Why I Love to Ride

July 14th, 2014

Why I (Love to) Ride

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This cyclist is found on the bike path fueled by Enerchi bites in her back pocket of her Rapha Souplesse jersey. Photo by Michael Lovely.

This coming Sunday, July 20th, Rapha is encouraging women across the globe to ride 100 kilometers or more. A great chance to get together to spend a day riding on beautiful roads between here and Mt Wachusett? We wouldn’t miss the opportunity. We are very excited to be hosting very fun rides of 100 kilometers and 100 miles in length. Each ride has a group riding at a more casual pace, one moderate, and one quicker. Choose the distance and speed that’s right for you. We have many wonderful women who are leading and sweeping so no matter your pace or comfort level, you’ll have others to ride and share the day with.

More reasons to come out to ride on July 20th:

  • We have a very special and unique Rapha apparel promotion just for you on July 20th.
  • Receive a discount for a massage with Kimber Green – she is an outstanding massage therapist who practices in Lexington and Somerville who understands what active women and men need.
  • Enjoy Enerchi Bites as fuel on the ride – these are well formulated whole food and active nutrition created by local women who ride. (As seen in the Rapha souplesse jersey in above photo. Taken by Michael Lovely.)
  • Meet the RSC Expedition Team – this is a group of six ladies who love to ride and have deep experience in most kinds of riding, racing, juggling work, life and riding, and who are more than happy to answer questions, or simply give you confidence.
  • How is your bike working? Any day leading up to the ride, anyone registered may have her bike serviced by our pro mechanics. This week we’ll treat your bike to our “Rapha Women’s Ride Pro Bike Prep” service: we’ll adjust your derailleurs, lube your chain, fill your tires with air, and give the bike a safety check – so you’re ready to go on Sunday for $35. Please call ahead so we will expect you (339) 970-0187.
  • Have the chance to buy Molly Hurford’s book Saddle, Sore - a book written just for women addressing issues and questions that women have on the bike.

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Why Do You Ride?

We ask those who register, “Why do you ride?” Here are some of the responses we’ve received from the ladies who will be riding out of here on July 20th:

Allison:  It makes me feel stronger. I’m exhausted after a long ride or race, but I feel accomplished. If I can get through a grueling ride, I can do anything!

Christina:  For fun and triathalons!

Helen:  It helps clear my head after a long day and after using up all my energy from my ride I can sleep like a rock at the end of the day! This is my first big ride with so many people and it is really exciting to get out on the road and train for it!

Courtney:  I love it!

Kelley:  I ride because it feels good! I like feeling the wind in my face, my legs working below me and the general feel good vibe that comes from exercising. Also by riding I get to explore new routes and see new parts of cities and towns I would have otherwise missed. Riding in groups doubles the fun as you have other people to share the experience with!

Charlotte:  I ride because it makes me feel independent and empowered.

Melissa:  It never gets dull.

Ashley:  I ride because I love its freedom. Freedom to go wherever you please, from being stagnant, from connection to technology, from being on the grid, freedom from life’s distractions and the ability to just enjoy the ride!

Dana:  Being on a bike is joyful. it is meditative. it is simple. it allows me to do something i love with people i love and get to places i love and go swimming. it is shared with my littlest nephew, age four, and my oldest grandmother, age ninety-one. i know my strength and joy on a bike.

Jessie:  The way you experience the world on a bike is like nothing else, and it is one of the best feelings there is.

Portia:  Friendship, competition, speed; wind on my face and burn in my legs

Zabeth:  Because on a good day my legs, my heart, and my breath are in harmony and all is right with the world as I fly along just above the ground.

Laura:  Fun!

Jeanette:  Because it is liberating & a blast.

Liz:  Joy, freedom, fitness, obsession, you name it!

Emily:  Cuz it’s a gnarly fun time.

Mona:  Exercise and for fun!

Paula:  Because I feel so healthy and alive!

Agnes:  Because it is a great way to stay fit and active and have fun with friends at the same time!

Jessica:  I ride because I love seeing how far my legs can take me. And I love climbing hills!

Nancy:  It’s awesome… like flying like a bird

Laurie:  It feels like flying sometimes! A sense of freedom It’s like being a kid again, playing with friends

Sarah:  I ride to keep my mind, body, and soul at ease.

Heather:  Relaxation, fitness, sights, smells, sweat

Michele:  It helps me clear my head.

Brittany:  I love to ride for the workout and to enjoy being outside. I love the reward of a downhill after a difficult climb.

Emilia:  Riding is my freedom

Katia:  To save on hair products. Wearing a helmet does wonders to my hairdo! Also, padded spandexed shorts are the new little black dress! Don’t take my word for it, just take a look around you :)

RSC Expedition Team pedals through a peaceful apple orchard in NH.

RSC Expedition Team pedals through a peaceful apple orchard in NH.

 

This Week in Coffee

July 9th, 2014

This Week in Coffee: Delicious Decisions and New Food

 

We’re halfway through our current guest roaster cycle with Commonwealth Coffee. From here on out you’ll find them on the pourover bar. Currently we’re brewing up Commonwealth’s Finca la Providencia from Guatemala, and their Konga from Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. Both coffees are absolutely great. The Finca la Providencia is really impressive. It’s fruit forward with tasting notes of strawberry, orange, and honeysuckle, all rounded out with a marzipan-like finish. The Konga is a stunning example of a Yirgacheffe with tasting notes of rose, meyer lemon, and sweet herb all held together with the clean sweetness of cane sugar. coffees George Howell Coffee is back on the espresso machine this week. We’re featuring their Pulcal espresso from Guatemala. This single origin has a great balance of citrus, grape, sweet lime, and milk chocolate to round it out. You may have noticed that our pastries have changed recently as well. We’ve switched to a selection from Iggy’s Breads out of Cambridge, MA. The croissants are light and soft, and the pecan sticky buns are an addicting treat! Iggy’s is also supplying us with the fresh bread we are now serving with all sorts of great toppings. There’s something to please every palate. Of course, we still have oatmeal and cold gazpacho all day. Come enjoy our air conditioning and treat yourself to one of these fine coffees, and some of our new food options.

This Week in Coffee

June 16th, 2014

This Week in Coffee: New and Returning Cafe Favorites

This week in coffee…we are continuing to serve a new favorite espresso, the Ontology Blend, from our current guest roaster Commonwealth Coffee of Denver, Colorado. This bright blend of Rwandan Kabirizi and Guatemalan Providencia presents with flavors of stone fruit, green tea, cherry, and marzipan.  As always, if you are craving espresso but hope to avoid  caffeine, we have George Howell’s Costa Rican decaf, smooth with flavors of chocolate, walnut, and caramel.

photo 1 (3)This week’s pour over options are brought to you by George Howell Roasters. The first option, continuing from last week, is Reko from Ethiopia. This roast presents with flavors of earl grey, clementine, and honey dew. The second option is El Vergel from Guatemala. This smooth coffee presents with strawberry, white grape, and milk chocolate flavors.

Also avaible when you need a refreshing kick on a warm summer day, we are serving up cold brew coffee, iced lattes, iced americanos, and a fequently changing variety of iced teas. This week’s iced teas include: English Breakfast (Black), Bancha (Green), Lemon Chamomile (Herbal), and Peppermint (Herbal).

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This week in the cafe…As was announced in the cafe post last week, new food items are now available! You can now order a slice of bread with side options of sliced ham, cheddar cheese, mustard, vermont creamery butter, or almond butter. Also available are hard-boiled eggs. New this week, with the warm weather we have switched gears in the soup department. Currently available is a cold Gazpacho. This vegetarian option is refreshing on a hot day with its tomato base and fresh veggies including cucumbers and peppers.

 

This Week in Coffee

June 9th, 2014

This Week in Coffee: New Coffee and New Food!

This week we are serving up some recent favorites and new delights in the cafe.

In the espresso hopper we have the Ontology Blend from our wonderful current guest roaster, Commonwealth Coffee of Denver, Colorado. This bright blend of Rwandan Kabirizi and Guatemalan Providencia presents with flavors of stone fruit, green tea, cherry, and marzipan. Come on by and try a shot on its own or mixed to perfection with your desired amount of milk or almond milk. As always, if you are craving espresso without the kick of caffeine, we have George Howell’s Costa Rican decaf, smooth with flavors of chocolate, walnut, and caramel.

This week, changing things up, we have two new pour over options for you to enjoy. From George Howell comes Reko from Ethiopia. This roast is perfect in the emerging summer weather with light fruity and tea-like flavors of clementine, honey dew, and earl grey. From Commonwealth Roasters comes Fina la Providencia from Guatemala. This new crop has been roasted to highlight more natural summer flavors of strawberry, orange, honeysuckle, and lime sherbet.

