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Meet Colin’s Krampus!

This week we are talking with longtime Broadway mechanic, Colin!

What kind of biker are you? I commute, I like road biking, I like gravel biking, I like mountain biking- I like bikes!

What’s your commute like?  I go from Brighton to Cambridge so I take the Charles River Path on the south side of the river.  It’s about 5 and 1/2 miles each way.

So I understand that you have quite a collection of bikes, what do you currently have?  I have the All-City Space Horse, All-City Macho King, Surly Pacer, Traitor Cutlass and the Surly Krampus.

Wow you have it all covered with those!  What one is your favorite?  Probably the Macho King because it is the most versatile. I can do pavement, gravel and dirt.

You just got the Surly Krampus which looks very cool!  How do you like it?  It’s fun, it’s different, it just kind of eats terrain and rolls over everything.  It’s not really a fat bike because it has 29inch wheels and 3″ tires, Surly calls it a 29+.  It handles like a 29er but it’s definitely not as sluggish and unresponsive as a fat bike.  When you are running low PSI on the trails it feels like it has suspension.

Why Did you get the Krampus? I wanted a mountain bike but wanted something that would be practical for winter and snow riding.  I looked at the Karate Monkey also but ultimately decided the Krampus would be more fun.

In case you are wondering, Krampus is a creature from German folklore who is the anti-St. Nick.  Instead of rewarding good behavior he kidnaps naughty children and takes them away.  So if you are good this year maybe St. Nick will bring you a Krampus!

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Slug: New Work by Lillian Harden in the Door 3 Gallery

The Door 3 Gallery is pleased to present new works by the local artist, Lillian Harden in September.  Harden’s sculptures find an appropriate home within the Broadway Bicycle School as they tease out distinctions between the decorative and the functional.  Traces of the human form reveal themselves as astheticized allusions to the memory of work, now to be regarded as fetish objects or perhaps institutional relics.  Join us for an up-scale blue-collar opening reception on Thursday, September 4th, from 7 to 9 PM.

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Classes start next week!

There are still spaces open in our Basic classes starting next week!  Sign up and learn how to fix a flat, adjust your hubs, adjust and change your brake pads and cables, change your chain and gear cluster, adjust your rear derailer and how to true your wheels!  Classes start Sunday September 7th and Wednesday September 10th.

Open for Labor Day!

What, you may ask, is a worker-owned collectively-operated bike shop doing open on Labor Day?  Well, we didn’t force anyone to be here today, but when we asked each other if we wanted to work, we said, “Yes!”  …because we love bikes and we love you!  So we are open today until 6 PM.

 

Tax Free Weekend!

 

This Saturday and Sunday is tax free weekend! Come down and grab a new bike or parts and skip out on the tax man.

 

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