Mar 03

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Saturday, March 3, 2012

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.

Meg & Joshua Buck show off their new CAR-FREE Hoodies.

Get your own CAR-FREE Clothing!


CAT members using BBC Tools with mechanic assistance:

Joshua Buck

Meg Buck

J. Reisenberger

Lee Poole-Smith

Steve Schmitt

Scott Slingerland

Bike Education:

Scott and Steve talked to a visitor, Daniel, who rode in on a 4-wheeled pedalcycle.  They discussed riding

Lubing your bicycle’s brake and shifter cables is tre-importante, especially in winter months.

legally and effectively, as well as the amazing efficiency and simplicity of a bicycle over other types of vehicles.

Meg Buck and LCI Steve Schmitt took a Bicycle Heaven Ride to the Bethlehem Area Public Library.   The bike rack at the library already had two bikes in it when they arrived.

Steve went on another Bicycle Heaven Ride at 2PM to the CVS on 8th Avenue.  He picked up some rubbing alcohol for cleaning wheel rims.

Josh Buck changed the rear brake pads on his commuter road bike – then adjusted the front brake cable tension to optimize safety performance.

Meg Buck wanted to get rid of the horrible squealing sound her rear brake was making.  Lee Poole-Smith examined them and discovered the rims were very dirty.  He cleaned them with rubbing alcohol and problem solved.

New & Renewing Members:


Lee Poole-Smith donated 4 rechargeable double A batteries and a charger for them.  These are for the new front headlights we bought for the Library Bikes.

Meg Buck donated some outrageous cookies.

Scott Slingerland brought some tomato bread.


CAT Member Bob Peruzzi visited with his wife, Esther, to pick up his super-reflective black CAR-FREE.ORG hoodie.  Bob discussed his current passion of playing his trombone with the Barrel House Band, and his plans to ride his bike more in the future.

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

Scott and Steve talked about the 12 bicycle education events that are already on the calendar for the Lehigh Valley in early Spring.

  • J. Reisenberger

The LCIs had a lively discussion about the new bicycle law.

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt
  • Scott Slingerland


Lee’s New 3,000 Lumen Light!

  • Lee Poole-Smith worked in the shop on a million different things as usual.  He lubricated some cables on the training bikes.  He was involved in the discussion of where to put the yellow reflective tape on the library and training bikes.  Lee worked on other member bikes including the bucks, steve schmitt’s.  Lee also is very involved in the lighting system work for library bikes.  Today he continued that work by bringing in rechargeable batteries and a charger for the front headlights we bought from Performance.  Lee does most of the research on the lights we buy.
  • Ron Teodoro

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

You can get this tape treatment for your bike, too. Just visit the BBC.

  • J. Reisenberger worked on some training bikes.  He cleans them and applies the new reflective yellow tape to the sides of the stays and tubes.  J. is also helping with the Bicycle Education for Enforcement Officers classes this Friday.  He is very concerned with the new so-called Bicycle Law.
  •  CAT Vice-President Roy Young came in to talk to Steve about the continuing plans for the Annual Meeting.

Judah Buck visited the BBC today and taught CAR-FREE Director Steve Schmitt how to synchronize jump.

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

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