Words and pictures courtesy of Bob Jenney.
A little back story…
In the 80’s and early 90’s, we used to do “urban assault” rides around Boston, Cambridge, Somerville. They consisted of riding (Or trying to ride) all manner of public obstacles, tours through most the populated and historic locales and sometimes, often some of the more gritty portions of the city. Rides were punctuated by stops for ice cream, burgers, long waits for bike fixes, a lot of laughs, and a lot of bruised shins. I miss those rides.
It’s been many years since I’ve been past Olive Square. And quite possibly, the last time may have been while picking up a frame for a customer sometime in the early 90’s. It was a bit sad that the building that housed Fat City was gone. (The changed geography and architecture made me think for just a minute, that I was in the wrong place.)
But I was pleasantly delighted to find the building where Merlin was launched still stands (There are still a few hints inside of Merlin’s residence so many years ago). The building is now occupied by a bicycle delivery service with full machine shop. How cool is it that this old building still services a bike related business?
It was very nice of Wenzday Jane of Metro Pedal Power to allow us to snoop around and take pictures.