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New England Track Championships

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 01

August 5, 2008toAugust 6, 2008

New England Track Championships – August 5th & 6th

Via Bostonfixed

Next Tuesday and Wednesday (august 5th & 6th) are the new england track championships at the new england velodrome in Londonderry, NH. Tuesday is for A,B riders and Wednesday is C,D and women.

Gates open at 4, racing starts at six.

Events are a match sprint, kilo, and a points race. it’s an omnium set-up – you score points in each race that you place in, and whoever has the most points at the end of the night wins for the category. top four finishers get points – 1st gets 5, 2nd 3, 3rd 2 and 4th 1.

YOU SHOULD COME.

it’s really awesome that Tony, Laurie, Dick Ring and whoever else involved are pulling together a New England championship. you can go race other regional champs. and feel fancy. we should support this. we’re part of small niche of people that already own track bikes and we should be reppin’ harder. Rides can be worked out, and usually depart around 3/3.30. post up if you want to go and which night you would be going. (go to forum to actually post)

Just think. YOU could be a new england champion by this time next week!

Sounds like a fun time, you should all go check it out.


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Free One Hour Bicycle Repair Clinic

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 22

July 24, 2008
7:00 pmto8:00 pm
July 31, 2008
7:00 pmto8:00 pm
August 7, 2008
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

Boston’s Ski Market (they sell bikes) is offering free bicycle clinics every Thursday. These look like a good one hour way to learn a simple bicycle task. Check it out, hey it’s free!

Free Bike Clinic
Every Thursday – 7-8 pm

* July 24: General Maintenance
* July 31: Basic Flat Repair
* August 7: Shifting 101

Call 617-731-6100 for details!

Boston Ski Market
860 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-731-6100
Fax: 617-232-4004

Store Hours:
Monday – Friday 10:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday 9:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm


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80 OZ. To Freedom- Regulatorssssss!

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 07

August 9, 2008
2:00 pm

Mount UP

“stop asking questions. no loopholes. the flyer is pretty clear. ”

Yes, yes it is my friend, this should be epic.


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Boston By Bike…At Night

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 07

August 9, 2008
11:15 pm

In 1989 The Back Bay Midnight Pedalers started making an annual tour of historic and architectural sites in the Boston area. The ride usually occurs in mid-to-late August, beginning just before midnight on a Saturday night and running until a little after sunrise on Sunday. The ride route and length varies, but is usually around 30 miles.

Pictures from 2002.

Pictures from 2003.

Pictures from 2004.

Pictures from 2005.

No pictures from the August 20, 2006 ride — too much rain, not enough photogenic things.

Pictures from 2007.

Ham radio operators who are interested in helping with communication should contact jweiss at mit.edu.

Information on the 2008 ride was recently mailed out. From that flyer:

Boston By Bike…At Night
Midnight ’til dawn
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Twentieth Annual Tour of Architectural and Historic Sites Meet at *11:15pm* in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective; helmet recommended. Commemorative T-shirts available. Bring something for breakfast Sunday in Christopher Columbus Park. **Please bring a spare inner tube that fits your tires.** Sponsored by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers For information call 617-522-0259


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Mud Hog Trail Race

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 31

August 10, 2008
11:00 am

This looks really really fun. Get out of the city, get dirty, have some fun. August 10th at 11am sharp!

got this in the mail today

Hey there Mud Lovers!

Here it is….we are down to the final weeks before the Mud Hog Trail Race, its almost time to put on your helmet and strap on your shoes! August 10 will be your chance to start tossin’ around the mud….

A lot of you have already registered, and we can’t wait to see you on race day. For those of you that haven’t, what are you waiting for? This years race will be quite an event, 3 out of 4 of the obstacles will be completely different and totally unexpected. Be ready for some exciting, and unique race obstacles.

