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Bike Month 2013

  The Centre Region Bicycle Coalition (CRBC) and the State College Area School District Physical Education Department (SCASD-PE), in conjunction with the State College Cycling Club (SC3), the Nittany Mountain Bicyclin...

4 ft Law featured in WPSU story

WPSU's Patty Satalia presents an interesting overview of Pennsylvania's recently enacted 4' law. Click this link to listen: Our V.P. Brian Dempsey is interviewe...

Penn State a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University

Penn State Campus was recently recognized as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. As with the State College-Centre Region's recent designation as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community,...

Touring Presentation Available

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Videon receives Bicycle Friendly Business Bronze

 Congratulations to Videon Central, the Centre Region's first Bicycle Friendly Business! Read the CDT story here:

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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