Boston Bike Builder Bash

Boston Bike Builder Bash

A Once In A Lifetime Event:  Boston's Best Builders All Together

Join us for a celebration and appreciation of the local bike building scene, what HQ is calling the Boston Bike Builder Bash -- the B4.  Calling these builders "local" is a slight because they are each internationally known and have a global following.  In fact, Boston has the most vibrant bike artisan landscape in America -- maybe the world.  Come check out why that's so.  This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the country's best builders all in one place!

When: Saturday, June 3, 7:00 pm doors open

Where: Ride Headquarters, 11 South Main St, Sherborn, MA 01770

Winning Winter: Wearing the Right Clothes

Much of the fun of winter cycling comes from being outside pedaling with the thrill of an adventure, and the discovery that winter cycling can be quite comfortable and enjoyable. It's all a matter of dressing appropriately. You'll find that one of the bigger issues of cold-weather cycling comes in the form of over heating and then subsequent freezing. Prevent over-heating or freezing with the right clothes, and a very unique, unforgettably fun cycling experience ensues.

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Here is what we recommend wearing. We get these recommendations directly from personal experience. We love winter riding and have done quite a bit of it. So, we've tried a lot and have arrived at tried-and-true recommendations. The winter of two years ago, with many feet of snow, found us outside riding frequently. The more it snows, the more we are excited about riding outside in it. 

Fingers and Toes

What freezes first and is most painful if not properly dressed? Almost everyone agrees it's the poor fingers and toes. Fortunately, there are perfectly cozy fixes to make them happy.

45NRTH knows winter riding and the best possible attire for it. We've got a full size range of their boots in stock. The Wolvhammer model is the most perfectly suited to New England winter riding.

45NRTH knows winter riding and the best possible attire for it. We've got a full size range of their boots in stock. The Wolvhammer model is the most perfectly suited to New England winter riding.

Boots are significantly better than shoe covers to keep your feet warm. One reason why feet freeze so quickly in the cold is that the cold air quickly penetrates the thin sole of a cycling shoe, especially where the cleat is attached. These boots make a huge difference in warmth and they are light and move well so that pedaling is still easy.

For gloves, fingers stay warm if they're together. For this reason, we recommend 45NRTH 4-finger gloves with liners and Pearl Izumi lobster gloves. These gloves allow plenty of dexterity for shifting on drop-bar and flat-bar bikes. 

The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. AmFib Lobster Glove keeps fingers together, and very warm.

The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. AmFib Lobster Glove keeps fingers together, and very warm.

The 45NRTH Sturmfist 4-finger gloves even include merino wool liner gloves to be worn underneath.

The 45NRTH Sturmfist 4-finger gloves even include merino wool liner gloves to be worn underneath.

Our product testers who have the most sensitive hands and who have Raynaud's have found these gloves to do the trick to keeping hands warm for long, 3+ hour cold-weather rides. We suggest sizing up to allow for more room for fingers to move around within the gloves and a bigger chamber for warm air to reside.

Keep Your Noggin and Surrounding Parts Warm

A big source for heat loss comes from your head. And your sensitive ears, being affixed to your head, really need to be kept warm, too. We suggest a comfortable wool cycling cap that is made to be worn under a helmet. Separately, use a neck warmer to cover your neck, mouth, and nose, depending on how cold it is. It's useful that these two things are separate since it's often necessary to use them in different ways during the course of a single ride. Start really well bundled up, and have the ability to move things around as the ride progresses and you warm up. 

We designed a 3-season wool cap for the purposes of keeping your head warm, ears properly covered, and a bill to keep the elements off of your eyes. It fits well under a helmet, too.

We designed a 3-season wool cap for the purposes of keeping your head warm, ears properly covered, and a bill to keep the elements off of your eyes. It fits well under a helmet, too.

A neck warmer is best if it's wool. Like everything 45NRTH produces, their Blowtorch gaiter is wonderful in its simplicity and effective in keeping comfort levels high on a ride. 

Limit the Layers

As nice as layering is, it's not always beneficial to layer too much. There is a fine balance between temperature control, breatheability, and feeling constrained, and uncomfortable. 

The easy solution to this dilemma is to invest in a winter jacket and winter bib tights with a built-in chamois. 

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Take this supremely comfortable, very innovative jacket made by Velocio. It's warm. And it breathes well. It's been created with the idea in mind that a single layer under it is all that is necessary on the coldest days. Imagine not having to get a whole bunch of layers gross and sweaty. Keep the laundry pile small, and discover the joy of putting on a warm jacket that has proper temperature control in mind for the duration of any pace bike ride. 

