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Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Saturday July 7, 2012

Frank Pavlick back riding a bike!

The Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative (BBC) is open for members/guests Thursdays from 5-9pm and Saturdays 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 biking to Walhalla, South Carolina.

We must move 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:

Cathy Frankenberg moves her water bottle carrier, lock,  basket, lights and rear fender over to her new bicycle library bike.  Steve helps.

Lee Poole-Smith builds a rear wheel from scratch for the first time without guidance or instruction.

Bike Education:

Cathy Frankenberg started the course.  She progressed rapidly through the basics.  Cathy is committed to learning to use a bike for transportation, something only 1 in every 2,000 people is doing in the Lehigh Valley.  CAT is here to help her.  After an hour and a half Cathy is riding the streets of Bethlehem, confidently taking the lane and avoiding parked car doors.  She leaves with a  library bike.  Steve is her instructor.

Lee Poole-Smith builds his first wheel from scratch, with no guidance, figuring everything out using logic only.

New & Renewing CAR-FREE Members Today:


Daniel J. Kukitz donated 2 bikes and a pump.


A gentleman stopped in looking to buy some tires.  We sent him to Action Wheels.

Bike Library Activity:

Cathy Frankenberg started the program and left with this beautiful bike.

League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructor(s):

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt

We must move at the end of July or August. We are catching up with the recycling of scrap, such as wheels that can’t be used. 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.


The front desk is empty on a Saturday as there is no volunteer to staff it!  Must be the heat.

Lee Poole-Smith and Ron Teodora are the only volunteers who braved the heat today.


Weather Today:

94 degrees. air quality action day.  Know your air quality www.airqualityaction.org

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Join the BBC Today

(See New & Renewing Members during 2012)

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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