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Calorie Neutral Ice Cream Ride

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - August 2, 2015 - 9:19pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Please join the first 2015 calorie neutral ice cream bike ride. We will meet at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School parking lot (enter on Lincoln Street and park toward the rear of the lot) and ride to Uhlman's Ice Cream in Westborough (http://uhlmansicecrea..., which I have heard has very good ice cream (my VP swears by this place!). Total riding is 33 miles, so there are no calories for any ice cream eaten during this ride.

Important stuff: Helmets are mandatory and no ear buds or headphones please. You should have 1 - 2 filled water bottles and a spare tube that fits your tire. Lunch is optional (I don't know if there is anywhere along the way to buy something, but, frankly, isn't ice cream a complete meal???). Although this is a no rider left behind ride, it's important to keep a minimum of 11 - 13 mph average pace. I will have printed cue sheets available at the start of the ride.

Sudbury - USA

Sunday, August 9 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 7

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/224363281/

Pepper and Maple Tour

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - July 30, 2015 - 10:49am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

The ride starts at the Tyngsborough Elementary School, which is near Route 3 Exit 34.  I know it's remote, but on Sunday morning you'd be surprised how quickly you can get there.

The route goes through the towns of Tyngsborough, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Townsend, Brookline NH, Hollis NH, and Nashua NH. Highlights include the Nashua River Rail Trail, Fitch's Bridge, expansive farmland views in Hollis, and lunch at Hollis Country Kitchen.  The ride is classified as fairly hilly, at least for Greater Boston standards, but no hills are steep and grueling.

You should average at least 12 mph on rides that have some "normal" small hills. I average around 14-15 mph for the most part. If there are many sign-ups, we will split into multiple groups with somewhat different speeds in this range. Bring a road bike; or if using a hybrid, be in good shape and use smooth tires.  This ride has some rolling hills, but the scenery, great pavement, and low traffic on these roads makes it totally worth it.

Route map and GPS info for 46 miles: http://ridewithgps.co...

For 32 miles: http://ridewithgps.co...

Cue sheet for both: http://crw.org/cueshe...

My car is a blue Hyundai Accent, and I will leave extra printed cue sheets on my windshield for any latecomers who want to ride on their own. 

East Pepperell village on Mile 10 has some food, ice cream and stores.  For the 32 mile ride there really is no other food, so bring some snacks.  Food along the 46 mile route after Pepperell is quite limited, so we won't have a meal till we reach 31.2 miles at Hollis Country Kitchen right in Hollis center at 3 Proctor Hill Road.  Their website isn't that great but I found their menu.  They have a wide selection of standard sandwiches, meals and breakfast and I've found their food to be quite good for the purpose, with outdoor seating. 

A forecast of steady rain during the ride time of 10:00-2:30 postpones the ride to another weekend. A few drops here and there, and the ride is still on.  If weather is a problem, check this page at 8 AM on the day of the ride for a final decision. 

Tyngsboro, MA 01879 - USA

Sunday, August 2 at 9:30 AM

Attending: 2

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/224284078/

Finding Marie Antoinette in Plainville

Mass Bike - July 27, 2015 - 2:14pm

A Route 1 Bike Lane Puts 20th Century Policy in a 21st Century Lens

By Richard Fries, Executive Director

Like many cyclists, I’m also a motorist. Our family of five gets by fine with just a 2006 Subaru which comes in handy for hauling things about the suburbs. Whenever I find myself idling in traffic alongside one of those lifeless commercial strips I try to find those other signs of life. For there, amid the wrappers and bags and cups strewn from us engorged citizens in our cars, we see the dirt path.

These traffic patterns are always there. They are not laid down not by civil engineers, funded by the state, or given the approval of Boards of Selectmen. The foot traffic there pounds the earth into cement density that could never yield grass. The route may go over a guard rail designed only for the safety of the motorist. The line may continue through a peeled-back corner of fence, down an embankment, and behind a loading dock.

