Thanksgiving Bike Rides










Thanksgiving is a time for stressed college students to return home, stuff their faces, do their laundry, and hug their dogs. It also marks a turning point before the snow begins to fall and down jackets are required for a walk to the mailbox. An iconic Thanksgiving event are Turkey Trots, short road races meant to bring together family and the community. However there are also plenty of Thanksgiving day bike rides, which can be a great way to reconnect with your lonely bike and your family.

For the many students in the DC Baltimore area, there is a fun ride in Reston, VA that is open and free for all.

The bicycle club of Philadelphia also hosts a longer ride for biking families. Scroll down to November 26th for the details.

For mountain bikers there is a Thanksgiving day ride planned at Jacobsburg State Park in Easton PA. Check it out

For Dickinsonians heading home to the West coast, Bikecal has many rides being sponsored Thanksgiving day. Most are in Southern CA and a pretty advanced level.

There are many more group  rides out there, and if you can’t find one near where you live, go with your friends and family! Through exercise you can justify any amount of food you will stuff into your face later.

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Why do you bike?

Biking Narratives: The Schwartz Interview

Sitting down and interviewing a stranger can be an extremely nerve wracking experience. What if my questions stink? What if they give me one word answers? Should I have dressed better? Luckily this was not the case. I would be interviewing one of my closest friends on the shared passion that made us become friends. Freshman year, I brought my bike to Dickinson seeing it merely as an easy way to get to Frisbee practices. Within a month however I was going on 30 mile rides exploring the good, the bad, and the ugly of what rural Pennsylvania can offer. What brought about this change? Almost entirely the zany kid down the hall, Alec Schwartz. He had also brought his road bike to school, and coincidently his roommate had too.

The three of us started biking on the weekends to find creepy dilapidated barns, or a cool spot down by the great Carlilian rivers. Soon we were constantly going on night bike rides in lieu of the usual freshman rite of going to parties whenever possible. It’s three years later and not much has changed. In order to catalogue our biking adventures, I thought it would be a good to ask Alec about why he had brought his bike to school Freshman year and the journey that led up to that. As a note this interview is mostly paraphrased with Alec’s approval. Who has time to transcribe audio anyway?


MR: Tell me a little about how you first got into biking?

AS: My first memories on a bike were when I was seven years old. My dad was riding for a competitive club mountain bike team and he would convince me to come with them sometimes. Essentially I was pulled in the woods by people more confident than me.

MR: Did you have any special attachments to your bikes growing up?

AS: My first bike was a bright red Specialized Big Hit which was pretty expensive for kids, but it was the only bike my dad had that fit me. It was way too heavy for me and as a result going uphill in that thing was awful. It had a full suspension, which meant uphill’s and flats were brutal. It was a champ at the downhills though.

MR: What is your favorite place to ride at home?

AS: My family recently moved to Burlington Vermont, so I’m still discovering new routes whenever I’m home. So far my favorite has been the Mt. Philo loop. My dad showed me this ride and it’s pretty beautiful. It goes past Lake Champlain and the terrain is almost all rolling hills with farms and cows to the side. Biking around Vermont has been a great way for me to learn more about my new home.

MR: Sounds similar to our trips around Carlisle Freshman year.

AS: Yup.



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The Handlebar Open Hours!


The Handlebar wLast training sesh (as of now) for handlebar volunteers! Even though it is rainy and chilly the bikes of Dickinson still need attention.ants to help you prepare your bike for the winter season. Shop hours are in full swing! Come by the Handlebar and give your bicycle some tender love and care. Located in the basement of Davidson-Wilson (DaWi) adjacent to Dickinson Walk. We welcome students, faculty, staff, and children of the Dickinson college community. Swing by and learn how to tune your bike today! If the sign is out, we are open.

The Handlebar Hours: Every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 4 – 6 pm until Friday December 11. Closed Thursday November 26.

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Handlebar Instagram

Check out the Handlebar’s Instagram page for some great shots of biking here at Dickinson and don’t forget to follow us!


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