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April Ghouls Day Ride April 30th!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 25

Unbeknownst to me there is another holiday at the end of April called April Ghouls day…or at least that is what the good folks at Dot Bike would have us believe.

From the email:

You heard it here first! — April Ghoul’s Day, that overlooked holiday on the other side of the month  😉  And we’re celebrating with a bike ride!
Join us on Saturday, April 30th for a scenic tour of some of Dorchester’s most famous burying grounds. Ride will be led by David Duncan, departing from home.stead café at 10am sharp. Event is rain or shine. For more details see flyer attached.April Ghoul's Day Edits-1


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Fairmount, Neponset And Green Links Ride On Saturday (Canceled)

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 30

From the email:


This Saturday we will have a bike ride on the Fairmount Greenway route, along the Neponset Greenway, and learn more about how the City is working to connect Franklin Park to the harbor through the Green Links initiative.  We will leave from the Let’s Get Moving event (like a play street event), so if get there early feel free to check it out. 

The Details

And please tell your friends. The more the merrier.  Details here (pdf).
The ride has been canceled due to weather.

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Bike In Movie!

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 05

Got this event forwarded to me, looks like a great time!
Summer is here, and the time is ripe for outdoor viewing of classic 70’s cycling movies!
Join us Saturday night, August 8, at the Somerville Bike Kitchen at 339R Summer St (sprout). We’re showing the epic movie, Breaking Away, starting at 8PM and food and drinks starting at 7PM. There is also a pre-ride hosted by Femmechanics, more info on their Facebook event page here!
Somerville Bike Kitchen is a bike repair co-op near Davis Square with all the tools, know-how, elbow grease, and grease grease that an amateur bike mechanic needs. You can currently join us Tuesday nights from 6-9PM for open shop. Come fix, build, or poke-at your bike and become a member!

Femmechanics is a group of FTW (femme/trans/women) cyclists in the Boston area. They organize open shop nights (Grrrease Time), rides, and events to promote an encouraging, supportive atmosphere for people to teach and learn from one another. They’re awesome!

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Boston Green Links Ride Along Columbia July 29, 5:15 PM

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Got this in the email, if you live in the area go for a ride and help improve the road for cyclists!

Here is the link to the PDF with the map mentioned below


Please plan on attending this ride this Wednesday 7/29 from downtown (5:15pm from the Federal Reserve,5:50 at Edward Everett Square) to Franklin Park.  This event has been put together by BTD and Livable Streets.  People with local knowledge are needed to point out the shortcomings in the current roadway designs and to push for better walking, biking and transit in this corridor.  More info below.  Refer also to attached map and flyer.
Thank you,
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Friends and neighbors along Columbia Road:
Please join us for a community bike ride on Columbia Road next Wednesday, July 29, starting at 5:15 downtown (if you are ambitious!) or at 5:50 at Edward Everett Square. We will be making stops along the way, including the wonderful place-making benches that the Four Corners Stop along the Fairmount Line. There are Hubway Stations at both ends of the route if you start at Edward Everett Square.
The ride is part of a series of rides convened by the Landlines Network and is co-hosted by LivableStreets Alliance and the city’s Boston Green Links initiative. I am happy to explain more about Green Links and all of these initiatives, but the basic idea is to connect people to greenways along fun and low-stress walking and biking routes.
Attached is a very nice description of the ride by Amber Christoffersen of LivableStreets Alliance.
Please let me know if you think you can make it.
All my best,

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Ferris Wheels Mega Update:

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 08

From The email:

Get to know your bike with these free workshops

We’re offering two free classes this month at the shop (66 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130):


Get to know your bike! class

Thursday, July 11, 7-8pm
We’ll review the basics of how your bike works to help you become a more confident cyclist. We’ll cover brake adjustments, gear use, proper tire pressure, and chain lubrication, plus anything else you have questions about that we have time to answer! This is a FREE lecture/discussion class. You can RSVP to the class online.
Flat-Fixing Demo
Thursday, July 25, 7-8pm
Watch and learn as we demonstrate how to fix a flat tire. Questions are welcome. This is a FREE lecture/discussion class. You can RSVP to the Flat Fixing Demo here.


Jeffrey shows class how to check tires.  


Click here to forward this email to someone you know who might be interested in these free classes.

