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Biking

Maine BikingBike Group

One of the best ways to explore Maine's beauty is by bicycle! There is a plethora of peaceful country roads to explore, letting students go inland to find more challenging hills or sticking to the coast for a flatter day of cruising to the beach. The Outing Club offers a wide range of road biking trips though out the fall and spring. Weekday afternoon rides meet regularly every week and leave from the SOLC. These rides cater to all abilities and experience levels, with distances ranging between 10 - 25 miles to match ability and interest level. Weekend day trips tackle longer distances, generally 50 - 75 miles, with pit stops at swimming holes, ice cream stands and sandy beach coves to eat lunch in the sunshine. The BOC also offers longer bike-touring opportunities, riding up to the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine every September and spending the weekend working with the Bike Coalition of Maine and exploring the booths of fresh, local, organically-grown produce and displays of local artisans work.

Bike MaintenanceThe Outing Club also runs mountain bike trips to local trails, with workshops to help students develop their skills. These workshops run once every semester and are open to students of all abilities and experience levels. The instruction focuses on skills and techniques, rather than speed or strength, providing students ranging from novice to expert rider with an environment to advance their skills.

Students also have the opportunity to delve deeper into the cycling world by signing up for the Bike Mechanic Course offered each semester. At the start of the course, the bicycles are all completely dismantled down to the smallest part. Over the 25 hours of the course, students work in pairs to clean, repair and rebuild the pieces into fully functioning bicycles! They leave the course with a complete working knowledge of the bicycle and it's various components and have the ability to competently diagnose any issues a bike may be having. Upon completion of this course, student bike mechanics have access to the BOC bike tools and offer repair sessions on campus periodically for the campus community.

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