Bicycle Bill US Map & Phone & Address
253 North Harvard SL, Allston; (617) 783-5636
Heading out of Allston toward Harvard Stadium, Bicycle Bill is worth stopping in to see. They have a fairly good-sized selection of racing and mountain bikes, with many leftovers from last year at further discounts. Several of the brands are American-made. Mine saw an Iron Horse all-terrain bike for $225, and a Diamond Back city bike, with an alloy frame, at $299.
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A small swell coming from a northerly or easterly direction at Beadnell or Seahouses will be multiplied five-fold off Holy Island. The round trip by RHIB from Beadnell is approximately 23 miles, and from Seahouses it is 15 miles, so it is always worthwhile checking the sea conditions before setting out on a journey that might be wasted. There are no launching facilities on Holy Island and divers are certainly not welcomed with open arms by the local fishing community. With the exception of Burrow's Hole there is no worthwhile diving on the south (Ross Sands) side of the island, because the depths are too shallow – only a couple of metres or so – with the majority of the seabed consisting of sand and small patches of rock covered in weed. There is also a strong tidal stream as the water ebbs and floods over the shallow Holy Island sand flats. The remnants of the steamer Thistle can be seen but there is little of interest apart from a boiler and a broken, decaying engine. Various species of flatfish can be found all around this area, where the seabed is covered in tiny mussels and weed-coated boulders and rocks. All that remains of the old steamer is a battered boiler and rusting engine lying on a seabed of tiny mussels and short seaweed. There is very little else to be seen, but good flatfish can often be observed, feeding off the mussels. Plough Rock dries to 2. 6 metres on a low spring tide and the surrounding seabed, at six metres, is a flat rock bottom covered in minute mussels. There are a few large rocks and boulders around, which sometimes harbour one or two crustacean and the occasional flatfish that feed on the beds of tiny mussels, but in general it is not a very interesting dive site. Plough Seat Reef is a high reef covered in kelp and tiny mussels with a steep south-facing rocky wall. In fact the whole seabed, and even some of the kelp, has a thick coating of minute baby mussels. There are a couple of very old Admiralty pattern anchors lying up against the reef on the south side, with a rusting anchor chain running over the top of it towards Wingate. Tidal flow is very strong and especially so on the springs, but you can get sufficient shelter from the force of it on the flood by staying close in to the reef on the south side. Visibility varies a lot, from exceptionally poor to brilliant, depending how much rain has fallen, the size of the tide and which way the wind has been blowing – westerly is best. There also seems to be an abundance of little hairy spider crabs and brown nudibranchs (sea slugs) in this particular area, all living on the fronds of kelp. A number of sailing vessels have been wrecked on the Plough Seat Reef so it may be worth a drift dive in either direction, either to the north or south. Travelling north takes you to Wingate reef, very shallow ground, only 2-3 metres with a dense kelp forest and those tiny mussels covering the seabed and rocks.