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Intro To Bicycle Commuting

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 22

May 3, 2011
8:00 pm

Got this in the email, all you millions of new people I see on the streets go to something like this…please.


May 3, 8:00 PM Free Clinic: Tuesday May 3, 8:00 PM
Free and open to all
Bikes Not Bombs Retail Bike Shop
18 Bartlett Sq. Jamaica Plain

Intro to Bicycle Commuting
Want to start riding to work or school? Need some tips on how to manage it? We’ll go over things like fenders, racks, panniers, and other equipment, plus basic maintenance tips to keep your daily ride happy.

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Hub Bicycle Fix A Flat Clinics (Free)

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 25

February 2, 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
March 2, 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
April 6, 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
May 4, 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
June 1, 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
July 6, 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
August 3, 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
September 7, 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
October 5, 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
November 2, 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
December 7, 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Got this in the email, can’t beat free!


When: 1st Weds of every month (2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4, 6/1, 7/6, 8/3, 9/7, 10/5. 11/2 and 12/7), 7-9pm

How much?: FREE! (no joke)

Where: Hub Bicycle Co, 918 Cambridge St., Cambridge

There’s limited space so email info(at)hubbicycle(dot)com to reserve your spot.

This is a basic class, no bike knowledge necessary. Really. Don’t be intimidated. No need to bring your own bike, we’ll have some here. You’ll learn about fixing flat tires (the most common bike problem), as well as
at-home maintenance that’ll help keep your bike healthy.

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Bike Movie Night: Breaking Away

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 23

May 6, 2011
6:30 pm

Breaking Away at Bike Movie Night
Friday, May 6, 6:30pm
Agassiz Community Center, 20 Child Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Get in the mood for the spring biking season! Ferris Wheels Bike Shop and Boston City Councilor Matt O’ Malley bring you bike movie nights at Agassiz Community Center. Tonigt’s movie is Breaking Away, starring Dennis Quaid and Dennis Christopher (1979). Four teenagers in Bloomington, Indiana, who have graduated from high school, are not sure what they want to do with their lives. One of the boys is obsessed with cycling and seeks to find himself through competitive cycling. Academy Award winner and fan favorite! PG. This event is FREE. Popcorn and soda available. For information, contact Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, 66 South Street, 617-524-BIKE, or Councilor O’ Malley’s office, 617-635-4220.

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MassBike Spins: Train Day Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 19

May 7, 2011
9:45 am

Got this in the email, looks fun


MassBike Spins Presents:

3rd Annual National Train Day Ride

What: To celebrate National Train Day, we will follow the routes of parts of the old Eastern and Boston & Maine Railroads north of Boston.  Along the way, we will stop to look at a number of historic railroad stations and talk about the competition between the Eastern and the B & M in the years before and after the Civil War.


Today, parts of these old railroads are still used by Amtrak and the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad, but many of the branches have been abandoned, and some of them are (hopefully) in the process of being converted into bike paths.  Some are even being considered for the restoration of passenger train service.


When and Where: Meet Saturday May 7, 2011, 2009 at 9:45 AM at North Station.  Make sure that you leave enough time to buy your ticket and get onto the train to Beverly Farms by 10:15!


The route is 30 miles and most of it is pretty flat and level.  We will average about 5 miles per hour, so the ride should be an easy one for most cyclists.  We’ll stop to look a the stations in Beverly Farms, Pride’s Crossing, Beverly, Danvers Junction, Swampscott, Saugus, Cliftondale, Malden, and Park Street in Medford, and you will get a chance to ride parts of the proposed bike paths in Danvers and Saugus.  We’ll also make a stop for lunch in Danvers Plains, and will finish late afternoon, probably around 5:00.  After the ride, you can catch the Orange Line (bikes are permitted all day on Saturday) at Malden or Wellington (about 2 miles).  Hybrid bikes recommended, but road bikes are OK. Helmets required. Steady rain cancels.


