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Welcome Winter Party & 45NRTH Limited Edition Launch

October 12th, 2017

Welcome Winter Party & 45NRTH Limited Edition Launch

Group ride in Winter

This Thursday, October 19 at 7pm, we are throwing a party!

Come out to WELCOME WINTER with a Ride Studio party! This is a 45NRTH limited edition introduction of something special which you will be the first to see. There will be ultra limited extra somethings that go to a select few people.

We have all sorts of cool winter stuff to show off, and you can pick up what you need now from all apparel, to bike gear and more. Get ready before the weather turns so you are ready for the First Snow Ride (yes, that is happening again this year). Be sure to follow #rscfirstsnow.

We have winter bike promos for Honeys and Sevens only available for those who come out to this party. We love winter riding and this is the year you discover how fun, enjoyable, and easy it is to keep riding through the Hot Drink Season! Bring your friends, winter is even more fun when shared! We’re serving tasty beer and light refreshments. Please RSVP!


Bikepacking Bikes Promos

September 21st, 2017

Bikepacking Bikes Promos

This month and next, we’re talking even more about bikepacking than usual, and we’re offering all of the information that you need to get into bikepacking. If you’re already into it, surely you’re excited to see more people taking up this really fun activity to see the world – be it local or thousands of miles away – by bike.

Check out our Bikepacking page on this site. There is a lot to know where it comes to getting ready, routing, navigation, cooking, hydration, sleeping, packing, gearing, and much more. The bike is the most fundamental part of bikepacking. While bikepacking isn’t about the bike, the bike allows the trip to happen; a well-designed, well-built bike allows the rider to completely forget about it and think about being in nature, and being most concerned about what’s for dinner.

We’re running two specials for bikepacking bikes. Bikepacking bikes often double as great winter bikes, and warm-weather trail bikes, so getting a fun bike for bikepacking should mean you get a lot of great use of it throughout the year in many different riding situations.

Honey Bikes Packmule

The steel Honey Packmule is Honey’s all purpose bikepacking machine.  The Packmule can go just about anywhere and handle just about anything.  It’s not the fastest bike that Honey makes but it is the bike that promises the most adventure per mile.

Whether you’re planning an overnight adventure, or a two-month traverse one of the Seven Continents, the Packmule is always ready for more. It sports clearances for 2.5″ mountain bike tires, offers lower than a 1:1 gearing ratio, parts that are easily accessible for on-trail and small-town fixes, steel fork with mounts for Anything cages for carrying gear securely and quietly, and many frame options as well as 12-different size options. More design features of the Packmule are on the Honey Packmule page.

Honey Bikes Packmule Special: 

  • Frameset: Clover Steel frame & Fork
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra R8000
  • Brakes: Shimano Mechanical Disc
  • Wheels: HED Ardennes GP
  • Retail Price: $4,995

Special Bikepacking offer: -$700

Your Price: $4,295

In addition to this special price, you’ll receive:

  • A $200 voucher for bikepacking gear
  • Free registration for our upcoming bikepacking overnight adventure
  • The Joe Cruz Bikepacking booklet
  • Guaranteed 7-week delivery
  • Numerous upgrades and options are available

Seven Cycles Treeline

The Seven Cycles Treeline is a fat bike, a 27.5+ bike, and a 29er mountain bike – if you want it to be all of these things. It’s made for carrying as much or as little as you want. It will over any surface no matter how off-off-the beaten path you are. It’s built of titanium so it’s worry-free, there’s nothing it’s not up for doing. As with all Seven Cycles bikes, it’s fully custom to your bikepacking desires. You choose the handlebar type – drop or mountain, gearing, drivetrain, frame options. Have it S&S coupled it so that you can fly with it to the start of your next bikepacking trip. Add fender mounts if you would like the option. Add a third bottle cage mount. Ask for the triangle to be as big as possible – to fit a frame bag. The geometry of the bike is made for you – and how you’ll be loading the bike. It ensures your weight and that of the bike are balanced, offering you the best handling possible. The vertical compliance of the frame and ride qualities are set for what you expect in your ride, whether it’s loaded or not. When you jump on your bike, and it fits like a glove, no matter what kind of load on the bike, it’ll feel like it’s rolling easily, comfortably, and you’ll have an amazing ride each time.

Joe Cruz uses his Treeline for bikepacking the world. Here his Treeline is in Kyrgyzstan. Photo by Joe Cruz.

Seven Cycles Treeline Special: 

  • Frameset: Titanium custom frame, steel fork
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8000 1 x 11
  • Brakes: Shimano hydraulic Disc
  • Wheels: HED Ardennes GP
  • Retail Price: $6,495

Special Bikepacking offer: -$700

Your Price: $5,795

In addition to this special price, you’ll receive:

  • A $400 voucher for bikepacking gear
  • Free registration for our upcoming bikepacking overnight adventure
  • The Joe Cruz Bikepacking booklet
  • Guaranteed 4-week delivery
  • Endless custom options available

Both offers good through October 31, 2017.

Email us at bikepacking@ridestudiocafe.com for more information about our bikepacking bikes and to demo any of these or other demo bikes here. Learn more at www.ridestudiocafe.com/bikepacking. Join us out in nature on bikes!



Conjure Ride – Sunday, February 26

February 22nd, 2017

Join us for the Conjure Ride 2017

Join in helping us Conjure the spring and spring riding this Sunday, February 26 at 9:30am. We’re riding 60 miles on paved, beautiful, mostly back roads down to Sherborn for mid-ride coffee and light, warm food then returning to Ride Studio Cafe for a nice brunch.

There are three ride paces from which to choose. Get your road bike out, and ready for the ride.

Group ride in the early spring. Photo by Jenny W.

When you RSVP, you’ll receive the route in your email.

Please RSVP now, see below, so we have the proper amount of food at both locations and ride leaders!

The spring is almost here and the Conjure Ride helps encourage Mother Nature to bring back the warmth, the birds, and the beauty spring has to offer riders.

If it’s been months since you’ve taken your bike out on the road, please look your bike over carefully for tire wear, check the brake pads, make sure all of the bolts are properly tightened, be sure to lube and clean the chain. If your bike is dirty, clean it. Cleaning is important to identify any potential issues with frame or parts.

Take out your flat fix kit and look through it: does your spare tube hold air? Be sure of it, check to see if your CO2 cartridges have air in them, and if everything you expect to see in there is really there.

If you’d like our assistance with any of this, please email us at connect@ridestudiocafe.com.

There will be a stop for coffee and warm food half-way into the ride at our other store, Ride Headquarters, in Sherborn. Brunch will be awaiting you upon your return to Ride Studio Cafe.

All riders are required to read and are expected to abide by These Rules.

We require a signed waiver before your first ride of the year.  Please fill it out online prior to your first ride with us this year – we want to be sure all of the information is up-to-date and accurate, so if you’ve filled it out before, please do it again.

We look forward to riding with you Sunday!


Watch Albert Cook’s Photographic Journey Across the US

January 30th, 2017

Experience Albert Cook’s Photographic Cycling Journey Across the US

We are thrilled to have Albert Cook, an award-winning, published photographer, and avid recreational cyclist come speak and present 90 minutes of photos he took on a cross-country bike trip he completed last summer. Join us on February 22 at 7:15pm to hear Albert tell his story of how he was invited by Ellen Wilson, a family friend, to go on this big cycling trip. Without thinking or a moment of hesitation, he said yes without consideration of his normal life and decided to go.  He will discuss how he took on this very long ride without months of preparation, and how he managed to complete it on a small budget. He will tell of the wonders he saw along the way, and show what it’s like to ride across the U.S. taking it one day at a time.

At 70 years old, Albert is still on a trip of self discovery, and is very much enjoying discovering the world. We have been fortunate to see Albert on countless rides as he pedals up here from Arlington anytime he has a chance. We see ourselves in Albert: he works hard, he loves to ride, and he is human. By this, we mean that there are some people who you expect to break a record each time they get on a bike. There are those who don’t appear to feel pain, or need the typical creature comforts in life like food or sleep. You know who we’re talking about. In Albert, we hear a story that we, normal humans who love to spend time on a bike, could be telling.

He will talk about how he approached a monumental task and made it happen. His story is filled with rich photography that he captured along his journey. It’s the cross-country tale in full color that people rarely see or hear. Albert has been a photographer for over 48 years, and his images take us directly to the beauty he found.

How does it feel to ride day in and day out? Is there a time when it becomes too tiring to continue? How do you find adequate food and water along the route? Where do you sleep? Ask Albert the questions you have in the Q&A after his photo presentation. Be ready to be in awe of our beautiful country, and of this ride. We are so fortunate Albert has taken the time and energy to capture his ride and prepare it to share with all during this very special evening.

  • Wednesday evening, February 22
  • Happening here at Ride Studio Cafe, Lexington Center
  • 7pm – Appetizers and drinks are served
  • 7:15pm – Albert’s talk begins
  • 15 minute Q&A

If you have further questions for Albert, feel free to stick around, doors will be open until 9:30pm.

Please RSVP below by February 20 so we have the right number of chairs, and plenty of food and drink for all. We look forward to seeing you here for this very special evening!


Seven Cycles Tour Monday, January 16

January 11th, 2017

Tour Seven Cycles Monday, January 16

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Seven Cycles is located just down the street from us in Watertown. Seven is a company full of bike building professionals. It is the place where custom bikes come to life and many new innovations in bike building have been created.

Seven has been making the finest bikes for 20 years and their experience shines as they work. It’s manufacturing at its best: handcrafted bikes are very carefully and perfectly built one at a time, yet the short lead times show efficiency, and a well-run business full of highly-skilled people who are passionate about what they do.

We’re heading to Seven this coming Monday, January 16. This is MLK Day, so it’s a school holiday; hopefully you have some time to join us then. The tour of Seven will begin promptly at 11:30am. Feel free to arrive 10 to 20 minutes early to check out their showroom prior to the tour. We hope you join us! Please register by 3pm Sunday so we can give Seven enough notice of how many people to expect. An email will be sent to you with details and directions after you register. We hope you join us!


Holiday Rides with Henry

December 16th, 2016

Holiday Rides with Henry

RSC Alliance member and Super Domestique Henry van den Broek is treating us all to a series of holiday rides! If you are looking to end the year with great rides and good company, join us out on the road during the week of December 24 through the end of the year.  We are riding some of our favorite routes with great food stops along the way. We are even bringing back last year’s Snowflake Century – a one hundred-mile ride in the shape of a snowflake!

If you complete the whole series you will be rewarded with a grand total of 375 miles in an eight day span – an awesome way to finish your season. All rides will start and end at the Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA. See below for mileage and GPS routes.

We’re now offering a commemorative t-shirt to celebrate your riding at this time of year and to offer a bit of motivation this spring if you aren’t feeling like riding. It’ll remind you of the riding you’ve done on the shortest and coldest days of the year!


