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Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Thursday, July 5, 2012


Janneke & Gwen clear the stairway to Burnside Plantation for the Blueberry Festival.

Most Thursdays we enjoy Love Your Local Trail activities on the Monocacy Way. This week, at the request of the Historic Bethlehem Partnership we trimmed back the shrubs growing over the stairs between Burnside Plantation and the parking lot behind Martin Tower. This is in preparation for the fabulous Blueberry Festival. To have more fun on your local trail write director@car-free.org.

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.

League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructors are counting bicycles this week in Easton.

CAT members using BBC Tools with mechanic assistance:

Lee Poole-Smith replaced his handlebars.

Bike Education:



J. Reisenberger and Lee discussed the right spoke size to build a wheel.  Lee is having a problem because of differing tables on the size of his new rim and the size of the flanges on his new hubs being different from what the book said they would be.

Bike Library Activity (See what’s available now!)

New & Renewing Members:

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

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt


Lee Poole-Smith

Ian Douglas

Brandon DelCastillo

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.  Ian Douglas and Steve help.


  • at 6:30PM it was sunny and 91 degrees F.

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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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