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PA Rail Trails are an economic driver
Thursday, 04 August 2011 14:58

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania has more rail-to-trail projects than any other state. Those 138 trails average about 10 miles each, but the state also hosts the first stretch of the longest multi-use trail in the country: the Great Allegheny Passage runs from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland, where it meets the C&O Towpath Trail to Washington, DC, for a total of 335 miles of person-powered travel.

Read the full story here: http://www.keystoneedge.com/features/trailspaeconomy0804.aspx?utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=The+Long+and+Winding+Road%3a+Trails+an+Economic+Driver+in+PA&utm_content={Email_Address}&utm_campaign=Trail+Mix+and+Batman 

Lackawana trail map photo
 
Map of Rumble Strip Mitigation
Thursday, 03 March 2011 14:22

We're pleased to report that PennDOT has announced plans to mitigate (that is, eliminate) the rumble strips on the PA Bike Routes throughout Centre County. The link below will take you to a map (Adobe PDF format) of the planned construction.

gis1201_bicycle_rumble_centre.pdf

Here's the post made to the CRBC listserv by V.P. Chuck Anderson:

This morning [March 2, 2010]  Paul [Rito], Trish [Meek] and I had a conference call with PennDOT. PennDOT briefed us on the timeline and proposed method for repairing the improperly installed rumble strips. We had serious safety concerns over PnnDOT's first repair proposal, so they came up with a new proposal which is much better.
Here are the details:

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Winter Cycling Tips
Thursday, 14 October 2010 14:19

Tips from our October 11, 2010 Meeting

Clothing

Dry 50-60 Degree

  • Torso – Short sleeve jersey, arm warmers
  • Legs – Shorts with knee warmers, Knickers, Capris
  • Hands – Short finger gloves, light full-finger gloves
  • Feet – mid cuff socks, shoes
  • Head – headband for ears under helmet
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Living with hills (and how you can learn to love them)
Monday, 12 July 2010 18:46

Hills suck!

Part 1 of ...

There's an old adage in cycling: If your legs hurt, you're in too high of a gear. If your lungs hurt, you're in too low of a gear. If both your legs and your lungs hurt, you're climbing a hill!

No ifs, no ands, no buts, hills suck. It doesn't matter about your level of fitness, how long you've ridden, how fast you ride, hills will suck. Why? Because, the amount of energy it takes to get over a given hill at a given speed is a basically* a constant for your bike and your weight. If you and your road bike weigh 165 lbs together, you'll need to generate about 160 watts to get over Pine Grove Mountain at 5 mph. Using a mountain bike? The extra weight and higher rolling resistance of a big tire won't help you here and requires another 20 watts. Double your speed (a great feat, by the way) to 10 mph and you'll get up there twice as fast, but you'll need an extra 170 watts.

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