  1. Saturday 12/24: To Blue Moon Cafe in Medfield MA – 58 miles* – (.5 mile gravel section)
  2. Monday 12/26: Woodmans in Essex – 80 miles* – (1 mile gravel road)
  3. Tuesday 12/27: Stow– 40 Miles
  4. Wednesday 12/28: Ride Headquarters in Sherborn – 60 miles
  5. Friday 12/30: Snowflake Century – 100 miles (Departs 7:30am)
  6. Saturday 12/31: The RSC Espresso Ride to close out the series – 37 miles

Henry on the road

A few things to remember:

  • If you haven’t filled out our Ride Waiver, you must do it online here prior to attending the first ride.
  • Please carefully read and be ready to ride by our Riding Rules.
  • All rides will depart from RSC at 8:30am with the exception of the Snowflake Century which will roll out at 7:30am.
  • The Cafe will be open for food and drinks at the start of the rides. However, our bike shop employees will not be available. If you need something before the ride, please email us a day in advance.
  • These are drop rides. The average pace of the rides is 17mph. If you cannot maintain the pace of the group you will need to find your way home. It is fine if you would like to see if you can hang with the group, just communicate with Henry if you need to drop off of the ride at any point.
  • Please consider the weather when choosing your tires. We recommend fenders for wet conditions.
  • All the rides’ routes and distances are subject to change depending on weather and road conditions. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates.

Make sure you are well-equipped for the cold and wintry conditions. At Ride Studio we have a great selection of new winter apparel from our friends at 45NRTH , Velocio, and Giordana that is sure to keep you warm and comfortable out on the road. We have great options for studded tires, a must-have for riding on icy roads.

We look forward to finishing 2016 with you in style! Have fun and ride safe.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Ride Studio Cafe!

Thanksgiving Day Ride

November 6th, 2016

Join us for a Thanksgiving Day Ride

We are opening our doors and the Cafe at 7:30am Thanksgiving Day, November 24, for riders. The ride has a RSC Super Domestique leading the way and it departs at 8:15am.

Group ride
The route is ~44 miles in length on paved roads. Be prepared for a 17mph average pace. We’ll split into two groups if we have more than 10-15 riders.

Note: the Studio will not be open at the end of the ride.

Join us for this festive, pre-feast ride!

Very Special Promotion for the Seven RedSky Bike

November 4th, 2016

RedSky Bike
Very Special Promotion: Seven Cycles RedSky Bike

Meet the Seven RedSky bike, Seven’s newest bike model.

We are offering you a full build with 30% off Shimano Dura-Ace 9000* components! This offer is over a $1,250 discount to getting you on this incredible Seven Cycles bike. The deadline to order a bike and take advantage of this offer is Thanksgiving.

Here is a short summary of the RedSky bike:
The RedSky bike is a light-weight, pure performance bike with a large amount of versatility usually assumed to only be possible on disc-brake bikes.
redskybikeWhy the name?  A “red sky” in the morning means there is a storm warning.  Rather than be off the bike for the day, the RedSky looks for those days and relishes the ride.  Harsh conditions require the right bikeRedSky is that bike.
  • Lightweight:  A typical RedSky builds up at 1.5 to 2.0 lbs lighter than an equivalent disc brake bike.  The bike is the same weight as any lightweight road bike; the mid-reach brake calipers are only about 30 grams heavier than most lightweight short reach brakes.  The bike pictured tips the scales at 16.2 lbs with the MSO 32c tires; without pedals.
  • Tire Choices:  From a 23c road slick to a 33c knobby and everything in between, the RedSky is even more versatile than a true cyclocross bike.  The bike will also fit some 35c knobbies or slicks, depending on rim and brake caliper choice. This bike loves riding on dirt roads and trails.
  • All Weather:  Designed to fit fenders with up to 32c tires. Even 30c studded tires fit.
  • High Performance:  This design sacrifices nothing compared to any performance road bike.  It’s fast, agile, and accelerates with the best of bikes.
  • Optimal Handling:  Seven’s 5E fork allows for matching the fork rake to the frame geometry so there’s no compromise to the bike‘s front end handling.
  • Hidden Fender Mounts:  At dropouts and chainstay bridge.  The mounts are there when you want them, but hidden when you don’t. Adding rack mounts is a no-charge upgrade option.
  • Travel Bike:  Simple brake system makes for fast, easy, and lightweight bike travel. Any RedSky bike can be an S&S coupled bike for even easier traveling.

Our RedSky Offer to you is here. Note we will gladly make parts substitutions or offer you a quote for a different build you have in mind:

Frame: Seven Cycles RedSky S – Titanium frame
Fork: Seven Mid-Reach Carbon Fork
Components: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000*, mid-reach brakes, crank size and gearing your choice
Wheelset: Mavic Elite S
Support Package: Seven handlebars, stem, Zipp aluminum seatpost, Cane Creek headset, Fizik saddle and bar tape

Special Included Service and Support:

  • Professional Bike Build – a $413 value
  • Free service on the bike at either Ride Studio Cafe and Ride Headquarters for a full year
  • Free first Performance Package – a $150 value
  • Full professional fitting – a $225-$300 value

MSRP Price of the RedSky S: $7,542

Price of the RedSky S with Promotion Applied: $6,288
This is over $1,250 in savings!
Lead times with Seven are 3 weeks for an unpainted frame from the date of confirmation. Lead times on painted frames are 5 weeks.
* The offer for 30% off Shimano Dura-Ace parts is good until supplies last. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. The deadline on this offer is Thanksgiving Day.
Contact us for more details or to come in to demo ride our bikes to see why this is a bike that will change your riding life.
RedSky Bike

Tour Seven Cycles Monday, October 10

September 28th, 2016

Tour Seven Cycles Monday, October 10

Seven Cycles is located just down the street from us in Watertown. Seven is a company full of bike building professionals. It is the place where custom bikes come to life and many new innovations in bike building have been created.
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Seven has been making the finest bikes for 18+ years and their experience shines as they work. It’s manufacturing at its best: handcrafted bikes are very carefully and perfectly built one at a time, yet the short lead times show efficiency, and a well-run business full of highly-skilled people who are passionate about what they do.


We’re heading to Seven Monday, October 10. This is Columbus Day. The tour of Seven will begin promptly at 11:30am. Feel free to arrive 10 to 20 minutes early to check out their showroom prior to the tour. Please register by Sunday, October 9 by 5pm. An email will be sent to you with details and directions after you register. We hope you join us!


Ride down to the KMC Cross Fest and Watch Exciting CX Racing at its Best

September 16th, 2016

Ride down to the KMC Cross Fest and Watch Exciting CX Racing at its Best

UPDATE: Appropriate-for-cyclocross rainy weather is predicted for Saturday. Therefore, we are CANCELING the road ride since a long day riding and then hours standing in the rain isn’t the best mix. We will do this road ride event next year, so mark your calendars early! We *highly* recommend visiting the KMC Cross Fest this weekend, as it’s going to be great racing and a lot of fun to participate as a spectator. 


The Cyclocross race scene is fun for everyone, no matter if you’re a racer or spectator.

We are riding our road bikes down to the KMC Cross Fest taking place at the Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 1.

The ride departs from here at 7:30am (we pushed the starting time by 1 hr since our original announcement). The route will be 92 miles in length (we’ll email it to all who register the day before the ride) and we’ll email the nitty gritty details too. Average pace is 16.5 mph.


  • Depart Ride Studio Cafe at 7:30am, we’re open at 7am so you can have whatever you want from the Cafe and bike shop before starting the ride
  • First stop is at Ride Headquarters 26 miles into the ride. We’ll depart with anyone joining us from Ride HQ at 9:30am.
  • Arrive by 1:30 at the Thompson Speedway. Change, get food, etc. There are showers on-site.
  • 2pm: Cat 2/3 Men Race
  • 3pm: Elite Masters Men Race
  • 4pm: Elite Women Race
  • 5:15: Elite Men Race
  • 6:30: Shuttle departs for Ride Studio Cafe (see below for details)

We are offering a shuttle to return back here departing at 6:30pm, at the conclusion of the Elite Cyclocross Men’s race. The shuttle fee is $45. Otherwise, the road ride portion of the day is free.

The KMC Cross Fest is incorporating the Gran Fondo New England and Major Taylor Century on Sunday, October 2. Camping at the Thompson Speedway is an option. If you’d like to send down your camping things or anything else on the shuttle, we’ll bring them down. You’ll just need to find a way home on Sunday which will probably be fairly easy since there are many hundreds of Boston-area riders and spectators who will be driving back Sunday evening.

Registration for the shuttle is required by September 27. Registration for the road-ride-only option is required by 12pm Friday, September 31. Please fill out the form below.

If you’d like to ride your bike back to RSC, please let us know on your registration so we can provide you with the shortest-possible route back. We will also let you know if others are choosing this option.

We hope you join us!

Welcome Flight Coffee Company!

August 17th, 2016

Flight Coffee Co logo

On the heels of the recent upgrade to our drip coffee program, it’s time to welcome our next guest roaster, Flight Coffee Co. Flight hails from just north of here in Bedford, New Hampshire. Started in 2012 as CQ Coffee by Claudia Barrett (aka CQ) they’ve quickly established themselves, producing several coffees rated in the 90s in Coffee Review. They’re almost single handedly raising the bar on coffee in New Hampshire and we’ve been really impressed by their ability to find unique coffees and really nail the roast.

Case in point is the Toba Batak Peaberry from Sumatra, Indonesia. Sumatran coffees are famous (infamous, to some) for their pronounced earthy, spicy tones which take well to darker roasts, making them a relative rarity among specialty coffee roasters and drinkers who prefer more balanced coffees with sweeter flavors that really shine through light roasts. This Sumatran has a wonderful fruit flavor (“I’m leaning towards pineapple” Claudia told us) on top of root beer and subtle tobacco notes. It’s absolutely delicious and a real treat for us- a rare specimen of a fruity Sumatran that begs to be drank black. It’s on our shelves now!


Faster Coffee, Better Coffee

August 11th, 2016


Upgraded coffee offerings

Outstanding Drip Coffe Without A Wait

Last month we made some upgrades to our drip coffee program. Each morning, and all day on weekends, our new house drip coffee, George Howell’s Matalapa – a Cup of Excellence winning El Salvadorian – is available in 2 sizes, without a wait! Our old friend Sal, now head of training at George Howell, delivered our new FETCO batch brewer and helped us dial in the grind and brew parameters. We chose Matalapa for its remarkable balance and medium body, with notes of peach that sparkle when you drink it black, and maple syrup body that marries well with dairy. Always fresh, we brew a new pot every 30 minutes.

Raising The Bar On Our Pourover Coffees

The best La Minita since the early 1990’s”. Who else but George Howell is qualified to make such a claim? People think of specialty coffee as something started by hipsters in Seattle or Brooklyn (or Somerville) just recently but George Howell has been procuring and serving world class coffees to Greater Boston since the 1980s, including a cafe right here in Lexington Center (now Starbucks) that opened back in 1986! With the introduction of our house drip coffee, we’re now able to try some unique and exclusive beans on pourover and are excited to start with La Minita. In George’s words:

‘This is a grand cru estate coffee. We’ve found La Minita to be one of the most consistent, perfectly crafted estate coffees in the world, year after year. Consumers first became acquainted with La Minita in 1988 when George introduced it in The Coffee Connection. It became one of The Coffee Connection’s most in-demand coffees despite being, at that time, one of its most expensive.

La Minita is the applied to the green coffee sorting process. While many farm’s “first” (best quality) constitute 60% or more of their production after milling, La Minita selects slightly over 20%, eliminating all – or as close as you can get to all – defects which might blemish your cup.’

Our second new pourover is from Ethiopia. While George Howell’s outstanding Borboya – long the best selling bean at the Studio – is from Ethiopia’s relatively famous Yirgacheffe region, Yukro is form lesser known Agaro. While Yirgacheffes are known for lemony, floral flavors and tea-like bodies, this Agaro has stone fruit notes (e.g. peach) and a fuller body (though still delicate) anchored in maraschino cherry. A great example of the diversity of great coffees found in Ethiopia, the birthplace of Coffee Arabica.

We’re excited to share these coffees with everyone and looking forward to many more loving cups!

PMC Bike Promo – Ride a new bike at the PMC This Year!

June 29th, 2016

Have a *New* Bike to ride for the PMC this year & we’re contributing to your fundraising dollars!

Seven Axiom SL

The Pan-Mass Challenge is coming up and we want you to have the ride of your life out there. Having a new bike for this event is a capstone of the summer – and this will help keep you riding well into the fall, too. What does a new Seven bike mean to your riding and your PMC enjoyment? A lot.

  • The bike built for you will fit you perfectly. Say goodbye to aches and pains. Cycling isn’t painful when a bike fits correctly.
  • A titanium frame is lightweight and it performs. The tubeset is chosen for you. Why ride a bike built for someone lighter or heavier than you? Get the acceleration, handling, and road feel that you want.
  • Get comfort and performance. We can’t emphasize this enough. Sevens are no-compromise bikes. They are fast and light AND they absorb the bumps, cracks, and rough roads. Ride 100 miles and feel fresh at the end. You shouldn’t get beaten up by your bike on a long ride. Trust us, this is easily achievable with titanium and a smart frame builder like Seven who designs the bike for you.
  • Enjoy what your bike looks like –  How do you want your bike to look? Aesthetically, there’s almost nothing Seven can’t do. Ask us for the colors and look you want. Your bike should look good to you!
  • So many options are available to you. Have you considered running a wider tire on your road bike? Did you know that there is almost no compromise to having your bike built to take up to a 35c tire? Would you like fender mounts? What about an option to put a rack on your bike in the future? Would you like to travel with your bike? Add S&S couplers for easy bike travel. Ask us. There’s almost nothing Seven won’t do to make your Seven the bike of your dreams.
  • Value – Not only do you get a hand-built bike that is made in Massachusetts, you get a lifetime warranty on the frame. Seven stands behind their frames unlike any other manufacturer. Get a bike now, it’ll still be treating you well, like a new bike, many, many years from now. Sevens have longevity unlike most stock bikes that go out of style, have breakable frames, or use proprietary parts that are impossible to find in the near future. Seven builds bikes that aren’t meant to be replaced.

Seven Cycles road bike

Here are three great options. As always, if there is something else you want, we’re happy to spec it for you. Just tell us! The prices listed below don’t include pedals or tax. Email us at connect@ridestudiocafe.com for more information.

Seven Axiom S titanium bike with SRAM Rival 22 group set: 

FramesetSeven Axiom S Titanium with Seven 5E Carbon Fork
KitSRAM Rival 22, 11-speed
WheelsetMavic Aksium Elite
Promo DetailsProfessional bike fitting and bike build are included free. Along with this, we will contribute the value of 5% of your bike to your PMC team, rounding up to the nearest $10. This is a $250 donation to the PMC!
Standard Retail Price, including promo value$5912
Total savings$915
Your Price after Promo Applied, before tax


DeadlineBike Confirmation needed by July 10 and we guarantee you'll be riding your new Seven at the PMC!


Seven Axiom S titanium bike with Shimano Ultegra 6800 group set:

FramesetSeven Axiom S Titanium with Seven 5E Carbon Fork
KitShimano 6800 11-speed mechanical
WheelsetMavic Ksyrium Elite S
Promo DetailsProfessional bike fitting and bike build are included free. Along with this, we will contribute the value of 5% of your bike to your PMC team, rounding up to the nearest $10. This is a $300 donation to the PMC!
Standard Retail Price, including promo value$6784
Total savings$965
Your Price after Promo Applied, before tax


DeadlineBike Confirmation needed by July 10 and we guarantee you'll be riding your new Seven at the PMC!


Seven 622 SLX titanium & carbon bike with SRAM Red 22 group set: 

FramesetSeven 622 SLX Titanium/Carbon frame with Seven 5E Carbon Fork
KitSRAM Red 22, 11-speed
WheelsetMavic Ksyrium Pro Exalith
Promo DetailsProfessional bike fitting and bike build are included free. Along with this, we will contribute the value of 5% of your bike to your PMC team, rounding up to the nearest $10. This is a $510 donation to the PMC!
Standard Retail Price, including promo value$11251
Total savings$1175
Your Price after Promo Applied, before tax


DeadlineBike Confirmation needed by July 10 and we guarantee you'll be riding your new Seven at the PMC!



Ask us for more information about any of these options or if you have something else in mind.


The options are limitless where it comes to Seven and the bikes they build for each person. No two are the same because no two riders are the same!

Honey 100 & Honey 101 Bike Promo

June 23rd, 2016

Have a New Bike to ride for Honey 100 & Honey 101

Honey-100-km-logo (1)The Honey 101 is coming up July 31 and the Honey 100 is happening August 13. We want you to have a new bike that’s perfectly suited to having the most fun ever on one or both of these rides! The Honey 100 and 101 are mixed-terrain rides that include adventuring onto little-known side roads, dirt trails, single track trails, back alleyways, through places not obvious to ride.

A bike that is perfect for the Honey 100 is one that is perfect for any mixed-terrain ride, long days on dirt roads, studded tire winter riding and so much more.

Here are two great options…

Honey Allroads with Shimano Ultegra 6800:

This Allroads is shown with a special edition paint scheme. Price shown is for a one-color traditional Honey scheme.

FramesetHoney Allroads, lightweight steel with Honey carbon disc fork
KitShimano 6800 11-speed mechanical. Cable-actuated disc brakes. Price does not include pedals.
WheelsetMavic Ksyrium Pro Allroad Disc
Promo DetailsProfessional bike fitting and bike build are included free. Along with this, choose one of the following packages:

A) Complementary Honey 100 AND 101 registration plus free Honey Chamois Cream

B) Complementary 2 additional sets of tires. $250 Value

C) Complementary Light & Motion Urban 850 Fast Charge Trail front light and Vis 180 tail light, plus reflective vest. $250 Value
Standard Retail Price, including promo value$6004
Total savings$891
Your Price after Promo Applied, before tax


DeadlineBike Confirmation needed by July 3 in order to ride in Honey 101. Confirmation needed by July 10 to ride in the Honey 100.

Honey Allroads with SRAM Rival 22


This is one of our SRAM Rival 22-equipped Allroads demo bikes out in the wild on a demo ride.

FramesetHoney Allroads, lightweight steel with Honey carbon disc fork
KitSRAM Rival 22 11-speed mechanical. Cable-actuated disc brakes. Price does not include pedals.
WheelsetMavic Aksium Disc
Promo DetailsProfessional bike fitting and bike build are included free. Along with this, choose one of the following packages:

A) Complementary Honey 100 AND 101 registration plus free Honey Chamois Cream

B) Complementary 2 additional sets of tires. $250 Value

C) Complementary Light & Motion Urban 850 Fast Charge Trail front light and Vis 180 tail light, plus reflective vest. $250 Value
Standard Retail Price + value of promo$4806
Total Savings: $891
Your Price after Promo Applied, before tax


DeadlineBike Confirmation needed by July 3 in order to ride in Honey 101. Confirmation needed by July 10 to ride in the Honey 100.

Welcome Kuma Coffee as our next guest roaster

May 17th, 2016

Welcome Kuma Coffee as our next guest roaster!

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By US measures, Seattle has a long, rich history with coffee. If it isn’t the birthplace of what we call Specialty Coffee in the US (along with the Bay Area), it’s certainly a founding father, particularly when it comes to espresso and café culture. Influenced by Italy in the late 1970s early 80s, you can hardly walk a block in the Emerald City, even in residential neighborhoods, without passing a cafe.

In a market as mature as Seattle’s, launching a successful roastery is no easy endeavor. In less than 10 years, founder Mark Barany has grown Kuma from a small hobby business to an award winning microroaster. Like our house roaster, George Howell Coffee, Kuma is dedicated to supporting coffee farmers, generally paying above Fair Trade rates and developing Direct Trade relationships with most.

Unlike many of their brethren in the Pacifice NW, Kuma roasts on the lighter side, highlighting and honoring the terroir and intrinsic flavors of the beans rather than covering them up with a dark roast. We’ve just finished our first batch of their ‘Fresh Crop – Balanced’ espresso and were blown away by its complexity (see our Instagram posts for our gushings). Next up is their ‘Bright’ blend of Ethiopian espressos before we venture into their drip coffees.

RSC Kuma Sunshine

These next few weeks are sure to bring some delicious and exciting coffees from Kuma (the 2016 Guatemala crop is about to drop!) and we’re looking forward to enjoying them with you at RSC!

Bikepacking with Joe Cruz: Stories, Images, and a Fearless Approach to Just Doing It

May 8th, 2016

Bikepacking with Joe Cruz: Stories, Images, and a Fearless Approach to Just Doing It


Joe Cruz has bikepacked everywhere, listen to his stories and see how it’s done.

Speaking from a lifetime of bikepacking experience, Joe Cruz is coming to Ride Studio Cafe May 26 at 7pm to share what he has seen and done with us. He comes from a broad perspective of world-wide riding adventures and bringing many photos from his travels. Joe lives in western Massachusetts so is familiar with the amazing bikepacking in our own backyard here in New England and across the United States. Much of his talk will focus on bikepacking that is approachable to those newer to it. He will address the fears of new bikepackers and offer his approach to managing fear. As he says, it’s more about the way in which we create our own barriers that need not exist.

Joe Cruz image of bikepacking.

Image of bikepacking by Joe Cruz.

Joe is one of the bikepacking originals starting his bikepacking adventures in 1988 and spending significant time each year to trips that most people wouldn’t think to attempt. In his work-life, Joe is a professor of philosophy, and he brings a philosophical and practical approach to the sport.

