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Cranks Giving!

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 20

From the F-book:

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Saturday, November 22 at 1:00pm in EST
Copley Square
Copley Sq, Boston, Massachusetts 02116

First annual Cranksgiving Boston bike ride! Bring a bike, a bag, and a lock. This event is FREE but you’ll need about $15 to buy food to donate to The Greater Boston Food Bank and the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Part scavenger hunt, part food drive, and part bike ride. As a grass roots event, Cranksgiving allows the Boston cycling community to give back to the neighborhoods we ride in and the city we love.

Navigate the streets of the Greater Boston area and the aisles of grocery stores searching for specific food items. Once you’ve found them and made your way through the checkout lines to the finish line, all of your food will be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank and the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Registration begins at 1pm in Copley Square in front of Trinity Church. The ride begins at 2pm. The afterparty will be held at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville. It’s gonna be awesome!

Interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteering? Please email us at [email protected] for more details!

#CranksgivingBOS

A HUGE thank-you to our sponsors! We really appreciate your generous support of this event!

Bikes Not Bombs
Superb Bicycle
Ula Cafe
Al Freshco
Ferris Wheels Bike Shop
Aeronaut Brewing Company
God & Famous
Havoc Baggage
KRYPTONITE
Pike Powder Coating
Bern Unlimited
Flat Top Johnny’s
Ride Crazy Boston


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Help MIT Students Test Outdoor Bicycle Training Device

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 14

From the email, looks like fun!

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We are engineering students at MIT who are building a device (Terrainer) for competitive cyclists to train outdoors.  To further improve our project, we are looking for competitive cyclists to help test and provide feedback on our product.

We would really appreciate it if you can help us with our first round of testing this weekend outside Z-Center on the opposite side of its Vassar entrance, closer to Kresge (120 Vassar, Cambridge, MA 02139) or inside Z-Center if raining:

Friday, 10am-8pm (except 1-2pm)
Saturday, 10am-6pm
Sunday, 10am-8pm
Below is a doodle so you can sign up for a 15-min slot with your availability: http://doodle.com/xzhse2m74ce7yysz. Even if you are running late or can’t commit, please feel free to stop by during any of the times listed above.

We will provide a bike and a prototype, so you will not need to bring anything else.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  We appreciate your time!

Best,
MIT Terrainer Development Team


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Help Bring “Half The Road” To Boston

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 05

From the email, looks pretty awesome

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Join us at the Fenway Landmark Theater on Wednesday, November 19th at 6:30 pm for a one-time screening of “Half the Road.”  To ensure that the event is a success, tickets should be purchased by November 11th.

Boston’s film scene is about to get velorutionized. On November 19th, Boston Bikes will host a one-time screening of “Half the Road” at the Fenway Landmark Theater. This is an incredible opportunity that we can make happen with your help. The screening last spring at the Kendall Theater sold out in advance, so get your tickets now.

The groundbreaking documentary by pro-cyclist and director Kathryn Bertine explores the passion, pitfalls & power of women’s professional cycling. The film focuses on both the joy of sport and the challenges of inequality that female riders face today in a male-dominated world of cycling. As the filmmakers describe, “We thought we were making a movie about women’s professional cycling. Then it turned into a film about equality, told through the medium of kick a$$ female athletes.”

We’ll follow the screening with some of Boston’s own super star women on wheels — like Sara Bresnick, who has been a professional cyclist since 2002, competing nationally and internationally at mountain, road, and cyclocross events. Join us for this discussion and Q&A about the realities for female cyclists.

Boston bike friends, this is our chance to see this film on the big screen at the Fenway Landmark Theater. But tickets have to be sold in advance! Grasp life by the handlebars and get your ticket NOW. (Then get another for your best buddy cause no one’s going to want to miss this film).

Here’s what the Village Voice had to say about “Half the Road.” Powerful stuff, let’s make sure Boston gets to see it.


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14th Annual Boston Halloween Bike Ride Is Tomorrow!

Written by greg on Oct 30

stay a kid thumbGreg Hum (Contributor) plays drums on his bike, gets people together for really big midnight and monthly bike rides, and is easily distracted by shiny things and fried potatoes. He shares stories and more on his personal bike blog, The Humble Cyclist.
Connect with Greg on  Twitter | YouTube 

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Tomorrow is Boston’s 14th annual Boston Halloween Bike Ride, by far my personal favorite group bike ride in Boston. Last year over 500 riders showed up in costume. This year’s Halloween Bike Ride includes a NEW starting location in Copley Square, neighborhood convoys to the starting point, and a pretty epic after-party in Allston’s Wonderbar. Let’s get spooky. Description below:

*Official Website
*Facebook Event Page (680 attendees an counting!!)

