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Forum: Northeast
02-06-15, 09:29 PM
Replies: 8,211
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Posted By Nickel

Thanks, Jim! Warrendale was lovely (it was great...

Thanks, Jim! Warrendale was lovely (it was great to avoid Watertown Square) but Belmont St was not ideal. It was way hillier than I thought. :cry:

I think I figured out a back way to avoid...
Forum: Northeast
02-04-15, 09:39 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Does anyone have any suggestions for the 'best'...

Does anyone have any suggestions for the 'best' option of riding from Waltham into Cambridge, specifically in the AM? PM works great for rtes 16->20 but not so pleasant in the morning. I was...
Forum: Northeast
01-29-15, 09:32 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Any thoughts on streets from Watertown into...

Any thoughts on streets from Watertown into Cambridge? Public transit is so terrible! If the Charles path is plowed east of Watertown, life will be good....
Forum: Northeast
09-09-14, 08:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 871
Posted By Nickel

Wheel building class in Boston area?

Hello --

I built a set of wheels many years ago and would like to re-take a wheel building class. Any recommendations? I have found the following options:


Broadway Bicycle
Wheelworks
...
Forum: Northeast
09-09-14, 07:54 AM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

I have also heard that the tide has turned in...

I have also heard that the tide has turned in Weston but don't have any details.
Forum: Northeast
08-24-14, 05:46 AM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

I figured as much. I have been on Team Studded...

I figured as much. I have been on Team Studded Tires for several years now. The route would be between Kendall and Waltham.
Forum: Northeast
08-21-14, 06:17 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

My friend had a great time riding in NH. Thanks...

My friend had a great time riding in NH. Thanks for the bike shop tips!

It is too early to think about this but what are good winter riding routes into Cambridge if the Charles River path is...
Forum: Northeast
08-17-14, 06:22 AM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Thanks for the tips. I think she is renting a...

Thanks for the tips. I think she is renting a large enough car to easily fit a bike inside. She raced yesterday so we have decided to take it easy today and just hike. She will look at those shops in...
Forum: Northeast
08-16-14, 06:19 AM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Hello -- Thank you very much for the...

Hello --

Thank you very much for the suggestions. Jim, you are very kind but we are very short.

Her conference is actually in New Hampshire (Sunapee) but I thought it might be easier to find a...
Forum: Northeast
08-15-14, 08:58 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Any tips on a place to rent a road bike for a...

Any tips on a place to rent a road bike for a couple of days? I have a friend coming in for a conference and I know she will be itching to ride in between her meetings. Unfortunately I do not have a...
Forum: Northeast
05-21-14, 07:44 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Is there a common place that people in the Boston...

Is there a common place that people in the Boston area post about stolen bikes besides Craigslist?
Forum: Northeast
05-07-14, 06:53 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Hey Jim -- I always thought I'd run into you...

Hey Jim --

I always thought I'd run into you by now. We really like Warrendale and looked for a place there. Unfortunately it didn't work out in our time frame so we ended up near Brandeis. I like...
Forum: Northeast
05-06-14, 07:02 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

The stars aligned and we ended up in Waltham. It...

The stars aligned and we ended up in Waltham. It has been great but we haven't done much exploring, at least on the good roads west of here. My winter highlight was seeing someone riding a fat bike...
Forum: Northeast
05-05-14, 03:36 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

What's wrong with the rooster-tail fender? ...

What's wrong with the rooster-tail fender? Sometimes you want to ride in grimier conditions and not look like you missed a diaper change! :roflmao2:
Forum: Northeast
04-16-14, 07:03 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

The wind has been intense the past few days. I...

The wind has been intense the past few days. I thought riding this morning was fine except for the iced-over bridges in Watertown. Of course, I took my studs off last week. :innocent:
Forum: Northeast
03-21-14, 09:42 AM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Is it okay to de-stud? I feel like I'm welcoming...

Is it okay to de-stud? I feel like I'm welcoming a late storm by doing it too soon.
Forum: Northeast
02-12-14, 02:08 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Last day to enjoy quality snowpack with ample...

Last day to enjoy quality snowpack with ample sunshine.