Bikepacking in the US.

Image of bikepacking in the US, by Joe Cruz.

His talk will be inspiring, motivational, and educational–and someone you shouldn’t miss.


Joe’s Seven Treeline will be at his talk – fully loaded as it is when he goes on a bikepacking trip. Photo on Seven Cycles’ website.

Not only will Joe treat us with his images and stories from bikepacking, but he’ll also be bringing his fully-loaded, ready-to-bikepack Seven Treeline for all to see.

Read Joe’s blog and check out his bikepacking images on Instagram.

Please RSVP early for Joe’s presentation (scroll down) – there are very limited numbers of seats. We will provide appetizers and drinks throughout the evening.

Tour Seven Cycles

May 5th, 2016

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Seven Cycles is located just down the street from us in Watertown. Seven is a company full of bike building professionals. It is the place where custom bikes come to life and many new innovations in bike building have been created.

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Seven has been making the finest bikes for 18+ years and their experience shines as they work. It’s manufacturing at its best: handcrafted bikes are very carefully and perfectly built one at a time, yet the short lead times show efficiency, and a well-run business full of highly-skilled people who are passionate about what they do.


We’re heading to Seven Friday, May 20. Hopefully you have some time to join us then. The tour of Seven will begin promptly at 11:30am. Feel free to arrive 10 to 20 minutes early to check out their showroom prior to the tour. Please register by Thursday, May 19, so we can give Seven enough notice of how many people to expect. An email will be sent to you with details and directions after you register. We hope you join us!

Ride on the Road: The Conjure Series begins February 27

February 12th, 2016

Conjure Series: Summon Spring with Ride Studio Cafe’s Road Season Opener Saturday February 27 – Sunday March 6


The Conjure Series begins Saturday, February 27, kicking off nine days and two full weekends of road rides from Ride Studio Cafe. The Studio is your group riding home base, providing good food and drink to fuel you for base mile riding to conjure the sunny spring.

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We are riding at various times of day, in all directions, seeking out warm spots with good friends, old and new. The roads may still be cold, but our minds are set on warm, sunny days with flowers in bloom and leaves budding on trees. Think bunnies and tulips, shorts, and iced mochas.

We have a lot planned to keep you riding and smiling. Each day will offer a new route and good food either before or after the ride. Examples are pre-ride waffles, weekday post-ride lunches, and plenty of hot drinks to keep you warm. Will you join us in conjuring spring?

Complete ride series details, route details, and times can be found on the Conjure Ride Page. The routes will be posted at least 24 hours in advance of the ride start time. Due to weather uncertainties, we need will post the route when we’re nearly certain we won’t need to change it. 

What Makes this Series Special

Registration is free, rides are happening at all times to allow for everyone to join in, and provides you free, great food, and special vouchers that help you stock up on all of the spring necessities. The more you ride, the higher the value of the voucher you’ll receive. There is even an Instagram contest to join in on. Check out the Ride Page for complete details & to register.

We hope you join us for this road ride series to conjure up a lovely spring!

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Welcome, Cafe Grumpy!

February 5th, 2016

Welcome, Cafe Grumpy!


Ride Studio Cafe is incredibly excited to welcome Cafe Grumpy as our new guest roaster. Grumpy is a small-batch roaster out of Brooklyn, NY. Starting as a cafe in 2006, founder Caroline Bell has noted that roasting was naturally the next step for her passionate team to make. Already a local favorite in New York, Cafe Grumpy became renowned throughout the coffee industry for their expertly roasted coffee, orange color scheme, and trademark grumpy face logo. We are especially pleased to have them in the cafe since they were one of the first guest roasters that RSC ever hosted years ago, and their coffee is just as great as we remember!

Lauren Rothman from FoodandWine.com writes that Grumpy is “one of the first coffee companies to bring serious, thoughtfully produced joe to Brooklyn.” This is the ultimate goal of Grumpy; to educate and involve their customers in the world of quality coffee. The coffee buyers and roasters at Grumpy, who all started out as baristas, are thoughtful in both the creation of their product and in the sourcing of their beans. They maintain close relationships with farmers in many different countries around the world, and want their consumers to know the farm that their coffee came from as intimately as the roasters do.

El Cielito, Santa Barbara, Honduras

The staff at Cafe Grumpy are undoubtedly passionate about their product, but the quality of the coffee is not their sole focus. They also boast a great reputation for humanitarianism and social responsibility. They work closely with farms in many impoverished areas, and so they do their part to help the citizens of the countries where the coffee is grown. Most recently, they have formed a partnership with Action Against Hunger. Action Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization that provides aid to impoverished areas in need of safe water and good nutrition. Cafe Grumpy donates $1 from every bag of their Los Santos Guatemalan coffee to Action Against Hunger, in order to help those in need in the region that the coffee is grown along with many other areas in need.


Buy two bags, get a Grumpy mug!

Buy two bags, get a Grumpy mug!

Here in the Cafe, we are kicking things off with Grumpy on the pourover bar this weekend. Selections include Las Flores from Honduras and Kiamabara from Kenya. The Las Flores is a full-bodied coffee with notes of golden raisin, praline, brown sugar, apricot, and plum. The Kiamabara is a delicious Kenyan with notes of cranberry, vanilla, bergamot, and graham cracker. Both selections are available on Kalita, Chemex, and Aeropress.

To celebrate the arrival of Cafe Grumpy coffee on our shelves, we are offering a limited time promotion: if you buy two bags of Grumpy coffee, then you receive an orange Grumpy logo mug free of charge! The shelves are fully stocked with a great variety of offerings from Grumpy, so come in any time and bring home a taste of Brooklyn.

Tour Seven Cycles Monday, January 18

January 3rd, 2016

Tour Seven Cycles Monday, January 18

Seven Cycles is located just down the street from us in Watertown. Seven is a company full of bike building professionals. It is the place where custom bikes come to life and many new innovations in bike building have been created.Screenshot 2015-01-14 18.38.26

Seven has been making the finest bikes for 18+ years and their experience shines as they work. It’s manufacturing at its best: handcrafted bikes are very carefully and perfectly built one at a time, yet the short lead times show efficiency, and a well-run business full of highly-skilled people who are passionate about what they do.

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We’re heading to Seven Monday, January 18. This is MLK Day – a school holiday; hopefully you have some time to join us then. The tour of Seven will begin promptly at 11:30am. Feel free to arrive 5 to 20 minutes early to check out their showroom prior to the tour. We hope you join us! Please register by Sunday, January 17, so we can give Seven enough notice of how many people to expect. An email will be sent to you with details and directions after you register. We hope you join us!

The FIRST Snowfall Ride of the Season

December 17th, 2015

Ride in the FIRST Snowfall of the Season with Us

One of our favorite pastimes is riding in snowfall.  You can hear the snow crunching under your tires.  It’s such a quiet time; all sound is suppressed by the snowfall.  No one is out on the roads and trails.  The world feels primitive.

The moment of the first snowfall is THE time to ride. We are leading a ride when this first snow hits!

Monday, December 28 Update: Twitter has the latest news concerning when we’re rolling out in the first snow; snow is forecast to hit soon! We will likely be riding in the wee early hours Tuesday, December 29.

T-Rex in the snowstorm

Riding in the snow is peaceful and primitive…just as this photo suggests.

We are ready.  Are you?

Ride Synopsis

  • We are leading a ride that begins here 60 minutes after the first snow of the season begins.
  • We won’t be riding if the snow isn’t going to last for the duration of our ride. Keep reading to understand how you’ll know when the ride is a GO.
  • The ride will be 90 minutes to 2 hours in length total. No more. The distance of the route will take into account how hard the snow is falling & how fast the ride will be.
  • The route is mixed terrain. Expect to be on- and off-road, on trails and through woods.
  • The pace of the ride will be high enough to keep everyone working hard. This way, everyone stays warm. This doesn’t mean we’ll be moving fast considering studded tires and winter setups aren’t exactly fast. The level of intensity will equate to how you’d feel if it were a nice day and you were riding 18mph on the road.

Here’s How We Plan for the First Snow

  • Be flexible.  We have no idea when it’s going to snow.  It’s most common for snowfall to occurduring the afternoon but it could be 2am or any other time.  A mindset focused on the ride, rather than when the ride will occur, is helpful.
  • Be ready.  Have a Snow Essentials Duffel packed and with you at all times – we provide some content hints below.  Have your bike ready to go.
  • The Right Tires:  Having studded tires is by far the best choice for the first snow.  Since we’re very likely to have a few days’ notice prior to the snow, you can time your tire install fairly accurately.  Once the first snow falls you may want to be riding studs for the rest of the winter anyway.  If you need tires, give the Studio a heads up.  We have a variety in stock and can special order anything you might want.  We’re also happy to do the install for you.
  • Headlight & Taillight:  Whether we’re riding at 2pm or 2am, you have to have at least one headlight to join us.  Snowfall makes it really difficult for drivers to see cyclists.  A headlight and taillight will save you.  Make sure you charge those lights a few days in advance.  If you’re looking to upgrade your light system, check in with the Studio; we have the best winter light systems available.
Blizzard in the City

We rode into Boston during the first blizzard of last year. This year, we are planning on being out there during the first snowfall and we hope you’ll be there to join us!

Knowing When the Snowfall Ride Moment Arrives

We’re using Twitter and Instagram to keep people informed of when the ride moment is happening.  We’ll “Twinstagram” intermittently as the weather changes.  We’ll do our best to inform riders as the moment gets nearer.  The final Twinstagram will be 60-minutes before the ride begins.  That’s your klaxon to get your butt and bike over to the Studio for a very memorable ride.

If you don’t use either Instagram or Twitter, you’re going to have a challenging time joining us.  We will be posting some information on Facebook but we’re not using it as the go time alert. Watch the hashtag:


Tricks for Riding in the Snow

  • Traction:  Snow riding is all about traction.  Four ways of maximizing traction are:

o    Apply steady horsepower to the pedals.  This is a lot more difficult than it appears.  If you’re riding at 70 hp on a snowy trail, a change of 10%, or 7 hp, is a lot – and can be the different between maintaining your line and losing traction entirely.  Practice steady horsepower output.

o    Keep your bike upright, even while turning.  The more you lean into a corner, the less traction you have.  Most tires have less tread and fewer studs toward the sides of the tire.  Don’t lean your bike too much.  Riding upright keeps you upright.

o    Tire pressure:  Lower tire pressure provides better traction.  Of course, you want to balance this with the possibility of getting a flat.  We find that riding on an inch of snow is deceptive, in that you feel like the trail is really smooth, when in reality, all the obstacles are still there – and just as sharp – you just can’t see them, so your chance of getting a flat probably increases slightly.

o    Tires and treads:  Studs are best.  Wider is better than narrower.  Treads are better than slicks.