Of course, with this warm weather, we are also offering cold brew iced coffee in our usual 4 ounce and 12 ounce sizes. Also availabe are mason jars of cold brew to take with you on the go. Grab one while on the move or grab a few for your fridge at home. Looking for enough cold brew to fuel your week from the comfort of your home or give you a midday jolt at work? Reserve a growler of cold brew today.

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Other changes in the cafe this week include new additions to the food menu! Now joining our oatmeal and soup offerings are some refreshing cold food options more appropriate for the upcoming summer weather. We are continuing to serve slices of sourdough and olive bread with vermont creamery butter or almond butter. Now there are also new sides to accompany sliced bread. Come by and build your own snack or meal with sliced ham, cheddar cheese, honey dijon mustard, and hard-boiled eggs.

Seven Cycles at Pioneers Day

June 6th, 2014

Seven Cycles at Pioneers Day

Innovating yet again, Seven Cycles is creating a bike built to recreate the past: to honor and remember those who began racing and who established the culture we now enjoy. And in this very same bike, Seven is doing what’s never been done before.

We are the honored ones, to have the deep talent of Seven manifest itself in this one-of-a-kind absolutely amazing bike. This head badge, which incorporates gold leaf, says it all. It and many other Seven spy shots of the bike in the manufacturing process are found on Seven’s Instagram feed: http://www.instagram.com/seven_cycles

Don’t miss this bike on display at the Studio Saturday, June 7th at Pioneers Day. It will be ridden in the 111 mile ride by Fear Rothar, then on display for the rest of the day.

Brunch begins at 7:30, Rides begin at 9am, Party for all is at 6pm. We’re also very excited to be joined by Rapha and Rapha Continental riders for the day.

Join in, this is a not-to-be-missed event of the year! Details and RSVP:  http://www.ridestudiocafe.com/pioneers

Riding is the Best Kind of Meeting

June 3rd, 2014

Riding is the Best Kind of Meeting

by Patria Lanfranchi

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This past weekend, I had the chance to ride for Team Shimano at the Best Buddies Challenge from Boston to Hyannis, a 100-mile ride that raises a lot of money for Best Buddies. You’ve likely heard of them, but you might not know the impact that they have in the lives of people. They are dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Having two days with Shimano meant talking a lot about what’s happening with technology and the future of Shimano and all sorts of related products. I was amongst a group who are very technically minded and they geek out on the cool stuff. The hot topic is Shimano electronic Di2 shifting. Soon mountain bikes will be equipped with Di2 and, with a small addition of a sensor, your bike computer will be able to tell you what gear you’re in–no more looking down to see which cogs your chain is sitting on. I saw a lot of Di2 bikes ridden amongst team members (I’m one of those riding Di2 on my Seven Evergreen and I have been extremely impressed with how well it works*).

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Team Shimano was comprised of riders from New England bike shops and Shimano tech and sales reps and national-level support staff who helped out the Best Buddies riders throughout the event. Photo by Mark McCormack.

We had a good time talking about what’s coming out as well as how Shimano and other bike shop owners and fitters solve interesting challenges. The new technology and options are making riding better in very noticeable ways. There is a lot of solid engineering and testing behind the new products we’re seeing. 

Among what’s new is: 11-speed drivetrains, disc hydraulic road brakes, electronic shifting, impressive lighting options battery- and generator-driven, new action camera options, and fancy technology in GPS, touch-screen bike computers. These are the first to pop to mind, there are so many others.

Is it a blessing or curse that we in New England have so many roads that go in many different directions, constantly changing names, that it’s nearly impossible to do a long ride without a multiple page cue sheet or a GPS bike computer?  I’ll leave the answer to that for another day, but it’s yet one more excuse to buy a new toy: the Garmin Edge 1000 which I used for the first time on this ride. Coming from spending a lot of time with the Edge 800 and 810 models, moving to the 1000 is a breeze. I’ll post my full impressions of this unit as soon as I’ve had a chance to give it a test in a less structured environment (read: when I get to go off-road with it). Between this unit, the Garmin Touring Plus, and the simple, economical Garmin Edge 200, it seems there is a bike computer out there that will strike a good balance for every kind of rider who values some kind of mapping functionality. (We have all of these and a few other models on our shelves.)

Watch for more posts, photos, news, everything, we’ve got a lot going on that we want you part of and we’re sharing it via our blog (here), Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and our newsletter – catch it all, we want you to join us!

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John Adamik of Riverside Cycles and I cranking out the miles along scenic roads. Top photo taken by John.

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Team Shimano crossing the finish line at the century having a lot of fun along the way. Photo by Mark Budreski.

 

This Week in Coffee

June 2nd, 2014

This Week in Coffee

This week, Commonwealth Coffee has continued to impress with a variety of espresso and drip coffee options. This week we have returned to serving the Ontology Espresso Blend of Rwanda Kabirizi and a new crop of Guatemala Providencia. This deservedly popular roast presents with flavors of stonefruit, green tea, cherry, and marzipan. Once again, following Ontology in the hopper in the coming days will be Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kongo. We love this roast and its simultaneously sweet and savory flavors of  meyer lemon, rose, sweet herb, and cane sugar.

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For pour over options this week we continue to serve Commonwealth’s Finca la Milagrosa from Panama and George Howell’s Kanzu from Rwanda. For more information on these two options, see tasting notes included in last week’s post, or come on by and chat with us. To look forward to in the coming weeks, we will be changing things up and serving a Burundi Kinyovu from Commonwealth Roasters as one of our pour over options. Keep a look out for this exciting new option!

This Week in Coffee

May 25th, 2014

This Week in Coffee: Introducing Commonwealth Coffee Roasters

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This Week we began serving espresso and pour overs from our newest guest roaster, Commonwealth Coffee Roasters from Denver, Colorado! We are very excited to be serving roasts from this recently founded roaster that was established in the Fall of 2013. Learn more about Commonwealth and their goal to share amazing coffee with the masses, at there About Us page.

Currently in the hopper is a Commonwealth espresso blend you may have tried a couple of weeks ago, called Ontology. It is a blend of Rwanda Kabirizi and Guatemala Providencia that presents with flavors of stone fruit, green tea, cherry and marzipan. In the coming days we will begin serving a different espresso from Commonwealth: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Konga, which tastes of meyer lemon, rose, sweet herb, and cane sugar. We are also continuing to serve our decaf espresso, a Costa Rican from George Howell Roasters, that presents flavors of chocolate, caramel, and walnut.

For pour over options we are serving up one coffee from each of our current roasters. From Commonwealth, we have a Panama bean called Finca la Milagrosa. This sweet and smooth roast presents with flavors of peach, cinnamon, honey dew, and sweet cream. Also available is George Howell’s Kanzu from Rwanda. This roast highlights flavors of raspberry, citrus, and light caramel. These options, along with others from Heart Roasters, are also available for retail sale and home brewing. Come on by and grab a bag today!

This Week in Coffee

May 11th, 2014

This Week in Coffee:

After a bit of a writing hiatus, we are back to tell you about our coffee offerings. The “Parklet” is fully assembled and we are now  equipped for outdoor seating, so come by and enjoy a cup of your favorite brew in the warm sunshine!

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This week we are brewing up two wonderful Peaberry Kenyan roasts from our guest roaster, Four Barrel Coffee. Don’t be fooled by the shared country of origin, these two coffees  provide a great variety of flavor. The first option, Ndaroini, presents with aroma of quince jam and cranberry, followed by lemon lime flavors and cane sugar sweetness. Our second option, Karatina,  presents with flavors of rose and raspberry in a syrupy cup, replete with stonefruit. Come by and try one of these rich options while they last.

Pulling on the espresso machine, we have Deri Kochoa from George Howell Coffee. This roast is a great bright spring option, bursting with flavors of jasmine, rosemary, and chocolate. Special this week, on Monday morning and Wednesday afternoon, we will be sampling the Ontoloay Espresso Blend from a new roaster, Commonwealth Coffee Roasters in Denver, Colorado. We are excited to taste this blend with notes of stone fruit, green tea, cherry, and marzipan. Come by to try this new roaster and tell us what you think!

 

 

Ever Changing Evergreen

April 16th, 2014

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The Seven Cycles Evergreen is an incredible bike in its simplicity and extreme versatility – both achieved with absolute perfection. The number of us at RSC who are riding this bike is an indication of its tremendous value to those who like to ride on the road and, without thinking twice, jump onto trails, dirt roads, or practically anywhere – in the world.

