Shakedown on the Touring Bike

IMG_2434It’s been a while since I did a tour with #3 son.

Next month we will, for the third time, bike the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany, NY.  Over the years, I have used crazyguyonabike, and will do so again this time.

Brandon will fly from Austin and meet me in Albany. We will box our bikes and take the Amtrak to Buffalo, spent the night and begin our trek the next morning.  We chose this because of how much we enjoyed the last two times.  The people we met, the history we experienced and the general fun we had riding our bikes for hours every day.

I took my Novara Randonee touring bike out of mothballs, so to speak, and got everything tuned up for the tour.  Today I took it for a ride to make some minor adjustments. Saddle, pedal clips, etc.  I had planned to do a 50 mile ride from home to the Cape Cod Canal, but thing got busy during the day which delayed my ride start till 4:30 PM.

I rode a good part of the Mattapoisett Land Trust Tour de Creme route and got a little under 30 miles.  Everything is a go for the tour beginning on July 8th.  We are both stoked for this tour.

Longest Day of the Year Bike Ride

longest day ride pic

We are just T W O weeks away from the solstice which means it’s time to kick off the summer riding season!

Please join the Ten Speed Spokes family in celebrating the start of summer and all things cycling with the 22nd Annual Longest Day Ride!

There are four route options, which include 15-mile, 25-mile, 35-mile & 45-mile ride. All routes will have signs and arrows. Be sure to join us back at Ten Speed Spokes after you complete your ride to eat pizza & refresh with cold beverages.

Ride starts at 6 but arrive between 5 and 5:30 pm to ensure plenty of time for registration.

Safety first, so helmets are required.

CLICK HERE for the video of a previous ride

Full Strawberry Moon, Night Ride

There will be a Sunset/Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Friday 6/14/19.
It’s time for another Sunset/Moonlight ride.  The full moon is actually on Monday the 17th, but there should be plenty of “Moon” a couple of days ahead.  As an aditional bonus the Moonrise is at 5:37PM.  By the time the sun sets the moon should be plenty high in the sky.
The Details:
Date: Friday 6/14/19.
Location:  EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade.  65 Child St. Warren RI
Arrive: 7:00PM
Departure: 7:15PM promptly
Sunset: 8:20PM
Moonrise:  5:37PM
Name: Full Strawberry Moon
Distance is flexible.
Rain cancels the ride.
We will ride toward Providence till we decide to turn around.
Turn around point will probably be India Point Park unless we decide to turn around sooner (or later).
That’s around 22 or 23 miles roundtrip.
Bikes should have adequate lighting.
If you have a second headlight as a backup that might come in handy if the first one goes out.
Bring water, snacks, cameras and anything else you might want or need.

Bike the Night in Providence RI

The city of Providence kicked off summer with the annual PVD Fest,  with Bike The Night With The Mayor.  Over 200 participated in the ride with many taking advantage of complimentary e-bike provided by Jump Bikes, that offered a code for four hours of bike share.
The night ended with the participants, along with most of the city, shining and blinking their lights toward the Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  The children responded by r blinking lights from their rooms.

Bike the Night with the Mayor of Providence June 2019 from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Thursday Night and Saturday Morning Rides

June Bike The night

Join Mayor Jorge Elorza and the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition (RIBike) for a very special PVDFest edition of #BiketheNight!

This year, we’re riding with RIBike and JUMP to the Hot Club for Providence’s first-ever Citywide Good Night Lights celebration. No bike? No problem! JUMP will have 100 bikes ready to ride for FREE outside of Burnside Park at 6pm. All JUMP riders get a FREE helmet.

Bright and festive gear is encouraged!

Riders should arrive at Burnside no later than 6:30. We’ll leave by 7PM.


Bike the Night began in October of 2015. These rides have brought community members together to explore different neighborhoods of Providence by bike, encouraging healthy living and a greater connection to the City of Providence.

If your riding with us. Set your GPS to 1 Mercer St. East Providence RI.  We leave the Ft Hill parking lot at 6 PM for the 3 mile ride to Burnside.  The ride ends very close Ft. Hill.


Bike Fall River will hold a bike ride to Westport Point!!

When:  Saturday – June 8, 2019

Time:   Meetup will be at 8:15am – ride starts at 8:30

Starting Point:   We will meet at the parking lot located at Britland Park – for GPS use the address of 115 Wordell street. The parking lot at Britland Park is at the end of Wordell Street.

The ride will use the Alfred J. Lima trail but most of the ride will be on-road – *** This ride is for experienced cyclists who are familiar riding on the roads with vehicular traffic. 

Helmets should be worn. Make sure to bring a drink and snack – The ride is approximately 28 miles long – after leaving Westport Point the riders can stop at Partners Village in Westport for pastry, coffee etc. 

This ride is weather permitting 

Providence to Woonsocket RI on the Blackstone Bikeway

Blackston River Bikeway

It’s was a chilly 55 degrees when the four of us began our ride at Ft. Hill in East Providence. Over the Washington Bridge into India Point park brought us to the beginning of our “on road” section of the ride. We had nine miles of city riding through Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls and Lincoln RI to get to the Blackstone River bikeway.

I painstakingly mapped the route on my PC using the Ride With GPS program so I could transfer the turn by turn file to my Garmin device. The reasoning was because I did this ride a few years ago and we got lost a few times. Since then, however, the state of RI has erected route signs that gave us beautiful directions making this a carefree ride. Fret not however because at the end of the ride, two of us decided to stop for lunch in Providence. We chose a cafe, brought up Google maps for directions, and rode around two giant circles for fifteen minutes. Totally lost. We abandoned eating out for lunch, rode back to the car and drove home to eat. I made the best burger in the history of making burgers and home and saved the country billions of dollars by being frugal.

Is there a video you may ask? Absolutely. Enjoy

Blackston River Providence to Woonsocket RI from John Sullivan on Vimeo.


New Bedford, MA

Rode into the Seaport of New Bedford, MA. Along the waterfront and into Fort Rodman and Fort Phoenix. Also rode the elevated bikeway on East Beach in the city.

I donned my Bike Mass cycling cap, hopped on the Scott, SUB (speedy urban bike) for a not so speedy ride around the peninsula of the city across the bridge.