  • Be careful.  This may seem obvious but we see this as a fundamental issue each season in the first snow.  Taking a tumble in the ice and snow can be problematic; these falls are fast, unexpected, and hard.  Ride conservatively and don’t worry about winning.
  • No fenders:  Snow time may seem like a great time to have fenders, but it’s not.  Not only are fenders dangerous on mixed terrain – due to sticks and debris on the trail, it’s also likely that your fenders will get packed with snow and make your ride a lot tougher.
  • Batteries die.  Batteries don’t like the cold so they power down a lot more quickly than on an autumn day.  Three hours of battery life can become one hour – or worse – in the cold months.  Keep your electronics warm – in your jacket or jersey, not in your saddle bag – until you need them.  This includes your phone, backup battery, spare light, and your Garmin – if you’re not the ride navigator.

Likely Weather Conditions

It can’t snow if it’s too cold so it’s likely to be somewhere between 28 and 36 degrees.  Also, you’re likely to get a bit wet as the snow melts on you; gear that leans toward rain protection can be useful.

Always Be Prepared:  Snow Essentials Duffel
Have your Snow Essentials Duffel in your car – if that’s your mode of work transport – so you’re always ready to roll.  In that bag, we recommend:

  • All the clothing you typically use for 30-40 degree riding.  Clothing that likes wet conditions isn’t a bad idea, either.  Note:  We’re only including the gear that people often forget when they’re in a hurry, and riding in unexpected conditions.  If you forget to put your bibs in your Snow Essentials Kit, we have no sympathy!
  • Headlight 100% charged and ready for 2.5 hours of use.  Ideally, two headlights – one on your bars and one on your helmet.
  • Taillight batteries in good condition.
  • Winter shoes or your autumn shoes with overshoes.
  • Long thick wool socks
  • Helmet – with light mount ready to go.
  • Long finger gloves, possibly with liners.
  • Three season cap that covers your ears.  A brim will be appreciated – it can help keep the snow out of your eyes.
  • Neck gator
  • Protective glasses if that’s your kind of thing for riding in a snowstorm.
  • High-vis vest if you like to be visible.  If there’s ever a time to increase your visibility, it’s during a snowstorm; drivers have a really difficult time seeing cyclists through snowfall.
  • Towel to dry off after the ride.  The Studio has towels, too, but a big towel that travels with you can be nice!

Winter lights - photo - Rob Vandermark

For the Diehard Riders That Are 100% Committed

  • Drop off your Snow Essentials Duffel and your winterized bike at the Studio within two days of the expected snow date.  That will make it easier if you’re coming from work.  Make sure you have some kind of obvious name tag on your bag and bike so we don’t recycle them by accident.  We’re always tight for space at the Studio so only drop off your gear if you’re 100% certain you’ll be riding with us.

The Studio Is Here To Help

We have just about anything you could need for winter riding, including:

  • Lots of studded tire options.  And the tubes needed for each tire size.  We can help determine the ideal tire size for your bike and guarantee what will fit and what won’t.  Not all studded tires are created equal.  We can help determine the right price point for your riding needs.
  • Studded tire installation help.  Studded tires are often the toughest type of tire to install because they’re thicker, stiffer, and sometimes are steel beaded.  We’re happy to help.
  • Lights:  We have the toughest winter lights available.  We’ll help you determine optimal number of lumens for your needs.  We’ll help you determine where the best mounting spot is on your bike or body.  The best kind of taillight for visibility and longevity.  So many options – all with different strengths and weaknesses.
  • Gloves:  We have everything from lightweight full fingers to deep winter 45Nrth gloves and liners.  Come by and try the array or models and sizes to determine the ideal setup for your type of riding.  We can help with determining which are best for wet weather, for glove liners, or for the coldest days.  Lots of glove options for lots of kinds of riding.
  • Winter Shoes:  We’ve got 45Nrth Japanthers and Wolvhammers in stock.  We’ll help you find the right size, and install cleats on your new boots, too.
  • All winter clothing, including deep winter tights and a range of jackets for all conditions.

We hope to see you in the first snow!


Fall Five Overall Winners

December 11th, 2015

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Fall Five Stage 5 Results

December 11th, 2015

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Fall Five Stage 4 Results

December 10th, 2015

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Fall Five Stage 3 Results

December 9th, 2015

Fall Five Stage 3 Results – Mountain (Road), Circuit (Mixed Terrain)Screenshot 2015-12-09 23.17.24More about the prizes, party, and Overall Results are found on the Fall Five page.

Fall Five Stage 2 Results

December 9th, 2015

Fall Five Stage 2 Results – Point-to-Point

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More about the prizes, party, and Overall Results are found on the Fall Five page.

Fall Five Stage 1 Results

December 9th, 2015

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More about the prizes, party, and Overall Results are found on the Fall Five page.

Read our November eNews

November 18th, 2015

Read our latest eNewsletter, there is A LOT going on, starting with a great ride and party this Saturday. Also, the Fall Five starts December 4, check out what that’s about, it’s a very fun – and unusual – challenge to undertake! We have a new coffee guest roaster in the Cafe, too. Click below on the newsletter to see it all. If it’s not coming to your email inbox, sign up to receive it now!

















Performance Road Bikes Ready for New England

November 9th, 2015

Performance Road Bikes Ready for New England

Remember last winter? Probably. Remember riding on the cold, snowy days? Likely not, but a lot of people were out there having a great time pedaling throughout it. Even though the snow piled up, the roads were often rideable. Cycling through the colder months has become more and more common in New England. Our group rides continue. In fact, the worse the day is, the more people show up, because people like to ride with others when it’s cold out.

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A late-December Saturday Ride. Photo by Derrick Lewis.

There is no better way to get through the winter than by taking advantage of what it has to offer…outside. We have bikes here that are fast, light, performance bikes for the spring, summer, and fall AND are ready for winter. This is uncommon to find with mainstream stock bikes, but it is common for us to deliver such bikes to very happy people. How is this possible?

Lake in Harold Parker State Park, Patria riding - Photo by Henry V.

Road riding near Harold Parker State Park. Photo by Henry van den Broek.

Road bikes with slightly larger clearances that allow for wider tires feel just as fast and responsive as road bikes that barely clear a 25c tire. The difference in frame geometry is minuscule. The mid-reach fork is slightly extended, keeping its stiffness properties and quick handling ability while allowing it to accommodate the mid-reach brake.

Having the ability to mount an LAS file tread tire on a road bike turns said bike into a trail bike. This is a no-compromise setup.


A Clement LAS 33c tire clears the Velo Orange Grand Cru brake, the frame and fork with no issue at all. This is set up on one of our Seven demo Axiom SL bikes.

A set of road wheels that typically accommodates a 23c tire is very likely to be able to accommodate the LAS tire.

A tire that’s gained much popularity more recently is the Clement MSO 32c tire. This one fits in the brakes and frame with no trouble at all. That’s a common choice for road bikes that took on D2R2, a popular dirt-road randonee ride, over the summer.

Or a Continental Speed King – a 35c tire usually only ever seen on a cyclocross bike.

Conti CX Speed 35c

The Continental Cyclocross Speed tire was meant for a cross bike – or a road bike!

This bike that runs the Continental Cyclocross Speed tire is often seen on group rides with 23c tires. Same wheels (Mavic Ksyrium Elites), different tires, easy swap. It’s like two bikes in one. Again, without compromising speed with the skinny tire setup, and not compromising the ability to enjoy dirt trails, rough roads, and have great traction when the roads are wet or slippery.

Saturday big group ride with Rapha's Rich Bravo & Derrick Lewis - Photo by Neil McInnis

It’s a big, fun group ride…just another day on the road albeit during the Cold Season. Don’t miss the opportunities to get out even if the world is coated in snow. Photo by Neil McInnis.

When the roads get icy and riding is still a priority be it for pleasure or for commuting, a studded tire offers ultimate control and confidence.


45NRTH Xerxes tires fit with plenty of clearance to spare so snow pack between tire and fork or frame isn’t a worry.

Both Seven Cycles and Honey Bikes offer fast road bike models that offer this wide range of abilities to ride confidently and quickly throughout the year.

We haven’t mentioned disc brakes here and it’s no secret that we deliver a lot of disc brake bikes. Disc brakes aren’t always the solution, though they’re becoming much more commonly seen on stock bikes. Disc brakes, while offering excellent braking power, add weight to the bike and require the fork and other features of the frame to be stiffer and larger than they’d otherwise be on a road bike.

For the person who wants a fast and light performance bike, caliper brakes are usually a very viable, and appropriate, choice. As with all of the bikes we spec,  it’s important to discuss how the bike will be ridden, where it will be going, and what its intended uses are in the future.

If you want an All-Year, All-Conditions bike, our lead times are awesome at Seven Cycles. In 4-5 weeks, you’ll be riding your new unpainted bike. It’s 6-7 weeks between now and a new painted bike. If this year is like last year, that is well before the first snowfall. Email us at connect@ridestudiocafe.com to discuss more and if you’d like to demo a great bike similar to those we’ve highlighted here.

Dirt Roads Go On And On - photo - Rob Vandermark

This Seven Axiom SL is equipped with low gearing and mid-reach brakes allowing for higher volume tires perfect for conditions found while out exploring the world. The bike is seen here on the dirt and rocks of carriage trails in the Yorkshire Dales, UK.

Ending this post on a high note, the spring isn’t all that far away and with it comes the warm weather, fast rides, and opportunities to travel with the bike. Travel often involves mixed terrain and, again, the larger-volume tires and/or knobby tires can be just perfect.

Introducing Passion House Coffee Roasters

November 3rd, 2015

Introducing Passion House Coffee Roasters

Photo Courtesy of Passion House Coffee

Photo Courtesy of Passion House Coffee



Our new guest roaster is Passion House Coffee Roasters out of Chicago, Illinois.

Passion House was founded by Joshua Millman, a creative individual with years of previous roasting experience. Owned and operated by Millman and creative director Vedya, this small batch roaster takes pride in their artistic approach to coffee. The “AME” logo represents their three genres of roasts. By grouping their coffees into these genres, they hope to spread knowledge of the complexity of coffee and the different ways that it can play with our tastebuds.

The “A” represents Ambient, a genre of roasts containing more mellow flavors.

The “M” represents Mainstream, a genre of more familiar balanced coffees.

The “E” represents Experimental, the genre we will be testing out at first here at Ride Studio Cafe. Passion House’s Experimental genre includes the type of coffee we love to serve: single origins and vibrant, complex flavors.

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Fall Five – A Fall Competition for Road and Mixed Terrain Bikes

November 2nd, 2015

Fall-Five-stacked-600pxPresenting… The Fall Five

Join the Ride Studio Cafe for the funnest ride series of the fall!

Five Rides, Seven Days, One Big Party, Countless Prizes

Happening from Friday, December 5 through Thursday, December 11. (Yes, the dates changed from mid-November. Later in the fall and later in cross season is helpful for many people’s schedules.)

What is The Fall Five?