We will be writing more about this bike in the coming days, but for now, begin with this comprehensive photo essay on Seven’s blog:

http://www.sevencycles.com/blog/2014/04/10/the-ever-changing-evergreen/

This Week in Coffee

April 13th, 2014

This Week in Coffee

This week we continue to connect with the west coast with our guest roaster, Four Barrel Coffee from San Francisco, California. We are serving up two of their wonderful drip coffee options: Iquisivi from Bolivia and Hunda Oli from Ethiopia. You may remember the Iquisivi from a few weeks back. We loved it and brought it back for a triumphant return to our menu.  This flavorful roast helps us welcome in spring with lemon fragrance, disappearing into fig and cherry flavors combined with a caramel sweetness. The Hunda Oli is another fantastic option. This brighter coffee begins with red plum fragrance followed by acidity of watermelon and fruity notes of lemon and rhubarb finsihed off with bergamont. Come by today to try these  roasts while they last.

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After a few consecutive weeks pulling La Bendición from George Howell, we have switched over our espresso to George Howell’s Borboya from Ethiopia. This amazing roast bursts with flavors of candied lemon, blueberry, and ginger. We also continue to carry George Howell’s Costa Rican decaf espresso, a roast that presents flavors of chocolate, caramel, and walnut.

Looking for a flavorful cup in the comfort of your own home? We have retail bags from George Howell, Four Barrel, and a past guest roaster, Heart Roasters from Portland, Oregon.

Come stopby  for one of these roasts while you are out and about on one of these gorgeous spring days!

 

 

 

 

This Week in Coffee

April 7th, 2014

This Week in Coffee: Spring is Near and Cold Brew is Here!

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The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and while it may still be a bit chilly outside, spring is in the air. After warming up on your ride in the sunshine, stop by the cafe for some cold brew. It is ready to serve for relaxing at the cafe or taking on the go. As you can see above, we are also well stocked with growlers! Reserve a cold brew growler today to enjoy cold brew at home or at work.

Of course, cold brew is not our only coffee brewing in the studio. This week we continue to serve amazing drip coffee options from Four Barrel Roasters of San Francisco, CA. Our first option, Inquisivi, is a Bolivian coffee. Perfect for spring this well rounded roast bursts with lemon fragrance which transforms into fruit notes of fig and cherry melded together with a caramel sweetness. The second option, Musabiymana, is a Rwandan coffee. This brighter option presents with currant and dark fruit in a balanced cup with candied blackberry sweetness.

This week we continue to serve a favorite George Howell espresso, La Bendición from Guatemala. This espresso offers flavors of lime-tinted chocolate combined with almond and fig and combines flawlessly with milk to become your favorite choice of espresso drink. Longing for a coffee taste without the kick of caffeine? We continue to carry George Howell’s Costa Rican decaf espresso, a roast that presents flavors of chocolate, caramel, and walnut.

 

Going (Ever)Green – The Making of the Bike

April 7th, 2014

Excitement is hard to contain. There is something about a new bike that gets the wheels turning, pardon the pun. We still find ourselves getting caught up in that anxious energy with each bike that we help design and build. All the new technology means we are well suited to meet each individual’s requirements since we start with a custom Seven frame and work our way out. When straightforward solutions do not present themselves, we pride ourselves on meeting the challenge.

  • Disc brakes

  • 11-speed compatible

  • Wide rim profile for large tires

This was the criteria we needed to meet when looking to complete a recent Evergreen build. The Evergreen is designed for all day riding on imperfect roads, so sacrificing a wide rim was not an option. After a few hours in the saddle, rolling on wider tires can make or break your comfort and confidence levels.

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Disc brakes were chosen since they offer loads of stopping power. To be more specific, it’s the range of control that disc brakes offer over rim brakes that often times makes them seem more powerful. They offer modulation beyond what is typical of conventional caliper brakes. We are also able to minimize and virtually eliminate brake fade due to prolonged activation. Sure, descending can be thrilling, but that thrill can quickly turn into horror when you approach a hairpin and squeezing the lever results in zero loss of speed.

Shimano Ultegra 6800 completed the checklist. Ultegra was a sensible choice as it offers a huge range of gearing options for tackling loose dirt or gravel climbs. Weight also drops over the older generation, even with the addition of an 11th cog. As is typical on Shimano levers, shifting is smooth and requires little effort. The ability to adjust brake reach is also an added benefit.

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Since this mixture of requirements drew upon many great features of new product advancements, it was difficult to find a factory offered solution. Rather than sit idle until a wheel came along that fit the bill, we started from scratch. Doing so, we would be able to dial in every last component to RSC standards that would exceed the customer’s needs. HED C2 rims, DT Swiss spokes and nipples, and a Shimano hub that was both disc and 11 speed compatible. The result is an extremely durable and reliable wheelset that does not scream for attention. Rather, it gets the job done with the sort of humility that is customary for products built from the ground up in New England.

We at RSC were not as reserved. There were lots of high 5’s going around that day.

This Week in Coffee

March 30th, 2014

This Week in Coffee

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This week we are continuing to serve the same delicious roasts as last week. From Four Barrel Coffee we have two pour over options: Gaturiri from Kenya or La Montañita from El Salvador. Our Espresso, from George Howell Coffee, is La Bendición from Guatemala. For more details on these coffees, our decaf espresso, and retail options see last week’s post.

Though it may be raining today, spring days are (we hope!) just around the corner. With April beginning this week, beautiful days for long rides are coming and we have many wonderful options for recovery snacks to rehydrate at the end of your ride.

Rich, creamy Highlawn Farm natural Chocolate Milk is a great recovery option, delivering the proper amount of carbohydrate and protein in a delicious form.  Important in your refueling process are complex carbohydrates and our Oatmeal is a great way to access this necessity. Add flavor to this breakfast option with brown sugar, dried fruit, pecans, and/or almond or regular milk.

Another satisfying option is a thick slice of fresh bread (either olive or sourdough) accompanied with a generous portion of almond butter or Highlawn Farm butter.

New in the cafe are EnerChi Bites. These all natural gluten-free vegan treats will help give you a boost of energy when you need it most. We have all flavors available for individual sale, so come on by to try the apple cinnamon, coconut oatmeal raisin, and cocoa date, then buy a bag of your favorite flavor to take with you on the road or trail.

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Honey All Roads Video and Brief Review

March 28th, 2014

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by Patria Lanfranchi

This winter, I decided it was a good time to do a long test ride of Ride Studio Cafe’s All Roads Honey demo bike. This bike kept me riding this winter and that’s saying a lot considering the winter was particularly harsh and very icy. Here it is pre-dirt/mud/ice/crud:

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The All Roads comes equipped with disc brakes. Almost all of the riding I’ve done prior to this bike involved cantilever or caliper brakes so I was ready to be a critic of the disc braking system. The brakes we put on our demo All Roads with SRAM Rival shifting are the Avid BB7 SL disc brakes with 160mm rotors. I quickly understood why discs make so much sense for bikes that are meant for all-terrain and all-weather riding. Not having to fit a tire inside the brake meant that running wide 40mm studded tires was easy and there was ample room to spare. Had I wanted to use fenders, they would have been relatively easy to install and fit between the tire and frame.

Why didn’t I use fenders? No one was behind me when I rode and my large Revelate bag saved my back from the spray. Not a good reason and yes, I am putting fenders on my next All-Roads-like bike.

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I appreciated having braking power when out in snowstorms. It’s nice to not have aching hands from squeezing hard on the brakes, especially when it’s freezing cold out. (A good pair of lobster gloves kept my hands warm on the coldest days and nights.)

If you want to talk about weight, that’s where the biggest difference and reason to not ride disc comes in. There are other small considerations, but I’ll save that for another post. These brakes versus TRP Mini-V linear pull brakes are a little over a 1/2 pound heavier. That would be significant if this bike were being raced in the Tour de France. Considering what the All Roads is all about, this is a small price to pay for all of the added functionality (and added wheel life). I didn’t notice this weight on the bike and is spunky like a good steel bike should be. The rolling weight of studded tires is what’s noticable…but going more slowly on a really cold night is something I appreciated while the studded tires were necessary.

Right now this All Roads demo bike is outfitted with Clement MSO X’PLOR 40mm tires. Those are the right choice for most people who are interested in sketchy spring trail riding. When the conditions improve, the sky is the limit as to the tires that are the “right” ones. Don’t forget that if 650B is your desired wheel size, this bike supports those as well.

I rode the All Roads with a set of 33c Green Label Jack Browns on a pleasant road ride that included a small amount of dirt road. The bike rolled very well with those tires and I enjoyed the ride a lot. I wouldn’t hesitate to put skinnier tires on it and from everything I felt on 500+ miles I put in on this bike this winter, I know the bike would do be a willing participant on a 100+ mile road and/or dirt day.