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Forum: Northeast
01-16-14, 02:16 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Thank you! Just what I am looking for.

Thank you! Just what I am looking for.
Forum: Northeast
01-15-14, 09:30 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

- Just curious if the 'private road' signs are...

- Just curious if the 'private road' signs are enforced in Weston? I had planned on riding around and exploring but ended up confused and trying to pick my way around the nest of private ways.

-...
Forum: Northeast
01-07-14, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Well, I was sure hoping that the snow would stick...

Well, I was sure hoping that the snow would stick around a couple more days or so but it seems like you have to enjoy it and then it's gone. I haven't gotten to explore as much as I had hoped but I...
Forum: Northeast
07-19-13, 03:36 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Oops- fixed! :o I took a lesson from rod and...

Oops- fixed! :o

I took a lesson from rod and did 10 early-bird miles in Lincoln. West winds kept things tolerable.
Forum: Northeast
07-18-13, 01:07 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

A friend and I rode a Cape Ann Loop yesterday:...

A friend and I rode a Cape Ann Loop yesterday: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1124942
Apparently, the hottest day of the summer so far! How lucky we were. ;) (Pictures coming soon)

A visiting...
Forum: Northeast
07-18-13, 12:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 656
Posted By Nickel

We ended up doing this ride through Ipswitch,...

We ended up doing this ride through Ipswitch, Manchester, Gloucester, Cape Ann/Rockport, and back. I will do a write-up in the Metro Boston thread:

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1124942

It was...
Forum: Northeast
07-16-13, 11:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 656
Posted By Nickel

Your favorite MA North or South Shore ride

Hot weather has me thinking of very early morning rides near the ocean. Does anyone have any favorites? My google sleuthing has pulled one that goes around Hull and another that goes around Ipswitch...
Forum: Northeast
07-16-13, 10:30 AM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Riding the trail was a welcome break from the...

Riding the trail was a welcome break from the blazing sun and offered a more direct return route. However, I would be mindful of the potential trail conditions to determine if riding the trail would...
Forum: Northeast
07-15-13, 01:21 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Cycling with an old friend is always a treat. ...

Cycling with an old friend is always a treat.

Today it was west metro exploration: Starting in Belmont on Concord and found Trapelo to head west through Lincoln. Headed north and swung past...
Forum: Northeast
07-12-13, 12:24 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

My first jaunt on the Charles River Greenway:...

My first jaunt on the Charles River Greenway: (Please keep in mind that I report this as a newb to this area)

This trail has great promise as it travels through several towns along the Charles...
Forum: Northeast
06-08-13, 05:10 AM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Had a lot of fun. Good mix of climbs and...

Had a lot of fun. Good mix of climbs and descents, tight twisty turns, A & B line obstacle separation and many fun off-shoots from the main path. I bet during the summer it gets pretty buggy as it...
Forum: Northeast
06-06-13, 09:56 PM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Did some mountain biking in the Burlington...

Did some mountain biking in the Burlington Landlocked Forest. Forgot how much rockier and rootier it is out east. Unfortunately did not get any pictures.
Forum: Northeast
05-22-13, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

I think that sound is the entrance call of any...

I think that sound is the entrance call of any King hub. ;)
Forum: Northeast
05-22-13, 04:22 AM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Interesting - were the 26" rims built around a...

Interesting - were the 26" rims built around a road hub? I had done something similar for a bike that I wanted a fatter, lower-pressure wheel option on for winter riding.
Forum: Northeast
05-15-13, 02:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,962
Posted By Nickel

I didn't want to completely hijack the Boston...

I didn't want to completely hijack the Boston ride thread so I thought I could pollute up my own thread....

Running (literally) around Waltham, I discovered this abandoned railroad line that seems...
Forum: Northeast
05-13-13, 07:40 AM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Thanks for the tips everyone. Weather looks good...

Thanks for the tips everyone. Weather looks good the next several days so I thought I'd stretch out the legs and go for a 30-40 mi route. Maybe 50mi if I knew I'd have a tailwind on the return trip....
Forum: Northeast
05-13-13, 06:10 AM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Does anyone have any thoughts on these routes? ...