The user of this path is one of the suburban shadow people. This person is neither a conservationist nor a bird watcher nor an “avid” walker. This is a poor person trying to get to a job filling and emptying a Fryolator for the person that strews trash on that same path from the window of their Escalade. This is the shadow economy of the suburbs that receives no accommodation from the engineers, town officials and architects who devote all sorts of thought and resources to getting customers into the front door but give almost no consideration to getting their staff to the back door.

This path gets no ribbon cutting, no free buffet for reporters, no grand opening.

This shadow person is paid $9 per hour to do dishes for folks like me who don’t want to pay more than $6.99 for a lunch. This person may also have a job earning tips at the Cheesecake Factory. For that the hourly pay may be as low as $3 per hour.

This shadow person also does not live in a vacuum. Like me, she needs to live near family, schools, medical care, super markets, and drug stores.

So working full time at this wage this person may make less than $19,000 per year. Given suburban design and policy, this shadow person is compelled to get a car. But the $10,000 in annual expenses to legally operate a car – fuel, car payments, insurances, registration, maintenance, etc. –  would cut that income in half. Read your local police log. A great number of arrests are folks driving without a license, suspended licenses, without insurance, and without registration.

Should they use the bus? You try the bus. In suburban areas they run infrequently, deposit passengers alongside unsafe retail strips without sidewalks, and they don’t run very late for folks working in food service.

Circumstantial logic drives this shadow person to one solution: the bicycle.

Mind you, this shadow person is NOT an avid cyclist who wants to ride a bike; this shadow person is somebody who needs to ride a bike….with the intent of doing so only until they can get a car.

When I took this job in January I had grandiose notions of merging hipster urban bike advocacy with the powerful market of the suburban club riders. Sure I took in the importance of Safe Routes to School and childhood obesity. I understood the significance of rail trails and intermodality. And I could snuff out any delightful back-yard conversation to a stultifying halt with talk about peak oil, the diabetes epidemic, carbon footprints, diesel particulate counts, etc.

But in my work to date I have come to the sober reality that cycling’s most important constituency does not even want to be on a bicycle. They don’t give a crap about l’Alpe d’Huez or filet brazed frames or their lactic threshold. They just need to get a few miles down the road to work or a community college or a supermarket and back. So they ride bikes. Often the tires are under-inflated. The brakes barely work. And the chain is loud.

It ain’t all that sexy. I don’t have a whole lot in common with these folks. And if I found myself at a barbecue with such folks they likely would not care to hang out with me.

This situation came to light for me recently when The Attleboro Sun Chronicle called for a reaction to the Board of Selectmen in Plainville, Mass., howling about their town being forced to include a bike lane on Route 1 where the new Plainridge Park Casino had just opened. The MassDOT required certain traffic improvements along U.S. Route 1 when the casino went in. These included bike lanes.

Sounding a lot like a panel of Fox News commentators with all the typical logical fallacies, the board mocked the inclusion of the bike lanes noting that people should never ride a bike along Route 1 and such markings would somehow lead to somebody being killed. They ridiculed this as being “politically correct.”

I spoke to the reporter for about 10 minutes and about one-hundredth of what I said got in the the article, which is here.

But the reporter noted my comments on how such accommodations are going to be increasingly part of the 21st Century streetscape. He left out my comments regarding how the hired help – even if is just one person – often uses bicycles to get to their job at the casino or the Wendy’s or the Best Buy.

One selectman, himself an “avid” bicyclist sent me a private e-mail incredulous that I would infer that cycling along Route 1 is safe. Whether it is safe or not is not germane to the discussion; folks are doing it any how. And giving them a bike lane – at no cost to the local taxpayers, thank you – makes it a tiny bit safer.

