Monthly Archives: September 2011

Commonwheels hosts MassBike Commuter Workshop

You are invited to come to Commonwheels next Tuesday, October 4 for a commuter workshop and discussion presented by MassBike.  We’ll go over some tips on riding in Boston, including routing, clothing, bike-type, and common situations that lead to car/bike/ped crashes.  The talk is FREE, and the discussion will be lively.  Feel free to also email for additional information and directions.

Free and Open to the Public

Boston’s Hub on Wheels and Allston’s Street Fair

We hope to see you at one of two big events today: the Hub on Wheels ride starting at 8am at City Hall Plaza, where we’ll be riding with 5,000 of our fellow urban bikers and also hanging out at the Forest Hills Cemetery Rest Stop all day.

and Commonwheels will be at the Allston Village Street Fair from 12-6 giving out some free bicycle generated good will, but mainly we’ll be enjoying the music and the art on Harvard Ave.


Bike on over and to say “hi” to us at our tables, and go enjoy these two great events!

Tuesday Open Shop Tonight, 6-9pm

Tuesday Commonwheels open shop tonight 6-9pm. 22 Rugg Road, around the side from 20 Rugg Rd (look for the little signs in the planter in the parking lot). We’ve got a pump, simple green, and some chain lube. You are invited to come give your bike some soft scrubbin’ and lovin’.

yours in biking,

CW at Allston Village Farmers Market, today 11:30-3pm

Howdy Commonwheelers,
We’ll be out at the Allston Village Farmers Market from 11:30-3pm today! come stop by and hang out with bikes and fresh veggies and local honey and amazing coffee and fresh pastries and a bike stand or two


(note: photo not taken in Allston, it's actually a shot from Bolivia)

Open Shop Tonight, 6-9pm

Commonwheels Tonight, 6-9pm, 22 Rugg Road

Come by tonight to say “Hi, Biker” and give your ride some bike-love at our co-op community bikes night. We’ve got simple green and chain grease for you to use, to wash away all that grime and grit gathered during the storms over the past few weeks. And we’ll have plenty to talk about for planning upcoming rides and bike events throughout the Fall

as always, tuesday evenings are open at Commonwheels

CW Sunday ride to the Hatch Shell

We’re riding tomorrow! Out to a concert and Sep 11 event / free concert at the Hatch Shell, leaving from Smith Field/Playground in Allston, and cruising down the Charles River Path to the Esplanade.

the event is a “special interfaith service and concert.” where fellow Commonwheeler “Action” Max Jackson will be performing with Berklee’s Rhythm Of The Universe (playing “an epic didgeridoo solo”), and there’ll be gatherings and remembrances, also featuring the end of an “epic” bike ride, the Beyond the 11th / Beyond the Bike ride (which had folks starting from NYC and over three days coming up to Boston, ending their journey at the event!)  check out the links below to see what’s up:

day’s info:

musical performance:

epic bike ride:

and for the easy directions from map my ride:

if you’re there and don’t see us, maybe you’re wondering if we’ve already taken off, give a call to ride leader at 703.395.4232

happy riding on such a significant day


Labor Day Ride — to Crane Beach in Ipswich!

Heya Commonwheelers! we’ve got a ride the week!

We’re hosting a last ditch let’s-bike-to-the-beach-trip to celebrate the end of Summer — TOMORROW — Monday September 5, 1pm to 10pm, off to CRANE BEACH in Ipswich.  If you’ve ever been up there, I’m sure you can agree it’s the greatest beach/dunes/peninsula/pine forest reservation in all of the North Shore.

here’s the scoop:

To get all the way up to Ipswich, the plan is to combine bikes and trains. We’re going to hop the MBTA commuter rail Newburyport line leaving North Station at 1:30pm, which will drop us off at Ipswich Station at 2:20.  From there it’s a short and scenic 5 mile ride to the beach (zero stoplights!) (*see the MapMyRide link below*).  We’ll even pass the awesome Russell Orchards to possibly grab some pie, berry wine, and cider donuts… yum!

The return tip will be just as easy, as we’re booted off the beach at sunset, and then have the leisurely ride to Ipswich center where we can get some fried clams and IPA pints and wait around for the 9:12 pm train back to North Station, arriving in Boston at 10:01 pm.  If that’s too late for ya, you can always leave the beach early to hop the 6pm train from Ipswich, or make the 14 mile trek out to Beverly to catch the 8:05 train.

Either way, here’s some links to help you plan:

MBTA outbound

MBTA inbound

MapMyRide — Ipswich to Crane Beach

MapMyRide — Crane Beach to Beverly

if this becomes difficult, you can always give a call to Galen at 703-395-4232 and he’ll help guide the way.  And if you choose to drive or otherwise find transportation, give a call and we’ll meet you at the beach!

So Happy Labor Day CWheelers! get out there and enjoy one last day of summer fun.


*also bring $13 for the train, it’s 6.50 each way, and you’ll need monies to make this happen*