First Custom CrimsonBike

When we first started CrimsonBikes, refurbishing used bikes for the fleet was a necessity. Limited funds combined with an excess supply of  abandoned bikes (Harvard tosses as much as 300 a year), made the choice pretty attractive. After a while, the idea of good bikes being reused and used efficiently just made too much sense. As I said in our video, we get to prevent  waste while giving people a great service. Plus we can invest more time and energy and money into running a community-focused program. As time has gone on, we have become better at refurbishing bikes and making them not only functional, but pretty as well. This time, I think we might have outdone ourselves.

For a couple of years, I have been toying around with the idea of repainting the bikes we use in the fleet. For several reasons, up until now, this just hasn’t been feasible. But recently with the help of a Somerville artisan who loves what we do, we will likely be customizing and repainting the entire fleet and all the new bikes we refurbish in the future. On Friday, I picked up the first of the lot . Eye candy below.

So when we get a bike repainted, we have to first strip it down to just the frame. This is what it looks like when we get it back and apply the decal lettering.

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A closeup on the decal lettering.

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The finished product after we rebuilt it. (Yes, we got kind of fancy with the red cranks)

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Another shot of the bike. Cool fact, the guy who’s kinda in the picture, is my ex-roommate Dan Lorenzana who was in town for the day. He helped put this beauty together. Which is awesome and kinda fitting since Dan is the person responsible for getting me into biking and bike repair. Without him, there would have been no CrimsonBikes. 🙂

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The Before and After photos.

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Sneak Peek at CB’s New Tech

Over the last two months, our engineering team has worked tirelessly to develop the next generation of CrimsonBikes technology. In the very near future, we’ll be rolling out a brand-new website and upgrades to our station kiosks that will significantly improve the checkout process. Sure I could describe it, but pictures are just so much more fun.


CB 2.0 will include a lot of cool things that we have wanted to do for a while but have been limited by our previous site. Now, you’ll be able to rate bikes, refer friends, link up with other members on rides, and provide instant feedback. These features will not only help to help us to make CB a better program, they will give you points towards extended checkout times, free memberships, CB swag and biking accessories. Plus the new site is extremely mobile friendly and will be capable of managing one way trips (more on that in a few months).



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New Bikes For Sale!

SE DRAFT $265 (Retail $299)

White. Frame Sizes: 47cm, 49cm, 52cm, 54cm

SE DRAFT LITE $285 (Retail $329)

Grey/Purple. Frame Sizes: 52cm, 54cm

Torker U-District $299 (Retail $369)

Blue. Frame Sizes: 48cm(2), 50cm, 52cm, 56cm

Grey 44cm Frame

JAMIS BEATNIK $350 (Retail $425)

Black. Frame sizes: 47cm, 57cm

SE LAGER $365 (Retail $419)

Silver/Blue 47cm Frame


BLUE 54cm Frame


Gold 61cm Frame

FUJI NEVADA 4.0 $425 (Retail $529)

Black Frame sizes: small, medium

Blue. Frame Sizes: Large, XL

Fuji Nevada 5.0 $299 (Retail $359)

White medium/large Frame

Grey small/medium Frame


Red/Grey medium Frame

DIAMONDBACK INSIGHT $449 (Retail $500)

Grey. Frame sizes: medium, mediuim/large

FUJI ABSOLUTE $399 (Retail $479)

Black Medium Frame

JAMIS CODA SPORT $449 (Retail $560)

Red. Frame Sizes: medium, large

JAMIS HUDSON $375 (Retail $430)

Black medium/large Frame

JAMIS ALLEGRO $449 (Retail $635)

Silver small/medium frame

FUJI SUNFIRE 3.0 $375 (Retail $500)

Silver. Frame sizes: small/meduim, large

Earth Day

It was a day of good weather and good food…which I did not get a chance to try (C’mon B.Good!). Although I did tell a bunch of excited folk and prefrosh about CrimsonBikes. They all seemed to be pretty surprised to know Harvard is home to the largest student-run bike share in the freaking world.

Most importantly, I schooled EAC Co-Chair Sachi Oshima in bean bag toss – which I forever refuse to call cornhole.