I welcome the interest – and opinions – of the local selectmen. The discussion is long overdue. They are right; the road they have is unsafe for bicyclists and pedestrians and motorists, too. Pointing out problems is easy. We know, according the Brookings Institution, that less than 30 percent of American 18-year-olds even have a drivers license, let alone a car. This is the labor market behind that drive-thru window giving those selectmen their Big Macs.

The Sun Chronicle, in a follow-up editorial, cited the bike lane as “bureaucracy run amok” a week later. You can read it here.

My question to the reporter, which is how do you want young people and poor people to get to those jobs, never got a response. When I asked it of Selectman Robert Rose I also got no response.

Is this a problem? Yes. But the response of the locals is a parody of Marie Antoinette. “What? They have no car? Well let them drive trucks!”

To suggest that maybe people do not have access to a car is like suggesting the sun rises in the west. They are dumbfounded.

Here is Plainville, with a per capita annual income of just over $35,000, hosting a retail strip offering low-wage jobs to local residents. Nearby towns such as Attleboro and Woonsocket, R.I., have an even lower average income. But without a car, those residents are pretty much whistled out of the labor pool (and the customer base). The local bus service run by the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority  – whose snappy slogan is “We’ll Get You There” – offers one bus per hour to Plainville from Attleboro and it drops folks off a long, long way from the Casino. Not that there would be a sidewalk for that humiliating schlep to the job. And the last bus is gone after 6:30 p.m. so good luck with that job in the hospitality sector.

Political leadership is not supposed to whine about problems but to develop solutions. This MassDOT policy will continue to apply to all those strip malls where our youth and our college students and our poor citizens may need to use alternative means of transit. And whenever a big developer or a casino can foot the bill instead of the taxpayer they will require such places to include bike (and hopefully pedestrian) facilities.

The New York Times recently cited two independent studies that confirmed that the number one barrier to escaping  poverty is neither crime nor education nor addiction. The tallest barrier is the lack of transportation.

The article is here.

But my revelation on the need for bike advocacy to impact the lives of such poor folks did not come about entirely by the Plainville Board of Selectmen. Nor is it a story of “those people.”

This is the story of an 18-year-old kid from a coal mining town who got into college in Tampa, Fla., arguably the worst example of strip mall hell long before anybody had seen a bike lane, a rail-trail or a “sharrow.” And that kid lived by bike amid that high speed traffic chaos working first as a dishwasher and later as a cook while he got through college. That bicycle, which he rode through darkness and rain, helped him graduate debt free. And while his classmates gained weight and gathered up debt, he continued to live mostly by bicycle through a wide variety of jobs in a wide variety of locations for decades.

The money he saved living by bike enabled him to purchase a home in Lexington, Mass., and raise three college bound kids. And that crazy bicycle lifestyle kept his body in such good health that 35 years later he still wears the same size jeans he wore in high school, gets by with no medications, and out dances all of his nephews and nieces at weddings.

This is the ultimate example of how to abide by Republican fiscal values.

That kid is me.

Here we are in Massachusetts, the world’s largest college town, where 17 percent of those young job creators we cherish live by bicycle. They are working in your restaurants, your stores, your cafes, your taverns, and your casinos. Perhaps making their commutes to and from those jobs a touch safer, even just a touch safer, is worth the pittance of an investment.

This endeavor, however nominal, is certainly not deserving of ridicule. We all deserve better leadership.

By: Tom

Items For Sale - July 23, 2015 - 8:00am

Very gently used Mavic Cosmic Elite aero wheels for sale. These are great bomb-proof daily riders for someone looking to upgrade from stock rims. Great hubs that roll really well. Only ridden a few hundred miles. Asking $300. Photos available..just email me!

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Salem to Gloucester Ride

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

This is an approximately 34 mile, easy to follow road ride with nice views. It will begin at Salem Common, then head northeast over the Beverly Bridge to Water St. The road takes a couple of turns before Route 127 is found after the small beaches. Turn right onto 127 and follow it to West Beach in Beverly on the right, where we will take a short break, get water etc. It is then about eight miles of rolling hills to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. This will be on the right, look for the sign since it's easy to miss. We will take another break here before heading back to West Beach. Here, an alternative route crossing 128 will be expplained and used to ride back to the Common.

