Jun 30

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Saturday June 30, 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.  Read more about the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative online. Bike Director Scott Slingerland leaves for Walhalla, South Carolina (by bike of course).

Frank is back!

Yes, the best bike mechanic in the world is back and helping again at the BBC.  Today he helps with the massive issue of deciding what has to go before we move at the end of July or August.  We toss a lot of wheels that do not make the cut.  Most of them have to be separated steel from aluminum by cutting the spokes off.

You start with scrap wheels

You cut out all the spokes

Separate the steel hub parts from the aluminum

You end up with a pile of steel scrap

. . . and a pile of aluminum scrap

Lee Poole-Smith does most of the work.

Save the BBC North.

Today anyone learning to ride on a Bicycle Heaven Ride gets a premium today. We have t-shirts, bike jerseys and other swag. 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:

Just 91 degrees and it’s too hot for anyone to come in and use the tools!

Bike Education:

Adam Burke came in by bicycle after a ride on the towpath.  He says the trail and Sand Island Park are both completely empty.  Steve and Adam talk about how learning to ride correctly (Adam is a Traffic Skills 101 grad) makes you realize how unsafely most people ride.


Lee Poole-Smith and Frank Pavlick talk about building wheels, the best way to get the right spokes cost effectively.  Also warranty issues on Lee’s rear hub, which is failing after only 7 months.  The cassette is running loose.

New & Renewing CAR-FREE Members Today:


Two bikes purchased in 1986

Janet Tate and her husband dropped off two bikes.


Adam Burke

Bike Library Activity:


League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructor(s):

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt


For the first time in a long time the front desk is empty on a Saturday as there is no volunteer to staff it!

Lee Poole-Smith is the only volunteer who braved the heat today.


Weather Today:

91 degrees.  praying for a thunderstorm

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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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