Dec 15

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Sat. Dec. 15th 2012


We are located on the second floor of the parking deck for the condos at Riverport next to the Fahy (New Street) Bridge. The Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative (BBC) is open for members/guests Thursdays from 5-9pm and Saturdays from 8AM to 4PM.

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BBC Bronze members may use tools with Mechanic Assistance:

 Today, Steve Schmitt worked on his urban commuter bike, cleaning and lubing the chain and derailleurs, the wheel rims, lubing the cables, filling the tubes with air and putting some yellow reflective tape on his new used fork.  Lee Poole-Smith helped by servicing the brakes, noticing an irregular buildup of brake dust on the front rim caused by radial imbalance, so he trued the front wheel radially.

Lee Poole-Smith adjusted his brakes.

Scott Slingerland replacing the noodle on his rear brake.

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Bike Education:

CAT is offering to teach at any full-service bike shop in the Lehigh Valley, Traffic Skills 101 under the title “Learn to Ride to Your Favorite Trail.” If your favorite bike shop has not advertised this class please ask them when it is going to be held.

A League of American Bicylclists certified Cycling Instructor will come to your home and teach you how to ride to your favorite destination. Call 610 954 5744 or email cat@car-free.org.

Scott Slingerland starts Traffic Skills 101 w/ Fabian Aviles

Today Fabian Aviles started Traffic Skills 101 with Scott Slingerland and Steve Schmitt.

New & Renewing CAR-FREE Members Today:

Jesse Baerenrodt renewed his BBC Bronze membership for 2013.



Bike Library Activity:

 Does Bicycling Belong at Riverport?

On December 10, 2012, the Lehigh Riverport Condominium Association formally rejected CAT/CAR-FREE.ORG’s request to lease any one parking spot on the second or third floor of the Riverport Parking Garage effectively ending the possibility of our operating a bike cooperative in the parking garage. The Association also prohibited us from having a garbage container in the garage, from posting no smoking signs around the BBC or painting directional signage anywhere in the garage. It is our intention to move the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative from the Riverport Parking Garage to 1935 West Broad Street (BBC West) by January 14.

Fortunately the Bethlehem Parking Authority is going to allow us to continue to use the space for a mechanic shop for Frank Pavlick, storage for tables, chairs, banners and other stuff we need for bike education events and monitored bike parking at South Bethlehem Festivals. We don’t need any of the things we asked for from the Condo Association to maintain that presence. Also, the BPA is allowing us to use their Riverport impound lot as a drop-off point for the large shipments of recovered bikes we get from a number of police/municipal organizations across the region.

League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructor(s):

  • Scott Slingerland
  • Steve Schmitt
  • Frank Pavlick
  • J. Dietrich Reisenberger

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt


 Lee Poole-Smith

Ron Teodoro cleaned up the garbage in the parking garage and vacuumed the BBC.

BBC West Update

Weather Today:

sunny 30-40 degrees, great day for riding.

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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 and Genesis Bicycles.

Opening Responsibilities:

  • Steve

Closing Responsibilities:

  • