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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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