For more than 25 years, North Shore Cycle has been a destination for all things cycle-related. Stocking hundreds of bicycles year round, the shop's staff helps visitors pick the perfect frame, parts, or accessories for cycling through the seasons. On-site mechanics perform a variety of services, from basic inspections to fixing flats to installing air horns on handlebars. North Shore Cycles also accommodates guests with full bicycle maintenance and a fully equipped service department.
Silvane Spalenza, head of SpaLenza At The Mansion, wants her clients to feel both comfortable and confident in her care. She's a certified massage therapist, licensed aesthetician, and trained in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy. And she leads her team of experts not from some generic, sterile spa, but from a warm and inviting mansion. Converted into a spa space, clients enter to be pampered with massages, mud wraps, facials, and even waxing treatments.
Years before Dan and Maria founded DBC City Bike design, the duo resolved to reduce their dependence on gasoline. This resolution led the couple to Europe, where they hopped aboard Dutch bicycles that redefined how they thought about comfort on two-wheeled mounts. When Dan and Maria returned stateside, they began importing and selling these revolutionary rides through their new store, The Dutch Bicycle Company (The DBC). However, the hills, long-distance commutes, and stairs that define many American cities revealed many inconveniences in the unmodified Dutch model, so DBC added City Bike design to its name and they began building their custom Swifts, calibrated to handle the rigors of urban, bike-riding lifestyles. Today, the founding couple and their design staff build these bikes to order, modify existing rides, and provide tune-ups that, like prison-gang relay races, keep chains moving smoothly and swiftly.
Bike Boom functions as a fountain of youth for cycles that pass its threshold. Its technicians take in used and vintage models for renovation, transforming them into street-safe vehicles for all types of terrain. They track their makeover efforts on the shop's blog, highlighting retro specimens such as an overhauled Shogun Easy Street from the mid- to late ’80s and a ’70s Schwinn Collegiate Cruiser. Visiting guests can peruse the menagerie of multi- and single-speed road bikes, mountain bikes, and city bikes, which are designed for everyday trips around the block or up the walls of skyscrapers. Riders with a specific vision can also commission a custom-built cycle.
The professional mechanics in the repair shop perform tune-ups and install new parts. Shelves of accessories and gear—including helmets, locks, lights, and handlebar tape—equip pedalers for their commutes, and the staff readily orders items that aren't in stock or easily harvested from the derailleur tree in the backyard.
Any bike shop that sponsors a team with a name like Team Monster Truck has to be good. And, indeed, Hub Bicycle in Cambridge is a fantastic bike repair shop. Hub Bicycle is woman-owned and operated by the friendly and knowledgeable Emily, and supports women in cycling in every way it can. Besides being a great place for tune-ups, speedy repairs of every kind, and lots of top-quality parts, Hub Bicycle also has some more unique offerings. You can store your bicycle with them all winter long to make sure that it’s ready to ride in the spring. Hub Bicycle also offers free monthly basic maintenance classes, and more in-depth sessions to learn how to do most important repairs yourself. As for Team Monster Truck? It’s a cycling team that practices cyclocross, races, and has a lot of fun. Yet one more reason to join the Hub Bicycle community.