Feb 25

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Saturday, February 25

The Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative (BBC) is open for Members and Guests every Saturday from 8AM to 4PM. We are located at 14 West Raspberry in beautiful, downtown Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Snow flurries to start the day at the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative

Lee’s new 3,000 lumen light

CAT members using BBC Tools with mechanic assistance:

William Lawler had a flat fixed last Thursday and we asked him to bring the bike in today.  Frank Pavlick checked out Bill’s bike and discovered that he needs a new chain.  Because the chain was not replaced in time, Bill also now needs a new free wheel set and new chain wheels, too.  He is going to save his money up until he has enough to buy new parts at his favorite bike shop, Cutters.  Then he will come back and we will help him put these parts on his bike.  Frank also put a new derailleur cable on Bill’s rear derailleur as the cable was frayed and about to break.

J. Dietrich Reisenberger continued to tweak his newly built road bike.

Lee Poole-Smith worked on his new 3,000 lumen light.


Bike Education:

Erig’s helmet fitted by Scott

Erig Frey came in with his Mom.  After Erig had his helmet fitted, he got to know his  training bike.  Erig learned about hand brakes, proper seat height and how to do an ABC Quick Check from League Cycling Instructor, Scott Slingerland.  Erig then went for a ride on the training course.  Erig Frey riding on the skills course.

Julie Vitale spent some time on the training course and took a Bicycle Heaven destination ride with J. Dietrich, Scott and Joshua.

Joshua Buck, J. Reisenberger, JulieVitale & Scott Slingerland leave on a Bicycle Heaven ride.

Bill Lawler learned the importance of checking chain wear and replacing a chain before it damages the rest of the drive train.

New & Renewing Members:

William Lawler paid the remainder of his annual BBC Shop fee and also put in another hour to barter for his CAT membership.

Erig Frey started his Basic Bicycle Education course with a 1-day pass.



Ralph Raff or someone with a name like that came in and introduced himself.

League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructor(s) on duty:

League Cycling Instructor Scott Slingerland

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt
  • Scott Slingerland


  • Ron Teodoro

Did his usual perfect job of vacuuming, sweeping and emptying the garbage containers.

  • Loi Tran
  • Cuong Tran

Loi and Cuong worked on completing the information on the Bicycle Library Bikes.

  • Lee Poole-Smith

Lee worked on his bike and other bikes in the shop.


  • Joshua Buck

Library bike & 2 training bikes cleaned and given the yellow reflective tape to the sides treatment by Joshua Buck.

Josh cleaned two training bikes & one library bike and put yellow reflective tape on all three bikes, too.

  • Julie Vitale

Julie went out with Scott Slingerland and Erig Frey to take pictures and movies of Erig’s first day at the BBC.

Join CAT Today

Become a Bronze BBC and use our Park Tool Set from 8am to 4 PM any Saturday!
Become a Silver or Gold BBC member and enjoy our Bicycle Library

See information about Membership levels here

Would you like to volunteer to help on Thursday or Saturday at the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative? Write the Volunteer Coordinator.

Today, the BBC is sponsored in part by Google, Genesis Bicycles and Apex Management .

Opening Responsibilities:

  • Steve & Frank

Closing Responsibilities:

  • Scott & Steve

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