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On the Road – 250 Miles of New England Dirt

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Rob is obsessed with dirt. That is, perhaps, an oversimplification, but it gets pretty close to the truth. For years and years he thought of himself as a mountain biker, both as a racer and a committed adventure rider. Then his riding migrated to the road, but any chance he had to spin out onto a trail, even on skinny tires, he took. The dirt has always called, and his obsession has been a blessing to all of us here at Seven.

If you’re looking for a good all-dirt or mixed-terrain route to ride, Rob has it. Rob can show you trails, in your own neighborhood, that you’ve never seen before. We call this style of riding, on-road/off-road/trail, “evergreening,” and none of us was really surprised when Rob started Overland Basecamp to spread the gospel of dirt far and wide.

OB recently ran the Maneha 250, a two-day, 250 mile ramble through some of the best mixed-terrain in New England. The pictures tell the story:

Two Approaches to the Maneha 250 - photo - Rob VandermarkRiders took a couple of different approaches to the challenge. Some rode self-supported, packing all their food, clothing and camping supplies. Others took more advantage of the organization Overland Basecamp provided.

Maneha 250 Unofficial Pit Stop - photo - Rob VandermarkThis unofficial pit stop belies the quality of the food served throughout the event, which was catered by Mayfair Farm in Harrisville, NH. They also hosted the campsite and provided the stunning evening view…for those who got in early enough to see it.

Abandoned Narrow Guage - Matt O., Brad S. - photo - Rob VandermarkHere, our very own Matt O. rolls through an abandoned narrow-gauge rail bed with Brad on his wheel. They both rode unsupported.
Oh Look, Another Hill - Brad S. - photo - Rob Vandermark
One of the most charming (and unavoidable) features of our New England topography is the endless, punchy, rolling hills. The Maneha 250 has a climbing profile like a heart patient’s EKG.Strategy Before The Sunrise - photo - Rob VandermarkSunrise breakfast and strategy session at the campsite, a pretty great way to start day two.

The Smile Train - Matt O., Cris R., Dan S., Roger C. - photo - Rob VandermarkMore Sevens rolling by this abandoned freight, go ahead and ask Rob how he found this spot, likely riding around in the woods in the dark.

Read more about it on the Overland Basecamp site.

 

 

Summer’s Options

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

It isn’t summer yet, just April’s end, but there are buds on the trees, the sun rises higher in the sky every day, and we can begin to see all the riding options summer will give us. Our New England trails are drying out. The sunrise is early enough to get out on the road on a Saturday before the cars have woken up. The options are nice to have, though they sometimes necessitate more than one bike.

Flat bars or drop? Skinny tires or fat? One seat or two? In summer, it almost doesn’t matter what you choose.

FreedomWigs

ForestTrail

Nick

KarlShred

Tandem

Great People, Great Bikes

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Seven Cycles’ mission is to do revolutionary work in the bike industry with great people. That includes our customers, our shop partners, and the folks who work inside our four walls. We know it’s a privilege to spend our days designing and building bikes. We feel it’s an honor to be chosen by passionate cyclists as the builder for their personal bikes.

It is easy to come to work here every day, even though we know we’re going to work hard once we arrive.

What we do is fun. What we build is fun. As missions go, Seven’s is a good one.

We are currently looking for a few good people to help us grow and serve our rapidly expanding rider base, great people to help us connect to more great people.

If you think you’d like to work with us, read more on our Careers Page, and/or send us a resume and a cover letter telling us who you are and how you can help.

Matt and Mo Bruno Roy’s MMRacing Season Wrap

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Matt and Mo do a great job of documenting the fun they have on the race course and on the road, and they’ve just posted their 2014/15 Cyclocross Season Wrap Up.

Here is a quick excerpt:

Wednesday was race day #1 and I was feeling ready to go in a competitive field. The number of single speed women had doubled from the year before and as the defending champion, I was going to have a hard race on my hands.

Bounce over to MMRacing and read it all.

Seven’s Festive 500

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

The folks at Rapha, along with Strava, invented this little holiday boondoggle a few years ago called the Festive 500, a challenge to ride 500 kilometers between Christmas and the New Year. We posted production manager Matt O’Keefe’s photos from last year here. This year we got pictures from Matt, Brad and Greg, so we thought we’d share them with you.

The week started out rainy, and Greg said he rode one of the least enjoyable centuries of his life in the cold drizzle of upstate New York, but then it warmed up and dried out. Matt said it was the best weather he’s had in the three year’s he’s taken on the Festive 500.

These first four are Matt’s. You’ll see he did some portion on his tandem, with his wife Susi along for company.