Paramount Bicycle Repair 104 Bristol Rd, Somerville, MA02144 Located in the heart of Ball Square around the corner from the True Grounds coffee shop, Paramount is known for its…More competitive pricing and honest assessment of repairs. Tune-ups start as low as $35. The business specializes in building single-speed and fixed-gear bicycles. Bicycles and related supplies are sold here.
Dutch Bicycle is not your average bike shop. Here, they specialize in high-quality custom designed and locally built…More alternative energy equipment from bicycles, to tricycles and trailers. Owner Dan Sorger says the work they do can be broken down into three parts: design and engineering, bike repair and restoration and new and used bike sales. Prices here are all over the map, with top custom models running from $10,000 to consignment bikes for as low as $150.
Dutch Bicycle also strives to provide customers with reliable, well-crafted bikes that take into account the specific needs of the customer, with special consideration for local bikers, who face the hilly terrain of the surrounding cities and the wet climate.
Independent Fabrication 86 Joy St, Somerville, MA02143 Specializing in steel mountain bike frames, Independent Fabrication –founded in 1995 and operating out of the Joy…More Street Studios in Somerville– has a wide palette of options for customizing a bicycle. Offering a "fit to form" service, where the bike frame is matched to the customer's body measurements and intended use, the shop also sells bicycles, bags, apparel and accessories from its online store.
Backbar 9 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA02143 Backbar is a casual cocktail lounge located in Somerville's Union Square. Bicycle parking is located nearby. Some of the…More cocktails include the Old Fashioned Whiskey cocktail, Model-T, Italiano Handshake and the Golden Dawn. The bar also serves small plates.
Otis Playground Otis St & McGrath Hwy, Somerville, MA02145 Ride the swings, run through the sprinkler, or imagine you're the commander of the big blue play fort here at this…More small, convenient neighborhood play ground. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the stationary tables, but don't forget to clean up after yourself. The area is clean and well maintained. You can get to it from either side of McGrath Highway thanks to the bicycle-friendly pedestrian overpass.
Bike Boom 389 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA02144 Bike Boom is a full service bicycle shop. It offers a wide range of services and products, including used bikes.…More Some options include hybrid bikes, multispeed bikes, mountain bikes, city bikes as well as single-speed, fixed gear and mountain bikes. Various services include custom-built bikes as well as repairs. Additional options include vintage bikes, restorations as well as helmets, locks, lights and wheels.
Open Bicycle 21a Union Sq, Somerville, MA02143 A hipster place to be sure, Open is not just style. High-dollar independently made frames from various firms line the…More ceiling, handmade messenger bags hang in the corner and seriously hard to find, artisan quality bike parts reside in the glass cases. The interior has some definite artistic leanings like stained wood floors and a few very fashionable t-shirts. These guys really focus on building up custom bikes with a special focus on fixed gear rides, but Open will also do a simple flat-fix or tune up on your daily beater.
Friends of the Community Path is a local group dedicated to the extension of mixed-use paths through Somerville to…More the Charles River. The group is advocating for the current path, reaching from Davis Square to Cedar Street, to be extended 2.5 miles east, thus linking the Alewife Linear Park, and the 13-mile long Minuteman Bikeway to the 17-mile long Charles River Paths by way of Somerville.
In conjunction with the City and several other local organizations, such as STEP, the Somerville Bicycle Committee, and Shape-Up Somerville, Friends of the Community Path helps to raise funds and awareness of the project, gathers local feedback and communicates with government and transportation leaders to try to move the path extension forward.
The Friends of the Community Path see "the possibility of synergy between the bike path and public transit" according to Spokeswoman Lynn Weissman, and hope for the construction to be included in the State's plans for the Green Line Extension.
If you build a pathway in Somerville, they will come. This heavily used path runs from Grove St. (behind the…More Rite-Aid) to Cedar Ave. Though it's just a thin ribbon of green space with an asphalt path, it's likely among the City's most used parks. Commuters on foot and bicycle fill the half-mile-long path at rush hour. Others simply stroll its length to take in the greenery. Trees line most of the route and occasional benches offer seating. Old-fashioned streetlamps light the way at night and the City keeps it plowed in winter. And if all goes well, it may be getting longer.
The City and the citizen group Friends of the Community Path are working to extend the path eastward. The first new link will be to Central Ave. Ultimately, the goal is for it to reach Lechmere, where it would link with the Charles River Bike Path and provide a bike route to downtown Boston. On the west side, plans aim to better link the path to the Alewife Linear Park, which, in turn, leads to the Minuteman Bikeway to Bedford.
Cycling fans are also working to link the path to the planned 104-mile Mass Central Rail Trail that will run from just west of Northampton to Boston (by way of Somerville, of course).