MTBIntermediate Mountain Bike Rides 

To join our Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride, call 617-524-2453 or email Biagio. The ride meets Sundays at 4:00pm.
view from a helmet cam on one of our mtb rides
Is this the right ride for me?
This is an intermediate ride. The main goal is to get out in the woods and have some fun on our bikes. We expect at least a basic familiarity with trail riding. . . (READ MORE)

Ride Paceline/Road Training Rides 

Leaving from Ferris Wheels Bike Shop at 7:00am SHARP every Tuesday and Thursday morning are our paceline/road training bike rides, usually led by Jeffrey Ferris. This ride goes out to a 4-mile loop and starts at a slower pace. You can ride just 4 miles or go for 8 miles, 12 miles, etc.


Next ride is Tuesday, July 9.


For more info, stop by the shop or call 617-524-2453.

Ride2 Women’s Road Training Rides 

“This Sunday ride is a 20-mile fitness loop from Cutler Park in Needham, starting at 4:30pm sharp. Most riders are on road bikes (skinny tires, drop handlebars) and are wearing bike shorts and jerseys. I require that riders feel comfortable riding in traffic and know basic safe riding techniques and turn signals; riders must also bring a spare tube that fits their bike, plenty of water, and a helmet. If you don’t have a computer on your bike, I recommend getting one before the ride so you have an idea of whether the ride is a good fit for you. The group is paced between 14 and 17mph.” -Kate


Women on the ride.


The next ride is Sunday, July 7. 


For more info about the Women’s Road Ride, please visit our website or email: [email protected]

YummyPancake Breakfast for Bike Commuters and Friends   

Join us on Friday, July 26 at Ferris Wheels Bike Shop! Come by for slapjacks, real maple syrup, O.J. and chit-chat from 7:00-9:00am.


This is a great way to get yourself out of bed early and meet your J.P. cycling neighbors.

Pancakes just like these could be in your mouth!

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16th Annual Jingle Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 26

Put some antlers on your helmet, tie some jingle bells to your bicycle, and join fellow holiday merrymakers at the 16th Annual Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride.

On Sunday, December 9th, bring family and friends to Arlington for a leisurely and festive bike parade to Boston and back.  This 22-mile ride rolls through Harvard Square, the Charles River bike path along the Esplanade, Boston Common, and Newbury Street – we may stop and sing carols for passersby, or just parade along showing some creative holiday spirit.  We’ll also enjoy hot cocoa and cookies at Harvard Square, courtesy of the Harvard Square Business Association!

Join the Jingle Ride!

Date: Sunday December 9th, 2012 (ride will be cancelled if there is extreme weather)

Time: registration opens at 10:15 AM, ride leaves promptly at 11 AM

Distance: 22-mile leisurely loop from Arlington to Boston and back

Starting point: Jam N’ Java, 594 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington Center, MA

Cost: Suggested donation of $25 (children under 18 are free if accompanied by an adult).  All proceeds go to Horizons for Homeless Children.

RSVP is required. Please RSVP at or contact Marc at 781-646-3377.


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Training And Summer Rides With MassBike

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 22

Trainings and Summer Ride with MassBike

Basics of Better Biking – Seaport District

The Basics of Better Biking class is designed for adults who want to get back into bicycling, improve cycling skills, learn to ride more effectively and safely in traffic, and/or participate in a large-scale benefit ride. This four-hour weekend session provides guided instruction with simple practice drills in a parking lot, easy-paced riding on local roadways for short distances, and group-discussion breaks along the way. Topics covered include bike and helmet fitting, starting and stopping your bike in traffic, shifting gears, scanning and yielding, choosing the correct lane position in the road, handling intersections, and more. This class takes place Saturday, June 23 from 1 – 5, and meets at South Station.

Bikeable Communities Training, Part 1 – Northampton

We are excited to announce our first Bikeable Communities Training! The focus of this training is to work with community members to improve infrastructure and policies which support biking as a means of recreation and transportation. Our first training will focus on effective citizen engagement, with case studies from signature undertakings from around the state. The first training is in Northampton, on June 30th from 1-4pm at the Forbes Library.

Summer Century And Family Fun Ride!