As with all of the frames that we build up into bikes here, the shifting, gearing ratios, bar tape, wheels, etc. are selected by the rider. What’s amazing about the All Roads is that it presents so many options without sacrificing ride quality. It’s up to its owner to choose the proper components for its future purpose(s). Neither Honey nor us sets those boundaries – the options are nearly unlimited!

Alas, with my demo ride over, this bike is now being demo’d by others. Fortunately, this past Tuesday, the conditions on the trails were good and the bike was in the hands of rider Thom Parsons who put together this great 2-minute video where he shows you the fun this bike serves up to whoever is on it:

Basically, this bike saved my winter. It opened my eyes to what a great bike that can do everything I like to do feels like. I can appreciate how unique this bike is in the world of bikes. Riding a carbon fork mounted on a well-designed steel bike makes for a fast, fun, worry-free bike that can do everything from commute year-round with rack and fenders to zip around on the trails and everything in between.

If you’d like to take the All Roads for a spin, let us know! (We’re found at connect@ridestudiocafe.com.) We’ll get you out there on a demo ride of your dreams. Ride without limits or boundaries, and see just how good that kind of riding freedom feels!

This Week in Coffee

March 23rd, 2014

This Week in Coffee:

New in the café this past week, our current guest roaster, Four Barrel Coffee, from San Francisco, has transitioned from being our espresso to now bringing wonderful drip coffee options your way. Come on by the café and try out Gaturiri from Kenya or La Montañita from El Salvador. Helping us welcome spring (or perhaps continue to dream of the spring weather that has yet to truly arrive) Gaturiri is a delicious floral coffee with flavors of geranium, rose, and hibiscus with hints of custard and roasted cherry sweetness. A very different option, La Montañita is an earthy roast with deep exciting flavors of molasses, cocoa, and pear.

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Our espresso today is brought to you by George Howell Coffee. La Bendición Espresso from Guatemala stands well on its own with lime-tinted chocolate combined with almond and fig and mixes fantastically with milk to become your favorite espresso beverage. Hoping for a coffee taste without the caffeine? We continue to carry George Howell’s Costa Rican decaf espresso, a roast that presents flavors of chocolate, caramel, and walnut.

For home brewing, we have a  shelf full of whole bean bags from George Howell, Four Barrel, and Heart Roasters. Come by for a bag (or two, or three…) for enjoying a delicious cup in the comfort of your home.

 

 

 

 

Beyond the Century Takeaways

March 21st, 2014

Beyond the Century with John Bayley and Pamela Blalock

The cyclists have spoken: March 20th, the first day of spring after a harsh winter, is not too early to be thinking about riding over 100 miles on bike. We had an incredible turnout for John Bayley and Pamela Blalock’s talk entitled Beyond the Century, an evening co-sponsored by The Charles River Wheelmen (CRW).

 

BeyondTheCenturyTo ask John and Pamela to share their 30+ years and hundreds of thousands of miles of cycling experience in 1 hour and 15 minutes isn’t a fair question. They did a terrific job of presenting a lot of information and, even better, they’ve written a lot that really goes into many nuances of being prepared for, and executing, a very long ride.

Here is a summary of resources they’ve made available to you and other events mentioned throughout the evening.

As John and Pamela emphasized, long rides are just a series of shorter rides strung together. It’s possible for anyone with any level of experience and almost any bicycle that works well. And, maybe as they did, you’ll find it fun (and addicting), and then the mileage just seems to add up naturally.

John&PamelaJohn and Pamela had a slideshow running on the screen before their presentation. Check out their photos taken on some of their many long adventures in many incredible places.

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Countless people have told us how they are students of these two. Much of this is due to how they try practically every setup, almost all of the equipment there is, and test everything in all weather, on all terrain.

They wrote a very detailed blog post to supplement their talk. Check it out:

Beyond the Century: What’s the right bike?

and the slides they spoke to are here, in PDF format:

Beyond the Century Slides

People who were introduced during the evening were:

Dan Greene: President of New England Randonneurs, NER (Website: nerandonneurs.org where you’ll find many long rides for people of all abilities/speeds)
Jake Kassen, Regional Brevet Administrator for NER
Jon Doyle – Membership coordinator for NER
Emily O’BrienDill Pickle Gear and fixed-gear bike endurance rider

Eli Post from CRW. Note the many organized (and long) rides CRW hosts including their Spring Century on May 18th. CRW Rides Calendar.

Matt Roy (endurance rider and John Bayley’s RSC Endurance teammate) of mmracing -  He announced their End of Season Party and Raffle for a great cause – win a new Seven Cycles full bike, Honey All Roads frameset, fork, and stem among other great prizes.

Many Thanks To: Mark McMinn of LexMedia – He video recorded the presentation and we will post the link here when it’s available online.

Want to ride from here to Mt Greylock and sleep at the top of this beautiful mountain? Consider our Highpoint Ride coming up in August!

Like riding long and on dirt, too? Honey Bikes’ 2014 calendar is awesome.

Thanks to all who showed up for the talk. We’re looking forward to going on many long rides with you this year!

Evening Seminar: Beyond the Century, Thurs. March 20th

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John has all of the right gear for very long days and nights on the bike.

Beyond the Century: Thurs. March 20th

Now is an ideal time to think about this coming riding season and learn what you need to

know in order to accomplish the great rides that are coming up. Don’t worry that you’re probably not going to be doing a century or longer ride tomorrow, few people are ready at this moment for that kind of mileage. Not only is it inspiring to meet others who are interested in long riding, but it also shows how do-able it is to hear about what people do in order to accomplish long miles on the bike.

This Thursday, March 20th, John Bayley and Pamela Blalock, two of New England’s (and arguably the US’s) most accomplished endurance cyclists are speaking here at Ride Studio Cafe. Social hour begins at 6pm, the talk and

Q&A will be from 7-8:15. Pizza will be provided by CRW.

Complete details about the evening are below, please RSVP via email or by clicking the button below to let us know to expect you!

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Pamela can always be found smiling on a bike no matter the time of year or length of the ride.

Learn how you can enjoy very long rides in this very informative seminar which will cover what to bring with you, how to carry it all as lightly as possible, how to continue into the after-sunset hours well-illuminated. What should you eat and what additional challenges do you need to be ready for during your long ride? John Bayley and Pamela Blalock have accomplished many long, very challenging rides unsupported. They will share their experiences with you and the countless things they’ve learned as they’ve ridden across the US and throughout the world. Come listen to John and Pamela, bring your best questions, and meet like-minded cyclists who are interested in the limitless opportunities granted to properly prepared cyclists of all ages and abilities. You might be surprised at where you can go on bike!

 

This evening is co-sponsored by CRW (Charles River Wheelmen). They are supplying pizza and beverages, to make this learning in a party atmosphere. Please email RSC (connect@ridestudiocafe.com) with questions, or if you want to receive more information if you have to miss the evening.

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John and Pamela can often be found riding or competing as a team on their Seven tandem steed. Photo by Jason DeVarennes

Cafe Manager & Part-time Barista Openings

March 11th, 2014

 We’re Hiring in the Cafe

130814-0149Be part of the Ride Studio Cafe team and on the cutting edge in the coffee world. If you’re inspired by great coffee and food and have experience in both, we want to talk with you!

We have an immediate opening for a cafe manager and part-time barista. Check out the positions’ postings for more information, we hope you are interested in joining our team. Email careers@ridestudiocafe.com for more information. Tell your friends, too!

This Week in Coffee

March 9th, 2014

This Week in Coffee

This week we have a new espresso in the hopper! Brought to you by our guest roaster, Four Barrel Coffee of San Fransisco, California, is a Rwandan single origin espresso called Coproca. This flavorful option brings out floral flavors of lily and lilac accomapnied by fruit note of Fig, grape frangrance, candied lemon, and pomegranate. All these flavors combine with hints of sugar cane to produce a fantastic coffee experience. Come by a try some and/or buy a bag for home brewing.

This week we continue to serve some amazing roasts from George Howell Coffee.  New this past week was Kiawamururu, from Kenya. This limited roast, light and fruity coffee presents with flavors of strawberry, blueberry, and pomegranate. It has become a quick favorite in the cafe. Get it while you can! We are also continuing to serve a classic favorite, George Howell’s Deri Kochoa from Ethiopia. This bright option presents with flavors of jasmine, white peach, and honey.

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Craving coffee in the comfort of your own home? Our retail shelf is well stocked with fresh roasts from George Howell, Four Barrel, and a favorite former guest roaster, Heart Coffee Roasters from Portland, Oregon.

