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Major Taylor Century

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 28

I got this fun bit of news in the mail today. I participated in the Major Taylor Hill Climb (video and pics of that soon, I hope…) That was a blast! You should try this as well.


Seven Hills Wheelmen and 10th Gear Christian Youth Cyclists present:

Sunday, September 21, 2008
Whitinsville, Mass. (see directions below)

Bicycle 25, 62 or 100 miles on the scenic roads of south-central Massachusetts, plus a bit of Rhode Island and Connecticut.

All rides leave from the Whitin Community Center, 60 Main St., Whitinsville, Mass.

CENTURY (100 miles) — check-in 7:15-8 a.m., depart 8 a.m.
METRIC CENTURY (62 miles) — check in 8:30-9 a.m., depart 9 a.m.
QUARTER CENTURY (25 miles) — check-in 9:30-10 a.m., depart 10 a.m.

Entry fees — Before Sept. 16, 10th Gear & Seven Hills Wheelmen members, $15; nonmembers, $20.
Day of ride, 10th Gear & Seven Hills Wheelmen members, $20; nonmembers, $25.

Online preregistration:

Mail-in registration: Make checks payable to 10thGear and mail to:
10thGear/MTC, c/o Village Congregational Church, P.O. Box 217, Whitinsville, MA 01588

Entry fee covers continental breakfast, cue sheet, arrowed route and snacks. Helmets are required. Proceeds benefit 10th Gear, Major Taylor Association, and Seven Hills Wheelmen.

WHO WAS MAJOR TAYLOR? Marshall W. “Major” Taylor (1878-1932), who lived in Worcester, was world cycling champion in 1899 and American sprint champion in 1900. Known as “the Worcester Whirlwind” and “the colored cyclone,” he was the second black world champion in any sport (the first was bantamweight boxer George Dixon in 1891). More about Major Taylor and the new Major Taylor monument at the Worcester Public Library:

Century information: Arlen Hall, (508) 234-9945, [email protected]

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FROM THE NORTH: Take I-290 west and connect to Route 146 south in the center of Worcester at Brosnihan Square. Follow Route 146 south to the Purgatory Road exit. Turn left at the end of the ramp. Follow this road about 3 miles into the center of Whitinsville. The Whitin Community Center will be on your left. Turn left at the next traffic light on Hill Street.
The entrance is 100 feet ahead on the left.

FROM THE EAST OR WEST: Take Mass. Turnpike (I-90) to Exit 10A (Worcester/Route 146). Follow Route 146 south 8 miles to the Purgatory Road exit. Turn left at the end of the ramp. Follow this road about 3 miles into the center of Whitinsville. The Whitin Community Center will be on your left. Turn left at the next traffic light on Hill Street. The entrance is 100 feet ahead on the left.

FROM RHODE ISLAND: Follow Route 146 north to the Lackey Dam Road exit in Mass. Turn right at the end of the ramp. Follow this road 3 miles to the center of Whitinsville (traffic light). The Whitin Community Center entrance is straight ahead 100 feet on the left, on Hill Street.
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Harbor To The Bay Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 28

Got an email about an event today, looks like a good one. For all you roadies out there, and for anyone looking to throw down some miles, this one is for you. It’s for a good cause to boot!

It is an AIDS charity ride called Harbor to the Bay. It is a one day ride from Boston to Provincetown. Launched in 2003, Harbor to the Bay (H2B) has raised nearly $1,000,000 for four local HIV/AIDS organizations; Fenway Community Health Center, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Community Research Initiative (CRI), and AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (AAC). 100% of all rider-received pledges go directly to these beneficiaries. More information can be found on the website at Harbor to the Bay Ride 9/20/2008

Call us:877-422-2453(H2B-BIKE)
e-mail: [email protected]

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AB-Bikes Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 25

Got this in my email today


Our next A-Bbikes meeting is tomorrow, Tues. 8/26 at 7pm… and Marty will be hosting us at geekhouse bikes!

Geekhouse bikes is located at 15 West Sorrento Street… see herefor more info!

In addition to the usual agenda of (re)introductions and updates, we’ll have coupons to give to A-Bbikers for discounts from some of our other partners, including:
– 10% off all bikes at the SkiMarket Boston store
– 15% off one full price item at REI (while supplies of coupons last, some exclusions apply)

We plan to have some refreshments this time, so if you plan to show…please let us know!

We hope to see you there…

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Ride to Haymarket with DotBike

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 25

DotBike has done it again with another sweet food themed ride, I suggest you all check it out.

Saturday morning ride to the Haymarket: A vitaminised journey

When: Saturday August 30th from 9 AM to 11 AM

Where: Ride from Ashmont to the Haymarket and back along Dorchester Ave.

Join veteran cheapskates Vivian and Elisa on their quest to get the cheapest fruits and vegetable in town. For those who are not familiar with it, every Friday and Saturday a discounted produce market takes place in the Haymarket square area of downtown Boston. Fruits and vegetables are sold in outdoor stands at a fraction of what you’d pay for them at the supermarket.

They come by the full pallets from the Chelsea warehouses that supply many of Boston’s supermarkets and grocery stores. The quality can vary, but by choosing carefully, one can get enough fruits and vegetables for two weeks for under $20! It can be loud, crowded and a bit unpolished, but that’s part of the charm of the place. And nowhere else in town you will see such a diverse crowd in one location.