This generally out and back ride is easy to follow, but one way maps will be available. Please have a bike in good condition, water, sunscreen etc. The pace will be approximately 14-18 mph, but slower or faster can be accomodated.

After the ride, Salem has many restaurants to enjoy lunch or a drink before heading out to enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Salem, MA 01970 - USA

Saturday, July 25 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 12

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/224068889/

A Tale of Two Cities

Mass Bike - July 15, 2015 - 10:10am

Are We Getting Bikes to Everybody? 

By Richard Fries, Executive Director

I’m going to make a hideous assumption here that many of you readers actually drive through the Boston metro area on occasion. So the next time you are stuck in traffic on the Zakim Bridge, itself an architectural accent to the Boston skyline, look down towards the Science Bridge. There you may notice an equally attractive, albeit more modest, bridge.

Behold the North Bank Pedestrian Bridge which connects Paul Revere Park in Charlestown to Cambridge.

I first noticed this bridge only recently after attending a meeting at the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The entire East Cambridge landscape has unfolded for me as of late. The streetscape and infrastructure is a honeycomb of bike paths, lanes, cycle tracks and signals for bikes and pedestrians.

Victory has a thousand mothers. Boston and Cambridge have been blessed with a great network of government and non-government organizations all working to improve access and intermodality.

This shock to my senses came not from the plethora of innovative infrastructure. The shock came from my re-entry to Cambridge after a day spent in Brockton on a bicycle.

In Brockton there is not a single inch of bike infrastructure. My inspection of the MBTA Commuter Rail station, where I had hoped to find some semblance of accommodation for bikes proved deflating. One lonely bike stood locked to the fence. And on the way out of the lot a misaligned, tire-eating storm drain grate awaited that ride.

Physically everything about Brockton is currently designed to make a cyclist feel un-welcome.

Since taking this job I have discovered similar environments in Pittsfield, North Adams, Worcester, Fall River and Springfield.

My company in Brockton also struck me. While our tour was led by Paul Chenard of the Old Colony Planning Commission, we were joined by some local cyclists. Aboard a fixed-gear rode Ryan.

With a sinewy body, Ryan had been riding for about four years. A native of Brockton, he got into cycling while living in Jamaica Plain, one of Boston’s most progressive neighborhoods. When he lost his job in Boston, however, he moved back to Brockton.  Whereas in J.P. he felt aboard his bike as if he belonged. But in Brockton one feels as if they simply do not matter.

All the bike-ped stuff happening in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Newton is working to improve the streetscape and the quality of life there. And more and more people wish to live closer to this fountain of convenience and health. Neighborhoods once avoided by the well-to-do – from the South End to the Seaport, East Cambridge to Savin Hill are being transformed. Some call this gentrification; others call it displacement.

But what is tragic is that folks like Ryan, who can least afford the expense of a car, are being shoveled into communities that have engineered them into an automotive corner. Here is a city with inexpensive housing where the largest employer is the city itself. Folks in the city are there often to take advantage of the affordable housing. But to get around they then have to annually carry a $9,000 bag of financial cement in the form of a car.

There are buses and the commuter rail but those are extremely restrictive to one’s schedule. Simple access to supermarkets, drug stores and schools via such transit requires a rather complicated logistical process. And heaven forbid one misses that last bus at 9 p.m.

There is hope. MassBike is targeting these communities with the support of the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Health to identify simple low-cost solutions to make cycling a safer and healthier option in places such as Brockton. And folks like Paul Chenard, who showcased to me the wide plains of Brockton’s geography which could easily accommodate bike lanes and cycle tracks with minimal impact on motorists, see nothing but hope.

Communities such as these have been orphaned by bike advocacy. Perhaps the time has come to create a cycling lifestyle for folks who most need the benefits.

