Tuesday, March 30, 2010


More rain, more problems. The leak buckets are back out. The one thing I'll say about this weather is that, I think, it's easier to ride in. Here's why: When it's drizzling you have to make an effort to not get too wet. Rain pants, avoiding puddles, finding the clip on fenders, trying to decide if you can coast enough to keep your legs dry(ish). There's alot of fussing that goes into avoiding the moment when you go from reasonably dry to uncomfortably wet. In weather like this, if you make the choice to ride (100 bonus points!) you're going to get soaked. No rain pants or fenders will save you. So don't worry about it. Have fun, use your blinkies, and have a towel ready when you get home.

And- don't forget that Part 1 in the two part Women's MTB maintenance clinic is tonight!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Don't forget.

This Saturday, March 27. All day sale. Opening Party 5-7pm.

On an unrelated note, I found this:

That is all.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Bike name update:

I just came across this little gem, and I thought it was only right to share. A pink 'girls' bike with a name I can support.

Who wouldn't want to shred it on a Giant Awesome?

Sunday, March 21, 2010


It's official. So with the longer days, and warmer weather it's time to shift the schedule:

M-F: high noon - 7pm
Sat: noon- 5pm
Sun: closed for riding bikes (mountain bikes... yeah spring!)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hub Bicycle Grand Opening Open House Party Celebration Extravaganza!

That's right! New shop, new season (spriiiinnng!), I think it's time to celebrate.

On Saturday March 27, 10% off parts & gear in stock all day! Come by 5 to 7pm for a raffle, foodstuffs, beverages, and bike-y conversation. The free raffle will include some cool stuff from Planet Bike, Pedro's, Topeak, and others. Bring your friends, family, partner, frenemies, personal trainer, spiritual advisor, entourage, etc… everyone is welcome.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Hub swim team?

Hey all. We've got leaks, electrical trouble, and a flooded basement at Hub today. Don't worry, a little water won't stop us from making bicycle dreams come true...Please just excuse the mess as we try our best to dry out...

The overflow bucket needs an overflow bucket.

Sump Pumping.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A study in bike names

I've acquired a handful of used bikes to tune up and sell here at Hub. A good number of them are kids' bikes. One thing that's stuck me about these in particular is split between 'girl' and 'boy' bikes. The color differences are obvious and (unfortunately) not surprising. Girls= white, pink, purple, powder blue, glitter (it's a color). Boys= black, red, chrome, not-powder blue. The thing that's really interesting is the names of the bikes. 'Boy' bikes have action names or numbers... like fancy cars and spaceplanes:


'Girl' bikes, on the other hand, have names that don't suggest any action and/or are just weird:

While 'Whomp' makes one think of kids taking their bikes off sweet jumps, 'Slumber Party' seems very un-bike like. 'Heart Breaker'? I hope that the 6 year old who rode this bike wasn't breaking any hearts. Kids hear all the time that boys are valued for being tough/adventurous and girls are valued for being the opposite of that. Could providing kids more gender neutral bike options improve the world? Probably not. But it would be a good chance to teach kids that not everything needs to be gender segergated. Sometimes you can just be a bike-riding human being...

The bikes I've pictured here are all in rough shape, so they've been sent to pasture (metal recycling). Which is too bad, because I would've loved to have seen some kiddo take the 'Slumber Party' off some sweet jumps.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bicycling Directions

Yeah Google!!

Google maps now has bicycling turn-by-turn directions. Perfect for people who like to bike and who hate/are prone to getting lost (*points to self*). I played around with it a bit and found it gives some questionable directions (you aren't technically supposed to ride in Boston Common, right?), but for the most part it's a good step in the right direction.