The women's Velocio tights are made as comfortable and cozy as the men's with the addition of a rear zipper. The zipper allows for quick nature breaks without having to completely disrobe. This is a game changer for women who love to ride in winter. 

The women's Velocio tights are made as comfortable and cozy as the men's with the addition of a rear zipper. The zipper allows for quick nature breaks without having to completely disrobe. This is a game changer for women who love to ride in winter. 

If you haven't experienced the sheer pleasure of putting on winter tights with nothing underneath them, you have to do it to know just how great it feels. The fuzzy inside of the tights is instant warmth, comfort, and the chamois is arguably the most comfortable chamois on the cycling market today. You'll want to run outside and play in the snow the moment you put these on! If you're used to wearing tights over a pair of cycling shorts or bibs, you'll see how much extra compression and discomfort is introduced as a result of wearing too many layers. Try these and you'll find you're looking forward to cold days to have an excuse to put them on. 

45NRTH has introduced an apparel line, the Naughtvind, for this winter that has cold and protection in mind. They have a very protective jacket, full pants, and thermal bib tights with chamois built in. 45NRTH is used to riding and designing apparel and equipment for Minnesota winters. Everything they produce is very high-quality and well thought-out. We and Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington are two of very few 45NRTH apparel dealers in all of New England. Check out their stuff on our shelves.

That's all there is to dressing for the winter. The basic concepts are:

  • Invest in a few, key pieces of clothing that are built for winter cycling. There is a noticeable difference between good winter clothes and great winter cycling clothes.
  • Take especially good care of your fingers, toes, and ears. Suffering in the cold is not only painful, it's dangerous, and unnecessary.
  • When in doubt, go up a size. Having more room for warm air inside your clothes whether we're talking about gloves, boots, or jacket, is always a good thing.
  • There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. We look forward to the winter and the riding we get to do in fresh snow every year. The reason is that it's fun, always a memorable experience with friends, and not something we do out of any need to suffer.

Grand Opening Donations Distributed and Ongoing Effort Continues

What feels like yesterday, though was at the end of August, our Grand Opening was a fantastic day and event. The best part of it was how much money the raffle and silent auction earned for MassBike, the Sherborn Forest and Trail Association, and NEMBA. These organizations all make amazing riding in our area more prevalent, more accessible, and safer. They are advocates, they educate cyclists and the public, they get out there and do work to clear trails, to make trails, and so much more.

Don't forget our terrific suppliers who donated the very high-quality items that were prizes for the raffle, making all of this possible. 

We sold 191 raffle tickets at $5 a piece. We matched the raffle ticket sales which totaled $1,910. This equated to a $636 donation to each organization. MassBike ran a separate silent auction which raised an additional $400. All of the funds have been distributed to these very worthy organizations.

We'd like to encourage you to become a member of MassBike, NEMBA, and the Sherborn Forest and Trails Association.

You'll find the current NEMBA magazine and the Sherborn Trail Maps and membership form here on our community table, and we have MassBike water bottles which, when purchased, offers you MassBike membership.

As always, our hot coffee and tea are here free for you. You'll find a tip jar near the coffee. All tips collected here are currently going to the Sherborn Forest and Trails! We'll rotate the recipient of these funds each time $500 in donations has been accumulated for one. 

Just a few hours of coffee consumption earns good money to the work of Sherborn Forest and Trails!

Just a few hours of coffee consumption earns good money to the work of Sherborn Forest and Trails!

Get Your Fat Bike Before the Snow Hits

Fat bikes are a good solution to embracing the coming winter. Many winter fat bikers have found year-round use for their bikes. It's much more common to see them in more typical mtn bike areas.

This Seven Cycles titanium Treeline SL is equipped with a Rohloff hub and Gates belt for clean, simple operation in the snow of winter and on beaches in the summer.

This Seven Cycles titanium Treeline SL is equipped with a Rohloff hub and Gates belt for clean, simple operation in the snow of winter and on beaches in the summer.

We have a special fat bike offer for you: If you order a Seven Cycles Treeline fat bike, we'll kick in a second set of wheels free. If you get a Honey Bike OffTrail fat bike, we'll cover 50% of the cost of a second set of wheels. This way, one set of wheels can be outfitted with studded tires and the other set can be your ideal mtn tires. This offer is good through orders placed through December 1, 2016.