This is a five-stage solo road AND mixed terrain cycling challenge that is open to all riders with gumption. Each rider chooses whether to complete the road stage or mixed terrain stage; mixing and matching is fine! It’s a fun way to extend the riding season, and each stage is a short, intense effort that’ll keep you warm.

When is The Fall Five?

  • Ride Stages: The first stage starts on Friday, December 5. The final stage takes place on Thursday, December 11. Stages 2-4 occur between these days.
  • Party Open to All: Friday, December 12 at 6 pm

Why Ride The Fall Five?

Why? Because of the Five P’s!

  • Party, Prizes, Personal Challenge, Phun, Promotions Times Five.

How does The Fall Five Work?

We’re racing five stages spread out over seven days. For stages 2, 3, and 4 you have a few days from which to choose; do the race on the day you prefer. This is one of the beauties of this solo race – race at your convenience. And, this makes it easier to participate in all five stages.

All of the Details

Complete Details and registration information are at the ride page:


We hope you join in this very fun event and keep riding through the fall!

Spotlight on George Howell Coffee

October 26th, 2015

Spotlight on George Howell Coffee 

Our house roaster, George Howell Coffee, continues to impress with consistency and quality in their roasting. George Howell has built close relationships with coffee farmers around the world and they work closely with the farmers to produce consistently high-quality beans. Delicate inspection and a very careful roasting technique on the part of the George Howell staff leads to the perfect coffee we proudly serve here at Ride Studio Cafe. We visited the roasting facility in Acton, MA to take a closer look at the process. 

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6 Reasons Seven Cycles Randonneur Bikes Go the Distance

October 23rd, 2015

6 Reasons Seven Cycles Randonneur Bikes Go the Distance

Paris-Brest-Paris is the most famous of all of the randonneur rides in the world. It is a 1200km ride starting near Paris, France, the furthest point riders go is Brest, then they return to Paris. The clock begins when riders begin in Paris and ends when they return. Therefore, the time they spend sleeping is part of their overall time. Riders also self-support so they bring tools and anything they may need in case of a flat tire or mechanical. They are able to stop for food periodically so they tend to bring front and rear saddle bags, but don’t have the load that one who is touring would carry.

There were quite a few Seven Cycles bikes at Paris-Brest-Paris this year. Seven Cycles recently posted about the ride and of Henry van den Broek‘s adventure there. We worked with Henry to design his bike which is a Seven Evergreen SL.

We’ve worked on numerous randonneur bikes. Sometimes we don’t stop to consider just how many bikes and riders we have on the road. After many hundreds of bikes that we’ve personally worked on in collaboration with riders and Seven Cycles, we’ve got quite a few to talk about and share with you.


Henry and David Bayley happened to meet up during PBP and they rode together for some distance. We worked with Dave, an Irishman, on his Evergreen when he was in town. We shipped him the final product. This made us happy to see two good people with their bikes working together during PBP!

What considerations are there when we work with someone to build him or her the ideal randonneur bike?

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A Brief Look at What’s Happening: Group Rides

October 15th, 2015

A “Brief” Look at What’s Happening

The number one question I get on a daily basis is: “So what’s happening at the Studio?” My answer is usually a long pause while I try to think of all of the upcoming rides, events, new products hitting the shelves and then I blurt out: “A whole bunch of everything.” That’s not a very concise answer so here’s an attempt to answer this seemingly simple question with the details you’re looking for.

Group Rides

We’ve had a full year of really awesome rides – and we’re continuing to ride as the weather changes. Our weekly rides have been very well attended. In response, we have added more good rides to the line-up. Here’s what’s new:

Saturday 8:15am Horizon Chasers – This long, moderate ride has been running all summer, but it just got a name. Every week it has a different route, usually between 60 and 80 miles. This coming Saturday’s edition of the ride will take in peak fall foliage. So, we’ll call it the Leaf Chasers for this week. Everyone who can maintain a 16-17mph average pace for the distance is welcome to attend. The distances will go down and the ride will migrate forms with seasons. We’ll keep this running as long as we can. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome Coava Coffee, Guest Roaster from Portland, Oregon

August 5th, 2015

Welcome Coava Coffee Roasters

We are very excited to announce the arrival of a new Guest coffee roaster in our Cafe. We are now serving up delicious roasts from Coava Coffee of Portland, Oregon.


Introducing our next Guest is always an exciting time. Coava Coffee Roasters is a small batch artisan roaster out of Portland, Oregon. Coava has been on our shelves before, in the very early days of the Studio. This makes introducing them as our next Guest even more exciting.

Photo Courtesy of Coava Coffee Roasters

With any adventure there are always great stories that come out of it. Coava’s story begins in the garage of Matt Higgins. Matt started bar tending at local shops while finishing his undergrad at University of Oregon. Soon after graduating, Matt found himself wanting more than what his degree in German was offering him.

Already having a variety of talents under his belt, such as his time at the renowned Albina Press coffee bar, he decided to start trying things for himself. From the very beginning, Coava was focused on pursuing such ideals as sustainable farm practices and a quality product from farm to cup. Matt and his team dove head first, exploring the arts of agricultural science, sustainable business practices, and direct farm relationships. Matt once said in an interview with Joshua at FoodGPS.com, that “The most exciting part is bringing in a coffee that someone has never tasted before, a separation that’s maybe never been separated before, a farmer who’s never had his or her name mentioned ever, because their coffee’s been routinely blended away.”  This is how we think at RSC when it comes to roasters and their product: emphasizing the work that goes into making a great cup of coffee, and enabling us to showcase the talents of the region, the farmer, the roaster, and the barista.

For the first few weeks we will be serving an array of filter options made available from Coava.

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The varieties will range from the consistently good Costa Rica Los Nacientes, to the uniquely funky and naturally processed El Salvador La Esperanza. We also will have a similar natural heirloom Ethiopian, Kilenso. Something we are really excited about is serving a well-crafted and consistently-produced natural coffee. Coava does these well! For more on natural processed coffees check out our previous coffee blog posts on the different types of processes used around the world.  We look forward to what these next weeks in coffee have to offer.

As we do with many of our Guests, we will be starting with Coava’s filter coffees offering two rotating varieties available via Kalita Wave or Chemex brew, then we will rotate to serving Coava’s espresso offerings for the last half of their tenure at RSC. We are looking forward to serving you the wonderful coffees Coava has to offer!

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This Week in Coffee: Farming- Processing Part 2

July 21st, 2015

This Week in Coffee: Farming- Processing Part 2

In these days of summer heat, we are staying cool in the studio with many wonderful iced drink offerings. Come in from the humidity and refresh with a nice cold Spindrift soda, Iced Yunnan Tea from Mem Tea Imports, or Iced herbal tea option, Ginger Lime Rooibos from Rishi Tea.


Of course, we are also offering some wonderful iced coffee options for a cool down complete with a boost of caffeine. Always popular is our cold brewed iced coffee. Enjoy a full 12 oz cup or a quick shot of energy from our small 4oz option. Also available when reserved a day in advance is a 64oz cold brew growler that you can keep in your fridge at home or work to enjoy throughout the week.

This week our espresso is brought to you by our current guest roaster, Mountain Air Roasting of Asheville, North Carolina. Currently is the hopper is Heirloom espresso. This Yirgacheffe, Ethiopian is floral, spicy, and intense. Next up this week we will be Obelisk espresso from Brazil. This option is smooth and delicious with flavors of honey, chocolate, and cherry. Looking for the full flavor of espresso in a cold drink? Any of our espresso drinks can be made iced.

Of course, even in the summer, hot coffee is a wonderful option is get your day going. Currently on our pourover menu are two wonderful offerings from George Howell Coffee. San Jose de Pedregal from Colombia is  rich with flavors of black grape, dark cherry, and orange. Reko Kochere from Ethiopia is bright and sweet with flavors of watermelon, apricot, and candy lemon.

Focus on Farming: Natural Processing

Since February we have covered many topics to introduce some of the complexities of coffee farming and production. We started with a basic overview, followed by a focus on soil effects, climate conditions, altitude, varietals, and harvest. Recently, turning to the processing of coffee, our last post focused on the traditional washed process for removing the coffee cherry fruit from the coffee bean. Today, we write about a less common processing option: natural processing.

Photo Courtesy of George Howell Coffee

Natural processing (or dry processing) is the oldest way to process coffee and plays a large role in effecting the taste of coffee once it is roasted and brewed. Typically naturally roasted coffees present with a fruity flavor that washed processed coffees cannot achieve. This is because in the natural process, the fruit of the coffee cherry is allowed to dry on the coffee bean before being removed from the seed. This allows the bean to assume that fruity or berry flavor. While a vast majority of the coffees we serve here at the studio are traditional washed coffees, we have had opportunities to serve natural processed coffees in the past: most recently, Misty Valley Ethiopian from Gracenote Coffee.

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June 4th, 2015

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Ride Dusk to Dawn for the Fullest Night of Fun

June 2nd, 2015

Ride Dusk to Dawn for the Fullest Night of Fun

Mixed Terrain Riding Just Became Even More Full of Adventure

We’re getting ready for another great ride from Overland Base Camp (OBC): The Dusk to Dawn Ride. We’ve hosted two rides for OBC so far this year — the Diverged Ride and
the Maneha 250.
Both have been big successes. If you missed either of these rides don’t miss the Dusk to Dawn Ride.D2D Test Ride - video image wide - Rob Vandermark

  • What: As the name stipulates: Riding from dusk to dawn. In addition to night riding, this is a mixed terrain about 50% of the ride will be pavement and 50% on dirt: dirt roads, singletrack, fire roads, goat paths, and other terra incognita. The Dusk to Dawn offers two distances and
    levels of challenge.
  • When: June 20 & 21, 2015. From sunset on Saturday through sunrise on Sunday. You can be home on Sunday before 9am or earlier!
  • Where: Heading out from here Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA. Almost two-thirds of the way through the ride we’ll meet at a big fire for a late dinner – and an electronics recharging station.
  • What you’ll need: Bikes, lights, dirt tires, GPS units, SPOTs, and lots of food.
  • Why: It has to be done. Night riding in the summer is about as good as it gets.
  • How: Register at Bikereg.com

We hope you’ll join us for this unique event!

Questions? Email Overland Base Camp.

Multiple Ride and Participation Options:

  • Continuous: Ride the full 90-mile route without sleep.
  • Campout: Ride the first 55-miles and then campout — sleepover — at the fireplace.
    We have tent options and wet weather options. OBC hauls your camping gear, a change of clothes, and whatever else you want at the big fire.
  • Teams consisting of 3 – 6 riders: Each team member starts and finishes the Dutodari together; you get to roll through the night together.

Ride Statistics

  • Distance: Two options: About 90-miles and about 55-miles
  • Elevation Gain: About 6,500 feet for the 90-miler
  • Terrain: Mixed. 50% dirt; 50% pavement
  • Geography: Suburban and some urban
  • Territory: From deep woods to well-traveled roads
  • Sky: Dark

For those that sign up very soon there are still a few Dawn to Dusk custom-made caps left for early registrants. When they’re gone, they’re gone.

