I’ve biked to the college farm many times, but I have never ridden in Bike to the Farm. This distinction is important because, while I follow the same route, my rides are usually by myself or with a friend not with the entire vibrant biking community at Dickinson College. That means that this Fall will be my first time organizing Bike to the Farm and also the first time I’ve participated in it. This biannual event is a celebration of the gorgeous farm, the Carlisle area, and bringing together all members of Dickinson . Each direction of the ride is a meandering seven miles through cornfields, quiet neighborhoods, streams, and views of the big sky. The route offers faculty, students, and staff an opportunity to see a side of Carlisle that is not always evident within the Dickinson bubble. Five groups of riders will depart Kaufman parking lot at 11 A.M. on Saturday October third, with a faculty and student ride leader guiding each group to prevent any lost bikers from biking to Gettysburg.
Once all five groups have arrived at the farm, all those burnt calories will be instantly replenished and more, with a delicious potluck. Part of participating in Bike to the Farm is bringing a communal meal (that will be driven to the farm, no balancing pies on your handlebars) to be shared by everyone. This communal meal reinforces the sustainable and cooperative values that Dickinsonians pride themselves on. Once everyone is amply full, riders will bike back to the farm or based on their ability, hitch a ride back.
I’m very excited to share the fun I have while biking with the rest of the Dickinson community. Registration is available at dickinson.edu/biketofarm, and riders of all abilities are encouraged to sign up. If you need a bike, limited numbers of red bike are available for loan, just specify on the registration form. This is sure to be a highlight of the Fall semester!
Congrats to Madaline Ritter ’19 the lucky winner of the Farm Frolics bike raffle! Special thanks to Student Leadership & Campus Engagement at Dickinson College for the partnership. We look forward to seeing you out on many future rides!
The Center for Sustainable Education (CSE) is proud to start off a solid 2015 Biking@ Dickinson Program. This semester we have two great Biking@Dickinson interns, Max Rubinstein ’16 and Drew Afsahi ’16, who can be contacted at email@example.com. Let’s get excited about our biking-friendly campus and community. Don’t forget to check out our latest student produced video highlighting our bike share program and safe biking on campus.
Hey guys, my name is Max Rubinstein and I’m going to be one of the new Biking@Dickinson interns along with Drew Afshasi. Once the semester begins, we will be sure to let you all know who we are and how we became involved with CSE, sustainability, and most importantly biking. We’re pumped to carry on the great work that Mariah and Jahmel did before us and we’re looking forward to seeing many of you at the Handlebar as well as Bike to the Farm this coming semester.
One shouldn’t forget that the summer months are ideal for biking, as the roads are full of bikers of varying levels. It can span from competitive bikers to even families pulling their young children behind them. And the remaining time before school starts is the perfect time to bike whether you’re experienced or a newcomer. If you are interested in bike races, there are many charity or competitive rides underway including the Pan-Mass Challenge, BikeMS, and the Tour de France on TV. Biking or supporting through these outlets can be a fun way to back a cause, bike alongside some stiff competition, or follow along with some of the world’s best athletes.
The relaxed pace of summer makes biking the perfect way to get around. The air rushing across your skin can be a free and environmentally-friendly way to cool off. If you get too hot, a close pool, pond, or ocean can provide sweet relief. Sun protection is also essential with biking, as one should apply copious amounts of sunscreen and wear loose fitting clothing to allow your skin to breathe. With biking, proper hydration is key as too little water can quickly turn an enjoyable bike ride into a distressing experience.
Safety and style is important
Maintaining your bike during the summer proves to be much easier compared to some the other seasons of the year. Without the winter’s road salt, one doesn’t have to worry about your bike deteriorating, as well as many other winter challenges. But with any bicycle that’s been put aside for few months, there is still some work to do. Tires deflate over time and changes in pressure can exacerbate this. Before riding your bike, it’s extremely important to inflate your tires to the proper PSI and adjust your brakes and derailleurs so your bike runs smoothly. With everything in place biking in the summer can be an amazing experience as it can provide you with exercise, a community, and an eco-friendly use of your time.
The Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) hopes to use this blog to increase knowledge of biking-related opportunities and resources for the Dickinson College community.
Check out this Biking @ Dickinson blog for updates on events, programs, local routes or ways to get involved, with or without a bike of your own. Everything you need is right here!