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Cambridge bike shops and riding places...(3 posts)

Cambridge bike shops and riding places...daneil
Sep 6, 2002 7:10 AM
I'm going to be up in Cambridge next week (my fiancee starts Harvard grad) and I will have nothing to do. I'm looking for some good shops to rent (by the day, all we could afford for a second apt. along with the one in nyc is a studio so no storing overnight). Any suggestions? Also looking for some good ride spots. Thanks.

Wheelworks in Belmontboneman
Sep 6, 2002 2:16 PM
The place to go. Peter Mooney, who makes frames and apprenticed at Witcomb?? runs a real nice shop. He's a good guy who used to kick ass in the NEBC Wednesday TT's around the Concord loop which BTW is a very nice ride. You could add this into the loop around Spy pond in Arlington. You might also run into John Allis, three time Olympian on the road who used to have an interest in the shop. It's only a short ride (or bus ride) out of Harvard Square. It's around the Waverly Square area in Belmont.

The net friendly and truly friendly Sheldon Brown of Harris Cyclery is up in Newton, again a short bus ride from Harvard Square and I believe International Bicycles is still around in Allston. Hard to believe they were just starting up while I was at BU in the early 70's.

If you're up to it, there's the old OD (Olympic Development) course out in Harvard/Littleton, MA. It was used in the series of races to determine the team for the 1976 Olympic in Montreal (see George Mount), although George didn't ride this race in the series. The MA/RI USCF roads were held on this course. A 10 mile circuit that someone at Wheelworks could probably describe.

For real hardmen, there's the ride out of Boston to Mt. Wachusetts and back. I did it a couple of times with the 1979 MA/RI RR champion and passed on the offer thereafter.
wouldn't the ace wheelworks shop in somerville be closer?rufus
Sep 6, 2002 2:58 PM
wheelworks has a shop in somerville, i think on elm street that pretty near the cambridge area.