We hope to see you at the Dawn to Dusk Ride! #d2dride #overlandbasecamp

Up the Incline at Dusk - photo - Rob Vandermark

This Week in Coffee: Farming-Processing Part 1

May 31st, 2015

This Week in Coffee: Farming-Processing Part 1

For the past few weeks we have been serving up some delicious pourover coffees from our current guest roaster, Mountain Air Roasting of Asheville, North Carolina. Today we are switching gears and serving up Mountain Air espresso with pourover options from George Howell Coffee.

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Diverged Ride 2015

April 17th, 2015

Special Ride: Diverged

Saturday, April 25, 2015

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Diverged 2015


The Ride Studio Cafe is hosting and Honey Bikes is sponsoring this very special early spring ride!

This is just a high-level view of what’s happening on April 25. For all of the details and to RSVP, go to the Ride Page on the Overland Base Camp website.

Ride:  Diverged Ride.  All surface types will be represented: pavement, gravel, dirt, and rocks.  There are two ride distances: either 17 miles or 38 miles and fun, medium, and fast paces, too. Each group will have a ride leader so you’re not on your own.

When:  Saturday, April 25 – Various starting times for the different groups

Where:  Departing from Ride Studio Cafe.

Why:  Honey Ride!  All bikes welcome – with some required modifications – see below.

How:  On randonee bikes – or modified cyclocross bikes – see details below.



Honey Bikes Winterando - Ready to Ride

The ride’s name – Diverged – comes from Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken.  Because on this ride, we’re taking all the roads and trails.  We’re fortunate to have bikes, rather than being on foot, so divergence is a good word.  Because this ride is a bit unusual we have a few special bike requirements.

Bike Requirements

  • 28c tires, minimum size.  If you don’t have 28c or wider, you’ll be riding alone after you get a flat. If it looks like mud, we’ll suggest knobby tires like the Schwalbe Racing Ralphs (33mm) or Clement MXP (also 33mm). If it’s dry, then any 28c slick tire such as a Ruffy Tuffy 28c, Continental Grand Prix 4-Season, or wider like the Jack Brown 33c will work and knobby tires will just make it easier from there. Watch Twitter for up-to-the moment recommendations as we near the weekend.
  • Spare tube or two – with all the tools required to fix a flat – or two.
  • Fenders – only if it looks like it’ll be so messy that your riding companions will thank you. Otherwise, leave them at home.
  • Basic tool kit:  Self sufficiency is the phrase of the day.  The group will wait for you if you have a mechanical – in fact we’ll even help – but you don’t want people waiting trail-side too long on a chilly morning.

If you don’t have one or more of these items, you’ll want to get them at the Ride Studio Cafe before that Saturday morning.


  • Honey-Centric Pre-Ride Breakfast – on the house at the Studio starting at 8am. Come hungry.

Honey Bikes Winterando - Wet Lion

The Ride

This ride offers an extremely diverse set of terrain.  On the one hand, Honey has ridden the entire route on a 23c road bike and had a blast.  On the other hand, a few have ridden the route on a fully decked out cyclocross bike – knobbies and all – and felt that a mountain bike might have been nice.  So, this ride has it all, a bit of technical handling all the way to multiple kilometer stretches of paved road.  Bring your 28c+ tired bike and you will have a blast.

Rain or shine, we’ll be smiling through the entire ride.

If you’d like to join the ride, please RSVP in advance – we’ll save a biscuit for you!


A slideshow of photos we took (or were emailed from participants) from the Diverged 2014 weekend is up! Thanks to all who came and rode Diverged with us and Honey Bikes!


Created with flickr slideshow.



This Week in Coffee: Introducing Mountain Air Roasting

April 17th, 2015

This Week in Coffee: Introducing Mountain Air Roasting!


This week we are thrilled to announce the arrival of our newest guest roaster, Mountain Air Roasting of Asheville, North Carolina! Mountain Air applies a gentle roast process to fresh, high quality coffees with the goal of  maximizing and highlighting the natural fruit flavors of the coffee bean. With  a focus on freshness and quality, Mountain Air maintains their mission “to serve you the best cup of coffee you have ever had, every morning.” We are very excited to have them here at the Studio and can’t wait to try out everything that they have to offer!


This week’s poverover coffees from Mountain Air include and Ethiopian Aricha and Colombian Luis Tovar. Aricha comes from the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia and is rich with flavors of tamarind, lavender, and white grape. Luis Tovar is from the Huila region of Colombia and presents with flavors of plum, cranberry, and lime.


Also available in the cafe is espresso from George Howell Roasters. Currently in the hopper is Borboya from Ethiopia. This amazing espresso presents with flavors of candied lemon, lavender, and semi-sweet chocolate. Also available is a Colombian decaf espresso with flavors of cherry, chocolate, raisin, and maple.

Come on by, try one of these new exciting options, and chat with us about the ins and outs of coffee!

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April 1st, 2015

Latest eNews in Your Email

Our latest eNewsletter that is delivered to your email inbox is out. If you didn’t receive it, search for “Ride Studio Cafe” and see if it arrived in another place in your email. If you haven’t subscribed, be sure to do so, there is a lot of news we have to share with you! We don’t share your email address with anyone and we publish a newsletter every 2-4 weeks. Subscribe here. Click below to read the one we just published yesterday evening. We hope you can join us tomorrow evening and for the special rides coming up soon!
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Riding Essentials for Your Bike

March 24th, 2015

Riding Essentials for Your Bike

Having a bike properly equipped with the basics should a flat or unforeseen situation occur means many fewer things to think about each time you grab your bike to go on any kind of ride. We’d like to share our list of the best items to include on your bike and where they go for maximum convenience.


Pro Tip: In one of your handlebar ends, store emergency cash and a photocopy of the following: drivers license or ID, race license if you race, a credit card, and a list of important phone numbers. Pop out the end cap, roll up the paper and put it in the end of your handlebar, then re-insert the end cap. No one will know those things are there, but you will have them no matter what the circumstances.

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This Week in Coffee: Farming-Harvest

March 20th, 2015

This Week in Coffee: Farming-Harvest

Happy first day of spring! It feels like winter, but still, the long thaw has begun! If you have been cooped up this blizzard season, come on out and join us for some delicious coffee from Gracenote Coffee, espresso from George Howell Coffee, tea from Rishi and Mem, or even a cup of cold brew!

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Continuing from last couple of weeks, we are serving the George Howell’s La Soledad Espresso from Guatemala. This roast is sweet and bright, with flavors of apple, pear, and brown sugar. Currently remaining on the pourover menu is Gracenote’s Konga from Ethiopia and Bellavista Cortes from Colombia. Konga is light and floral with flavors of guava, jasmine, and marshmallow. Bellavista Cortes is  sweet and smooth with flavors of cherry cola, lemon, and cocoa.

Focus on Farming: Harvest Season

In our recent Focus on Farming Series, we have brought you basic information about the many factors that affect coffee farming and create differences in the taste of different coffees. After a quick overview, we have highlighted details about soil characteristics, climate, altitude, and varietals. Today, we move past the growing season to focus on the harvest.

Harvest occurs at different times in different coffee growing regions. The exact time of ripening of coffee cherries (and thus the time for harvesting) is dependent on climate, topography, and varietal. After a wide-spread harvest in January and February, currently many coffee producers are busy processing and exporting their coffee to roasters around the world. First up, roasters can expect samples and imports from Kenya, Ethiopia, and Colombia. For a general month-to-month understanding of when harvesting happens in different countries, check out this interactive map from Counter Culture Coffee.


Hand-picked Cherries Ready for Sorting at the Start of Harvest Season at Mamuto Farm in Kenya, Photo Courtesey of George Howell Coffee

There are a couple of different methods for harvesting coffee. The first, and most common in specialty coffee is hand picking. Hand picking allows farmers to harvest only the cherries that are perfectly ripe. Often this means that the same coffee plant will need to be harvested multiple times, as cherries on a single plant will not all ripen at the same moment. For more information on hand picking, see this page by Stumptown Roasters.


Mechanical Harvester at Daterra Farm in Brazil, Photo Courtesey of George Howell Coffee

Used on larger farms with flat landscape is another harvest option: mechanical harvesting. Harvesters like the one pictured above at Daterra Farm in Brazil, drive down rows of coffee plants, striping the cherries off the branches. Cherries are moved into two side storage containers while twigs and leaves are shot back out of the machine and periodically pulled out of the powered down machine when it gets clogged. After the harvester, a recollector comes through to vacuum up loose cherries and debris from the ground. For more photos, videos, and explanation of this mechanical process, see George Howell’s photo collection from his 2010 trip to Daterra Farm.

Has this “Focus on Farming” series brought up any coffee related questions for you? We would love to hear them! Email any questions to coffee@ridestudiocafe.com and we will be sure to address the answers in upcoming blog posts.



SRAM Tech Night with Matt Roy and Mo Bruno Roy

March 19th, 2015

SRAM Tech Night with Matt Roy and Mo Bruno Roy

Join us Thursday, April 2 at 7pm for an informative evening with Matt Roy and Mo Bruno Roy, to hear of their experiences riding and racing SRAM components achieving great success along the way. Free food will be served along with RSC Cafe drinks. Bikes sporting the SRAM components being discussed will be on display, too.


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Matt and Mo together found outside of RSC by Veloria of Lovely Bicycle.

Mo Bruno Roy has raced at the professional/elite level of cyclocross for 12 years and has raced SRAM components on her bikes for the duration of her very competitive life. Mo has extensive experience with SRAM’s CX1 group and will speak to the gearing, simplicity, low weight, and how it equates to cyclocross race success. Mo will also specifically address commonly asked questions by women bike riders and racers as it relates to having the right components for a variety of riding styles.

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Mo stands as a winner of countless cross races. Photo by Seven Cycles.

Mo’s race resume is long and impressive. In short, she has achieved 41 wins including 9 at UCI races, 3 Masters National Championships, 2 Single-Speed National Championships, and 1 Single-Speed World Championship.

Matt specializes in ultra-distance events. Matt holds the Maine North to South and West to East ultra-cycling records and has traveled great road and off-road distances solo: just him, his bike and gear. Matt will speak about his travels and how riding in the toughest conditions has translated to a very high standard for the components he rides.

Charging up a mountain at the Green Mountain Double Century. Photo from Matt's photo collection.

Charging up a mountain at the Green Mountain Double Century. Photo from Matt’s photo collection.

Matt demands that his components live up to harsh conditions, and are highly serviceable on the fly. Matt is a top mechanic, as well, so he has spent countless hours on the tiniest details making his and Mo’s bikes ride perfectly. Matt knows SRAM components inside and out.

Matt is a professional mechanic working for pro teams in the past and has maintained Mo's bikes throughout her demanding cyclocross career.

