May 26

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Saturday May 26, 2012

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:

Meg Buck tightened her rear breaks with help from Lee Poole-Smith.

Bike Education:

This Saturday is the Bicycle Education Event at The Easton Farmers’ Market in Easton from 10AM to 1PM.  LCI J. Reisenberger led a ride down the Lehigh Canal Towpath to Easton to join the festivities.  Josh and Judah Buck plus Conor Howland went on the ride, too.  For some tips on riding the trails please see:

Bob Pearse began his Traffic Skills 101 course work. After filling out the waiver/registration form, Bob started right in on the course which begins with helmet, helmet fit, why we wear a helmet and what a helmet won’t do.  Then Bob picked out a bike to train on as his in the shop.  Steve helped Bob fit the bike to his specifications and showed Bob how to do an ABC Quick check of his tires, brakes and bearing rings.  Steve shared with him the time-saving benefits of keeping one’s tires full of air.  After practicing the correct way to start and stop a bicycle, Steve and Bob spent some quality time on the basic skills course covering signalling, scanning, standing up to ride uphill and the emergency stop.  After watching the Traffic Skills 101 video, Bob called it a day.  He’s coming back anytime on a Thursday evening or Saturday to continue.

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

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Bike Library Activity:

Bibi Watt picked up the Schwinn Cross-Fit that Scott Slingerland repaired.  It needed a new rear derailleur cable, derailleur adjustments and brake adjustments.

League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructor(s):

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt
  • Meg Buck


J. Reisenberger trued the rear wheel and adjusted the rear breaks on Benjamin Torrez’s bike, and lubed Meg Buck’s chain and rear derailleur. Joshua Buck also adjusted the cable tension on Meg’s bike.

Lee Poole-Smith helped design new signs for the front door giving the BBC North educational bike shop hours (5-9PM on Thursdays and 8AM-4PM Saturdays) and a poster for the upcoming “Save the BBC North” Block Party.

Weather Today:

73 degrees @ 9:30AM, partly cloudy, no wind and humidity at 86%

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

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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:


  • Scott

Closing Responsibilities:

  • Steve


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