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Help Support MassBike!

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 02

From the email:

What’s on your bucket list?

Is it to spend a whole week cycling with friends through gorgeous scenery?

Or do you want to kick it up a notch and try skydiving?

You can do it all at Cycle Massachusetts, the famous statewide charity tour that is also known as the Friendliest Ride in the East. We’re delighted to welcome cyclists for a weekend or a whole week depending on YOUR schedule.  Here’s some highlights for 2017:

  • Cycle Club Discount – we’ve made it super-convenient to join up with friends – just use our special club signup page!
  • Jump from a plane!  That’s right – you’ll have the option to cycle to Jumptown in Orange, MA, and try skydiving!
  • Three states in one ride – not only do we explore Massachusetts, but we’ll ride the quiet roads of Vermont and New Hampshire as well.
  • Family riding weekend! Our opening weekend is especially family-friendly complete with shorter rides to kid-approved destinations, a popsicle party, and an all-ages outdoor movie!

We’re excited to welcome riders to our fantastic start/finish location at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts.  With two nights on their lovely campus, and two nights each in Putney, VT, and Orange, MA, you’ll have time to explore the most scenic vistas, visit local landmarks, and savor each experience with new friends.  We promise something fun to see or do every 10 miles.

Cycle Massachusetts is from August 5th through 11th (2, 4, 5, and 7 day options available) and all proceeds support the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition.  Sign up today: The registration deadline is July 15th, and Cycle Massachusetts is limited to 150 riders!


Tweet:  Bring your friends to @ma_cycle , the Friendliest Ride in the East – great scenery, super food, and skydiving!


Facebook post:  Plan a summer getaway to Cycle Massachusetts, the Friendliest Ride in the East…now with a SKYDIVING option!  Bring your friends (there’s a group discount!) and ride for a week; bring your kids to our special family-friendly weekend.  Ride the lovely Pioneer Valley and into VT and NH too!  Something fun to see or do every 10 miles!  And yes – you can even jump out of a plane on your rest day.  All proceeds benefit Massbike – make 2017 your year to explore the Bay State by bike.

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See You Tonight At The Boston Cyclists Union Soul Party!

Written by greg on Apr 25

hummugGreg Hum plays drums on his bike, organizes the annual Midnight Marathon Bike Ride, and shares stories and more on his personal blog, The Humble Cyclist. Tweet at him, bro: @thehum


Tonight, the Boston Cyclists Union is hosting their Second Annual Spring Kickoff Party. Here’s the scoop from the Facebook event page:


Order tickets via Eventbrite:


On Thursday, April 25 we’re expecting over 300 guests at our second annual Spring Kickoff party and this year it’s all about the soul of the bike movement. What brought you to where you are today? What got you so all-fired interested in making Boston the best biking city in the world? Where is all that fire coming from?
Be thinking about this as you enjoy free beer, free food, and Northern Soul you can really move to. You know we always throw a good party and this time we’re hoping to pack this venue with people, but keep you’re eyes here or on our Facebook page to hear about our special guests, DJs, beer donors, and food donors as they express their support for a Boston that’s safe for everyone to mount a bike and ride, from 6 years old on up to 97.
If you come, you’ll enjoy free beer from Cambridge Brewing Co. and Boston Beer Co., free food from El Pelon, M&M Ribs, Chow Thai and other awesome local businesses, and you can take a peek at some amazing bikes from Boston Classic Bikes.
You’ll also have a chance to enter the raffle and win a new bike or other gear with a $750 gift certificate from Ashmont Cycles in Dorchester. Before and after a crazy short 15-minute presentation about what we’ve accomplished and the year ahead, join the Soul Dance Party with DJ Trislam and DJ Dandy Dan.


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Please thank our fantastic event sponsors for supporting better biking in Boston:

  • Jason & Fischer Attorneys at Law
  • Ashmont Cycles
  • Buckle Farm
  • Cambridge Brewing Co.
  • El Pelon
  • M&M Ribs
  • Boston Beer Co.
  • Chow Thai Café
  • DuVine Cyling & Adventure
  • Flat Top Johnny’s
  • Katalyst Kombucha
  • M&M Ribs
  • Noelle Janka Yoga
  • Nola’s Fresh Foods
  • Sarah Freeman and Sam Sherwood
  • Siva Cycle
  • Spindrift Soda
  • Phi Tran, Bike Union Board president
  • Van Shabu & Bar
  • Zipcar

The event is free to all Union members over 21–if you are not yet a member or need to renew your membership, buying an Eventbrite ticket makes you a member

We hope to see you there!!!