Matt is a professional mechanic; he’s worked for pro teams in the past and has maintained Mo’s bikes throughout her demanding cyclocross career. Photo by bikeradar.com.

Ride Studio Cafe’s head mechanic, Mike Berlinger, has worked the SRAM pits at national cyclocross races and has many years of supporting professional racers overseas. He will be here as well, to speak from his experience. He is responsible for each of the pro bike builds that come out of Ride Studio Cafe and he sees what happens to components with normal use in New England and when the components are subjected to racing and other harsh conditions.

Focus on SRAM: SRAM's light-weight components have been with Matt and Mo since the beginning. Photo by Rob Vandermark.

Focus on SRAM: SRAM’s light-weight components have been with Matt and Mo since the beginning. Photo by Rob Vandermark.

Among the cool bikes on display here during SRAM’s Tech Night that show off SRAM components at their best are Mo’s Mudhoney SLX and Mudhoney PRO Seven Cycles race bikes, Matt Roy’s Seven Evergreen PRO, a new Honey cyclocross race bike with Force CX1 hydraulic brakes, and a new Honey Allroads outfitted with Rival 22 shifting and hydraulic disc brakes.


We hope you join us for this very informative evening! It will be a great time to learn a lot about what SRAM’s doing technologically, and to hear interesting stories from those who have pushed the limits. There will be time for Q&A after Matt and Mo are done speaking and time afterward to talk with them and us. Please RSVP, below, so we bring in enough food and chairs for everyone.

This Week in Coffee: Farming – Varietals

March 8th, 2015

This Week in Coffee: Farming – Varietals

This week in the cafe we are serving up some wonderful espresso from George Howell Coffee and delicious pourover options from our current guest roaster, Gracenote Coffee of Berlin, Massachusetts.


Continuing from last week, the espresso currently in the hopper is George Howell’s La Soledad Espresso from Guatemala. This sweet and bright option presents with flavors of apple, pear, and brown sugar.

We are also continuing to serve Gracenote’s Bellavista-Cortes from Colombia. This microlot coffee is smooth and delicious with flavors of cherry cola, lemon, and cocoa. A new pourover option this week has been Finca Kassandra from Mexico. This unique coffee presents with complex and varied flavors of grape, caramel, cinnamon, sweet basil, floral, and pomegranate.

Focus on Farming: Varietals

Over the past few weeks we have been walking you through some basic information on the complex process of farming coffee. Beginning with an overview, we have since covered topics of soil characteristics, climate, and altitude. Today we turn to the characteristics of the plant itself, focusing on the many varieties of coffee plants.


Photo Courtesey of George Howell Coffee

Coffee plants are part of the taxanomical family Rubiacea and genus Coffea. Within the coffea genus, there are over one hundred species, only a few of which produce coffee cherries for consumption. The most common species grown in the coffee industry is the arabica species which consistitute about 70% of the world’s coffee. Other less common species include canephora and liberica. Within a species, further differences exist between different varieties or varietals. The differences can evolve naturally but can also be created through cultivation. Different varieties within the same species share most characteristics, however there are small differences that, in the case of coffee, can require differences in growing techniques and contribute to differences in the taste and body of the roasted and brewed coffees.

Two common varieties of arabica coffee are typica and bourbon. Typica, the earliest discovered variety of the arabica species was first found in the Kaffa region of Ethiopia. Typica has served as the basis for many mutations and cultivations of further varietals. Though typica is a low yielding varietal, it is known for its excellent quality in the cup with rich sweet flavors and complex body. Bourbon is also a low yielding, high quality varietal. It is named for the Island of Bourbon off the coast of Madagascar and began being actively planted by the 1870s. This particular coffee varietal is highly regarded for its balance and acidity.


Cherries of different coffee varietals- Photo Courtesey of George Howell Coffee


The  coffees that we serve here at RSC often involve these two varietals, as well as many others. Take this week’s coffees for instance…

La Soledad is a combination of yellow bourbon, caturra (a higher yeilding mutation of the bourbon variety), typica, and pache. Bellavista-Cortes is 80% castillo and %20 caturra. Finca Kassandra is a bit different from the others: a pacamara varietal. Pacamara is a hyrid of the maragogype (known for have large beans with low density) and pacas (a naturally occurring bourbon mutation with smaller beans). As you can taste in the basil notes of the Finca Kassandra, pacamara is unique with its herbal and savory flavors.

Want to learn more about particular varietitals? Former RSC guest roaster, Stumptown Coffee Roasters has a great guide to varieties that has served as a source for the information in this blog post. A second source is the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the guiding information on their “A Botanist’s Guide to Specialty Coffee” page of their website.

You can also find more information on this topic and many other coffee details in the television broadcast of George Howell’s talk at the Studio from this past fall. Check out our post about the “What’s Brewing” series from Lex Media for more information.

This Week in Coffee: Farming – Altitude

March 1st, 2015

This Week in Coffee: Farming – Altitude

This week in the cafe, we are switching up our coffee options, moving our guest roaster, Gracenote Coffee, to our pourover menu and bringing George Howell Coffee back to the espresso hopper.

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For pourover options we have Gracenote’s Pulcal from Guatemala and Igna Mystique from Colombia. You may remember both of these coffees as espressos. On our pourover menu, the same beans are roasted differently to make a great cup of drip coffee. Pulcal is rich and interesting for the pallet with flavors of caramel, chocolate, raspberry, and lime. Igna Mystique is earthy and smooth with flavors of caramel, cola, plum, and orange. This week’s espresso is George Howell’s La Soledad from Guatemala. La Soledad is sweet and bright with flavors of apple, pear, and brown sugar.

Focus on Farming: Altitude

Over the past few weeks we have been walking you through some basic information on the complex process of farming coffee. Beginning with an overview, we have since covered topics of soil characteristics, climate, and today we focus on the effects of altitude.


Photo Courtesey of George Howell Coffee


Most coffee is grown between 3,500 feet (1,000 meters) and 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) above sea level. One noteable exception to this general rule is Kona coffee from Hawaii. Since Hawaii is so far north of the equator, cool temperatures at high altitudes prevent coffee from being grown higher than 2,000 feet. Altitude can have a profound impact on the flavor of coffee. At low elevations, higher temperatures that remain fairly consistant from day into night can lead to a quicker rippening of the coffee cherry. This quick ripening leads to smoother and earthy flavors in comparrison to the more complex and floral flavors found in coffees growing at higher elevations. At a higher altitude, contrasts between periods of mixed cloud cover and strong direct sunlight, and warm days followed by cool nights allow for a slower ripening and development of citrus, fruity, and floral flavors.


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Also determined by altitude is the density of the coffee bean. Coffee grown at lower altitudes tend to have softer, less dense beans that can tend to lose flavor more rapidly in storage. For this reason, denser beans from higher altitudes tend to be considered higher quality coffees. With this classification, farmers can obtain a higher premium for coffees grown at high elevations, but there are risks to growing at high elevations as well. Access to high elevation land can be difficult with limited access roads and steep hillsides. There can also be problems of erosion, wind damage, and lower yields per plant in these environments.

For more detailed information on the effects of altitude, check out the George Howell Website page on the subject. Want to see George Howell himself talk about this subject and many other coffee production and brewing topics? Check out our post about the “What’s Brewing” series on Lex Media.

eNews: Conjure Series, Honey Launch Party, Cycling Tours

February 27th, 2015

eNews: Conjure Series, Honey Launch Party, Cycling Tours

Read up on the latest of what’s happening where it comes to special rides, the Honey 2015 Product Launch, and an evening of talking about bike tours with Cristiano Bonino. Click on the image below for the whole thing. If you don’t receive our eNewsletter in your inbox, be sure to sign up for it now. We hope you join us for the many things happening here and on the road!

Feb 27 eNews

This Week in Coffee: Farming – Climate Conditions

February 22nd, 2015

This Week in Coffee: Focus on Farming – Climate Conditions


This week we continue to serve some wonderful coffee options from George Howell Coffee and Gracenote Coffee. Want a breakfast snack to accompany your morning coffee? Ask for some ham and cheese with one of our Iggy’s plain croissants and perhaps a hard boiled egg for a great boost of protein that will help start your day off on the right foot.

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For drip coffee, come in and choose from our George Howell menu options: Kenyan Karinga and Guatemalan La Bendición. Karinga is smooth and fruity with tea-like flavors of blackberry and apple. La Bendición is light and bright with lime, tangerine, and the sweetness of toffee.

Today in the hopper we are serving Gracenote’s Pulcal espresso from Guatemala. This sweet and rich roast highlights dessert flavors of caramel, brownie, and key lime pie. Coming up next we will be serving a new Colombian option: Igna Mystique. We are excited to taste this medium roast and its flavor profile with caramel, cola, plum, and orange.

Focus on Farming: Climate Conditions

For the past couple of weeks we have been bringing you some basic background information on the many factors that affect coffee farming. We started with an overview, moved on to soil characteristics, and today we focus on climate in coffee growing regions.

All coffee is grown at latitudes between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Of course, the climate is not consistant (or ideal for coffee growing) across all areas of the tropics, and this variety contributes to different coffee characteristics and flavors once roasted and brewed.


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The optimal climate for coffee farming is one that involves moderate rainfall that arrives immediately after harvest before holding back during a dry season that allows the fruit to set. This dry season is then followed by a sustained period of morning rainfall and clear nights that provide nourishment for the growing coffee cherries. These periods of wet versus dry will define the harvest season of a given area. In areas right on the equator, like Colombia and Kenya, consistant rainfall throughout the year allows for two different major harvest seasons, while other regions have one specific harvest season each year. In some arid regions, lack of rainfall is not necessarily an issue if water can be brought in from river regions. For example, in the Cerrado of Brazil, water can be brought in from the amazon watershed to feed the large flat farms that are being used for mass production.

Other climatic conditions such as cloud cover, sun position, and topography all have a hand in affecting coffee growth and flavor. Ideal temperatures for farming fall between 45 degrees and 90 degrees year round, with large differences between daytime and nightime temperature. This temperature range is commonly found at higher elevations that can produce  wonderfully complex, floral, and balanced coffees.  That being said, higher elevations come with their own challenges of accessibility on steep hillsides, erosion control, and high winds that can damage plants. Check back next week for more information on elevation in Part 4: Altitude.


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For more detailed information on climate and coffee growing regions, check out the George Howell Website page on the subject. Want to see George Howell himself talk about this subject and many other coffee production and brewing topics? Check out our post about the “What’s Brewing” series on Lex Media.


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February 18th, 2015

Latest eNewsletter is Out

Take a look at what’s happening. For a blizzard-y February, we can see spring around the corner. The New England Randonneurs are meeting tomorrow. All are invited to attend, most of what they’ll be discussing is their upcoming season full of looong scenic rides. We have published our Calendar of Events, and we have a very special bike promo happening now through the end of the month. Check it out by clicking on it, below!

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