin green line, for which we have worked to establish for 35 years, confirmed that we indeed mattered. They understood the loss. They understood the experience of bicycling in Boston. They understood the senseless impatience and rage of these motorists all rushing to the next red light.  

And each of those hardened cops wore a tiny pink ribbon too.

By: Tom Baldwin

Items For Sale - September 7, 2015 - 2:18pm

Road Bike. Specialized Roubaix carbon frame 58 cm. Only 191 miles on it. Bought new 2 yrs ago. Always kept in house. Pristine new condition. Matt black. Great bike but they sold me the wrong bike for my body.

Frame: Fact8R carbon Endurance XL/58cm.
Shimano Tiagra throughout: Shifters, brakes, derailleurs and crank.
Wheels: DT Swiss 2.0 ETRTO 62×14.


MassBike Revamps Educational Programs for Fall 2015: Skratch Labs, Pro Legend Tim Johnson Push Classes “Beyond the Pamphlet”

Mass Bike - September 2, 2015 - 9:25am

As the kids head back to school this fall cyclists can too with the launch of MassBikeU. A total redesign of the MassBike educational program, classes will now be offered on a wide variety of topics of interest to riders ranging from beginner basics to advanced skills taught by MassBike staff, local professional athletes, Tour de France mechanics, and other experts on their chosen subject matters. Class will officially be in session this fall leading off with Tim Johnson’s Cyclocross 101 course September 22 and Skratch Labs Women’s “Bike and Brunch” cooking class at Trade October 18.

“For years we’ve had success offering a lot of basic bicycle skills classes. But we had some requests – from both members and retailers – for a broader spectrum of course offerings,” said Richard Fries, MassBike executive director. “While tennis is just, well, tennis, a bicyclist can embrace so many elements that include travel, commuting, mechanical expertise, fitness, on-road, off-road, urban planning, diet, and much, much more. We want to show people this entire world.” This broader range will enhance the traditional class offerings of bicycling basics that MassBike has taught for years and will continue to offer.

MassBikeU Dean Brian Murphy

Heading up the program is newly appointed MassBikeU Dean Brian Murphy. “I am delighted to be working with Richard Fries and the staff of MassBike on our exciting educational initiative. The launch of our Fall semester courses represents the beginning of what we expect to be a broad curriculum of innovative courses offered to a diverse audience of cyclists.  Our mission is to position MBU as a leader in cycling education, while actively engaging our current individual, business, bike shop and bike club members as well as recruiting new MassBike members.”

Unique and innovative courses will be offered alongside the existing curriculum of bicycling basics to round out a calendar suited for a wide range of interests, both on and off the bike. Tim Johnson’s cyclocross class will be a seasonally well timed, on the bike course for those who are looking to learn some new skills. According to Fries, Johnson “is one of the most articulate teachers for cyclocross in the English language. Any cyclist – from a commuter to a tourist to a charity rider – will vastly improve their cycling abilities with this class.”

The Skratch Labs class at Trade is expected to fill quickly. The October 18 class will feature a cooking class taught by Biju Thomas and Lentine Zahler, a two hour ride coached by local professionals, and a delicious brunch. The opportunity is unique as Skratch Labs founder Allen Lim has truly changed the athlete and food relationship. Lim stated “I like real food or food made from scratch better than prepackaged alternatives, because in my professional experience, when athletes are on the rivet, real food is less likely to come back as vomit. While real food is not as easy or convenient than opening a packaged laced with excess ingredients and food additives, neither is living an active and healthy lifestyle.”

On MBU guest professors Thomas and Zahler, Fries commented “With their amazing cookbook for athletes The Feedzone Allen Lim and Biju Thomas changed how nearly every professional cyclist views food and nutrition. To have these guys with Tour de France pedigree offering classes on cooking is a unique opportunity.” MBU will bring in guest instructors for special events supplement their regular roster of local instructors.
For more information on MassBikeU and classes being offered please visit massbike.org/education

By: Denis Vigneault

Items For Sale - August 27, 2015 - 9:55am

Are the Cosmics still available?


Art Auction to Benefit MassBike with Michael Valenti

Mass Bike - August 25, 2015 - 12:54pm

World Famous Poster Artist Offers Rare Opportunity to Purchase Signed Art

Boston, MA – (Aug. 25, 2015) – On Monday, Oct., 5, in Lexington, Mass., MassBike will host a benefit art auction featuring the work of Michael Valenti.  New England native, Valenti will be in town for the KMC Cyclo-cross Festival presented by Maxxis in Providence, RI as the festival’s featured artist.

Bicycle poster art has a long history as a fun, accessible art form. “There is something almost mythical about bicycle poster art, dating back to the late 19th Century,” stated Richard Fries, executive director of MassBike. “But capturing the zeal of those Gladiator or Michelin posters is rare in today’s digital world. We believe that great poster art still holds power. And finding that large format poster is nearly impossible today.”

