Make Biking Better

Hey all!

This Thursday, a group will be riding to the Tri-County Bike/Ped Plan open house!  Please join – you’ll connect with others who love walking and biking and you can help shape our region’s transportation network!

Bike ride for Tri-County Bike/Ped Plan open house

Bike ride for Tri-County Bike/Ped Plan open house

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Summer Handlebar Hours!

Hi all!  The Handlebar will be open this summer!  Wahoo!!!  Come visit us on Mondays from 4 – 6 pm.  The Handlebar will not be open June 2 or 9.

Have a great summer and keep biking. Like this guy vvv

Austin legend keepin' it real.

Austin legend keepin’ it real.

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Summer Bike Storage

you left me to die

This is definitely not what you want to come back to next semester – a sad, dilapidated, rusted, and half-stolen bike. This isn’t ride-able!!

To prevent this from happening to your precious bike, you should put it in Summer Bike Storage! It will be kept in the basement of Kaufman, where it will be secure and out of the elements.

If you are going abroad next semester or next year, you can even store your bike while you’re gone, so that you don’t have to worry about it!

Just bring your bike and ID to the Center for Sustainability Education (Kaufman 190) during the last week of classes:

April 28th – May 2nd 
9am – 4pm

Trust me, your bike will thank you!

For questions, email  biking at

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A few of the new Dickinson Cycling Jerseys made their debut at Red and White Day on Biddle Field after a short 15 mile ride to the Dickinson College Farm and back! We all really love these jerseys! If you are interested in one, please visit or call the Dickinson College Bookstore (717-245-8874). There are still some left, so get them while you can!

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Simply Moving Carlisle

Want to go outside?

Outside is a great place for biking, along with hiking, canoeing, camping, games, and more! If you want to learn more about the local outdoor areas, such as trails, camping areas, etc, check out the Simply Moving Guide, made by the Partnership for Better Health. It’s a pretty expansive database for the local outdoor places to go! In it, you’ll find various places listed, along with the activities that can be done, trail information (length, difficulty, terrain, etc), along with the location of each area.

So go on! Get outside!



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Handlebar Hours – Spring 2014!!

Hello bikers!!

Handlebar hours for the Spring 2014 semester have been announced!

We will be open Mondays and Thursdays from 4 to 6pm!

Whether kept inside or outside, the long winter was probably hard on your bike. Snow, salt, and a lack of riding can cause bikes to rust, wear, and become stiff. The tires will probably have lost a good bit of air, and there might be a layer of grime to be wiped away to make your bike look absolutely pristine. Even if your bike looks perfectly fine, it’s always good to give it a tune-up for smoother and safer riding.

Stop by The Handlebar, where our volunteers will teach you how to correctly use a variety of tools to fix-up your bike! Or just stop by to chat – we love to have visitors!

Don’t worry – we’ll help prevent this from happening

You’ll look more like this when fixing your bike

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Winter Bike Storage and Green Bike Pick-Up

I know that you love your bike; bikes are pretty awesome! And I’m guessing that if your bike is in Winter Bike Storage, or if you are borrowing a Green Bike, that you’ve missed it sorely these past couple months.

But don’t fret! You and your bike will be reunited and able to ride off into the sunset very soon!!

Pick-up dates for both Winter Bike Storage and Green Bikes will be as follows:

February 25th and 26th from 1-4pm
March 24th to 28th from 9am to 4pm

To pick up your bike, just stop by the Center for Sustainability Education. Make sure to bring your Dickinson ID!!

In addition, we still have a handful of Green Bikes that can still be reserved for this semester. If you or anyone you know would like to be loaned a Green Bike, send an email to  biking at with your name and height (in inches).

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Dickinson Cycling Apparel is Here!!!

red devil

Do you have the urge to show your Dickinson pride wherever you ride?

Do you feel a longing to adorn yourself with Dickinson Red Devils?

Do you believe the claims that wearing red makes people better at sports?

Do you need to own YET ANOTHER biking kit? Or do you need to purchase your first?

If you said yes to any of these, then I have exciting news for you!

Biking @ Dickinson, along with the Dickinson Bookstore, are accepting orders for Dickinson College biking apparel for a limited time. The prices of these clothing items are being offered at only a few dollars above retail value, which is drastically less than what the Bookstore will be selling them for in the future.

bib jersey shorts

All apparel is being custom made by Primal, a company who specializes in cycling apparel. Jerseys, bibs, and shorts are all being sold, in both men and women’s cuts.

This is a limited-time offer; orders will only be taken until February 15th, so make sure to order today!

Click this link to see the advertisement for the jerseys.

