Author: Kim Camara

Some memories NEVER die !!!!

Here’s a recent email we recieved from a former customer, Brian Houk , who now resides in Las Vegas Nevada.  Our heritage of changing people’s lives goes back a long way…………..


Hi there, I was just telling someone about my first bicycle and I decided to do a little research. You see in 1967 a little over 50 years ago (when I was 11) I saved up some money from caddying and had my father drive me to Yesteryear Cyclery on Hathaway road. Yesteryear was the closest Schwinn dealer to our house (1.6 miles) I knew exactly what I wanted, a copper colored Sting Ray bike with a metalflake copper banana seat and I was going to pay cash for it with my own money. I want to say the Sting Ray cost me either $62 or $65. I was so proud walking out of your store. I think my father was proud for me too! Mine was I believe one of the first Sting Ray Schwinns in the area. Not for long though. Sting Rays were soon everywhere. I can’t believe the business is still a going concern. I thought you’d get a kick out of hearing from someone that was REALLY impressed by your operation some 50+ years ago and still remembers Yesteryear Cyclery after all this time.

Brian Houk

Las Vegas , NV


Please Note:

We are now operating at our regular schedule.  Open Monday – Saturday from 9-5.  CLOSED on Sundays.  Check out the “Specials” link for some killer deals in th service dept..  Get your bike in NOW for early spring service and riding.  The service department books up fast this time of year.  Don’t get caught waiting.


INTERBIKE / Las Vegas 2018

Well here it was September 2017 and I decided to take some of the staff off to Interbike  2018 held at the Mandalay Bay  Sept 18 – 22, 2017.  This trade show is held every year and conicidentally was exactly ONE WEEK before the horrific events that took place at the Mandalay Bay.  Our prayers and sadness go out to the many people who lost their lives or were seriously injured.  We could see the stage that all the performances were done on being built each day when we arrived at the hotel.  Scary to say the least.

The show was a lot less populated than we remember from 2015 ( the last time we attended ).  Most all of the larger manufacturers did not show in Vegas.  Next year the venue will be changing to Reno and perhaps more will attend.  The lack of major bike companies didn’t deter Adam or I from getting a lot out of the show however.  We spent 2 full days in the desert riding electric bikes and trying out new products.  We wer able to get some great leads on new products to bring to the store next year.

Some of the highlights were found at “The Circuit”…  an ALL electric track sponsored by Bosch Electric and populated by most every E-bike manufacturer worldwide.  We got to try out many models and actually took on TWO new franchises.  Magnum ( ) and OjO ( ). We already have some of the models in the store and available for test rides NOW !!!

                                 The “Circuit “Adam gives a front wheel drive prototype bike a try

We got to see the new 2018 Haro “Lineage” throwback bikes. 20″ 24″ and 26″ Masters were the hot items everyone was eyeballing.  We also connected with Highway 2, who distributes Continental tires, Abus locks and Brooks saddles. We will be stocking a full array of Ryders technical eyewear which are really cutting edge for cycling.  We also are in negotiations with Zipp Speed Weaponry to sell their super light racing wheelsets.

Dinner with my lifelong friend and business partner Stewart Goldsmith, national sales manager for Kryptonite Lock.  Stu and I have a serious addiction to Florida stone crab.  He treated us to and incredible meal at Joe’s Stone Crab at Cesar’s.


Adam, Stormy, Karen and I spent a night on the town.  We went on the “High Roller”..  the worlds highest ferris wheel ( 55 stories at the top ).  Then a night of drinking and debauchery.  

Remember ..  “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas “

After of very full week of bikes and booze, it was time to get back to reality and on Saturday night we all piled into the limo and headed off to the airport for a redeye nonstop home arriving at Logan at 5:30 AM.  WOW…..

Please come by the shop any time and see all the new products for 2018 we have or are getting in soon.  Who knows Adam may even tell you the story about the giraffe and the hot dog on the Vegas strip !!!! 

Yesteryear RIDES !!!!

The boys of Yesteryear have been going on regular Sunday rides on their new Giant ATB’s.  Many local trails are victims.  Sometimes the rider wins and comes home victorious and sometimes the trail wins…  as the link below will show.     ( enjoy )


How to True a Bent Wheel

How to True a Bent Wheel

We get a lot of calls and requests in the store about wheel truing.  Constant bent rims can be quite expensive to maintain, so here is a great D.I.Y. article written by Dan Goldwater from  Be careful… it’s very easy to overdo it !!!’

“Ksh ksh ksh” goes your wheel as your ride. This is the sound of a bent rim. Here’s how to fix it.

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We shot the sheriff

We are very honored and grateful to Bristol County Sheriff’s department, who recently chose Yesteryear Cyclery as the official supplier of service bicycles. The sheriff’s department use these bikes in many community endeavors throughout the county including community policing, crowd control and parades.