“Sharing my cycling art with supporters of MassBike at the fundraising auction this year is ‘wicked pissa’. I grew up in Massachusetts so I’m allowed to say that,” quipped Valenti, who today lives in Chicago where he rides and races bicycles. “And having a small part in helping make streets safer for cycling is a wonderful opportunity for which I’m very grateful.”

A mix of 20 large format and smaller hand screened prints will be up for auction at Vine Brook Tavern in Lexington, MA. Doors open at 6:30pm and bidding will begin at 7:30pm. The event is free for MassBike members, $10 for non-members.
For more information on Michael Valenti please visit michaelvalenti.com. For details on the auction, please visit massbike.org.

Calorie Neutral Ice Cream Ride

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - August 22, 2015 - 10:37pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Although the weather forecast has changed for the better and it looks like we should get a bike ride in tomorrow without rain, Tougas Family Farm will not be open very long so this destination is no longer an option.

This means that my mission to cycle to all the ice cream shops in the greater Boston area continues. Starting at the Framingham High School parking lot, we will ride about 30 miles round trip to Trombatta Farms for ice cream. While this is a no person left behind ride, please be sure you can maintain at least 12 - 13 mph average speed on rolling hills of Boston's western suburbs. We will stop and regroup at major turns.

What you need: a helmet, spare tube, 1 - 2 water bottles, and a sense of fun and adventure. No ear buds or headphones please. I cannot say if they sell lunch food at Trombetta Farms, but can confirm that they have ice cream, so if you think this is more than sufficient as a nutritious and satisfying lunch, then you're all set (really, ice cream is a complete food!). Otherwise, you might want to bring something with you to eat at lunch.

Arrive at 10am at Framingham High School parking lot for a 10:15am departure. Look for a white Subaru Crosstrek with a bike rack on the roof.

Framingham, MA 01701 - USA

Sunday, August 23 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 6

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/224646561/

Concord-Chelmsford 27-mile loop

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - August 15, 2015 - 12:49am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

I was planning to do a repeat of the 41-mile double loop ride that I came up with last year and has been done a few times since in this group. However, it looks like I won't have time for the 2nd loop, so I'm offering a slightly extended version of the first loop. Maybe somebody else wants to lead the second loop?

The extension is that rather than catching up with the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Kate's Corner, we head further north and catch up with it in Chelmsford Center. That adds about four miles, for 27 miles total.

Here's the new route and cue-sheet, including the 4 extra miles:


Let's meet up at 9:15 am and be ready to start at 9:30 am. Aiming to be back before 12:30 pm.

The public parking lot on Keyes Rd, right in the center of Concord (it has public restrooms and a water fountain).

You need to be okay with a 12-15 mph pace. We will wait for everyone at the top of major hills and at confusing intersections, but please don't sign up if you can't keep at least a 12 mph average pace with relatively few stops.

What's required: 
* Road bike in good repair 
* Bike helmet 
* At least one full large water bottle (you can refill at lunch) 
* Spare tube, and air

What's recommended: 
* Basic repair tools 
* Snack 
* Cell phone

A few lunch options:

• If you bring your own, then the picnic tables by the brook right off the parking lot are ideal. 

• Main Streets Market & Cafe has a small take-out shop right next to these picnic tables that serves "Burritos, Pizzas, Hotdogs, Sandwiches, Smoothies & Ice Cream". They sometimes get too crowded and run out of stuff. Also, I walked by them today and noticed that it now says cash only.

• Their main restaurant is in the same building, with an entrance on Main St. It would take too long to eat there, but they are great if you are looking for ice coffee or homemade lemonade to go. 

• Helen's Restaurant is across the street, at 17 Main St. Standard coffee and sandwiches, cash only.

• Haute Coffee is in an alley on the right, 100' down Walden St. Fancy coffee and sandwiches. 

Concord, MA 01742 - USA

Saturday, August 15 at 9:30 AM

Attending: 9

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/224627554/

Kayak at Charles River Canoe & Kayak

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - August 14, 2015 - 9:02am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Have had a lot of fun doing this in the past.  Lets get to the water for kayaking / canoeing in Charles river.

We will meet at 10:00 am at the Kayak rental location, do the paper work for rentals and be on the water by 10.30. This is also a scenic stretch of flat water with lots of wildlife along the river, you may bring your camera, but keep it safe from water.

There is rental charge for the kayaks/canoes. We will plan to do about 2 hours, so if renting solo, it would be around $25.00pp, dual/shared ones would be 16.00pp.  Do bring your license/ID, bottle(s) of water, suntan lotion / hat. After the trip, will plan to have lunch at Margaritas in Waltham overlooking the river.

Will set this up as a multi-group event limiting total to 15-20 people.  There is already a long wait list from members of the other group so please make sure you can attend if you sign up

waltham, MA - USA

Saturday, August 15 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 20

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/224472823/

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