Best Options for a Long Bike Ride near Boston

Summertime in New England brings the opportunity for long bike rides in beautiful weather. There are plenty of relaxing trails just out of Boston to check out over the weekend:

Cape Ann Loop: The Cape Ann Loop features classic New England style views. It begins in Gloucester and travels through the coastline of Rockport. The trip is about 40 miles long and takes roughly 2-4 hours to complete. It is only an hour from the city, and a perfect way to spend your Saturday.

South Shore: The South Shore of Massachusetts has a bike path that is roughly 35 miles long. This path is perfect for inexperienced bikers because it is mostly flat.

Duxbury Beach: Duxbury Beach has a bike trail that is shorter, about 12 miles long, for those looking for a less intense ride. Once you are done you can hang out at the beach and maybe even go swimming. The trail is about an hour from Boston.

Willowdale State Forest: This is a great trail for Mountain Bikers. The forest is split into two parts with 40 miles worth of trails to discover. If you are into fishing, make sure to bring your rod with you because fishing is allowed in Hood Pond. The trail is about a 50 min commute from Boston, in Ipswich.

There are no fees to worry about with any of these trails, so be sure to get outside this weekend and plan a trip with friend.


Why Do People Enjoy Vintage Bikes?

There is a big market for vintage bikes, and that may confuse some people. In fact, you may see people riding used bikes in Boston or New York City and wonder to yourself, "Why aren't people buying new bikes? Used bicycles don’t have the same kind of technology that modern ones do, like shifting gears with your thumbs. So then why would anybody enjoy riding a vintage bike?" Well, it’s a lot like buying an old car – “they just don’t make them like they used to.” The lack of technology in vintage bikes is actually part of the draw. These old bikes may hold sentimental value for people, and nostalgia is priceless. The aesthetic of every vintage bike says something about the time when it was made. Some buyers may also enjoy the process of fixing up an old bike. It’s hard to say which are the best vintage models but here are a few famous ones:

Colnago Arabesque

The Colnago Arabesque is a very rare bicycle that was only manufactured between 1984 and 1985 in limited fashion. Nobody knows just how many were produced, which makes it one of the most difficult vintage bicycles to find.

Bianchi Tour de France 1953

The Bianchi Tour de France 1953 was one of the first bikes to incorporate the double chain set. It was only in production for one year. and was used by a champion by the name Fausto Coppi. Coppi won the Tour de France using this bike. Among vintage bicycles, Bianchi is the most common. This is because Bianchi is the oldest bicycle manufacturer still in existence. They’ve done this by consistently breaking through barriers and engineering bikes in more creative ways than the last.

Colnago Oval Cx

The Colnago Oval Cx utilized aerodynamics the way no bicycle had ever done before creating a faster, lighter bike.


Buying a Bike Online

Craigslist and eBay are the two most popular ways to buy a bike online, but both of the online retailers have aggravating aspects that users have dealt with for over two decades.

In a typical eBay bike sale there are three steps. The seller must first disassemble the bike for shipment and then ship the bike in a bike box, which costs approximately $75-$125. Finally, the bike must be reassembled by the buyer. The typical bike seller and buyer don’t have the tools or know-how to assemble/dis-assemble a bicycle, but a local bike shop will do the job for $50-$75. For that reason, add between $100 and $200 to the final price of most bikes sold on eBay.

Craigslist improves upon all the worst parts of eBay, yet still has big problems of its own. For the most part, there aren’t any shipping costs when you use Craigslist because everything is bought and sold locally, but there also isn’t any user rating on Craigslist. This causes communication breakdowns between buyers and sellers because there’s no incentive to maintain a clean reputation, it’s completely anonymous. Since everything is done anonymously, users aren’t afraid to give low ball offers, ditch meeting appointments, or even sell a stolen bike. Once a meeting is finally set up, it is often held in a sketchy location with a person you know nothing about. Buying a bike online should not have to be this difficult.


Why You Should Ride a Bike to Work

To quote Wired Magazine, "The vehicle of the future has two wheels, handlebars," and for good reason!

How do you get to work in the morning? Are you taking the Green Line? The Commuter Rail? Maybe you’re driving 10 miles from a nearby suburb. Whether you live in or outside of the city, a daily commute may cost you some money in one form or another. This is one reason why you should invest in a bike.

Let’s say you live 10 miles from where you work and you use the MBTA to commute to work each day. A 10 mile trip might involve a ticket purchase for the Commuter Rail ($13.50 round trip), a ticket purchase for the Green Line ($5 round trip), or one of the two. These costs become part of your daily routine and can go unnoticed. Even if you don’t commute through the MBTA, and instead use your car for your 10 mile commute, similar costs can pile up. The American Automobile Association estimates the daily cost of operating a car at $0.585/mi (Schindler). This means a 10 mile commute (20 mile round trip) would cost you approximately $12.00/day.

Just like public transportation costs, the cost of driving your car to work each day could go unnoticed. Think about buying a bike as an investment. Buying a used bike for $200 would pay for itself in less than a year, and just over a year if you decide to bike to work only 3 days a week. Don’t let the daily costs of your commute go unnoticed and invest in a bike to save money in an enjoyable way.


How to Find the Best Bike: A Guide to Boston Used Bikes

If you're looking to buy a bicycle in Boston, there are a number of methods to do so:

Method One:

Use our app, which is available on both iOS and Android!

We are very excited to have launched in Boston, and are helping people search out the perfect used bike. We offer delivery, and a number of features that make us the most convenient way to buy or sell a bicycle. We can even do a bike tune up prior to delivery, and are probably the cheapest bicycle repair in Boston! If you're in the marketplace for something affordable, vintage, stylish, or fast, we have it, or will have it soon.

We are also constantly on the lookout for ways to improve, and for feedback, and would love to hear from you!

Method Two:

Check out eBay or Craigslist, which both have a used bike section. When you're checking out a bike just be careful to:

  • meet in a safe, public location
  • not bring a lot of cash
  • thoroughly inspect the bike prior to purchase

Method Three:

Visit the local bike shops in Boston, Somerville, or Cambridge! Local bike shops in Cambridge and Somerville typically have a limited supply of used bikes, since they have a limited amount of space, but there are often a couple of used bikes in the back.


Bike Lane Infrastructure: Boston and Beyond

The future is green, and many of the largest cities in the United States are making moves with bicycle infrastructure. Boston in particular has taken an aggressive approach, with a five-year action plan that, among other promises, states it will build out 21 additional miles of cycle track.The cost of the construction is estimated at $30 million, but it is a small price to pay for a city that boasts nearly 700,000 inhabitants, and nearly 30,000 bike trips per day in just a few locations that were recorded in a recent study on bike commuting rates in Boston. All of this is part of Boston’s Climate Action Plan, which has made it a goal to increase bicycle commuting rates ten percent by 2020. Although it might seem like a lot, the number of bike trips more than doubled from 1.9 to 4 billion between 2001 and 2009. 10 percent may not be unrealistic for a city that has a lot of green lanes, and plans to extend their safety precautions for bikers. The trend may extend to the rest of the United States; 43 of 70 largest cities saw cycling rates rise, due to increasing investments in infrastructure development.