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.
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.