Friday marks the start of the annual North American Hand Built Bicycle Show. It just so happens that our trusty mechanic Ryan has planned a vacation to Sacramento and will be attending. He should be posting a few photos as the show goes along. NAHBS always has some interesting, beautiful, and/or ecelctic builds and Ryan has a pretty honed tasted in bikes. Be sure to keep tuned for what's catching his eye.
Cambridge Bicycle: 2011 Dig This Award Winner
We're excited to announce that Cambridge Bicycle has received a 2011 Dig This Award for Boston's best bike shop for the second year in a row. Thanks to everyone for voting and telling all of Boston who the best bike shop is! Every little bit of support helps us in our mission to provide the best service possible. In celebration of our award we ran another ad. Ben shot and designed it, and our mechanic Ryan did the modeling: And here's a clearer, pre-press digital image: You can see our ad in...
Pedal Power Storefront Murals
On display in our front windows is a series of photo-illustrations by Pedal Power Photography. They're large-scale digital photos with vector drawings applied over. Not only do they look cool, but they also feature two of our employees: Ryan and Morgan. Scope out the detail photos below:
Hamburgers = Anime
We found a broken hamburger bell at the shop today. The bells are made out of plastic (which doesn't ring) so naturally, a plastic bell must have a metal ringer component. It looks like these ones have a secret custom paint job: These should be great stocking stuffers for the bicycle/hamburger/anime enthusiast in your life.
Sprocket Rocket at Superb
This Friday, December 4th from 6pm-8pm, our Boston shop, Superb is opening a show by artist Simon Peplow. This exhibition will be featuring both original work and limited edition prints. His work is very colorful, very fun, and is inspired by his love of cycling. Check out the Superb blog for a preview of the show!
New Repair Sign!
A friend of the shop, Andrew Snowden crafted us a new sign for the repair area of our shop. It's not in it's permanent home in the shop quite yet, but handwork this great would look good anywhere.
L.A. L.A. Land, Part I
On a recent trip to L.A. to visit my friend, I stopped to check out the bike culture out there, which is thriving. I checked out Orange 20 Bicycles and The Bicycle Cafe. Orange 20 has great murals for their storefront (one which features a ninja on a bicycle). The guy that runs Trackasaurusrex was at the front counter. He told me that Robin Williams came in and recently bought a Colnago. (Being in L.A., I'm sure this shop must have some famous clientele.) He also broke my heart when they...
A$$ to Kick #5
One of our employee$, Ben, ha$ hi$ own Zine incorporating $ome amazing drawing$ and in$ight into the underbelly of the Punk and Metal $cene$. Here are $ome $neak peak$ into A$$ to Kick issue #5. Issue #5 will al$o feature a few illu$tration$ for a benefit art $ale in Burlington, VT. Proceed$ are going to the food pantry of the 9th Ward in New Orlean$. $top in and talk to Ben to get your own copy!
Bicycle Film Festival NYC June 17-21
This is Charlie a solid if not accidental member of our community. He was in the other day, like many other days and i asked him about the paint job on his bike. He was not entirely pleased with the job and after he showed me images of his furniture/sculpture i could see that his attention to detail was alot keener than mine. He oversees a design workshop behind us on Front street at M.I.T. and i suggested we would be able to work together on yet another project for the shop or at SUPERB. His...
Bailey Works Art Project
I took a couple days off to explore Portsmouth and i tripped onto the Ello gallery and shop. Our man John Bailey sponsored this cool project where N.H, Artists were able to unleash their creative powers on some of our favorite bags. The results as you can see are stunning. So --head up to Portsmouth to check this out. More posts to come on this trip.
Paris-Roubaix: A Journey Through Hell, by Philippe Bouvet, Pierre Callewaert, Jean-Luc Gatellier, and Serge Laget, and published by VeloPress. It occurred to me, while looking at this photo that bicycling racing helped replace military invasions....so that you could tour France without hurting anyone, except yourself. Jacques Cadiou (1967)
CB Mugs Coming Soon…
We commissioned a talented young woman in Denver, Colorado, to make some handmade CB coffee mugs. Obviously, these will be very limited edition, and employees and team members get first shot at them. You may recognize the work from Christmas time when she made RMM a cockroach bowl. These mugs got lots of attention at the pottery studio; people just can't believe the style and aesthetic! No matter your affiliation with the shop, if you want one of these, I'd make your voice heard ASAP. We...
Finally, in the queue…
At the turn of the century there was a velodrome across the street from Cambridge Bicycle. The races drew huge crowds and one of the racers was none other than major Taylor. He was always the racer to beat and as an african american overcame enormous challenges to be sucessful. This collage is a homage to him and all the racers and energy that blasted around that long destroyed track....wow!
They found my bike!!!
Years ago, in Amsterdam. everyone said there were tons of bikes in the canals and I stared at the water hoping to spy some but i never did,,,b.s. i think not,,,photo from bikesnob.
Winter Commuter Photos by Pedal Power Photography
We just got a store front renovation by means of new photos of employees, friends and customers commuting in the winter. Our friend Tasha of Pedal Power Photography and the Cambridge Bicycle Race team took all the photos and they look amazing!!
Cambridge Bicycle Buttons!!!
As this seemingly endless winter drudges on we have started to look for new things to bide our time with until spring finally rolls around. One of our mechanics, Tom has had a little extra time on his hands and decided to make some buttons for the bike shop with help from his girlfriend Melanie. Most of the buttons are bike part diagrams, while a few were hand drawn by our good friend Jen over at Toscannins. Stop by to pick one up for only $1.
We updated the front of our store with some recent race photos of the Cambridge Bicycle Team, ride down Mass Ave to get the full effect!!!