Jun 16

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Saturday June 16, 2012

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Malaka Soliman & her sons, Sahl & Anas Sanadidi are all learning to ride together.

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.

Save the BBC North.

Timothy Miles, Roy Young and Loi Tran came in to help with the Monocacy Way 5K Run tomorrow.  With Steve Tim accepted delivery of the portable toilet, which is at Burnside Plantation, the start and finish of the run.  Loi Tran learned what he has to do tomorrow, Sunday, the day of the race, which is mostly show up at 7AM to help with final preparations and to stand at an important location on the trail to keep the runners from heading off into the wilderness by mistake.  Roy helped Steve set up the registration tables, put out the signs along the route and take the large signs up to the parking lot at Martin Tower to help direct traffic.

Today anyone learning to ride to the South Side Film Festival gets FREE passes to see the movies. The festival gave us a dozen movie passes to give to people learning to ride to the SSFF. Come  for a Bicycle Heaven Ride to earn your movie pass.  Want to learn to ride from your home, give us a call and we will send an instructor out to your place.

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

CAT members using BBC Tools with mechanic assistance:

J. Reisenberger stopped by on his way to a 15 mile race and made a last minute adjustment to his seat.  Being J., of course, he was biking to the race which is more than 15 miles away!  After the race, J. rode back to the BBC and put in a full day as an instructor.

Dan, Noelle, Benton and Dmitri Schwartz came in with their bikes.  J. took care of a problem they had with a set of brakes on one of the bikes.  Benton picked up his CAR-FREE.ORG shirt and his brother and parents are waiting for the 2.0 upgrade of the CAR-FREE clothing to organic cotton and heat pressed decals due soon.

Bike Education:

Steve worked with Anas Sanadidi and got him going forever around the basic skills course.  After checking out Sahl (3-years old) on his “gift” bike with training wheels from a department store, Steve declared it unsafe.  He set up Sahl on a bike with no pedals so he could learn to focus, strengthen his legs and ultimately balance when he gets a bit older.  Sahl had fun on the basic skills course.  The great thing about the basic skills course, it is out of traffic, circular and has no hills.  This is what young children need to learn.  It’s not enough for a parent to tell a child under 10 that they must avoid hills and traffic.  They must be physically separated from these dangers.  They must be old enough to appreciate the risk and have the skill level to handle them.

Malaka Soliman also rode her library bike around the basic skills course for a half hour on her second time on a bike in years.

Daniel Lader shows us how to fix a flat tire.

This happened last week, but it is just so great to see someone so young so competent around bikes that we had to run the picture again.

New & Renewing CAR-FREE Members Today:

Xiaoqing Li



Bike Library Activity:

Xiaoqing Li, a previous bike library user, returned from China and took up where she left off.  The bike she had before, a specially custom made 24-inch wheel mountain bike, is loaned out to someone, so we built another mountain bike for “Lily” as she is known.  J. put a rear carrier on the bike and Lee Poole-Smith put a milk crate on the carrier, just the way Lily likes it.  Steve put on a front headlight, highly reflective red tape on the milk crate and a lock & cable on the bike.  Lily rode away with a big smile on her face, first taking the bike for a quick spin on the basic skills course.  After satisfying herself with ability to handle the bike including an emergency stop, Lily headed off to try her new bike on a shopping trip.  Lily said she was more comfortable on the 24″ wheeled bike, so we will continue to try to get that for her.

League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructor(s):

Many bicycle instructors associated with the BBC North are working today with CAR-FREE Bike Director, Scott Slingerland, at the League Cycling Instructor Seminar in the Bethlehem Police Training Center.  Including Betty Kelly, Brian Sherry, Lisa Roberts and others.  Several local cyclists are candidates in the seminar to become certified cyclists including Lee Poole-Smith, Gary Warren and Joshua Buck.

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt


Roy Young

Timothy Miles

Loi Tran

Ron Teodoro

Weather Today:

Started out in the low 60s sunny with no rain.

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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:

  • Steve

Closing Responsibilities:

  • Steve

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