For more information contact Dick Bauer <[email protected]>

MassBike Spins

National Train Day 2011

National Train Day Ride 2011-The Eastern Railroad and the B&M

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Bikes Not Bombs Bike To Work Week Yard Sale

Written by Boston Biker on May 04

May 14, 2011
11:00 amto3:00 pm

Another fun event from BNB


Saturday May 14 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
This is our BIKE TO WORK WEEK Event! we’ll be raffling off the ultimate commuter generator lighting dynamo wheel, light and tire set! (Shimano dynohub, planet bike light, and Schwalbe Marathon tire set! PLUS we’re
having a YARD SALE! Come score awesome bargains at our yard sale, rain or shine. We’ll be putting out new stuff at special yard sale rates, plus a new cache of new bike shoes at $15/pair (various sizes)! Not to be missed!

Bikes Not Bombs Retail Bike Shop 18 Bartlett Sq. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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Dorchester Pub Crank

Written by Boston Biker on May 12

May 15, 2011
5:00 pm

Got this in the email, looks like a fun time. More info here.


Adding to the amazing bike affinity and hipness of Dorchester… We received an anonymous tip that the first ever Dorchester Pub Crank will be held Sunday May 15th, starting at 5 pm. After an extensive web-search for the term “pub crank” we are also claiming it to be the first ever pub crank in the world. Our understanding is that a pub crank is like a pub crawl, but the participants ride (responsibly) on bikes from one establishment to the next.

It begins at the Banshee (934 Dorchester Ave.), and then continues on to Savin Bar and Kitchen, Harp & Bard, dbar, Blaney Stone, Centre Bar, The Ledge, Tavolo, and concludes (probably pretty late) at the Ashmont Grill.

There are important rules that must be followed:
Participants are disqualified for:
a. Being hit by a car
b. Crashing
c. Not having at least 3 drinks

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Ride Of Silence 2011

Written by Boston Biker on May 13

May 18, 2011

More from MassBike


Upcoming Ride Of Silence To Raise Bike Safety Awareness

MassBike will lead the Boston-area Ride of Silence on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, one of hundreds of such rides taking place worldwide in memory of bicyclists killed or injured while riding on public roads. The ride occurs during Bay State Bike Week, the statewide celebration of bicycling.We’ve seen lots of you riding this spring, and we urge as many of you as possible to attend this important ride. We need to send a strong message to the public that bicyclist safety on the roads is an important issue that affects many people. Let us know if you plan to attend by RSVPing to [email protected]

The idea of the Ride of Silence is to draw attention to the human toll caused by roads that are poorly designed for bicycling and by motorists who fail to drive safely around bicyclists. While biking remains a generally safe mode of travel, it is still important to note that we bicyclists do have significant vulnerabilities that may not be recognized or fully appreciated by the general public, and motorists in particular. This ride highlights the fact that as gas prices rise and more people take to the streets on two wheels, we all need to slow down a little and exercise good judgment.

The ride will depart Seven Hills Park behind the Davis Square MBTA Station in Somerville at 7pm (plan to arrive no later than 6:45pm so we can depart promptly), then make its way through Cambridge to Boston where it will conclude at the Charles Street entrance to the Boston Common. The six-mile ride will take place in total silence, at a slow pace, with only signs worn by the riders to explain the purpose of the ride. The route intentionally takes busy streets in order to draw the greatest amount of attention, though the riders take care to follow the law and minimize interference with motor vehicle traffic.

The ride will conclude with brief remarks at Boston Common. If you would like the name of a friend or relative who has been killed or injured in a bike crash to be read aloud, please notify us at [email protected] Also, if you would like to say a few words at the end of the ride, we welcome your thoughts.

In addition to the Boston-area ride, there are rides in Leominster and Worcester. Check our calendar or the Ride of Silence website for details.

MassBike has led this ride for several years, and the opportunity to ride silently and think about those whose lives have been changed or ended because of a bike crash, and everyone we’re trying to protect by raising public awareness and advocating for better roads, has always proven to be meaningful. Please take some time to join us for this very important event.

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Ciclismo Classico 2nd Annual Bike Film Fest

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 22

May 18, 2011
7:00 pmto10:00 pm

Got this in the email, looks like a nice night, and for a good cause.