We can’t believe it’s been three years since the Summer Century and Family Fun Ride started out. Last year, everyone had a great time and enjoyed the Red Bones barbeque finishing their rides. This year promises to be everything that has worked well in the past, plus some route modifications to make it even better. We are welcoming riders of all levels to come out and enjoy a great day of riding, while supporting bike advocacy in Massachusetts.

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Beakaway Cycle Kids Charity Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 10

I don’t usually list “for profit” rides, but this one sounds fun, and you can ride it without fundraising if you like.


Bikes Can Beat Childhood Obesity – Join the CYCLE Kids Breakaway Charity Ride on May 20th

· Choose from a hilly 62-mile metric century (perfect for an early season challenge), a scenic 36-mile route, or a fun 5-mile family ride to nearby Codman Farm.

· After the ride, enjoy live music, lawn games, and a gourmet lunch under a tent at the beautiful deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA.

· Acclaimed Chef Paul O’Connell of Chez Henri will be grilling a fresh, savory lunch on site – we’ll bet this is the best you’ll ever eat at a charity ride.

· You decide whether to fundraise or not, depending on which registration fee you choose – it’s up to you!

Celebrate Bike Week 2012 in a meaningful way – give the gift of bicycling to the next generation of CYCLE Kids!

For more information or to sign up today, please visit

PS: we also offer a fantastic “Wellness Sponsor” program if your workplace would like to reward employees with free entries to the ride. Please contact us to learn more about this exciting employee benefit.

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The Word On The Street

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    • Michelle Wu’s Editorial on Biking in Boston July 22, 2016
      TweetThe Boston Globe recently published Boston City Council President Michelle Wu’s thoughts on improving bicyclist safety and promoting bike commuting in Boston by way of protected bike lanes.  It’s been passed around quite a bit in Boston cycling circles, but … Continue reading →
    • I Am Heading Out To The Corn! July 22, 2016
      TweetI am going to be doing my 5th (!) RAGBRAI next week. It’s going to be hot, and fun, try not to break anything while I am gone.   Read some past RAGBRAI stories here.
      Boston Biker
    • Newbury Street Closed To Car Traffic One Day Next Month July 22, 2016
      TweetIn an effort to make it more like downtown crossing Newbury Street will be closed to cars one day next month (Aug 7th). The city’s decision to shut down Newbury Street to vehicular traffic on Sunday, Aug. 7, is drawing … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Councillor Michelle Wu Wants Your Help To Find Places For Better Bike Lanes July 18, 2016
      TweetSo lets tell her!   From Facebook Need some crowd-sourcing help to move protected cycling infrastructure! Can we generate a list of all the road segments in Boston where there’s already a painted bike lane next to parked cars? i.e. … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • No Need To Imagine New Infrastructure, Just Copy What Works July 13, 2016
      TweetHere is something I would love to see here.
      Boston Biker
    • Babes Bike Boston 2! July 9, 2016
      TweetIts happening AGAIN. The Babes Bike Boston race is back! From Femmechanics: Femmechanics ( is hosting our 2nd annual alleycat next Saturday July 16th! BBB is an alleycat for FTW (femme and/or trans* and/or women) riders of all biking abilities, … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Awesome Ad Featuring Boston Bike Polo Players! July 9, 2016
      Tweet Let the Games Begin from Rule Boston Camera on Vimeo. If you have never watched or played bike polo you are missing out, lots of fun, one of the most fun things you can do.
      Boston Biker
    • Cambridge Fast Tracks Inman Square Redesign June 30, 2016
      TweetThe city of Cambridge has decided to fast track the redesign of Inman square after the recent death there. Sigh…seems the best way to get shitty infrastructure fixed is to have someone die in it. We saw the same thing … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Jeff Jacoby Is A Dirty Sleaze Bag Who Tries To Get Attention When Cyclists Die June 29, 2016
      TweetIt seems Jeff Jacoby, resident murderous goon at the Globe, likes to make stupid public statements after cyclists are killed to try and squeeze just a little more attention for himself and his horrific view points.  I wrote way back in … Continue reading →
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    • Drunk Driver Gets 12 Years For Killing Cyclist In Dorchester June 29, 2016
      TweetIn a rare turn of events a motorist was actually sentenced to jail time for killing a cyclists. All it took was him being drunk and driving without a license.  Nothing will bring back young Fritz Philogene, but at least justice … Continue reading →
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