 

 

Bikes Not Bombs Documentary Screening Party

March 5th, 2014

Bikes Not Bombs Documentary Screening Party

bike-salePlease join us and Bikes Not Bombs Thursday, March 6th from 6-8pm to watch a 10-minute documentary about Ability Bikes, a micro-enterprise bike shop that is completely owned and operated by people with physical disabilities.

Schedule 
6-7pm: Dinner, bikes, and social hour. Don’t be late, make sure to bring your appetite!
7pm: Film and commentary
7:15pm: Learn about Bikes Not Bombs
7:45pm: Raffle!

We are providing a catered dinner of build-your-own tacos complimented by craft beers. We are offering vegetarian and vegan options all beginning at 6pm.

Bikes Not Bombs ships used bicycles to Ability Bikes where the mechanics rebuild, refurbish, and sell them at affordable prices to community members. In addition to shipping bikes, Bikes Not Bombs provides mechanics training and strategic advice to the worker-owners of the bike shop. 497-bnb-30th-anniversary

In November 2013, Bikes Not Bombs sent a field worker and retail shop employee, Derek McIntire to Ability Bikes to lead advanced mechanics workshops. He produced a 10-minute documentary which features interviews with Ability Bikes staff and community members.

Bikes Not Bombs will be selling tickets to their Bike-A-Thon happening June 8th. The Bike-A-Thon is an amazing ride that fundraises for their Youth Programs and International Programs. Hundreds of cyclists join together to ride for social justice while riding an optional 80 miles, 50 miles, or 10 miles. This ride tends to fill up quickly so don’t miss your chance to sign up early at this event! To learn more about the Bikes Not Bombs programs the Bike-A-Thon supports, visit their website: https://bikesnotbombs.org/

Raffle

We’re raffling more than $2,500 of cool items and services. This may be the biggest and most valuable raffle that the Studio’s ever done.  We’ve put together ten cards, each of which offers the receiver the choice of one of the following – so you’re sure to win something you like!

Tickets are $10 each or 5 tickets for $40. Odds of winning are really high! All proceeds from raffle ticket sales go directly to Bikes Not Bombs. Great prizes for a great cause!

  • Professional Spring Overhaul valued at $180. Get your bike ready for an amazing spring of riding. Ride Studio Cafe will make your bike feel like new again. Your bike will really appreciate this service after our long winter.
  • Professional Bike Fitting valued at $250. Few items are of more value than being properly fitted to your bike. Do you have any pains or injuries you’d like to eliminate? Let the Studio help you.
  • Summer Tires & Tubes installed valued at $200-240. Starting the spring riding season with new high-end tires is always a joy. Let the Studio take care of this for you.
  • Coffee Tasting for Four valued at $300. You and three friends get a private ninety minute coffee tasting by one of the Studio’s professional baristas. Priceless.
  • Complete Coffee Kit valued at $230. This kit includes everything to make coffee at home. This pourover brew method kit is for making the perfect cup of coffee – the way the Ride Studio Cafe does it.
  • Bikes Not Bombs Clothing Set valued at $150. Show your support for BNB by sporting all the clothing they offer, includes a hoodie, scarf, cap, and cycling jersey.

Please be sure to RSVP via email (connect@ridestudiocafe.com) or on Facebook. We hope to see you here for this fun evening!

Honey 100 Video

March 5th, 2014

The Honey 100 ride highlights the amazing dirt trails, paths, and out-of-the-way roads beginning and ending from Ride Studio Cafe. Portions of the ride were captured on camera. Check it out…go off-road and back to the wonderful memories so many people made on the Honey 100.

Have you ever ridden on dirt? Most people with only a road bike haven’t seen what new world of riding opens up off pavement. We’re not talking about hard-core mountain biking. Dirt trails, paths, and roads don’t demand a rider to be highly technical, they only require a tire that’s wide enough and proper pedals/shoes for ease in clipping in and out as well as walking for obstacle avoidance.

Honey’s featured bike of the 2014 launch is the All Roads. The All Roads is the ideal adventure bike and the ideal bike to go everywhere, rain or shine; nothing holds this bike back. There are many trails, dirt roads, and special event rides that demonstrate why someone who rides the All Roads can have all the fun and not feel limited by pretty much anything. Honey has just made two very Special Edition All Roads bikes available. The Hammer and Cycle is pictured below (photo: Russ Cambell). The Clover is a SRAM Rival version with mechanical disc brakes painted to be reminiscent of riding through the morning fog-covered clover field trails.

Dirty 40/Raspitutsa All Roads "Hammer and Cycle" bike equiped with Shimano Ultegra Di2 & hydro disc brakes

Dirty 40/Raspitutsa All Roads “Hammer and Cycle” Special Edition bike equipped with Shimano Ultegra Di2 & hydro disc brakes and 40 c MSO Clement tires mounted on RSC hand-built wheels comprised of HED Belgium C2 rims and Chris King R45 hubs!

We are looking forward to the return of Honey 100, Diverged, new rides like Rasputitsa (April 19-register soon!), and many others this year. We hope you join us! If you are looking for a bike that will take you off road with confidence, we have the All Roads available here for you to demo.

Honey Calendar

March 4th, 2014

Honey Bikes values awesome riding and racing that’s different – much of it includes dirt, other riding is simply the kind that takes you to amazing places with others who like to get off the beaten path, too!

Check out the calendar Honey put together. Hard copies are here on our table – this is worth taping to the front of your fridge. Click on the calendar below to get the full PDF, it’s a full calendar, and that’s not everything…

Honey Bikes Ride Calendar

This Week in Coffee

March 2nd, 2014

This Week in Coffee

This week we are continuing to serve the wonderful and flavorful coffees that were available last week. Brought to you by our current guest roaster, Four Barrel Coffee is Friendo Blendo espresso. From George Howell we have a Costa Rican decaf espresso, and two pour over options: Deri Kochoa from Ethiopia and Gachatha from Kenya. Check out our post from last week for more details on the flavor profiles of each of these delicious coffee options. Also, keep an open eye for a new coffee option, George Howell’s Kiawamururu, from Kenya. This limited roast, light and fruity coffee presents with flavors of strawberry, blueberry, and pomegranate. Get it while you can!

New in the cafe, this week marks the return of stellar barista and owner of The Coffee Trike, San! San will be joining us in the cafe throughout the month of March before his Coffee Trike season kicks into gear. Come by, say hello, and grab a delicious coffee beverage from him.

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Baristas Catherine, Ariela, and San

 

Spring Tune-Up Time

February 26th, 2014

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Your happiness on the bike is our primary concern. It’s why we do what we do here. Since this has been a particularly long winter, we figured we’d better remind you that the bike riding season isn’t very far away. Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Honey Bikes are Here!

February 24th, 2014

RCP-140222-00212014 Honey Bikes made their debut at Ride Studio Cafe this weekend inspiring countless ooohs and aaaahs. (Photo by Russ Cambell.)

There is so much to say about each bike, and Honey Bikes, in general. We will talk about each bike and each build in the coming days. For now, here’s a high-level overview so you are up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of amazing bikes, and Honey bikes, in particular.

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This Week in Coffee

February 23rd, 2014

This Week in Coffee

20140223_175431This week has seen the return of our newest guest roast, Four Barrel Coffee, from San Francisco, California! Espresso in the hopper is their Friendo Blendo, a blend of  Guatemala las Cañas, Kenya Kangocho, and Ethiopia Aricha. Prominent flavors in this delightful bright blend include stone fruit, molasses, and hucklberry with an underlying honey sweetness. If you crave an espresso drink but prefer to avoid caffeine, we are also offering our usual  decaf Costa Rican espresso from George Howell, with lovely notes of chocolate, caramel, and walnut.

For pour over options this week we are serving up some of our favorites from George Howell Coffee. Deri Kochoa from Ethiopia is light and soothing with flavors of jasmine, honey, and white peach. Gachatha from Kenya is a smooth and calming coffee with notes of white honey, cranberry, and plum.

Looking to brew some delicious coffee in the comfort of your own home? Our retail shelf is currently full of options from George Howell, Four Barrel, and one of our favorite past guest roasters, Heart Roasters.

Come on by to enjoy one of these fabulous coffee options along with a bowl of our oatmeal, soup, slice of bread or chocolate chip cookie — and take in the new Honey Bikes now on the showroom floor! More on those in our next article.