Lieutenant Paul M. Douglas  chose 4 shiny new 2016 Giant Revel 3 mountain bikes in various sizes which will be distributed amoung different officers during their duties. Paul is a Lt. in the K-9 unit and an avid cyclist himself. We equipped their SUV with an Allen 544RR 4 bike reciever hitch rack and the 4 bikes fit flawlessly.


The Bristol County Sheriff’s Office SUV “loaded” with 4 brand new Giant Revel 3’s in Black.


The Sheriff’s Dept has already purchased 4 other bikes used on patrols in the past year which brings their total to 8 Giant bikes !!! We also supply them with white Giro helmets for a perfectly uniform look.  These brave men and women keep us safe everyday and now along with new bikes are helping themselves to stay in better shape as well.  WIN – WIN !!!!




All about helmets

All about Helmets

When we sell a bicycle, we always ask whether you have a good helmet, too. Why? Because we know that head protection is the most important safeguard when cycling. In fact, according to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, if they’d been wearing helmets, 90 percent of bicyclists who were seriously injured or died in accidents in recent years would have survived with treatable injuries.

The thing that makes helmets so important is how high your head is above the ground when you’re riding. That’s a long way to fall and quite an impact if you strike your head. Fortunately, all our helmets offer outstanding protection. They’re even tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ensure that they’ll do their job. Here are some guidelines for choosing from the many models and styles we carry.

Features and Benefits

Apart from their life-saving potential, helmets provide other benefits. One of the most surprising is their ability to cool your head. While this may seem counterintuitive, better helmets actually insulate the head from heat. They provide shade, of course. And, they’re made of polystyrene, which is similar to what coolers are made of; a foam-like material that keeps heat out. Also, modern helmets venting systems force air through providing a constant cooling breeze. Tests have shown that these features actually make a helmeted rider cooler than a bareheaded one, even on a hot day or tough climb.

Another great feature, especially for off-road riding or touring on a bike with an upright seating position, is a visor. These keep sun out of the eyes improving visibility by reducing glare and cutting down on sunburn. Plus, when you’re riding off road and the sun is low in the sky, the visor helps block rays flashing strobe-like through the trees. They’ll also knock away small branches that might hit you in the face as you ride past on narrow trails.

Modern helmets are also brightly colored, a clear signal to motorists. And because they’re on the top of your head, the highest point on your body, they make you much more visible in traffic.

Find a Fine Fit

Head and helmet shapes vary so the most important rule is to try on several models and brands to find the type that fits your head best. Start by trying on any helmet to see what size you are. Or you can measure your head just above the eyebrows with a tape measure to get an idea (small is roughly 20 to 22 inches; medium: 22 to 23.5 inches; and large: 23.25 to 24.5 inches).

Usually helmets come in at least three sizes depending on the manufacturer. You’re looking for one that offers a snug fit. Ask us for help if you have questions. We’re happy to help and we have the experience to point you toward a helmet that’s right for your head shape, riding style and budget.

Generally speaking, there are round and oval heads and helmet shapes that match. You can tell when the helmet fits right. It’ll feel snug all the way around. To test it, try moving the helmet side-to-side and front-to-back. If there’s more play side-to-side than front-to-back, you’ve probably tried on a round-shape helmet and you probably have a more oval-shaped head.

Keep in mind that all helmets come with fitting kits. These pads adhere to the inside of the helmet to customize it to your head. The helmet however, should almost fit your head before you add any fitting pads. Otherwise, you may have to put in a lot of pads to get it to fit, which will compromise the fit. In a really good fit, you may need no pads or only two pads, one on either side or end to snug the helmet a bit.

Fit doesn’t depend only on pads and helmet size. Most helmets today include retention devices, which are comprised of wide straps or plastic web-like retainers built into the back of the helmet that hold the base of your head. These are adjustable to fine-tune fit. And, when the retention device is properly set, it helps hold the helmet in place. This is a great feature when you’re riding over bumpy terrain.

Selecting Your Helmet

You can spend from $30 to $200 for a bicycle helmet today. Surprisingly, almost all quality models protect equally well. How can you tell a good one? Look for a sticker inside the helmet that says CPSC. If it has this sticker, the helmet has passed rigid testing standards. All our helmets have passed these tests.

Consider how you’ll use the helmet, too. As we mentioned, a visor is a handy feature for off-road use. You may not want it for road use, however, because if you ride with your head down, the visor can block vision a bit. Many helmets today come with removable visors though, which allow you to use the same helmet and customize it for the conditions.

As you spend more for a helmet, you don’t get more protection. What you get is more vents for increased cooling, lighter weight, which makes an energy-saving difference on long rides, and slightly more advanced strap and retention systems. Also, better helmets feature molding technology that incorporates the helmet’s hard shell into the polystyrene body. This helps keep the helmet in good condition longer through daily wear and tear.You might feel a difference worth paying for by trying on these helmets and if so, you should buy one. Usually, the more you ride, the more you’ll notice the design enhancements.