Please note that this is a 21+ event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our members. Refunds for those under 21 are available by calling 617-620-1989—but our future events will be all ages and your membership will be good for entry to those for one year.


I’ll be volunteering at the registration table from 7-8pm. Be sure to say hi or give me a high-five! I’ll see you all there!



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Bikes Not Bombs Tool Fundraiser And Potluck!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 02

Bikes Not Bombs is awesome, help them out with their tool fund!


Bikes Not Bombs Tool Fundraiser and Potluck!

Friday, March 26th

BNB Hub – 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
6pm-7pm – Potluck
7pm-7:30 – Youth Presentation
7:30-8pm – International Presentation

Bikes Not Bombs is having an evening of potluck and presentations to benefit the tool supply for the youth program space and international programs, and needs your help! Since BNB works on thousands of bicycles every year through our educational programming and preparing bicycles for international delivery, the tools get a lot of use! BNB is conducting a fundraiser to help buy more bicycle repair tools for youth and international programs. Please join us as we hear updates from the youth instructors and our international programs director, back from touring several of BNB’s projects. It will be a night to remember and fun for all!

Tickets will be available at the door, but purchasing in advance is strongly recommended. Tickets are $10-25 on a sliding scale and can be found through the website ( When purchasing, please indicate what dish you intend to share. Even if you can’t attend, please consider a donation!

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MassBike Fundraiser: Kyrgyzstan To Kathmandu, A 6-Month Bicycle Adventure

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 08

This looks pretty epic, mark your calendars. (stolen from MassBike)

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Don’t Miss this inspiring slide show about a physical and cultural bicycle journey across Central Asia. Listen to Sage Cohen from the Boston University School of Public Health tell her tale of cycling across some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain on earth. Be inspired, and awed by this amazing bicycle journey through Kyrgyztan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Tibet and Nepal.

Arrive at 6:30 to enjoy light refreshments with new and familiar friends – presentation at 7pm.

This event is a benefit fundraiser for MassBike, all donations will go to support MassBike. Sliding scale admission ($5 minimum, $10 suggested $40 or more gets you a free MassBike membership).

Thursday March 18th, 6:30-9pm at the BU George Sherman Union. 775 Comm. Ave (2nd floor conference auditorium)

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MassBike Presents Bike Night! Only Two Days Left To Buy Tickets Online!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 16

Two Days to Bike Night 2009: Buy Tickets Now!
Bike Night 2009: A Party to Support Bicycling!

Saturday, April 18, 2009, 5-8pm

Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation
154 Moody Street, Waltham MA 02453 map

Click here for Regular Admission

Give yourself the VIP Package and help MassBike even more

The Event: Join us at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation on Saturday, April 18 from 5 to 8 pm, MassBike’s Bike Night includes a cocktail reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent and live auctions, bicycling advocacy awards, advocacy and industry displays from geekhouse bikes, Zipcar, Ciclismo Classico, Urban AdvenTours, and more, and live music from The Moving Co. and Jess Baggia. Advance tickets recommended, tickets may not be available at the door. MassBike members save $10!
Food and Drink: Thanks to the generosity of several local businesses, we will have light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with beer provided by Harpoon. Have your appetizer course at Bike Night, then try one of the many great restaurants in Waltham and beyond. Food sponsors include Redbones, Unos, Margaritas, In-A-Pickle, Jake’s Dixie Roadhouse, Grasshopper, Iggy’s, Russo’s, Idylwilde Farm , and Whole Foods.

Live and Silent Auctions: You won’t want to miss this year’s auction!

* A coveted spot in this year’s sold-out Harpoon Brewery to Brewery Ride (B2B)
* A day on the Dutch Bicycle Company’s Conference Bike with your friends
* Ride along “on the beat” with the Cambridge Police Bike Patrol
* Own Sheldon Brown’s mountain bike!
* Cycling get-away packages to Martha’s Vineyard, Northampton, Provincetown
* And much more! Click here for a full auction listing

Bikes, Bikes, and More Bikes: We’ve got the whole museum to ourselves, including the special exhibit “The Wheelmen’s Machine – The Bicycle and its Innovators”, with high-wheelers, classic bikes, and more! Ride your bike to Bike Night and use our free Valet Bike Parking! We’ve even got a group ride from Boston to Bike Night – contact Doug Mink for ride details.

The museum is also easily accessible via the MBTA, and public parking is available. Click here for transportation information

Volunteers Needed: We need people to help out with various Bike Night duties. If you would like to get in for free in exchange for a little old fashioned work, please contact James ([email protected]).

There’s still time to become a Bike Night sponsor! Contact David Watson for sponsorship packages.

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The Word On The Street

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