This Week in Coffee…

February 16th, 2014

This Week in Coffee

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This week we are continuing to serve some of the same wonderful coffees that appeared on our menu last week. As promised, our new Guest Roaster, Four Barrel Coffee, has provided our customers with wonderful espresso drinks throughout the week. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the Latest RSC Guest Roaster: Four Barrel Coffee

February 10th, 2014
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by Ariela Rose

We admit it, we have quite the sweet gig here at Ride Studio Cafe. We have the chance to taste some of the best coffees in the world, from some of the best roasters in the world, and most excitingly, to share these coffees and roasters with you. Read the rest of this entry »

This Week in Coffee…

February 9th, 2014

This Week in Coffee: The Arrival of Four Barrel!

We are very excited to announce the arrival of our next guest roaster, Four Barrel Coffee! Already on the retail shelf for home brewing, by the end of the day today or early tomorrow we will begin serving Colombia Andino single origin espresso. We can’t wait to try this wonderful new option characterized by mango frangrance, orange, strawberry acidity, and caramel sweetness.

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Meanwhile, today we are serving up the last of our Daterra North espresso from George Howell Coffee. We have been loving this espresso’s milk chocolate, macademia, and dark cherry flavor profile. Come in and try some while it lasts! Also available is our standard Costan Rican Decaf espresso from George Howell, with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and walnuts. Read the rest of this entry »

Rapha Winter Gloves and Februrary Promo

January 31st, 2014
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Just the other week you might have heard me proclaiming winter was over. I believed the worst of it had expired and it was all downhill from here on out. It didn’t help my iphone app was reading in the high 30s, which, to me, is like saying it’s t-shirt weather.
These cold conditions can test one’s fortitude (and sanity), but there’s no reason to throw in the towel until spring.

This Week in Coffee

January 26th, 2014

This Week in Coffee…

This week at Ride Studio Cafe it is all about George Howell Coffee! For espresso we are pulling Aranzazu, a new Colombian espresso with citrus, tropical fruit, and milk chocolate flavors that pairs delightfully with steamed milk and stands well on its own for those who crave the simple kick of a double espresso. As always, we are also serving our standard decaf espresso, a Costa Rican coffee by George Howell, with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and walnuts.

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Make 2014 your Year for the Smoothest Shifting and Best Braking

January 22nd, 2014

Treat Yourself to the Smoothest Shifting and Best Braking

We’re excited as ever about this upcoming year and the new technologies and bikes you will have the incredible experience of riding for the kind of adventure you seek out.

Shimano has taken electronic Di2 up to the next level. While prices have dropped, performance has only improved. Di2 is more programmable and feature-rich than ever. Shimano doesn’t deliver anything that isn’t 100% tested and trusted to market. This next generation of Di2 is no exception. Shimano has always been very receptive regarding user feedback, and it shows as small details have been addressed from previous generations.

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Seven Axiom SL with Dura-Ace Di2 shifting was made for quick, nimble climbing and speed on the flats.

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This Week in Coffee

January 19th, 2014

This Week in Coffee…

It is a new week and we have new coffee!

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Our espresso today is brought to you by our guest roaster, Ceremony Coffee Roasters, of Annapolis, Maryland. Read the rest of this entry »

Know how to train

January 13th, 2014

Know How to Train, Lactate Threshold Testing Saturday

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Training to reach a goal, whether the goal comes in the form of wanting to ride a certain distance, beat a time in an event, edge out a competitor, or gain muscle mass/losing unwanted weight, all entails needing a structure of some sort. Read the rest of this entry »

Keep your bike clean, forget about weather

January 8th, 2014

Keep your bike clean, forget about weather

Snow, salt, slush, rain: none of these should stop you from riding nor make you feel guilty that you’re doing something that will hurt the longevity of your bike.

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The Coffee Line, Part I: Coffee Farming

January 6th, 2014

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Perhaps what I love most about the coffee industry is its hand-to-hand, assembly line like process. Starting with the dedicated farmers who plant, nourish, and harvest coffee plants, and ending with the creative baristas who grind, brew, and share exhilarating drinks with eager customers. Read the rest of this entry »

Today in Coffee

January 5th, 2014

Happy New Year! The snow has passed,  the sun is shining, and it is a wonderful day to get out of the house and enjoy a wonderful cup of coffee.

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Now Served Daily: Hot Soup

January 2nd, 2014

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Top Gifts – RSC Recommendations: Gifting Safety

December 17th, 2013

Give the Gift of Safety this Holiday Season

by Drew Korby

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I’ve been commuting via bicycle for over 10 years, in places such as urban Philadelphia and Boston, rural Maryland, suburban Newton, and, of course, through Lexington. To me, lights make the biggest difference in the quality of the ride. Whether your ride is 18-miles long through busy city streets, a recreational evening in the woods or a 4-mile commute up the bike path, high quality lights make a big impact on how you enjoy those miles. Night becomes day and all sorts of new riding opportunities present themselves. They are also essential for safety.

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You can find several rear light options ranging from the value-filled Superflash that lasts ~100 hours on one set of batteries, to the hip and versatile rechargeable Knog blinder series. Lights like these ensure that others on the road are certain to see you and give you those extra few feet of space on the road. Headlights like the Light and Motion Urban 550 and 700 are not only compact, lightweight, and easy to attach to you or your bike, but are bright enough to turn those evening commutes into adventures through local trail systems.

On Being Prepared
According to Wikipedia: “Preparedness refers to a very concrete research-based set of actions that are taken as precautionary measures in the face of potential Screenshot 2013-12-17 15.42.01disasters.” A broken chain, flat tire, a popped spoke are just a few of the things we cyclists would call potential disasters.

A saddle bag full of the things we could use to solve those problems can be what changes a worrisome commute to a relaxing end to a work day. Lezyne supplies a full line of ride-saving components such as saddle bags in several sizes, multi-tools, and our favorite hand pump that doesn’t break valve stems and inflates tires to proper pressure fairly quickly and easily.

Screenshot 2013-12-17 15.53.58Be sure to check out Ride Studio Cafe’s inventory of many items that are essential and improve any bike ride as well as enhance a rider’s safety at the same time. Other items I highly suggest are our reflective vests (Rapha’s high-vis gilet made for men and women can’t be missed), Lazer helmets, and Lazer sunglasses (many that are clear at night, darker in the daytime – again, perfect for a commuter or cyclist who rides at all hours of the day or night).

Today in Coffee

December 15th, 2013

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On this cold snowy morning, we are staying warm at the Studio and serving up some delicious coffee offerings.

Our espresso today is Yukro, a delicious Ethiopian bean roasted by George Howell, that presents with bright flavors of apricot, anise, and lily. We are also serving our standard decaf espresso, a Costa Rican coffee by George Howell, with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and walnuts.

Our drip coffee options today are brought to you by our guest roaster, Ceremony Coffee Roasters of Annapolis, Maryland. The first pourover option is San Jose Ocaña of Guatemala. This coffee presents with toffee and brown butter aromatics and in cup flavors of cocoa and dates with red raisin acidity. The second pourover option is a seasonal blend called Holiday Twenty Thirteen. This festive blend will get you in the holiday spirit with chocolate and raspberry aromatics and tasty flavors of candied pecan, cane sugar and ruby red in a clean, balanced cup.

On the shelf we have a variety of retail options available for home brewing. Both our Yukro espresso and Costa Rican espresso from George Howell are available along with George Howell’s Gachatha AB a Kenyan drip coffee, which exhibits flavors of white honey, cranberry, and plum. We are also featuring whole bean offerings from your favorite guest roasters from the past year. Madcap is back, with another festive option, the Holiday Fusion, a berry and floral blend. Also available is Heart Roasters‘ Chelelektu from Ethiopia, a wonderful coffee with flavors of cacao, lavender, and honey. Keep your eyes pealed for news of other guest roaster options that will be available throughout the remainder of the year.

Come on by and warm up with one of these delicious options!

Top Gifts – Rapha Softshell Jacket

November 29th, 2013

RSC Recommendations: Rapha Softshell Jacket by Roger

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Time to turn the tables on Mother Nature. Gone are the days when rain, snow, and sleet forced you indoors onto the rollers. Gone are the days when 32F meant freezing. Gone are the days when adding layers meant you couldn’t get your arms to fall straight down. Sure, winter offered an easy excuse for poor form and fitness come spring, but excuses get old. And the older we get, the longer it takes to get back into the swing of things, and by then the season has come and gone, again. Lucky for us, Rapha offers a slew of items to take the bite out of winter. My favorite from Rapha for this season is the Classic Softshell Jacket.

I consider this a 3-season jacket that can be worn in all but the dead of summer. Functional, aesthetically pleasing, durable, and extremely flexible.  It is constructed of polyester, spandex, and a Hytrel membrane. What that boils down to is a water-resistant, windproof, insulating jacket.