Honey's OffTrail fat bike is a lightweight steel bike that offers a well-constructed frame and the gearing and contact points of your choosing.

Honey's OffTrail fat bike is a lightweight steel bike that offers a well-constructed frame and the gearing and contact points of your choosing.

The lead time on an unpainted Seven titanium frame is 3 weeks (ride before the snow hits!) and the lead time on a painted Seven or Honey is 5 weeks from the date of confirmation. 

Taking on the Winter by Bike

Every winter, we look forward to the snow. Riding in the snow, in the dark, on- and off- road is not something we do because we're trying to prove anything or show how tough we are. It's genuinely fun to be outside in the snow. Maybe it's just us extending our childhood of playing in the snow, and being able to couple this with spending time with our riding friends. 

Winter riding simply involves having the right clothes, tires, and pedals. There are many options for each and maybe surprisingly, snow and winter riding often results in the funnest rides of the year.  

We'll be talking about winter riding a lot here since there is a lot to say. 

For starters, we want you to be sure to get ready for the great winter rides we have in store. When the snow hits, it's too late to start getting you and your bike ready.

Here is a winter prep checklist:

1. Get all of your winter clothes out and see what's missing. Here's what's necessary:

  • Hat that fits under your helmet, make sure your ears are covered
  • Neck gaitor 
  • Base layer
  • Long-sleeve jersey or Short Sleeve jersey with arm warmers
  • Jacket
  • Winter tights
  • Wool socks, make sure they fit in your shoes
  • Shoe covers, or, better yet for much more warmth: winter shoes
  • Winter gloves. Lobster gloves or 4-finger gloves work particularly well

2a. Get a set of studded tires. This way, there will never be a day all winter when it's too icy to ride. There are 30c knobby studded tire options and 38c knobby tires that ride well, aren't too heavy - yes, studded tires are heavier than what you're used to riding, but they can have a nice ride quality, too. 

2b. Consider a large diameter tire as in those that are found on fat bikes. Fat bikes with huge tires feel like they float over the snow. They are fun bikes! Fat bikes don't move quite as fast as bikes with skinnier tires, but less wind equates to a warmer ride. We have demo fat bikes for you to ride, just ask us to take one out!

We also have a special running to help you get on a fat bike: check out the details here.

3. Make sure your bike doesn't have road pedals. Mtn bike clipless pedals are easy to use in all weather. Most winter boots are compatible with mtn cleats/pedals. Some people prefer not to be clipped in to pedals in bad weather. There are very good platform pedals made for winter riding.

4. With so little light available, the chances of wanting to ride in the dark or getting caught out riding in the dark are very good. We suggest a nice headlight that you can simply keep charged and on your handlebars and a rear blinky.  

Questions on the best equipment for winter riding? We've done a lot of winter riding and have been part of many cold adventure rides. Ask us whatever you want to know!  Email: connect@rideheadquarters.com

 

Seven Cycles RedSky Bike - The Everything Bike For You

Very Special Promotion: Seven Cycles RedSky Bike

Meet the Seven RedSky bike, Seven’s newest bike model.

We are offering you a full build with 30% off Shimano Dura-Ace 9000* components! This offer is over a $1,250 discount to getting you on this incredible Seven Cycles bike. The deadline to order a bike and take advantage of this offer is December 1.

Here is a short summary of the RedSky bike:

The RedSky bike is a light-weight, pure performance bike with a large amount of versatility usually assumed to only be possible on disc-brake bikes.

Why the name?  A “red sky” in the morning means there is a storm warning.  Rather than be off the bike for the day, the RedSky looks for those days and relishes the ride.  Harsh conditions require the right bike.  RedSky is that bike.

  • Lightweight:  A typical RedSky builds up at 1.5 to 2.0 lbs lighter than an equivalent disc brakebike.  The bike is the same weight as any lightweight road bike; the mid-reach brake calipers are only about 30 grams heavier than most lightweight short reach brakes.  The bike pictured tips the scales at 16.2 lbs with the MSO 32c tires; without pedals.
  • Tire Choices:  From a 23c road slick to a 33c knobby and everything in between, the RedSky is even more versatile than a true cyclocross bike.  The bike will also fit some 35c knobbies or slicks, depending on rim and brake caliper choice. This bike loves riding on dirt roads and trails.
  • All Weather:  Designed to fit fenders with up to 32c tires. Even 30c studded tires fit.
  • High Performance:  This design sacrifices nothing compared to any performance road bike.  It’s fast, agile, and accelerates with the best of bikes.
  • Optimal Handling:  Seven’s 5E fork allows for matching the fork rake to the frame geometry so there’s no compromise to the bike‘s front end handling.
  • Hidden Fender Mounts:  At dropouts and chainstay bridge.  The mounts are there when you want them, but hidden when you don’t. Adding rack mounts is a no-charge upgrade option.
  • Travel Bike:  Simple brake system makes for fast, easy, and lightweight bike travel. Any RedSky bike can be an S&S coupled bike for even easier traveling.

