Tuesday, June 15, 2010

BRW group meet, ride and workshop: Sunday June 20

Join us this Sunday, June 20th, for our 3rd Boston Retro Wheelmen group meet. This meet is going to be something of a departure from, and expansion of, the first two meets: this one will include Wheelmen's first group ride, followed by our first hands-on workshop! The theme? Wheel truing! Need your wheels trued? Want to learn how to do it yourself? We'll provide the truing stand, spoke wrenches and hands-on instruction to turn anyone into a pro in no time. You bring your wheel... and if you don't feel like using the wheels you depend on daily as guinea pigs, Cycler might have some old salvaged wheels on hand to practice on.

Of course, you might have no interest in learning how to true your wheels. In that case, just come for a leisurely ride, talk shop with vintage bike fanatics, or simply show your your vintage ride (and ogle others').

We'll meet starting around 9:30 am at Peet's Coffee, Harvard Square (corner of Mt. Auburn and JFK streets). There's plenty of lawn space for the bikes and benches for hanging out while we coffee up.

Around 10:15 we'll depart on a leisurely ride heading out of the square toward Fresh Pond, maybe working our way around the pond or around nearby Mt. Auburn Cemetery, and return to Peet's around 11:15 to re-fuel and catch up with anyone else who wants to meet just for the workshop.

Back at Peet's, we'll head to Cycler's house, just a few blocks away. Cycler has graciously offered her back yard for the wheel truing workshop. We'll wrap up around 1:00.

Looking forward to seeing you and your vintage rides!

10 comments:

Velouria said...

So sad that I will still be in Austria,
have a good time all!

JPTwins said...

Bummed that I'm doing the Bikes Not Bombs bike-a-thon that day. Sounds fun!

somervillain said...

oh wells... granted, it's not an ideal day anyway, being father's day. but i did manage to negotiate getting the first half of the day cleared. the only other option would have been the end of july.

Velouria said...

Oh it's on Father's Day! Hmm, I humbly suggest that end of July would be better in that case. Plus I'll be able to make it then : ) Of course, no one says we can't do both this one and another one end of July.

somervillain said...

well, being that we were hoping to have these be monthly, i figured we should shoot for this weekend. besides, it's my father's day "gift" to be able to have half the day to myself! :-)

and, i'm not available the rest of june and i may not even be available all of july and the first half of august, but we'll see...

margonaute said...

Goodness. Well I at least would love to come to the workshop portion. I was really excited to be able to bring my new old Raleigh 3-speed...... but it's looking like she's going to be spending the weekend (at least) in the shop. :-( Hopefully seeing other vintage bikes around won't make me too sad!

somervillain said...

margonaute, you're certainly welcome to bring frida on the ride! although not "vintage" she's certainly classic!

MDI said...

I will probably bring my Pashley as I didn't have enough time to replace the rod brake pads on my DL-1 and finish a few other minor things it needs. (Amusingly, the DL-1 actually needs its rear wheel trued, the thing is seriously 8-shaped.)

But, hey, the Pashley is retro-looking.

margonaute said...

Oh, eff-- you guys! Cell phone alarm under the pillow... and no wheel truing today. Sad face! :-( Boooooooooooo.

somervillain said...

oh, man, that stinks! hopefully you'll make it to the next one! full report in a forthcoming post...

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