Functionality generally narrows everything down to a very specific task. Imagine my surprise when the jacket performed brilliantly in autumn, carried me through winter, and comfortably delivered me into spring. Zipper vents make it easy to regulate body temperature. The reflective storm flap keeps your bottom dry in inclement weather while the roomy pockets give plenty of storage options. Thoughtful placement of the main zipper means no cold air will shoot up between a bunched-up jersey.

As functional as the jacket is, even more remarkable is how well it wears. I rock mine on-road and off, and it takes a ton of abuse when on the trails. Along with the usual branches, tree bark and thorns you can be sure to brush up against, it does a fine job if you should happen to find yourself sliding along the forest floor, taking in all the beauty up close. Sand, snow, and salt does not pose a problem, either. Toss it into the wash or simply rinse it off. Good as new.

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Getting three seasons of wear with the jacket is not as tricky as it sounds. Couple it with light base layers in cooler months, then long-sleeve mid-weight jerseys when the temps hover around freezing. And for those truly fun days when tears from your eyes freeze, a heavy base layer and another heavy wool jersey will do the trick. Any perspiration is pulled away from your body, keeping you dry and warm.

If this were a fairy-tale, Goldilocks would be all over it. The Classic Softshell is not over-the-top in design, won’t fall apart when covered in road grime, and won’t get you funny looks on Newbury Street. It is just right.

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RSC Winter Trainer Spinning Open for Registration

November 20th, 2013

RSC Winter Trainer Program Open for Registration

P1020056Keep training this winter by spinning indoors on your bike with us at our neighbor, the Greater Boston Running Company.

We are hosting spin trainer classes twice a week beginning December 10th running through the middle of March*. Ride in the good company of others guided by an instructor who will make sure you grow in fitness, improve your riding efficiency, and you’ll get through winter feeling great.

Complete details and registration are found on the Program Page.

Questions? Please email us at connect@ridestudiocafe.com

Register now, this class is filling quickly. Save your space!

Seven Cycles Introduces the Evergreen

November 7th, 2013

Seven Cycles Introduces the Evergreen

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The RSC Endurance Team (from left) Matt Roy, John Bayley, and David Wilcox with their Evergreen PRO, SL, and SLX, respectively.

Seven Cycles is always innovating something new, whether it’s offering new bikes, designs, options or features. Stepping back from the bikes, they offer us, as a retailer, a great deal of information through seminars, articles, newsletters, and a special gateway to much of the knowledge they’ve gained after building bikes for over 16 years. This makes it particularly exciting to work with Seven. There’s always something around the corner for us and for you.

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Yes, we’re pleased to report they did just come out with a new bike model: the Evergreen.

The Evergreen is an all-terrain, do everything bike which boasts clearance for wide tires, disc brakes, and fender mounts. That’s just to start. It’s a Seven so go ahead and make it uniquely yours with paint, custom decals, a custom rear rack, 700c or 650b hand-built wheels with hubs of your choosing.

The Evergreen frame comes in a steel version (Evergreen), straight-gauge titanium (Evergreen S), double-butted titanium (Evergreen SL), ultra-butted titanium (Evergreen SLX), and 622 SLX-esque titanium-lugged carbon frame (Evergreen PRO).

Seven worked closely with our Endurance team to develop these bikes for the kind of rugged riding that people like to do…and do fast. Our Endurance team has countless experiences on every terrain imaginable, in all conditions, at all times day and night.

John Bayley (otherwise known as Fear Rothar) is riding the Evergreen SL. (Bike pictured above.)

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David Wilcox is riding the Evergreen SLX. Photo by M. Roy.

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Matt Roy is on the Evergreen PRO. Photo by M. Roy.

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 Between these three and the racing, endurance riding, off-road riding, and even touring they’ve done on these bikes, they have proven that Seven has nailed it again with making bikes that don’t just do what they’re asked but go far above and certainly beyond. As Seven says, these are boundaryless bikes and, after seeing them in person, it’s impossible to be convinced otherwise.

 

Tour of Seven Monday, October 14th

October 9th, 2013

IMG_6984We like going to Seven Cycles just down the street from us in Watertown and we like to introduce Seven to others. This is where the amazing Seven and Honey bikes we display on our showroom floor come to life. Read the rest of this entry »

622 SLX Review Published in Red Kite Prayer

September 10th, 2013

622 SLX Review Published in Red Kite Prayer

622-slx--fast-group-rideSeven Cycles’ bikes have found their way into many glowing reviews by experienced cyclists who ride bikes – many brands and types – regularly. Highly-respected cycling blog Red Kite Prayer and blogger, Patrick Brady AKA Padrig, wrote a full review (in two parts) on the Seven 622 SLX, the newest bike innovation which incorporates the best-of features developed at Seven Cycles, a company committed to serious R&D. Hearing from someone who is around many other kinds of bikes and people who ride other bikes is educational for us.

For example, after the Shimano tech assembled the Seven 622 SLX alongside many other bikes he’d built up with the Dura-Ace 9000 group, the tech approached Padrig. According to Padrig:

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Quad Cross Race Captured

September 10th, 2013

QuadCross Race 2013 Captured

The first local cyclocross race was this past weekend in Maynard, MA. Yes, cross season is officially here! We saw many familiar faces out racing and watching the festivities. We sent our fearless curator, Patria, out to race with a GoPro on her helmet to show, first hand, what a cross race is all about. Here’s a video of a full lap of QuadCross. This was her first cross race in years; she comes with a depth of experience road racing, but very little in cyclocross. Enjoy watching the action in the women’s 3/4 field!

Quad Cross 2013 Full Lap from Ride Studio Cafe on Vimeo.

What’s Being Ridden:

Bike - Honey Cyclocross

Brakes - TRP Mini-V LP (linear pull)

Kit - SRAM Rival shifters, derailleurs, crankset

Gearing - 36/46 teeth on front chainrings, 12-25 cassette

Tires - Schwalbe Racing Ralph 33c knobby clinchers

Wheels - Mavic Ksyrium Elite

ShoesMavic Fury mountain

Tire Pressure - Too much: 45 psi back, 50 psi front. Should be dropped by ~10 to 15 psi each, for our racer who weighs ~130 lbs, dry/dusty course conditions.

Green Mountain Stage Race – Women’s Race

September 4th, 2013
words by Celia Riechel
photos by Erica Robbins
I think everyone’s gotten the day-by-day reports from the guys on GMSR, but lest you think RSC went unrepresented on the women’s side, here’s a  recap of the weekend from the women’s 3/4 field.
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Day 1: Time Trial

I spent the warmup experimenting with what Matt called “imaginary aero bars” and nearly swerved into a cow pasture.  I ruled that hand position out but tried all the others during the actual time trial, which squirming about may or may not have cost me the 1 second by which the winner beat me. 2nd.

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Day 2: Circuit. Where My Troubles Began.

I anticipated a field sprint at the end and my plan was to just hang out, work on good positioning, finish with them and then really try to make up my 1 second in the road race. But there was a crash after the sprint competition, in which I was lightly involved. I put my chain back on, hopped back on my bike and began chasing the field, leaving the pile of other crashees to sort themselves out. The chase was hard, became harder as I realized I had a flat. I kept riding but after about 6 or 7 miles, on a descent, I stopped.

Someone would be by with a wheel.  Nope! I sat on the guard rail, dejected and hungrily licking the sticky remains of a gel packet, unable to recall a single line of poetry.

30 min later, a race official drove by and said she’d get my wheel. She said I was out of the time cut, but if I finished the race I could explain what happened and I’d be allowed to race the next day. I contemplated eating a large shiny green dragonfly that I’d caught beneath my foot. In 15 or 20  min she came back with my wheel.

I pedaled in an hour after the field finished, then back to the start and talked to the head referee guy who said I’m fine to race the next day.  30somethingeth (last).

That evening, just to be sure, I went to the race HQ and confirmed with the same head guy that I was not time cut.
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Day 3: Road race. Purgatory. Salvation.
At sign-in, it says time-cut by my name, but the USA Cycling person says she doesn’t know, I can ride and it will be figured out later.  I ride, am a bit tired from my flat tire time trial so just save energy until the end. 2nd to that same darn person. Not what I wanted, but I’ll take it.

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Later the guys noticed my name didn’t appear on the results list at all. Bad. We try to find the race officials but can’t. The day before, by some stroke of random luck, Alex ran into an acquaintance of his from car racing, Liz Campbell, who was a motorcycle official. Phone numbers exchanged.  He called her and so began my rocky salvation. 

