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Intro to Bike Camping with Swift Industries

Intro to Bike Camping with Swift Industries

  Camping season is finally here, and we’re focusing on helping you make the most of it! Join us this Sunday in our shop for an Intro to Bike Camping workshop with the founder/owner/creative director of Swift Industries, Martina!  Doors open at 6:30, presentation starts at 7! Martina's presentation is focused on executing a bike camping adventure with an emphasis on accessibility and reducing the learning curve of being self-sustainable on two wheels. She will be explaining how to prepare...

New Year’s Day Ramble

New Year’s Day Ramble

  I was invited to small group ride on New Year's Day, which ended up being just five of us by the 9:30 rollout. Myself, Sandy, our salesperson Rob, and our new friend Annemarie ventured out to Acton and back for a nearly perfect 50 mile ride. It started with donuts, coffee, and quiet city streets. We scrambled over a frozen Minuteman Trail, eventually leaving it  in favor of sleepy rural roads. Traffic was low, the sun was warm, and the temperature was just perfect to stay cozy without...

Minidrome Madness

Minidrome Madness

The other day, Paul Carson, a local frame-builder and teacher, announced a minidrome was completed inside the Artisan's Asylum, a Somerville collective art space. Some of the Cambridge Bicycle crew headed up to check it out armed with a stash of beer and a vintage GT Dyno. The results were beautiful. You can see this wasn't your average Red Bull-chugging minidrome event. Bill's up there rocking our snack bike, a vintage GT Dyno. It's not even broken after this. At the start, it was supposed to...

Nexus 3-Speed Hub Tear Down

Nexus 3-Speed Hub Tear Down

Eric, a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, contacted us recently for a project. We donated a Shimano 3-Speed hub to open up and document for a presentation. He sent us back a few photos to show and tell. If you've always wanted, but never have opened up one of these hubs, behold: Thanks again for sharing the photos with us. Best of luck with the project, Eric.

Odyssey Twisted Pedals – Limited Colors

Odyssey Twisted Pedals – Limited Colors

We managed to get our hands on one last shipment of Odyssey Twisted pedals in Grape, Midnight Blue, Construction Orange, and Bright Red.  Most of our distributors have been out of stock of these for months - we're stoked to have them in! We also have matching Odyssey Aaron Ross grips for a few of these. Matching grips and pedals are an awesome way to personalize your commuter.  If you already own a pair of these getting a backup pair is not a bad idea, especially if they go with more...

CB Cycling Clinic at MIT

CB Cycling Clinic at MIT

Last week Cambridge Bicycle was invited to an event with the MIT Transportation Department to promote cycling in the MIT community. Ben, Bill, and Bud represented the shop for community outreach. Students, staff, and faculty stopped by for air in their tires, oil for their chain, and a quick safety check to make sure their bikes were road-ready. We also were able to give away some bike maps from the City of Boston, pamphlets on bike safety and laws from the Cambridge Police, and some great...

Vintage Business Cards

Vintage Business Cards

We have a customer that's been coming to us for rental bikes for several years now and still has the original business card we gave him. Things have changed a lot since then, and more changes are sure to come. Remember when Superb was Boston Bicycle?

New and Used Bicycles for Children

New and Used Bicycles for Children

Our selection of kids' bikes is really happening this year. Diamondback just came out with two new models: the Insight 24 (pictured above) and Clarity 24 (the same thing, only in pink). We have both models in stock because they are awesome, lightweight hybrids made from aluminum (rather than steel). They're also only $300! Diamondback's Insight and Clarity 24 are absolutely perfect for advanced young riders who are ready for an adult-style bike, but aren't quite big enough to fit a 26" or 700c...

Pushing Ahead

Pushing Ahead

Tom, Morgan, Ben, Pete, and a few friends riding the Ronde de Rosey this past Sunday. Who knew there was this much dirt to ride around Boston?!

Homebrew Segway

Homebrew Segway

We see projects from local electronics and engineering students from time to time. This modded unicycle came in for a pair of fresh pedals - apparently a homebrew Segway. Of course, we just had to see it in action.

Thursday Trick Nights @ Superb Bicycle

Thursday Trick Nights @ Superb Bicycle

We are starting a regular Thursday Trick Night. Anyone interested can meet up at Superb at or before 7pm Thursday nights, literally anyone, beginner to advanced, with whatever bike you have. We will roll out to various locations around town to have fun and work on some tricks. Even if you just want to master your track stands or hang out this will be a good way to learn new skills and make new friends. Last night was our test run and Christian, Craig and I had a great time! Hope to see you...

Lady Gaga at MIT Museum Today

According to certain sources, Lady Gaga is making an appearance at the MIT museum of Science this afternoon. If you love photography and celebrity sightings as much as you love bikes, today is your day. If you get her autograph or phone number come across the street to the shop and tell us about it.