Does anyone have any thoughts on these routes?

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/waltham-lincoln-sudbury-loop
...
Forum: Northeast
05-09-13, 08:42 AM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Sorry to interrupt this thread, but I was...

Sorry to interrupt this thread, but I was interested if anyone here was quite familiar with Watertown? Considering a move and would appreciate a cyclist's perspective on neighborhoods. Thanks!
Forum: Northeast
01-08-13, 09:09 AM
Replies: 8,211
Views: 894,865
Posted By Nickel

Apologies for the thread interruption, but I was...

Apologies for the thread interruption, but I was wondering if any Boston-ites knew of any demo days for fatbikes (Moonlanders, etc.) in the area?

I have to agree with the Minnesota theory of...
Forum: Great Lakes
10-07-12, 09:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,992
Posted By Nickel

^^^ Yep.

^^^ Yep.
Forum: Northeast
07-20-12, 08:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,962
Posted By Nickel

Well my visit there went pretty smoothly. I...

Well my visit there went pretty smoothly. I forgot how fast traffic was. ;) I am also suspicious.....We biked and I have seen others cycling on these relatively narrow roads. Are people always...
Forum: Northeast
07-08-12, 12:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,962
Posted By Nickel

Are there any free bike maps of Boston or MA? ...

Are there any free bike maps of Boston or MA? Good brand to buy, if not?
Forum: Great Lakes
06-17-12, 11:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,079
Posted By Nickel

My friend biked to Louisiana. Her journal may be...

My friend biked to Louisiana. Her journal may be of some routing assistance.
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=166517&v=FJ
Forum: Great Lakes
06-15-12, 06:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,079
Posted By Nickel

http://www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/mrt/maps.html

http://www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/mrt/maps.html
Forum: Great Lakes
06-06-12, 06:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 777
Posted By Nickel

Riding in the winter is great because you have...

Riding in the winter is great because you have the roads to yourself. :D I also find it makes me adapt quickly to cold temperatures so I am hardly bothered while everyone else is complaining.
...
Forum: Great Lakes
06-06-12, 06:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 473
Posted By Nickel

You should post up on the MORC forums...

You should post up on the MORC forums (morcmtb.org) - might get more of a response. Lots of MN'ers head to Levis (it is really beautiful!). They might try to convince you to ride MN trails too. ;)
Forum: Northeast
06-01-12, 05:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,962
Posted By Nickel

Does anyone have a bank recommendation? It looks...

Does anyone have a bank recommendation? It looks like our choices would be:

- Citizens
- People’s United
- Watertown Savings
- Sovereign
- RTN Fed Credit Union
- Rockland Trust
- Blue Stone...
Forum: Northeast
05-09-12, 10:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,962
Posted By Nickel

I *did* notice that we will be pretty close to...

I *did* notice that we will be pretty close to Harris Cyclery and we were interested in checking it out, for historical appreciation, but I'm glad to hear that it is still a good choice. I'm also...
Forum: Northeast
05-05-12, 11:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,962
Posted By Nickel

Thanks again for the help and advice. Our main...

Thanks again for the help and advice. Our main priorities at this time were garage and an easy commute for my partner. Despite our short time window, we were able to get a property in Waltham that...
Forum: Northeast
04-29-12, 04:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,962
Posted By Nickel

Thanks for the info. We started looking more...

Thanks for the info. We started looking more closely at duplexes and condos and have a few places lined up to take a look at. We are heading out in a few days and hopefully will have some success....
Forum: Northeast
04-25-12, 11:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,962
Posted By Nickel

Also, if anyone had a company/realtor...

Also, if anyone had a company/realtor recommendation, please let me know.
Forum: Northeast
04-24-12, 05:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,962
Posted By Nickel

Thanks for the tips on Watertown. We started...

Thanks for the tips on Watertown. We started looking there and have found some nice sites that will hopefully work out. We do want a garage because my partner works on his car and if something takes...
Forum: Northeast
04-20-12, 11:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,962
Posted By Nickel

Better to use a broker? :o

Better to use a broker? :o
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