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Thanks for an AWESOME Pancake Breakfast!

Thanks to all who were able to join us yesterday morning for our Annual Pancake Breakfast for Mass Bike Week! We had a blast and it was great to visit with our cycling community over blueberry, banana and chocolate pancakes, orange juice and lots of coffee. See you all next year!

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Pancake Breakfast!

Our Annual Pancake Breakfast is next Tuesday 5/16! Join us to celebrate Bay State Bike Week as our mechanics trade their wrenches for spatulas and whip up delicious pancakes for you to chow down on from 7:30-9:30 a.m.! Vegan and gluten-free options available while supplies lasts. Coffee and orange juice will be there to energize the rest of your bike ride into work! #seizethespatula

Ellen and Erica bike the Pacific Coast

Hey there, y’all.  I’m Ellen, one of the mechanics here at Broadway.

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This is the absolute busiest time of year at the most bike shops (especially in New England, where everyone and their mother is so relieved by the warm spring weather after long, brutal winters that destroy bicycles).  But, while I’ll be away from the shop for the next month,  be sure to visit my incredibly dedicated coworkers — Kate, Tommy, Suzanne, Joe, Colin, Justin, Bettina, Jace, Susanne, and Chantal — who are covering for me. Instead ofwrenching, I’ll be biking down the Pacific Coast with my partner, Erica.

 

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Erica and I met on a bike ride, testing out a route for a bike camping trip with the local femme/trans/women advocacy, wrenching, and social group Femmechanics (they also partners with us to host a free open shop time called Grrrease Time once a month at Broadway).

 

Erica has just finished her 5-year term as the Director of Fundraising at Bikes Not Bombs (BNB).  We at Broadway love BNB.They also serve bike commuters (but mostly on the other side of the Charles River), they pick up all our donations and recycling, and we love seeing their truck full of volunteers roll up outside our shop once a week.  To celebrate the end of such a fulfilling job, as well as her 30th birthday, she and I are going to bike camp down the Pacific Coast because … well when else do you get the chance to do this?

 

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Caption: In the Arnold Arboretum testing out our soft goods: panniers, frame bags, and the hammock we’ll sleep in along the way.

 

Normally it’s a 1,600-mile venture, and most people do it over the course of 2-3 months.  We only have a month, so we’ll probably have to hop a few trains and buses to cumulatively skip about ? of the coastal bike route.

 

We’ve built up our own bicycles from bare frames –she an All-City Space Horse Disc and me a Soma Double Cross — custom painted them and rigged them up using gear at Broadway or scrounged from the BNB donation bin.  We’ve put in countless hours at both shops after they’ve closed, and we think we’ve made machines that will get us from Seattle to San Diego and see some rad trails in between.

 

Want to see how it all goes?  We’ll be posting regularly here and on Instagram (@broadwaybikes and @ellenmelooon) with updates from the road: what breaks or wears out, secret trails we find, the humans we meet along the way, and what 8 hours of pedaling every day teaches us about this weird world we live in.

The Future of Broadway Bicycle School’s Blog

Every winter, the mechanics at Broadway Bicycle School spend time reflecting on our place in the Boston biking community.  We know that we’re kinda like your bike doctors: We see you when your bikes are broken, when you’re getting a check-up just before a big ride, or when you are looking for your first bike or a new member of the fleet.  But what we DON’T get to see that much of are your rides.  The reason you get your butt in the saddle.  The daily grind on your commute or the once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

 

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So this season, we’ve decided that we are going to start documenting and celebrating those big and small moments that make us all of part of this weird world we call bicycling. We’ll be featuring the rides that y’all enjoy in our community, weird bike projects, new gadgets and technology, our mechanics, Broadway lore, and all sorts of stuff that will document our community history.

 

We’ll also keep making time in between fixing flats and overhauling bottom brackets to document and celebrate some of the other rides that our staff and community members saddle up for.

 

So get pumped, and get out there!

Pre – Season Stats from Broadway Bicycle

While Broadway Bicycle technically follows the traditional Gregorian Calendar like the \rest of the world, there’s a definite “season” between April and November where bicycle shops get a lot busier.  People start bringing their bikes in for the annual tune-up so we can clean off the winter salt and get it ready for the nice weather, they pull their old bikes out of the basement to figure out whether it’s worth tuning them up, they go searching for a bike to fiiiiiinally start commuting to work with their own pedal power instead of the T or Uber every day.  You know, all the reasons we have these weird wheeled machines that take us places.
All this Start-of-Season bustle is what all of us mechanics buckle up for every year…and it starts tomorrow.  No joke, April 1st really is just a few hours away!
To celebrate this Bicycling new Year, let’s take a look back at the 2016 Season and see what we did.  Over the 2016 Season, the mechanics at Broadway Bicycle:
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Fixed 2,216 flat tires.
60% were rear in the rear, 40% were in the front.
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Did 1023 tune ups.
1 in 10 were single speeds.
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Replaced 2,834 brake pads.
Most were for linear pull V-brakes. Sold 1,417 sets of brake pads
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Overhauled 99 bottom brackets.
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Wrapped 152 handlebars.
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Test rode 3,253 bicycles before they went out the door with you.
What other stats are you curious about?  Comment below, or bring your bike in and ask!  In fact, we prefer that you bring your bike in to the shop, because although we are X-ray-vision wizards, we can’t tell over the phone why it’s making that weird noise.  BUUUT.  If we can see the bike we can give you an estimate of what service your bike needs – at no cost, in about 15 minutes.
We’re looking forward to a productive, rad, and FUN 2017 season with y’all!