Hamburgers = Anime

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.

Kids on Coffee

Kids on Coffee

For a little while, we've had a few coffee-themed bikes in the shop: Bianchi's Milano Parco cafe racers, and our folding bikes by KHS: the Mocha and Latte. For 2010 we've added a brand new city bike by Bianchi that's a great choice for both getting coffee as well as serious commuting: the Pista Via Brera. The Pista Via Brera is designed for functionality and style: it comes with a fixed/free drivetrain, laid-back handlebars (with cork grips!) a threaded headset, a front brake, and...

Bike Part Toilet Fix

Bike Part Toilet Fix

Anywhere where bicycles are fixed, whether it's a professional shop or someone's apartment, there's a box of old parts waiting to be used for something. Our general manager, Bud, used a quick release skewer and a stay from an old Blackburn rack and fixed our faulty toilet lever. The best part is that all material used is made out of aluminum and stainless steel and won't ever rust!

GOING SOOOOOOOOO FAST

GOING SOOOOOOOOO FAST

Well, not everything interesting that happens here is bicycle related. This afternoon there was a photo shoot in our test ride alley for Popular Science magazine involving a local MIT student's motorized shopping cart mobile. It's electric powered, has disc brakes, and even ground effects(!!!) and was built across the street behind us in an MIT lab.

Just another street fight out back at Cambridge Bicycle…

Just another street fight out back at Cambridge Bicycle…

An ancient Peruvian master, forty-years-versed in the lethal martial art of extreme bicycle maintenance... A brave young challenger of unknown origin, fresh-faced and knobby-kneed, ready to risk it all for one shot at the impossible dream... Who will be the victor in this, the ultimate Cambridge Bicycle test of endurance, cunning, agility, and brute force? Who will perish and who will survive-- crippled but heroic under the most noble of crowns? Armed with an iron pipe typically reserved for...

Boston NACCC 09

Boston NACCC 09

NACCC BOSTON 2009 - JULY 31 - AUGUST 2 2009 "The NACCC is one of the biggest international events every year for cycle couriers, but not just for racers. The NACCC is also one of the largest annual gatherings of our community. Cycle Messenger Championships are world class sporting events, but they are also a festival celebrating messenger culture. The related events, shows, parties and vendor markets showcase the artistic, photographic, musical and literary talents of the world's hardest...

CB Block Party / Livable Streets Alliance Fundraiser…

CB Block Party / Livable Streets Alliance Fundraiser…

Our block party/liveable streets funds raiser was a huge sucess...here's some of our activities... Best commuter bike contest... Tricycle Racing... Lots of Prizes! And some armwrestling...more complete coverage to come.....

ESPI Bike Polo Final Match Video

ESPI Bike Polo Final Match Video

Final match of the 2009 ESPI in Boston, East Vancouver vs. Milwaukee (Click on the screengrab to go to video.) Music Mix by DJ Mayhem

Grudgematch 3 is in the books. Everyone is safe and sound.

Grudgematch 3 is in the books. Everyone is safe and sound.

Lucas "Safety" Brunelle going head-to-head with Morgan from Cambridge Bicycle at the checkpoint in Grudgematch 3 on Friday night. Friday night was Grudgematch 3, a one checkpoint alleycat from Chinatown to Forrest Hills, and back to the party at Puma City on the waterfront. At the checkpoint, everyone had to go head-to-head on the tricycles before booking it back downtown. Matt Budd of Budd Bike Works got the wholeshot out of the Kneeland St. courts, and was first into the checkpoint. Steve...

Friday May 1st — Grudge Match III

Friday May 1st — Grudge Match III

Mark Your Calendar for Grudgematch III sponsored by Cambridge Bicycle, Jacobs Bicycles, Freight Baggage, and the BBMA. Proceeds will be going toward the 2009 North American Cycle Courier Championships which are being held in Boston this summer July 31st though Aug 2nd. More info to come!!

Lyne Bessette, Back in the Saddle Again!

Lyne Bessette, Back in the Saddle Again!

Lucas "Safety" Brunelle going head-to-head with Morgan from Cambridge Bicycle at the checkpoint in Grudgematch 3 on Friday night. Friday night was Grudgematch 3, a one checkpoint alleycat from Chinatown to Forrest Hills, and back to the party at Puma City on the waterfront. At the checkpoint, everyone had to go head-to-head on the tricycles before booking it back downtown. Matt Budd of Budd Bike Works got the wholeshot out of the Kneeland St. courts, and was first into the checkpoint. Steve...

Embrocation Vol. 3 Release Party Wrap up!

Embrocation Vol. 3 Release Party Wrap up!