2014 Halloween Bike Ride: October 31st at 7:30 PM

Join us for a scary ride around Boston on Halloween night! Jaw dropping costumes! Ear popping trailer tunes! Traffic stopping magnitude!

RSVP and invite your friends to the Facebook Event!

Official starting location at Copley Square:

    • Friday October 31st, 2014
    • Meet at 7:30 pm. We roll at 8:00 pm pronto!
    • Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts

    Convoys to the start

    • Allston – meet at 6:30 pm outside Jackson Mann Community Center, 500 Cambridge St
    • BU campus – meet at 5:00 pm in STO 442 for a pre-party
    • Cambridge – meet at 6:45 pm near Toscanini sqaure, Mass Ave
    • Dorchester – meet at 6:30 pm at the Fields Corner Playground
    • Jamaica Plain – meet at 6:30 pm at the Green St T stop
    • Somerville – meet at 6:30 pm in Union Sq by the Hubway station
    • South Boston – meet at 6:45 in the parking lot at 480 West Broadway near Perkins Square

Route

Details to be released soon

After party

Bring your bike lock! (Everyone will be locking their bikes to the abundant fences near the venue.)

Wonder Bar
186 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134
10 pm – 2 am
21+
No cover!
Free food, thanks to our sponsors!

    • Bike Safe Boston
    • Hub Bicycle Co.
hbrsharkweek

Every Halloween Bike Ride is Shark Week! Photo courtesy of Mikk Olli


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Bikey Face Has A Book!

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 20

Oh Man!  This thing looks awesome, buy five and give them out to every cyclist you know!

Go here right now, buy them!

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Announcing the first Bikeyface book, Bike ThereBike There is a 24 page mini-comic on how to bike around a city. The mini-comic is an introduction to transportation bicycling that was inspired by this original post for bike curious and new bicyclists (as well as any other bicyclists who love to laugh, bike, and share the lifestyle.)

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The comic contains some illustrations that have appeared online as well as new ones. All illustrations have been updated and rendered in full color. And while there are many bicycling guides out there, Bike There is a little more humorous and a little less stuffy. You can get it here!


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Fall Foliage Musical Mystery Ride!

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 14

I personally know this event is going to be awesome, because our own Greg Hum is involved, anything he touches is pure magical bicycle fun!

From Facebook:

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The air is getting crisper. The days are getting shorter. The grocery aisles are filled with candy corn and decorative gourds don your neighbor’s front porch. Yes! Autumn is upon us! Come join us to view some lovely Fall colors on our spookiest, most colorful, warm and coziest Musical Mystery Ride yet! We’ll meet at the Longwood T stop at 12:30pm and head out at 1pm. The route is a mystery with several stops along the way for lovely musical acts. We will end at Franklin Park around 6pm. Bring delicious seasonal snacks for sharing with any ghouls we meet along the way and warm, toasty beverages for sipping while listening to the bands play! And remember those mittens–it might get a bit nippy out there!

As always, the pace will be leisurely and friendly. See you there!


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Silver Maple Forest Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 30

This looks pretty awesome, especially around this time of year.

From the email:

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Friends of the Alewife Reservation (main contact)
www.friendsofalewifereservation.org
617-415-1884
info@friendsofalewifereservation.org

October 18th, 11 am
Meet at the Alewife T entrance near Jerry’s Pond.

Join the Friends of Alewife Reservation, Green Cambridge, and Silver Maple
Forest Alliance
for a 3.4 mile family friendly bike ride on
Saturday, October 18th at 11:00 am.


This short ride will last about an hour, and showcase the regional natural
resource that is the Alewife Reservation. The Silver Maple forest in
particular, which is under threat of being clear cut, will be the center of
the ride. Meet us at the Alewife T entrance near Jerry’s Pond!


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Interesting Theoretical Intersection Re-Design

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 04

Protected Intersections For Bicyclists from Nick Falbo on Vimeo.

An interesting proposal, I am not totally sold, but I like where this is going. The left turns across pedestrian traffic worry me slightly, but honestly it probably wouldn’t be that bad, as the cyclists would have to slow to turn anyway.


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