Call to Action – Complete streets and Amtrak roll-on service – Votes on Wednesday!

Mass Bike - July 13, 2015 - 4:00pm

From the League of American Bicyclists:

This Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee is voting on a number of amendments to the transportation bill, including amendments to support complete streets, and standardized roll-on service for bicycles and wheelchairs on Amtrak.

Please join us in asking your Senator to Support both of these key Amendments.

AMTRAK roll on service- Please ask your Senator to support the Manchin Amendment 

Demand for multi-modal transportation options, including the increasingly popular combination of bikes with buses and trains, is growing across the country. Currently, only a handful of Amtrak stations and train services allow convenient roll-on access, and where they do, the service is popular and well-used. The Manchin Amendment would require Amtrak to report to Congress on what standardized roll-on service should look like and what it would take to get there.

 You helped us win in the House, now we need your help in the SenateThis spring we asked for your help to pass this amendment in the House. If we can win it in the Senate then its a done deal.  (If its not in the Senate version – then the two sides will have to work it out in a conference between the House and Senate).  Winning in one chamber puts us in a strong position- but winning in both is a sure thing!

Safe Streets policy- Please ask your Senator to support the Heller, Schatz, Markey Amendment 

We’ve called it complete streets, safe streets and uniform accomodation- now help us call it the law. This amendment would ensure that the design of Federal surface transportation projects provides for the safe and adequate accommodation of both motorized and non-motorized users in the planning, development and operation of transportation projects!

Click here to send your message.

Boston Bike Party - Treasure Island!

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Grab your trusty two-wheeled ships and foul-mouthed parrots. This month, we set sail across the high seas on the hunt for TREASURE ISLAND. Are ye with us or arrrre yeeeee WITH US?! Leis and coconut trees await all ye castaways forced to walk the plank!

AYYYYE!!

-Ye Boston Bike PaarRRRRty's Treasure Island Captain


What is Boston Bike Party? It's a monthly, social bike ride around the city with music, lights, and fun. It's a great way to connect with the awesome bike community and make some new friends. This 1 minute video will explain what its like to be a part of Boston Bike Party.

We have over 400 cyclists coming via our Facebook Event Page.  Check it out and to see who else is going and to easily invite your friends.

We raise masts at 7:30pm, & set sail at 8pm!

Here is the Route and be sure to check out the Lookbook for ideas on what to wear to this island adventure.  

Boston, MA 02116 - USA

Friday, July 10 at 7:30 PM

Attending: 4

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/223815680/

Vote On Your Favorite Bike Rack Design for the Boston Public Market

Mass Bike - July 6, 2015 - 2:39pm
The Boston Public Market is hosting a public vote to choose the design of two artistic bike racks that will be installed outside the upcoming local food market, ensuring access to the market for customers arriving by bike. The Market partnered with Boston teens from Artists for Humanity to design nine artistic bike rack options that represent the Market’s themes of fresh, local food and the connection between farmer and consumer. The Boston Public Market, located at 100 Hanover Street above the Haymarket MBTA station, will be open Wednesday — Sunday, 8 a.m. — 8 p.m, beginning on July 30. The only locally-sourced market of its kind in the United States, it houses over 35 farmers, fishermen, and food producers from Massachusetts and throughout New England, selling items such as farm fresh produce; meat and poultry; eggs; milk and cheese; fish and shellfish; bread and baked goods; flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods. Members of the public can vote on their favorite bike rack designs here. Voting ends on Wednesday, July 8, and voting results will be showcased on the Boston Public Market’s blog.

Bicycling and Personal Injury Claims in Massachusetts

Mass Bike - July 2, 2015 - 1:57pm

By: Deanna Power
Guest Content Contributor
Personal Injury Law

Thousands of people in Massachusetts rely on their bikes for transportation to and from work, and for good reason: According to The League of American Bicyclists, MA is the 4th highest bicycle friendly state in the US, ranking high in bicycle policies, and bicycle education among the population.