To order, go to the Dickinson Bookstore website.


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A New Kind of Riding


On Wednesday, I decided to try something new: spinning class. Yes, even though I am a cyclist with a love of road riding, I’ve never tried a spin class before.

So what did I think of spinning class? It was… different.

First of all, I’m very used to the geometry of my own bike, so trying to adjust the spinning bike to be perfect was a bit of a challenge. I found a place where I was comfortable, but it was different than what I’m used to.

Then there was the fact that I had no one to chase. I really enjoy following someone while riding, as I have to push myself to keep up with them. Alternatively, when I road ride, I time myself on the same routes to see if I can beat my record times. On the spinning bike, I was so very tempted to turn down the resistance adjustment so that I could have an easier ride. I managed to resist, and actually turned the resistance up most of the time, but the idea of an easy ride definitely crossed my mind.

The most disconcerting part of spinning was the absence of hill crests and downhills. When riding outdoors, there is always the reward of a fast-paced, twisting descent. The rush of wind in your face, the changes in the road, and leaning into the turns is normally what pushes me to continue climbing. In spinning class, however, I had to find other ways to motivate myself.


Don’t get me wrong, the workout was amazing. I was breathing heavily, had an elevated heart rate, and was absolutely drenched in sweat by the end of the class. It even felt similar to riding a road bike up hills. I will, without a doubt, return to spinning class. Spinning is known as an excellent form of exercise, one that burns hundreds of calories an hour, increases cardiovascular health, increases muscular endurance, lowers stress, and is low impact.


And the spinning instructor, Angie (who’s actually my boss) was amazing. Not only does she do the workout with the class (so she knows what you’re going through), but she is incredibly encouraging and persuasive. Even when I was thinking of giving up or turning down the resistance, she would shout out to the class to keep pushing or to envision the hill or that we only had a minute left. These words spurred me and the class to keep working and to push harder. Angie also made sure to check in on all of us periodically, and threw in some jokes to make us laugh and take our mind off of the work that we were doing. Plus, she has a really good taste in music!

For any of you who haven’t yet taken the plunge into a spinning class, here are some things to know:

1. BRING WATER. No matter who you are, you will be sweating by the end of class, which means that you need to be hydrating during the class. I recommend bringing a water bottle that fits into a bicycle water bottle cage, so that it’s easy to reach without having to get off of the bike.

2. Bring a towel. I made the mistake of not bringing a towel, and I highly regretted it. Like I said, I was drenched in sweat, which started to get in my eyes and made my hands slippery on the handlebars. It would have been much nicer to towel off during the ride.

3. If you have riding shoes, bring them. If you don’t, bring tennis shoes. Some of the bikes have clips for people who can use them, while the rest of the bikes have toe straps that work with tennis shoes.

4. Don’t wear baggy pants, as they might get caught in the spinner. I personally wear padded cycling shorts so that my butt doesn’t hurt, but it’s not necessary to (however, your butt will hurt for the first couple classes without padding).

5. Eat before class. You want to have eaten enough that you don’t feel too full, but not too hungry. The worst thing after exercising is to have a blood sugar crash.

6. The instructor and other people in the class will make sure that you’re bike is set up properly so that you don’t injure yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

7. Don’t sit in the back of the room! It’s much easier to hear the instructor from the front of the room, plus he/she can give you tips about your form. I personally like being in the front so that I can see my own form in the mirror, plus I feel more motivated when I’m up close.

8. Don’t be scared! Spinning is fun, and it’s an activity that allows you to go at a level that is right for your body. Try a class to see what you think!

Spinning classes are held in the Kline Spinning/Dance Studio (the one upstairs behind the front desk with the glass walls). Come on by for a great workout and a great time!

Monday 4-5 (Angie Undercuffler)
Monday 5-6 (Barry Tesman)
Wednesday 5-6 (Angie Undercuffler)
Thursday 5-6 (Barry Tesman)


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Bicycle of former Handlebar Shop Manager Avery McGuire ’13 attacked by Danish thugs!

The Ghost Rider strikes again! The Guest Blogger this week sets out to unravel the truth in a violent act of bike mangling!


avery's bike

Just what on earth happened here?  Clearly thieves used a hacksaw and later a bolt cutter on the seat tube and stays.  They didn’t want the saddle……  Was there a gold nugget stuck in the bike’s seat tube?  A hidden stash of blood diamonds?  What do they need that piece of seat tube for – rolling Danish pastries?  If you figure it out – please contact the Copenhagen police immediately.  And let Avery know how much we miss her presence in the Handlebar!  I imagine she’s REALLY missing the Handlebar now…

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