When trying on helmets, after fit, look for comfortable straps and ones that have a secure locking device (so they don’t change adjustment all the time). You want soft pads too that can’t chafe your head, an overall design that appeals to you, and a price that suits your budget. Remember: you don’t have to spend a lot. You’ll find very nice, perfectly safe helmets that look almost identical to the big-buck models in the $45 to $90 price ranges.

Other Considerations

When you get the helmet home, don’t ignore the owner’s manual. Study it. Even if we adjusted the helmet to your head, it’s important for you to understand how the helmet should fit and how to adjust it because as you wear the helmet, the straps may change adjustment.

Many people make the mistake of tipping the helmet back on the head when adjusting it because they think it’ll fell cooler that way (see the girl’s helmet in the photo). That’s a big mistake because a tipped-back helmet can’t protect your face in a crash.

The helmet must sit squarely on the head (see the policewoman’s photo) so that the front of the helmet will hit first if you go over the handlebars. The straps are what adjust the helmet so it will remain in this position naturally when you put it on. Adjusted correctly, you should be able to lightly tug on the helmet and it shouldn’t move or tip excessively. It should want to return to the proper position automatically. Also, the small strap buckles on either side should rest just beneath the ear lobes. Instructions in the owner’s manual explain in detail how to adjust the straps for the proper helmet fit. Be sure to ask us for help if you’re not sure.

Another important thing you can find out about in the manual is the guarantee. Some makers offer replacement policies for crashed helmets. You won’t get a helmet for free but you may save some money by returning your helmet with a letter describing what happened.

Finally, helmets don’t last forever. Helmet manufacturers recommend getting a new helmet at least every 5 years. This is important for your protection in a crash. Helmet materials break down slightly over the years and helmets just naturally take a beating in use as you toss them in the truck, drop them and ride.

We look forward to showing you some helmets!


I pride myself on being somewhat philanthopic.  I’m no Bill Gates but I try to share some of my good fortune with less fortunate people when I can.  Whether it be a homeless Hispanic woman with 3 kids in tow pushing a shopping cart on the street or a down and out customer who just can’t afford to pay for his bike repair, I try to do my part and help them out.  Everybody probably has one or two charities that they favor or like more than all the others.  Whether its Jerry Lewis and MD or Marlo Thomas and St. Judes Children’s Hospital, there are a ton of great causes out there.  I personally have chosen a more local charity as my “go to” group.

A few years ago I was introduced to Jim Stevens, director and CEO of Gifts to Give.  GTG is a non profit, local organization founded by Jim and their sole purpose is to help out Southcoast families who are either homeless or needy.  Gifts to Give was located 1 Cove St. in the south end of New Bedford in a dilapidated old brick mill and recently relocated to a much more modern facility formally operating as one of Titelist Golf’s Mfg plants.  It is located at 1 Titlelist Drive in Acushnet, just over the NB line.  This massive production is housed on the entire 2nd floor of this mill and is staffed by over 250 people ALL of whom are voluteers !!!

Gifts to Give accepts donations of good used clothing, toys and other non perishable goods.   I have seen computer monitors, paint sprayers and air compressors even !!! They also just recently opened the Gifts to Give  store which features many great items for sale at ridiculously prices.  From tap dance shoes to designer clothes, great deals can had there and all proceeds go to benefit the center.  They are open Saturdays only from 10-2.  

Where do I and the bike shop fit in to all of this ???  We offer customers the ability to trade in/up older bikes for new ones.  We also sell refurbished used bikes as well.  Sometimes customers bring in bikes to trade that are as well shall say, “Not quite up to Yesteryear’s standards ! “.  That’s not to say they aren’t decent bikes, just cycles that we would not sell in our used bike dept.  We ask the customers to “donate” them to us and we affix a “GTG” tag on them and pile them up in the back shop.  Once a week, usually on Saturday, myself and the service staff drag them out and get them fixed up, using old parts and such.  We make them safe to ride and decent enough to use.  I then pile them, sometimes 2-3 or as many as 8-10 in the company truck and drop them off at the center on my way home from work after GTG is closed.  ( I’ve got my own key !! )


                                               Me                 Jim            Andy


Lots of folks just donate their old bikes to Gifts to Give with other items from their homes and these bikes get piled up in the far corner at the center.  When the pile gets too big Jim or one of his associates contact me and we spend a day  in the “corner” refurbing all the old bikes.  This month it totalled 51 broken or needing service bikes, trikes and scooters !!! I piled a bunch of tires, tubes and cables and headed over with my very good friend Andy Laubi and we met up with Jim Stevens and went to work.  When we were done there was a nice neat pile of ready to go rides for tons of local kids and adults.  



It’s truly a rewarding and great experience doing this and just my way of paying it foward.