Earlier this week was the long anticipated Embrocation Volume 3 Release Party. The party was a huge success and I have to say Volume 3 is looking pretty amazing (I got a free copy for DJing! Thanks Jeremy.) The New England cycling scene was out in force and wasn't shy about getting down on the dance floor. I had a great time behind the decks alongside DJ Claude Money. Money started the night off with some nice soul Jams while I finished it out with some bangers and electro. sick moves. Pick up...

Mark McCormack seminar

Mark McCormack seminar

When you have one of New England's top racers demo the new Shimano electronic shifters, you can count on getting some seriously thorough guidance. Mark McCormack is both our Fuji and Shimano rep., and he really has the whole spectrum of cycling covered. He brought in the new Shimano system on an updated SL1(14lbs) Fuji (my own sweet ride of choice) and showed us how quick and responsive it can be. The chain did fall off once when Jason was cranking it, and we questioned its durability and need...

Nights of Mayhem

Nights of Mayhem

DJ Mayhem here keeping you up to date on some fun events. Tonight I am holding it down at my weekly residency at Zuzu a couple blocks from the shop. We are bringing in a special guest, DJ Frank White, so make sure you don't miss this one. Then tomorrow night I will be spinning alongside DJ Claude Money at the huge Embrocation Magazine Volume 3 Release Party at the Middlesex Lounge. Double trouble in Cambridge tonight and tomorrow. See you there!

Freddy Vs Jason “an Alley Cat on Elm St” this FRIDAY the 13th!!!

Freddy Vs Jason “an Alley Cat on Elm St” this FRIDAY the 13th!!!

The long awaited date is upon us where all of our plotting and scheming will come to fruition. Prizes have been showing up at the shop on the daily and last minute issues have been ironed out. Here is just a short list of some of the prizes you can expect to see come friday: -Freight Bag -Bailey Works Bag -Pedal Strike Custom Hat -Free Tattoos from Fat Ram's -Issues of Rouleur -Embrocation Cycling Journal T-shirts -Rapha cycling caps -Various handlebars/accessories from Soma -Laek House...

Bold Sprints Wrap Up!

Bold Sprints Wrap Up!

Big thanks to everyone who came out to, and helped make last Sunday's Bold Sprints at the Middle East a big success! Fun was had, prizes were won, and the after party was full of dancing even as the snow storm started to pelt Boston with over a foot of snow! Nick and Brandon have completely reworked the Bold Sprint Apparatus and it worked flawlessly the whole night. Peep this crazy LED Spoke Apparatus on the rollers!!! If you missed last Sundays event for what ever reason make sure not to miss...

Independent Fabrication “Fresh Rides”

Independent Fabrication “Fresh Rides”

I had the opportunity to attend the exclusive Indy Fab Party last night that opened their weekend long gallery show. I was instantly blown away by the presentation and organization of the event. The bikes were all beautifully displayed either hung from the high ceilings or on wooden platforms, with spot lighting accentuating the amazing handmade frames. The attention to detail was palpable in the lug work all the way down to the fender supports of the commuter bikes. It was also great to see...

Lazy Sunday Shop Antics

Lazy Sunday Shop Antics

After one of the busiest days we have ever had during February, Tom decided to show off with a Jazz hand skid in a tight shop. Luckily he has some control or I would have second guessed my photo taking location....

DJ Mayhem in da House!

DJ Mayhem in da House!

So I'm coming to you today as my alter nightlife ego Dj Mayhem. Mild Mannered Bike Shop Manager Jason by day, Totally insane Dj by night. Some of you already know my night life identity if you have been in attendence of any of the bold sprints events at All Asia over the past few years, or maybe you come to my weekly Sunday residency, Do It Again, at Zuzu in Central Square, but incase you dont know me, I am introducing myself right now! If your passions also include biking and dancing, we...

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I don't know what to say, this one is for Kip! image from Bike Snob NYC

Thanks for Coming out on New Years Eve!!

Thanks for Coming out on New Years Eve!!

We all had a blast on New Years Eve thanks to all the hard work everyone put in. Racers showed up in the sub 0 degree temperatures to compete in a Crit Style race on the snow covered steets. There were 4, 1 mile laps and not everyone made it to the finish, a few succumbed to the cold while a broken crank arm stopped Tristan in his tracks. In the end it was Eric who took home the Gold Velocity Wheelset donated by Cambridge Bicycle. Alex came in second with Tristan( different Tristan than the...

Snow Race and New Years Eve Loft Party w/ DJ Mayhem

Snow Race and New Years Eve Loft Party w/ DJ Mayhem

We are throwing down another last minute Snow race party tonight to celebrate the New Year and the awesome addition of snow to our Urban Landscape. The race will Start at 10pm at the Loft (3 Tannery Brook Row Somerville MA) and be crit style with 4 laps within Davis Square. $5 to enter and Cambridge Bicycle has Donated a set of Gold Velocity Deep V's to the winner and there will be other prizes for 2nd and 3rd as well as give aways at the party. After the Race the Party gets started in the...