News and Info:
• We have partnered with another sponsor to bring you a new raffle!! FuelBelt has donated Summit Water Bottle Holders so that we can raffle them off to registered participants on race day. Register now and you will be automatically entered in the raffle.
• The race course is set!! It has been updated on our website, so you can check out a new map, complete with the location of the obstacles, start and finish. Click here.
Bike Rentals:
• I’ve had some questions about rentals for those of you who don’t have bikes. Both Gunstock and Back Bay Bicycles have rentals available, but make sure to book them as soon as you can!
More Emails?
• Some of you were also worried with the race upcoming that we would stop sending you emails…don’t worry, I will make sure to keep you as updated as possible! Don’t forget, Run Hard, Bike Hard and Finish Dirty!!
• Volunteer!: The Mud Hog is constantly looking for volunteers to run the show on race day. We’ll be in need for race course marshals and registration helpers throughout the day, so if you aren’t up for running and biking, volunteer and you still get to enjoy most of what the Mud Hog has to offer!
• Facebook! I’ve set up both a Facebook group called Mud Lovers! and a Facebook event which you can use to invite your friends to the Mud Hog. Join us on Facebook and tell your mud loving friends to Finish Dirty!!

There is still plenty of time to register, sign up now and find out more here

The Mud Hog Trail Race sponsors Breathe NH (formerly American Lung Association of NH), and we are hoping to make a large contribution to the Breathe NH this year with your help.

Check out there website for more details http://www.MudHogRace.com


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Dot Bike Events

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 08

August 12, 2008
6:00 pmto7:30 pm
August 13, 2008
5:30 pm
6:00 pmto7:30 pm
August 22, 2008
7:00 am

OTHER PLACES TO FIND DOTBIKE IN AUGUST

* Representative Marie St.-Fleur Community Hot Dog nights;

Tuesday August 12th 6-7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Teen Center 294 Bowdoin St.
Wednesday August 13th 6-7:30 p.m. at Project Hope 555 Dudley St.

DotBike will have demos, safety checks and giveaways at these events.

* Our monthly DotBike commute ride home Wednesday August 13th at 5:30 p.m. from the Boston Common down Dot Ave to Dorchester.
see http://dotbike.bostonbiker.org/dot-bike-ride-home/ for more info

* Boston Bike Friday August 22nd at 7:00 a.m.

Ride with DotBike and others with a police escort up Dorchester Ave. to City Hall Plaza for free breakfast and bike expo. See http://www.cityofboston.gov/bikes/bikefridays.asp to sign up or for more info.

For more information on all these and other upcoming events check out our event calendar at www.dotbike.org or email us at [email protected]


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Salem Witches Cup Race

Written by Boston Biker on May 29

August 13, 2008

This event sounds awesome. You know you want to go race the crap out of this…

witches cup

From the website

The Witches Cup is a criterium – a short fast bicycle race requiring a mix of good technical skills. In particular, riders must have the ability to corner rapidly and sharply — and ride safely with a large group on a short circuit and have exceptional fitness to attack other riders and repeatedly accelerate hard from corners..

Race Date: 13 August 2008


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Mass BikePike Tour

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 26

August 14, 2008toAugust 17, 2008

Mass BikePike Tour: August 14 –17, 2008

The goal of this annual multi-day ride across the state is to celebrate cycling in the Commonwealth. Join us for all the excitement as we explore Massachusetts, coasting through the beautiful countryside of rolling fields, majestic woods, and picturesque towns. This year, the tour begins in Lincoln and ends as we parade down Main Street in the bustling city of Northampton, a center of the region’s thriving crafts and music scene. Proceeds from the Mass BikePike Tour benefit MassBike! Discounted registration is available thru the end of January.

The ride is limited to 100 cyclists, so register today!
For more info on registration, the routes, ride planning, etc., click here.

Ride Leaders Needed! The Mass BikePike Tour is also looking for volunteer rider leaders. In return, your registration fee will be waived and you may be eligible for some great giveaways. In order to qualify, you must have experience leading rides, be available for all 4 days, and be able ride or drive the routes prior to the tour. If you are interested, contact Bruce Lederer at [email protected]


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