Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-02-12, 01:22 PM   #1
CraigB
Starting over
Thread Starter
 
CraigB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Indianapolis
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1500; 2006 Gary Fisher Marlin; 2011 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105; 2012 Catrike Trail
Posts: 4,081
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Traveling to State College - suggested rides?

It looks like I'll be able to take my bike with me when we go visit my MIL in State College, PA, soon. I'm planning on quizzing the local shops for routes, but thought I'd ask here, too. Anyone have a suggestion or two?
CraigB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-12, 03:19 PM   #2
jppe
Let's do a Century
 
jppe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
Posts: 6,658
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
Not related to State College but just noticed the terrific job on weight loss. Also, have you ever done or considered doing RAIN? The only time I did it was under perfect conditions---cooler temps with a slight helping breeze. It was a long drive but enjoyed doing something without tons of hills.
__________________
Ride your Ride!!
jppe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-12, 04:07 PM   #3
CraigB
Starting over
Thread Starter
 
CraigB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Indianapolis
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1500; 2006 Gary Fisher Marlin; 2011 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105; 2012 Catrike Trail
Posts: 4,081
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jppe View Post
Not related to State College but just noticed the terrific job on weight loss. Also, have you ever done or considered doing RAIN? The only time I did it was under perfect conditions---cooler temps with a slight helping breeze. It was a long drive but enjoyed doing something without tons of hills.
Thanks. I'm now at the struggling point of the weight-loss journey. I'm having a hard time maintaining the focus that got me here so I can continue with the last 30 or so I need to lose, and the margin for error is now pretty tiny when it comes to daily calories. It's so easy to trip up. But that's OK, I'll get there.

The people in one of the two clubs I belong to have been trying to talk me into RAIN, but they're the same group that do sub-4-hour centuries for Tour de Cure. They make an all-out assault on RAIN to complete it in as close to 6 hours as they can. That's not a group I can keep up with under any circumstances. Plus I know I'd bail once I got back to Indy. ("Whaddaya mean, I've got another 70 miles to go? I don't think so.")
CraigB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-12, 04:15 PM   #4
NOS88
Senior Member
 
NOS88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 6,490
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I spent three days in State College the 3rd week of June. There is lots of great riding in the area. I stopped in at the Bicycle Shop http://www.thebicycleshopinc.com/00_...ocalriding.htm and asked about good local routes. They were most helpful. I don't keep track of routes. So, I can't help much with that, but ask about riding to Lewisburg from State College. The route they suggested was tremendous. It was about 112 miles there and back.
__________________
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831
NOS88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-12, 04:21 PM   #5
CraigB
Starting over
Thread Starter
 
CraigB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Indianapolis
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1500; 2006 Gary Fisher Marlin; 2011 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105; 2012 Catrike Trail
Posts: 4,081
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
The route they suggested was tremendous. It was about 112 miles there and back.
>cough!<



I'm good for 60-75 miles around these here (read: flat) parts. But I know the State College area, and I'm guessing a good 30-40 miles with their attendant hills will tucker me out just fine. But thanks for the shop tip. I did some interwebbing and found them, plus a couple of others that I plan to pester (Eddie's and Freeze-Thaw Cycles, plus RBR for the heck of it).
CraigB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-12, 07:10 PM   #6
unterhausen
Randomhead
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 14,859
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
actually, the ride to Lewisburg should be fairly flat. The problem is you are likely to have a headwind on the way back.
unterhausen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-12, 08:57 PM   #7
CraigB
Starting over
Thread Starter
 
CraigB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Indianapolis
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1500; 2006 Gary Fisher Marlin; 2011 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105; 2012 Catrike Trail
Posts: 4,081
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
actually, the ride to Lewisburg should be fairly flat. The problem is you are likely to have a headwind on the way back.
I realized that when I saw what direction it was.
CraigB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-12, 08:22 AM   #8
unterhausen
Randomhead
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 14,859
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
our situation isn't particularly ideal for easy rides. If you go southwest, you usually have a tailwind on the return, but the general slope is uphill. If you go northeast, you have headwinds on the return. Go west and you are climbing, you can only go so far east before the only route is closed to cyclists. Maybe that's why this area is a hotbed of mountain biking.
unterhausen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-12, 10:27 AM   #9
CraigB
Starting over
Thread Starter
 
CraigB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Indianapolis
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1500; 2006 Gary Fisher Marlin; 2011 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105; 2012 Catrike Trail
Posts: 4,081
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
our situation isn't particularly ideal for easy rides. If you go southwest, you usually have a tailwind on the return, but the general slope is uphill. If you go northeast, you have headwinds on the return. Go west and you are climbing, you can only go so far east before the only route is closed to cyclists. Maybe that's why this area is a hotbed of mountain biking.
Is that the one up to Laurel Creek Reservoir? I saw that road on Google Maps and wondered why it wouldn't give me a bike route in that direction.
CraigB is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:19 AM.