Unfortunately, accidents can occur in bicycle-friendly states like Massachusetts. If you are severely injured in an accident with a motorist, there are resources available. Filing a personal injury bill can help pay for your hospital bills and any other associated expenses, giving you the opportunity to focus on recovery.

Are You Eligible for a Personal Injury Claim?

Not all bicyclists who are injured in an accident will be able to win a personal injury claim.  When handling personal injury claims, a court will determine who was at fault in the accident. In MA, a bicycle must obey the same rules motorists experience, meaning that the party at fault will be whoever committed a traffic violation. Common traffic violations include not using a turn signal, neglecting to yield, turning left without a green light, and not stopping at a stop sign or stop light (the most common bicyclist violation).

Proof of who was at fault will be very important when filing a personal injury claim, so be sure to get as many witness statements as possible when filing a police report at the scene of the accident. It is also a good idea for all bicyclists to wear Go Pros or other similar wearable cameras.

Comparative Fault and a Personal Injury Claim

When determining how much a claimant should be awarded in a personal injury claim, Massachusetts uses something called “comparative fault.” Comparative fault looks at how much an injured party was responsible for the accident, and reduces an award by however much the injured party was at fault. For example:

A bicyclist was cycling down a street in MA, while listening to music with headphones. He does not hear the car coming up behind him and is hit. A court looks at the case and decides that since the bicyclist was listening to music, he was 20% responsible for the accident. The court awards him $5,000, but reduces the payment by 20% to $4,000 to account for the bicyclist’s negligence.

No-Fault in Car Accidents in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is a “no fault” state when it comes to auto accidents, which means that a claimant cannot file a claim unless the accident meets a certain threshold. In MA, an injured bicyclist cannot file a personal injury claim unless his or her hospital bills are over $2,000, or the claimant breaks bones or becomes “seriously disfigured” or loses eyesight. To file a personal injury claim in MA under the no-fault law, a bicyclist must have already proved that he or she was also not at fault during the incident.

Because every driver in MA is required to carry no-fault insurance, a bicyclist will be entitled to up to $8,000 from the driver’s insurance. The first $2,000 is only for medical bills, while the remaining $6,000 is available for lost wages or other expenses. No-fault gives bicyclists assistance even if they were the party found at fault during the incident, or if their medical bills are moderately low.

How to File a Personal Injury Claim

Massachusetts has a three year statute of limitations on personal injury claims, meaning that if a claim is filed more than three years after the accident occurs, the claim will immediately be dismissed. To file a personal injury claim, a bicyclist will need the contact and insurance information of the driver responsible for the crash. The bicyclist will also need all medical bills, history of doctor’s appointments, and records of any lost wages. Courts in MA require a filing fee of $200 or more, depending on the jurisdiction in which you file.

41-mile double loop out of Concord

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

This will be a "figure-eight" shaped route starting in Concord Center. The first loop is just shy of 23 miles, heading north into Carlisle and Westford, and returning on the Bruce Freeman rail trail. Back in Concord Center, you can call it a day, or join us for a quick lunch and an additional 18 miles heading south into Lincoln and Sudbury.

Here's the route and cue-sheet:

http://ridewithgps.co...

And here's the old link for those who prefer this site:
http://www.gmap-pedom...

The 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.

When:
Let's meet up at 8:30 am and be ready to start at 9:00 am. Aiming to be back before 2pm.

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

Who:
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 12mph average pace.

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

Concord, MA 01742 - USA

Sunday, July 5 at 9:00 AM

Attending: 19

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/223643239/

By: Janeen McCormick

Items For Sale - June 21, 2015 - 9:16pm

Blue Carbon Road Bike RC8 56cm. Custom green paint. Carbon fork, stays, water bottle cages, seat post and handle bars. Mavic wheels. SRAM Red components. Blue is a boutique bike maker out of Atlanta Georgia. This bike was custom built and painted for Kenda women’s road racing team. It was only raced on 3 times. Low miles. Retailed for over $6500. Will sell for $2500. Excellent condition.