Ciclismo Classico 2nd Annual Bike Film Festival

Transformation through Active Travel

With Special Guests Richard Fries and Nicole Friedman

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA

For more information call 1.800.866.7314




Arlington, MA  March 14, 2011   A highlight to this year’s Bike Week, Ciclismo Classico, the world leaders in bicycle vacations, is proud and excited to present its 2nd annual family-friendly bike film festival to be held on May 18th at the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington, a block away from the Minuteman Bikeway.  This year, the theme is “Transformation through Bicycle Travel.


In collaboration with the Boston Bike Film Festival held each October, the mission of this festival is to showcase the best bike travel films by professionals, Ciclismo guides and travelers.  There will be refreshments and raffle prizes.  This event is also a fundraiser for the statewide advocacy group, MassBike.


“Because of its total immersion into sensory experiences”, says Ciclismo owner and founder Lauren Hefferon, “bicycle travel with all its colors, sounds, heart-pounding excitement and soulful, personal exhilaration lends itself beautifully to the film medium.”


Last year’s first-place filmmaker, Patria Lanfranchi, now a travel consultant and guide with Ciclismo Classico, is helping to organize this year’s fest.   The winner, selected by Ciclismo panel comprised of guests and staff, will be awarded the Golden Wheel award and a FREE Ciclismo Classico 2012 bicycle tour.  Runner-up prizes will also be awarded.



About Ciclismo Classico

As a specialized boutique bicycle tour operator since 1988, Ciclismo Classico provides the most authentic, unique and exciting vacations in the adventure travel industry. By combining legendary service and rare cultural experiences, the Ciclismo travel experience continues to energize and transform each and every guest. Ciclismo Classico is also a member of Trusted Adventures,, a consortium of award-winning travel companies matching active individuals, families and groups on nature and culture adventures throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. For more information, visit


About Special Guest  Nicole Freedman, Director, Boston Bikes

Nicole Freedman currently works as Director of Bicycle Programs for the City of Boston.  The program is part of Mayor Menino’s vision for healthy, sustainable communities and neighborhoods.  Since the initiative began in 2007, the City has turned around its reputation. Boston has currently the 10th highest ridership of all major US cities and has recently been recognized as the “Future Best City” by Bicycling Magazine.


Nicole attended MIT before graduating with a degree in Urban Planning from Stanford University in 1994.  Nicole is also a 12 year veteran of the professional cycling world and competed for the US in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sidney.  She currently coaches the MIT men’s and women’s cycling team.Richard Fries


About our MC Richard Fries

With 35 years of experience, Richard Fries is a bicycle evangelist. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., he graduated from the University of South Florida where he started a racing career that would include a stint in Spain. He earned a masters in journalism from Northeastern University and worked as a reporter. He published The Ride Magazine for 14 years and worked as a producer and on-air commentator for the Outdoor Life Network. As as a race announcer he has called the world championships in cyclo-cross and road racing. He has worked as marketing director for Pedro’s USA and the Audi Best Buddies Challenge rides. Having organized six national championships, he presently oversees the Providence Cyclo-Cross Festival. Fries  also serves as a development advisor for Bikes Belong. He lives on a bike path in Lexington, Mass., with his wife and three children.


About Film Fest Director Cat Bryant:

Cat Bryant, a film major in college, moved to Boston for school and stayed for the biking and filmmaking, but also resorted to other ways of making a living.  In 2005, she founded the Boston Bike Film Festival, New England’s only non-profit bike film festival, in conjunction with Hub on Wheels.  The festival now supports other cycling advocacy groups, such as Mass Bike and Bike


About MassBike

The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.  Mass Bike is located at 171 Milk Street Boston.  (

About the Boston Bike Film Festival in October

The Boston Bike Film Festival, held each fall, is a nonprofit promoting the art of the cycling film and is the only non-profit cycling film festival in New England.  Now in its 7th year, the BBFF supports cycling advocacy groups such as Mass Bike and Bikes Not Bombs.  (


The historic Regent Theatre, built in 1916 and one of the last remaining theatres of its kind, is located at 7 Medford Street, Arlington, Mass.

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