May 19

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Saturday May 19, 2012

Any cyclist participating in the Bicycle Heaven Ride this Saturday, May 19, has a chance to win a FREE ticket to see Zen for Primates 7:30PM Saturday at the Musikfest Cafe at the ArtsQuest Center.  Bicycle Heaven Rides are led by League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructors.  This Saturday, learn to bike from your home to SteelStacks confidently.

We have four Zen for Primate tickets available (each ticket a $15 value) to give away to cyclists.  The tickets will be given out by random selection among the participants in Saturdays Rides.  There are 2 Bicycle Heaven Rides every Saturday at the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative 10AM & 2PM.

Zen for Primates Ticket winners:  Gary & Jennifer Lader, plus J. Reisenberger

Every Bicycle Heaven Ride participant gets a FREE safety check of their bicycle.  Don’t have a bike?  Don’t worry, we’ll lend you one.

The Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative (BBC) is open for Members and Guests every Thursday from 5-9pm and Saturday from 8AM to 4PM. We are located at 14 West Raspberry in beautiful, downtown Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Anyone going on any Bicycle Heaven Ride will receive a FREE bicycle safety check.

CAT members using BBC Tools with mechanic assistance:

Scott Harvey works on building a bike around a Bianchi road frame and carbon fiber fork.  He was trying to figure out what kind of bottom bracket he should order.   We eventually sent him back to South Mountain Cycles to order a new bottom bracket.

Benjamin Torrez put a used wheel from CAT’s inventory on an old road bike he uses to commute to work.  Steve cleaned his drive train, checking the chain wear and adjusting his derailleur limiting screws.  Steve also adjusted his rear brake.  Lee Poole-Smith trued the new (used) wheel.

Bike Education:

This Saturday is the Bicycle Education Event at Cheston Elementary School in Easton from 10AM to 1PM.

Gary Lader discusses training his son Toby who is using a CAR-FREE CAT library bike to learn how to start and stop correctly.  Steve says parents should avoid coaster brakes because they teach bad habits, such as riding a bike with the seat set too low and learning to stop without coming off the saddle.  Steve also discourages training wheels as a child that has not mastered balancing a bicycle is probably not ready to move away from a tricycle.  Bicycles with training wheels are dangerous on the sidewalk and on sloping pavement because the child can go much too fast for conditions.

Beatrix Watt spoke to Steve about her fears riding bicycle since Frank Pavlick was hit on the Fahy Bridge.  Steve reminds cyclists that riding correctly with a properly maintained bicycle is extremely safe.  The best way to assure your safety and that of everyone else on the road is to take basic bicycle mechanics and Traffic Skills 101.

A gentleman called on the phone who has had his second major crash from going over the handlebars.  He wants to come in and take Traffic Skills 101 with his wife.  Steve explained the course to him.  They can take Traffic Skills 101 at their own pace by coming by the BBC on Thursday evenings from 5-9PM or Saturdays from 8AM to 4PM.  Steve suggests that training in emergency stopping and regular practice of this skill will help.  Also other advanced skills taught during rides in traffic with experienced instructors will help prevent emergencies.

Steve discusses some basics with Benjamin Torrez such as brake adjusting, drive train maintenance, tire pressure and spoke issues.

Unsolicited testimonial:

Hi Frank,
      Just a quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed the recently completed advanced bike mechanic course. The class material was very useful and you presented it in a clear, understandable fashion. I plan to continue to attend BBC’s Saturday sessions to expand my knowledge of bike mechanics and will be working on the restoration of a Murray Mercury bike from the 1930’s (this will involve rebuilding the wheels after the rims are painted, overhauling the bottom bracket, all bearings, etc.).
     I hope you continue to recover well from your incident on the bridge and will soon be back in top cycling form.
    Be Well!
Steve Cappellini
Scott Harvey discussed bottom bracket maintenance with J. Reisenberger, Lee Poole-Smith, Shotgun Johnny and Steve Schmitt.

New & Renewing CAR-FREE Members Today:

Benjamin Torrez is CAR-FREE CAT member and a Bronze Member of the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative.


Nick Dimoff donated a never ridden girls hybrid bike.


Shotgun Johnny stole J. Reisenberger for a ride.

John Hoffer wants to know more about the BBC West due to open during the summer at 1935 West Broad Street in Bethlehem.  He says he will stop by during the work crews that are every Wednesday from 5-9PM and Sundays from Noon to 4PM.

Gary Lader also wants to help out at BBC West.

Ziona Brotleit and Roy Gruver stopped in to talk over the current state of affairs.  Steve explains current efforts to open a satellite bike cooperative at BBC West and the fight to Save the BBC North.  Ziona asks about restoring a bike she has in her basement. Steve explains the problems of converting an old road bike to a hybrid.  After discussing Ziona’s bicycling needs Steve recommends  taking the basic bicycle education class which would be free with CAT membership, which Ziona says she would like to do anyway to support the cause.

Bike Library Activity:

Beatrix Watt brought in a commuter bike that is slipping in the rear gears.  Lee diagnosed the problem as too much tension from a chain that is too short.  We are going to fix it and call Beatrix so she can come back in and pick it up.

League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructor(s):

  • Steve Schmitt
  • J. Reisenberger covered for Steve for an hour and helped with Scott Harvey’s effort to figure out how to get the right bottom bracket and other stuff for a bike build.

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt


Lee Poole-Smith worked on Benjamin Torrez bike, Scott Harvey bike, Beatrix Watt’s bike and also provided random bits of information on just about everything.

Weather Today:

55degrees @ 8:30AM, sunny, no wind and humidity at 74%

75 degrees at 1PM, sunny, wind from the East at 6mph, humidity 37%

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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:


  • Scott

Closing Responsibilities:

  • Steve


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