More info about the haymarket

We will meet in front of Ashmont Grill at 555 Talbot Ave. (intersection of Dorchester Ave. and Talbot Ave.) at 9:00 AM. If your bike needs a minor tune-up, you can show up 15 minutes early (8:45) and we’ll try to address that. We will ride on Dorchester Ave. at a leisurely pace and take a more scenic route once we get downtown. We should arrive around 9:45. We’ll take about 30 minutes for shopping and relaxing and head-back around 10:15, to beback in Ashmont around 11:00. It’s about 6 miles each way. You can also join at any point along the route by calling Vivian ahead of time at 617 290 5822.

Don’t forget your big backpack or a bungee cord if you have a bike rack (there are plenty of empty discarded cardboard boxes to be found to pack your fruits).

What if it rains? they’ll cancel and do it another weekend.

For info, contact Vivian at [email protected] or 617 290 5822

And keep an eye on the event calendar at for other upcoming rides and events like our next commute ride home on September 10th and the Hub on Wheels ride on September 21st – register to ride as part of the DotBike team.

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Critically Smashed

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 20

Now I would never be one to condone drinking and riding…but this might be fun if you are into that sort of thing. Be careful you crazy kids.

Critically Smashed!
Friday, August 22nd
“A night of boozing cruising and perusing across boston! All bikes welcome! Grab a 12 and meet at midnight, Brigham Circle, Mission Hill!”

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Green Building Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 20

MassBike and the Emerging Green Builders are putting on a sweet green architecture ride. This Satureday August 23rd join Boston’s Emerging Green Builders for a bike tour of green buildings in Boston!

Meet at the Children’s Museum at 9:30 and ride until 11:30.

Feel free to bring a bagged lunch to eat after on the Esplanade and get to know some other EGBers.

Boston’s Emerging Green Builders mission is to provide students and young professionals affordable and accessible resources for integration into the growing green building industry. See

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Street Talk Series: Transportation Reform For The US- Are Americans Ready?

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 13

“Transportation reform for the US- are Americans ready?”
Thu. Aug. 21, 7 – 8:30 pm
by Gary Toth, Director of Transportation Initiatives for the Project for Public Spaces
@ LivableStreets office space, 100 Sidney Street, Central Square, Cambridge [ map… ]

free and open to the public, donation suggested, beer/sodas provided compliments of Harpoon Brewery!

“The decisions engineers make will affect people’s lives. The street can’t be looked at as just a vessel for cars. It’s a place with many uses. What we want to do is try to help foster sustainable, livable communities,” Toth says.

That’s strong stuff coming from an engineer with 34 years experience inside the highway bureaucracy. And it’s not just a line he throws out to soothe angry citizens’ groups–Gary Toth during his tenure at NJDOT actually changed the way engineers think. In the old days, NJDOT would give most street widenings the green light, but Toth is dedicated to halting this vicious cycle. Instead of funneling all traffic from every residential and commercial property onto the strip, NJDOT is encouraging towns to create networks of streets with mixed-use developments, dispersing traffic over the whole system. The idea is to create livable corridors rather than endless sprawl. Sounds simple enough, but it’s actually a revolutionary change in suburban transportation and land use planning. He notes how Kentucky, Utah, Florida, Vermont and other states are joining New Jersey in seriously studying Context Sensitive Solutions–the discipline’s name for looking at streets and roads as something more than simply a way to move traffic. “It’s becoming a national movement with 20 or 25 states already showing some signs of getting away from the same old myopia.”

Gary has left NJDOT to focus on bigger transportation reform in America. He is an integral member of the T4America Coalition, which is working to shape the content of the next federal transportation bill. He is currently one of the eight instructors for USDOT’s “Training Course on Transportation and Land Use.” He is also a member of the Sustainable Urban Design Working Group of the American Public Transit Association and a member of the Strategic Highway Research Program’s Technical Coordinating Committee for Capacity. He was also part of the Sustainable Transportation Study Team charged with creating a conceptual plan for presentation to the US Congress, which ensures that the surface transportation system will continue to serve the needs of the U.S. throughout the 21st Century. Gary works part time for the Project for Public Spaces as Director of Transportation Initiatives.

Gary was featured in the article, “Rethinking the Urban Speedway,” (pdf) (For decades, highway engineers focused on designing wider, straighter, faster roads. Now, moving traffic quickly is no longer the sole goal), Governing Magazine, October 2005. “The traditional engineering solution to road problems is to make the road wider, straighter and faster,” Toth says. “Well, wider, straighter and faster is not always better.”

This event is sponsored by LivableStreets Alliance

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FastForward Alley Cat

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 08

Fast Forward Race
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Know this, films are fun to watch, but doing things films could be made from is even more fun.

The start time on this race was changed to allow people to see as many of the programs at the Bicycle Film Festival as possible. To do this race you can catch the first three shorts in Program 4, but you have to leave the theatre before or during Pedal. Pedal is an older film and I think a lot of people have already seen it, while Program 5 and 6 are chock full of newer and very relevant films. The race finishes at the ICA in time to catch both of those programs.

Fast riders will finish in just about 1 hour. There are a couple of hills. One of the proposed courses for the Boston 2009 NACCC bid will be featured in this race.

Race is free to anyone holding a Festival Pass (which gets you in to all the movies in the whole festival for $27, buy online:, or $5 for anyone else.

Prizes/Awards at the Bikes Rock! Afterparty at Great Scott in Allston.

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