Saturday, January 29, 2011


Adding "-a-palooza" to just about anything makes it sound like a big event. Perhaps a bit cliche, or perhaps not. If you are like most folks in the Northeast, you may be suffering from cabin fever and a weekend without football, so hopping on the net and scoring some sweet new merch from your favorite bike brand may indeed be a big event, worthy of official "-a-palooza" designation.

We've got seven new items... that's right seven (imagine the voiceover from that hyper info-mercial dude); 5 new tees, a winter cycling jacket, and an insulated stainless steel coffee tumbler. We have to call that one the SSCT, to go with our SSR road bike.

Tough to think about tees when the snow cover outside is measured in feet, so we're going to be good merchants and position them as "base-layers" for now, so just roll with it.

First up, turquoise with white logos (full IF crown on the back of all logo tees):

Black and gold to get your bling on when stepping out:

Heather gray and orange, because orange is the new "it" color (you heard it here):

Brown and pink to be your Valentine's chocolate:

And one for the ladies, also in brown and pink:

That ladies tee is on our new special lady friend, the ACME adjustable ladies dress form. She may be a bit old and tattered, but she's still got it going on in size "A", and they just don't make labels like this anymore.

In keeping with the weather, and hoping for clear roads, our new winter jacket to go with our range of riding kit. These things are fantastic. The fit and finish is superb, and done by folks that understand what a jacket on the bike should be.

Finally, if you're like me, and have ever been dumb enough to try and stick a standard paper coffee cup in your water bottle holder, well... you have the burn scars on your ankles to remind you how well that works. Steve at Black Sheep Designs helped us come up with the SSCT, the stainless steel coffee tumbler. It fits in a water bottle cage and features a thumb activated lid lock for one hand operation, double wall stainless construction, and a secure screw on lid. Drinking and riding have never been so stylish, but please pay attention while enjoying your beverage of choice on the commute.



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Snow :: We love you, but...

We've already lost all, or parts of, four days of shop time in the past few weeks, and it appears that we will be getting more.

For those of you with bikes in our queue, we're doing our best to make up for it by working on the weekends. Yeah, that's right, some of us gave up watching the NFC Championship game this past Sunday because we love you, the customer... at least that's what we keep telling ourselves.

Stay warm folks.

Oncoming storm could dump 8 to 12 inches of snow on Mass.

Posted by Martin Finucane January 25, 2011 07:12 AM

In another blow to the weather-weary, Massachusetts is facing the possibility of yet another snowstorm. The National Weather Service says a nor'easter could dump 8 to 12 inches of snow Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.

The service issued a winter storm watch this morning for all of the state except the Berkshires and the Cape and islands.

The weather news comes as the state is emerging from a bitter cold snap and with the state already far ahead of the average in terms of snowfall for the year.

The weather service also warned of slippery travel conditions this morning as light snow falls on the area. Up to 2 inches are expected in some areas before it tapers off early this afternoon.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rapha Bicycle Collection :: IF XS

The Rapha Bicycle Collection was launched today and we are honored to be part of the offer with a very special edition XS.

This bike is positioned within the Collection as the ultimate sportive or grand fondo bike. It has special features such as the distinctive Rapha head badge that is shared across the Collection.

The Rapha R is etched into the top tub/seat tube lug on the drive side.

Just as with the new ti Factory Lightweight, this bike features our new script down tube logo.

Laser cut titanium lugs and carbon fiber tubes... like apple pie and ice cream, some things just belong together.

Available for a limited time only.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

On doubters and quitters

A little space
A little time
See what it can do

A little faith
Peace of mind
See what passes through

The sun will shine on you again
A bell will ring inside your head
And all will be brand new
All will be brand new

Noel Gallagher