News & Events
Closer to Free 2018!Closer to Free is right around the corner, and we're excited!
This year, Closer to Free is on September 8th. We'll be at the Yale Bowl (before it's) bright and early to help everyone get set up and ready to ride, and we'll be at every rest stop along the way.
FYI, the shop will be closed on Sept. 8th so that we can work at Closer to Free, and we will also be closed September 9th to recover.
See you there!
Repair and Maintenance ClinicsEvent: Repair and Maintenance Clinics
Dates: Starts on February 7th, 2018 and occurs every week on Wednesdays until February 28th, 2018.
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: the devil's gear bike shop
Bike Repair and Maintenance Clinics taught by CT’s Best Mechanic, Jake Adams.
Clinic will be held every Wednesday though February.
February 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.
Clinics will cover topics from flat fixing to
Gear and brake adjustments and beyond.
Come on out, all are welcome.
Bring a friend.
NAHBS is the world’s largest and most innovative show for custom-built bicycles, and is coming to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT February 16th- 18th. The interactive show features a stunning collection of hand-built bicycles and ride-able works of art from around the world, along with custom accessories and components for the artisan bike industry. The general public is invited to attend this amazing event and to revel in the craftsmanship and innovation on display. Held in New England for the first time in the show's 14-year history, this is the premier opportunity to see artisan brands and bicycles you might not otherwise ever see in person.
Email email@example.com for a discount on tickets!
LCI Seminar in March
There is something about the ride of a super high quality bike that takes your breath away. That's why we signed up with Factor. Their commitment to state of the art carbon frames is something special in the bike industry. Factor builds bikes that are gorgeous and fast, they track perfectly and ride smoothly.
We've got an O2 frame in the shop, come on by and check it out!
Connecticut's Best Bike Mechanic
We're a Bicycle Friendly Business!
We are happy to join a group of nearly 1,350 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.
“As we celebrate National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclists is excited to recognize a new class of businesses that are making their communities safer, happier, healthier, and more sustainable through bicycling,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “We applaud this new round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses, including The Devil's Gear Bike Shop, for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”
Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Business program at bikeleague.org/business.
Bicycle Friendly Business is a Service Mark of the League of American Bicyclists; used with permission.
Philly Bike Expo
Bruce and his Brompton
As we’ve gotten to know Brompton over the last two years, we’ve come to appreciate what a wonderful product they make. The bikes ride beautifully and are unique among the folders we’ve seen in that they are a pleasure to use. We don’t have one in our stable yet, but Bruce’s example has inspired many day dreams about where we’d take one, and how much more fun travel would be if bringing a bike were easy.
Bruce was good enough to write up a little something about his life as a Brompton owner. He doesn’t mention our favorite story of his, which was of him riding in a tuxedo to a fancy event at the Four Seasons in Manhattan, then handing the bike over at coat check, but he has had some impressive adventures in just the last year. He reports:
My job as director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, based at Columbia University Journalism School, involves a lot of travel. So taking along my Brompton has become a personal sanity routine – in the last year alone, the bike has accompanied me to London, Sydney, Bangkok, Dublin, Marrakech and Rio, along with various US cities. Why bother? Because even the simple act of cycling from my hotel to a newsroom or conference venue, or spending an hour in the early morning biking around a neighborhood or district, conveys a rich and textured sense of the place impossible to otherwise get on a short business visit. It gets me out of the hotel, keeps me out of cabs and gives me insight as a transportation-citizen, in a world that’s becoming more bike-friendly at an astonishing pace – each of those cities I mentioned, for instance, have well-established cycling lanes and routes, even in places famous for their traffic. And in cities that I visit frequently enough to know well – for instance London, where the Dart Center has a satellite office – the bike gives me a degree of control over my time impossible to gain in any other way when traveling.Flying with the bike is barely more work than packing an extra pair of socks or travel charger. I check it into regular luggage – no oversize or sports-equipment charge! – using Brompton’s zippered, soft-sided B Bag. I’ve found that the only really vulnerable parts are the wire mudguard stays, so I take a few foam stress balls and stuff them between the stays and rim. I also pop off the seat just on (probably unnecessary) general principle and put it into the bag’s inside pouch. But that’s it – less than five minutes of prep. If I’m somewhere with good rail connections to the airport – JFK’s AirTrain or London’s Heathrow Express , I’ll keep the bike set up until I get to the airport, with the B-Bag rolled up and slung over my shoulder, and pack it right in the terminal.
Recently I added a level of fanaticism to one trip by biking to and from LaGuardia. Since I work in upper Manhattan I took the Triboro – there’s an elevated bike and pedestrian path above the roadway, with a sweeping view down the East Side; at the apex of the bridge you can stop and look down straight into the roiling eddys of Hell Gate. You pedal up from Harlem, down around Randall’s Island and then over into Queens, ending up with a gentle ride through quiet Astoria streets to the airport. Door to door, it took me no longer than a cab ride in traffic; I got on my flight to San Antonio invigorated rather than depleted.
One of the unique things about Brompton is that they offer “b-spoke” builds, rather than the fully specc’ed models that most other brands produce. The frame is the same (unless you want to lighten things up with an upgrade to titanium), but there are literally millions of possible builds, with choices for many frame color combinations, four drivetrains with various gearing options and plenty of accessories to choose from. Brompton recently introduced a fun new Bike Builder, where you can mock up any possible build with prices, weights and a look at colors. It’s a great place to play around, and if you’re interested we’ve got a demo bike in the shop.
We never thought we’d be lusting after a folder, but when we consider having a folding bike bike that rides like it’s full-sized and can come with us whether we’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, it’s hard not to want one.
Ferris Bueller’s Bike Day Off
It’s still good riding weather, our staff worked super hard and did a great job this year (as in previous years), and our rep from The Kona Bicycle Co. is in from Washington (ie, the state) so we’re all gonna ride bikes a bit. Thanks for your patience and sorry for any inconvenience!
BSNYC on How Bikes Get Stolen
Having recently had a bike stolen* due to negligence, I’d endorse this analysis:
“Sometimes thieves actually get through good locks, but mostly your bike gets stolen because you did something dumb, like locked it to a bamboo stalk or left it unlocked for a second while you ran in for one of those hardboiled eggs they used to sell at the register at the corner deli before gentrification.”
Reading this post led me to read a few more, and to appreciate anew BSNYC’s humor and consistency. Not to mention, a sensibility that balances a first class BS detector with a solid grounding in how rad it is to ride bikes.
*Miraculously, and by the good work of the Providence, RI PD, I got my bike back. I am undeservedly lucky, because the bike was stolen through my own carelessness.
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