BMC Carbon Mountain Bike 03 Fourstroke 18″. Matte black paint. Fox shocks and was built with all the high end components, brakes etc in 2008. Only ridden 5 times. Has been in storage since 2010. Retailed for over $5500. Will sell for $2250. Excellent condition.

Contact Janeen McCormick
janeenmccormick@gmail.com
857-445-1250

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Salisbury Beach to Ordiorne State Park (out and back)

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Let's repeat this ride we had several weeks back. It has gorgeous views as we ride along the coast! 36 mile ride length

Very nice, mostly flat ride , expected rate of this ride is 14-16 mph. We will have a sweep.

Please make sure you have a bike in good working order, bring plenty of water, and energy food.

Helmets required!

We'll meet where we met last time which was just passed the $15 parking lot along the store front parking. It's cheaper to park there where there are meters....you can purchase time with an app that you can download (instructions are on the parking meter) . You can also add time to the meter remotely!

Bring a zest for fun and a sense of humor!

Salisbury 11542 - USA

Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 AM

Attending: 1

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/223364416/

By: Frank Oberholtzer

Items For Sale - June 17, 2015 - 2:44pm

2013, Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29er, 19″, Hardtail. $1200. Includes bar ends, SPD pedals, cateye computer, 2 water bottle cages & spare tires. Very good condition. Call Frank at 603-440-3101 or frank.oberholtzer@gmail.com to negotiate.

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By: Ed

Items For Sale - June 15, 2015 - 1:21pm

Andrew, are these still available?

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Western Cape Ann from N. Beverly. 30 miles (T-accessible)

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - June 13, 2015 - 11:30pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

This Commuter Rail accessible ride tours western Cape Ann. Despite the seaside glory of Rockport and Gloucester, the real nice biking and scenery is to be found in the laid-back western part of Cape Ann - in eastern Beverly, Hamilton, Ipswich, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Wenham.  We will be stopping in Manchester-by-the-Sea for ice cream from Dusty's or quick food from Crosby's grocery store.

Make sure you bring a road bike.  A hybrid is a good bike for this ride too, if you are in good shape.  Sorry, no mountain bikes should be used on this all-road ride.

Route map on Ride with GPS: ridewithgps.com/routes/8291715

Cue sheet: app.box.com/s/kbx08g5i5z0v2ggad8yi559jk8hv9l8r

For those who are arriving by train, there are some time contraints.  This means that in order to make it back in time you need to have an average speed on the road of 12 mph or faster, and a lunch no longer than 30 minutes. (This is a casual speed by the way, so it shouldn't be too hard for many people.) I will be arriving by train myself from Swampscott.  Departure time for this ride will actually be 10:20 not 10:15, but Meetup doesn't allow me to list an odd time for a start.

Getting there by the T: The Commuter Rail arrives at 10:09 AM at the North Beverly train station from Boston. The station is very close to the parking lot start behind Starbucks. Trains arrive at North Beverly at 1:15 to head toward Boston.

Beverly, MA - USA

Sunday, June 14 at 10:15 AM

Attending: 5

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/223205993/

By: Jonathan Reeney

NSC Forum - June 6, 2015 - 10:12pm

Please join us for our first annual “Cycle Merrimack” on September 12, 2015 in Billerica, MA. This event benefits The Salvation Army of Greater Lowell and has three different rides – Metric Century (62 Miles) Challenge Ride (24 Miles) Fun Ride (9.4 Miles). Event Website: cyclemerrimack.com

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By: Frank Oberholtzer

Items For Sale - June 2, 2015 - 1:30pm

Hi Andrew – are the conti gatorskins still available ?
Frank, 603-440-3101
Beverly, MA

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