It was not simple. Apparently the race officials had determined I was an illegal rider and the sign-in official was claiming I’d blatantly disregarded her direction and raced anyway, and as a consequence they were contemplating revoking my license. Yikes!!  Liz kindly instructed me on the fine art of writing a detailed description of the events, key word “protest,” key element having the names of the officials I’d talked to. Then Alex and I delivered it to Liz after 9pm in the dark outside a party the officials were having. Liz would get them to discuss it asap, but still no certainty on the outcome.

10:30pm: Miracle! a phone call from Liz, who says I can race the crit in Burlington. The head ref had just forgotten about talking to me. You know.
Day 4: Burlington criterium
Last chance.  It started fast, but with so many corners it seemed like someone would stand a good chance of staying away.  Almost immediately half the field was dropped, including the GC leader. A few attacks early but nobody could put any distance on the remaining field.

I attacked about 5 laps in, stayed away for about 1 1/2 laps then went back to the field, just figured I’d stay in a good position until near the end and try again. Right after we crossed the line with one lap to go I just went like mad for it and although I haven’t perfected (or actually ever tried) the fine art of looking behind me, I did get away from them a bit.  Or maybe it was just a giant leadout for them. Two of them just caught me at the line, by less than a half wheel.

3rd. If only I’d remembered to pull up on the pedal!

This race was sooo much fun, even if I didn’t quite pull it off.

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Single-person breaks did work in other races: the guy who won the men’s 3 race just kept getting faster, nearly lapped the field.
Day 5: I wish there was a day 5!!!
So to recap: 2nd, last, 2nd, 3rd. GC: last, one hour back.
Lessons:
Check your bike after a crash before you hop back on it and ride away from support vehicles to make sure it’s okay.
USA Cycling has rules. It is our responsibility to know them.
Knowing an official helps, too.
Written Protests are required.
Get names of officials who tell you things.
Bring extra food and maybe a copy of War and Peace in case you get stuck sitting by the side of the road.

Green Mountain Stage Race (GMSR), Vermont: Day 4 Report

September 3rd, 2013

words by Jay Robbins

photos by Erica Robbins

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HA HA HAA, WHAT!!

It wasn’t even 7AM on the fourth and final day of GMSR. Alex and I were up early having breakfast when a completely insignificant comment in our conversation prompted this loony outburst from Oscar. It came out of nowhere and through the walls; we thought he was still asleep in his bedroom which was adjacent to the dining room.

Oscar had been having this overly enthusiastic, high-on-life reaction since the beginning of the weekend, and it was getting more intense and more frequent with each passing day. It got to the point that even the most boring statement would trigger a response.

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Green Mountain Stage Race (GMSR), Vermont: Day 3 Report

September 1st, 2013

words by Alex Grabau

photos by Erica & Jay Robbins

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Today was the Queen stage of GMSR, as Jay tells me that means it’s the hardest stage of the race and I guess I’d have to agree with that. We started just after 8am rolling down a cracked and rutted neutral start from Sugarbush resort on what would become a race of just under 70 miles.

Speed controlled by two neutral cars and a throaty BMW two-cylinder motorcycle riders pulsed their brakes to control speed. The morning air was misty and cold. I had to pee… again. This would become a trend. Our wheels were barely rolling and two riders flatted within two minutes of the start, one was a tire explosion. I figured that they were simply riding their brakes and overheating the tubes inside. I thought about that for about 15 minutes under the neutral control and decided that using my front brake and then the rear, alternating would keep the heat down and keep my from encountering this problem whose cause I had completely invented only minutes before.

After a few minutes we rolled into Waitsfield and we were no longer under neutral control. A few very excited riders surged to the front taking fairly hard pulls, some even out of the saddle into what seemed like oblivion since we were only a few minutes into the race with so much ahead. I just kept thinking about Ap’ Gap, which we had driven the night before… in second gear. Ap’ Gap was waiting after all these early sprints and efforts.

Much of the race was easy. The early heroes were humbled after one or two rolling hills. About 15 miles into the race there was what’s called a Hot-Spot Sprint for a time bonus. This caused a little disruption in the pack and the result for us was that Oscar after several early attempts to get off the front with a good sized group succeeded. He was in a break with about 6 riders for over 20 miles. It was an incredible effort and part of our plan to keep the pace up and also to protect our GC (general classification) leader Matt who was highest in the overall standings. The race leader from Breakaway Bikes (Cole)  was not in the break and he was getting nervous. Oscar made it all the way to the KOM sprint and the break started to disintegrate. They had made over two minutes on the pack at their best.  While Oscar was in the break Matt, Jay and me were in the pack and I had a very professional and discrete “nature break” while rolling down a hill at the back of the pack. Perhaps my best move of the weekend. My intent was to make sure Matt stayed in his position and conserve energy for the end of the race where we hit a 7 mile climb. I hoped to (in Oscar’s terms) Go Apeshit and put it all into one climb.

Jay and I rode together for a while in the pack, staying clear of trouble and keeping our efforts low and steady. Matt rode near the front to make sure that he wasn’t involved in any crashes. At about mile 54 Community Bike Team Rider Daniel Nuzzo-Mueller apparently rode up to me and said “Hey Alex, I’m going to go to the front and make an effort” I say apparently because I have absolutely no recollection of this. We consider Daniel an ally of our team’s and we worked yesterday with him to keep the pace up in the circuit race. He was giving me an invitation but it was apparently sent to the wrong address and not my house of pain. Daniel then rode to the front, then off the front and later won by over a minute.

Fifty-six miles was the magic point. Matt and I worked it out last night using Google Maps. 56 miles was the bottom of what’s called Baby Gap. Baby Gap later turns into Appalachian Gap or “Ap’-Gap” for a total of about 7 miles of climbing from the 56 mile point. The last two kilometers are 20% grade in some places which for me meant dispensing with my usual 39-23 for a 39-26 from my buddy Mike who saved the day with this larger cassette. The road race course profile looks like the decibel reading in a once-quiet room after Oscar has had coffee. Even with the revised gearing I was standing out of the saddle and g r i n d i n g for the last ten minutes. It was unreal.

Back to the race with Daniel off the front and our GC guy Matt at the front of the chase, Jay and I in the same group we hit the climb and of course, it got really spicy. I kept looking up and around every corner and it kept coming. It was in the type of pain zone where you just hope nothing disrupts your breathing or rhythm as it would be a disastrous consequence.  Some tall guy in a green and white kit made some huge out of the saddle sprint effort on the first steep pitch. The guy next to me muttered “good idea buddy, 1000 watt sprint, seems like a good time” Lucky I have no power meter to tell me how much I’m hurting. Matt answered. I made a personal call to keep my rhythm and it was a mistake. The group of 6 or so gapped me by about 15 feet and there I hung for two kilometers. Some stragglers that fell off the group earlier chugged by me and I kept my rhythm, and somehow after the longest 200 final meters of a lifetime I finished. . I finished 30th today. At the time I thought it was much better than that. (doesn’t it always) Matt finished 7 spots and 15 seconds ahead of me. Jay had one of the best climbing days that I’ve seen rolling in very soon after me. Normally a sprinter he may have found his climbing legs. Oscar was next, the “sensations” (read with euro-inflection)  of the enormous work from his breakaway(s) had set in and he was able to produce the goods to finish at 15 mins down on the leader, Daniel who beat the rest of us mortals by about a minute. Oscar probably worked the hardest of us all today by making the break and adding to that the hill at the end.

Happy to be finished.

It’s hard to write a report as good as Celia’s past race reports, especially if you aren’t in the same race. (although we discussed the ethics behind attempting that this weekend) Maybe we’ll be lucky to get a writeup from her solo efforts up here in the women’s race at GMSR. She is having the best performance of us all this weekend, finishing a scorching 2nd in the time trial with no aero wheels or clothing to help her cut through the atmosphere. She was only ONE SECOND off the leader. One second  She claimed to not know where to put her hands and that her constant recalculation of hand position potentially cost her a second.

Day two, the circuit race. Celia quietly set out on a humble mission of total competition-destruction over oatmeal and coffee and about half a watermelon. She was going to get her missing second back. The night before Kyle from Embrocation, team mate Joy’s husband got her into a hateful head by quizzing her on the origins of our money supply. The mind tricks worked but luck was against her in the circuit race. A clumsy crash caused by a fellow competitor left her on top of a bike pile up. Unhurt but rattled, Celia then rode (I think she said) 5 miles (!!!) on a flat tire before neutral assistance circled back to help her. This took away her chances of a top GC finish but she was not defeated.

Day three- Road race. Celia re-claimed her spot at the top riding again, unsupported into 2nd spot in the hardest stage of the weekend. Hopefully she can fill us in on details later.

That’s it for now. The criterium is tomorrow in Burlington. Additional photos are here.

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