Embrocation Vol 2.5 Release Party Wrap Up!

Embrocation Vol 2.5 Release Party Wrap Up!

Last Wednesday was the release party for Embrocation Volume 2.5 at the Middlesex in Cambridge. The New England Bike scene was out in force and the place was packed with the some of the biggest names in bicycles this side of the Mississippi. Soul Jams were flowing from the speakers and the dancing was unstoppable. T-Shirts from the recent Embrocation Design contest were for sale along with Vol 2.5 and some hand made tool pouches from Croth-Jackson. Click here to see the whole Embrocation Vol...

Snow Race and New Years Eve Loft Party w/ DJ Mayhem

Snow Race Results!!!!

Huge thanks to everyone who made it out to Friday's Snow Race. We all had a blast and so many of you made it out with only about an hours notice. Cambridge Bicycle and Embrocation Cycling Journal gave out lots of cash money to the top 4 racers and every participant went home with either a Cambridge Bicycle T-shirt or cycling cap. The Top four racers and Top Lady are as follows. 1st Place- Peter Bradshaw $200 2nd Place- Tyler Sage $100 3rd Place- Jeremy Dunn $50 4th Place- Rob Gigantic $30 1st...

Party Time.

Party Time.

From ECJ V2.5 Come over to Middlesex Lounge on Wednesday night to check out the release of Embrocation Volume 2.5. There is a T-shirt design competition, some cycling anime, and some silky - smooth soul jams. -Jeremy

Sessions1

Sessions1

Had a little fun with this one last week. We are toying with the idea of hosting a trick session every once in a while. Maybe in a new secret location every time. It is a good chance for us to test out some new product. And, well if we can find some interesting indoor locations it will be the time of year for it. What you see here is Rob Bottomly crafting one of our new SE Quadangle Looptail. Watch how the gold reflects off the flash of the camera. Pretty bling eh? Rob said that the bike was...

DO IT AGAIN!! Party Photos are up

DO IT AGAIN!! Party Photos are up

Thanks to everyone who made it out last night. It was totally going off. Racers from the CB team were in full effect and Freezepop even made an appearance!! Check the photo link below for the proof!!! -Jason

Murder Bike

Murder Bike

New Custom Concept bike at the shop. All Black, solid parts, BMX style bars and grips and a coaster hub. This bike is so much fun to ride you might sell your "fixie".

Embrocation Magazine Release Party Tonight @ Enormous Room

Embrocation Magazine Release Party Tonight @ Enormous Room

Come out to the Enormous Room tonight to support our own Jeremy Dunn with the Release of his magazine Embrocation. Jason from the shop will be DJing lovely Dance Music from 7:30-9:30 and all coolest bike kids in Boston will be in attendance. See you there!

Return of the Cambridge Movie Night at Enormous Room

Return of the Cambridge Movie Night at Enormous Room

Who let the hippie into the Boston Bike Film Fest? Some of the chisled men in attendance included Tony Eberhardt, Kip Chinian, and Dick Ring. Everyone was pleased as punch to see the awesome short films that preceded the newish film, the Flying Scotsman. Much thanks go out to Dorothy and Jaffney who put their heart's into keeping our bike community on the up and up. Don't wait 'til next year to hangout and watch bike films. Be at the Enormous Room on Tuesday the 27th for another Cambridge...

Budd Bike Works #9

Budd Bike Works #9

We had a couple of pretty awesome bikes in the shop today. One was a Bud Bike Works (#9 actually) built by our good friend Matty Budd. I wonder what he is up to these days? Rumor has it he may be cranking out some frames soon. In any case we had a happy customer on our hands. He went on about how much he likes it, and how fun it is to ride. His favorite part...the Matt Budd special back end.

Sunday Evenings

Join us at Flat Top Johnny's in Kendall Sq. for the Tour de France recap. It doesn't get much better than their multiple plasma screens! $2 dollar cans of pabst and good menu options abound. 8pm, see you there!

new stuff

so we just became a DK/Fly/T1 dealer, and we now have new DK completes. these look really good, nicer and less expensive than other completes we've had in. also in are the Fly Ruben grips in black/assorted colors, shadow conspiracy slim seats in assorted colors, and Odyssey KC limited edition snakeskin seats. and just a reminder, Friday is the bike porn (hot bike competition) and Saturday is the Zelda race. see previous post for more details. -boston bikes

bikes bikes bikes!

this weekend is packed with bike happenings! This friday the 14th at revolution bicycle repair is the Bike Porn show thrown by all around good guys, hosted by an all around good shop. click Bike Porn for more info. be there or be L7.... on Saturday the 15th at 3pm, make sure to check out the Legend of Zelda replay race and win a custom Jacobs track frame! show up at the TBA location found at: legend of zelda replay race. If only every weekend could be this grand... give us a call if you need...