Our RedSky Offer to you is here. Note we will gladly make parts substitutions or offer you a quote for a different build you have in mind:

  • Frame: Seven Cycles RedSky S – Titanium frame
  • Fork: Seven Mid-Reach Carbon Fork
  • Components: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000*, mid-reach brakes, crank size and gearing your choice
  • Wheelset: Mavic Elite S
  • Support Package: Seven handlebars, stem, Zipp aluminum seatpost, Cane Creek headset, Fizik saddle and bar tape

Special Included Service and Support:

  • Professional Bike Build – a $413 value
  • Free service on the bike at either Ride Headquarters or Ride Studio Cafe for a full year
  • Free first Performance Package – a $150 value
  • Full professional fitting – a $225-$300 value

MSRP Price of the RedSky S: $7,542

Price of the RedSky S with Promotion Applied: $6,288

This is over $1,250 in savings!

Lead times with Seven are 3 weeks for an unpainted frame from the date of confirmation. Lead times on painted frames are 5 weeks .

* The offer for 30% off Shimano Dura-Ace parts is good until supplies last. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. The deadline on this offer is December 1.

Contact us for more details or to come in to demo ride our bikes to see why this is a bike that will change your riding life.

 

Evergreen S Promo for Your Fall and Winter Delight

The Seven Cycles Evergreen is a versatile bike that treats its riders to gravel riding enjoyment, it holds up in all weather and is equipped to run tires from 23c to 40c with room to spare. The Evergreen easily accepts whatever you'd like to have on it: fenders, rack, generator and light, and more making it a very enjoyable foul-weather companion.

Keep riding the Evergreen in the winter. Some of our favorite rides have been during snowfalls and on frozen trails. The addition of studded tires turns roads and trails of ice and snow into riding paradise. 

Have you been dreaming of such of a bike? Make it a reality while the riding is still great! From the date of confirmation, unpainted titanium bikes or ti/carbon bikes are on a 3-4 week delivery timeline!  

Special Evergreen Promo

If you order by October 31 of this year, in addition to getting the best bike on the market for you, you'll also receive your choice of the following:

- A set of 45NRTH 120tpi studded tires & tubes - $246 value.

- A men's or women's Velocio ES Softshell Jacket - $269 value.

- 45NRTH Japanther Winter Boots and 45NRTH Greasy Wool Cycling Cap - $265 value. 

With every complete bike we sell year-round, you receive the following free of charge: 

- A full year of professional mechanic work, whatever the bike needs.

- The bike's first Performance Package - which is our pro-level complete tune-up. $150 value.

- Full professional fitting with a professional bike fitter who has thousands of fits of experience. $225 value.

- The complete bike build. $413 value. 

 

What you get with an Evergreen S and our October Promo:

Here's what you get from us when you purchase a Seven Evergreen S outfitted with Shimano Ultegra 6800 components and cable-actuated disc brakes. Please note that you may choose any Evergreen from the Seven line, whichever brakes you like, and more. This is an example build.

Frameset: Seven Evergreen S with Seven Max 45 carbon disc fork

Kit: Shimano 6800 11-speed mechanical. Cable-actuated disc brakes. Price does not include pedals.

Wheelset: Mavic Ksyrium Disc

Standard Retail Price, including promo value: $6624

Total savings: $1,057

Your Price after Promo Applied, before tax: $5567

If you'd like to come in to demo Seven Evergreens, or ask us any questions, please email us at connect@rideheadquarters.com.

 

What is Ride Headquarters?

Our mission is to bring great bike riding of many varieties to you. We have what you need to have the best ride every time you go outside, at all times of the year. 

We sell road, mixed terrain, mountain, tandem, road race, fat, single speed, and cross race bikes. Our component and accessory selection in-store is best-in-class. The apparel we have will keep you riding comfortably every season of the year.

We work hard to bring the highest value riding experience to you. 

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Expect friendly people at Ride Headquarters and service that is second to none. 

We look forward to seeing you here soon!

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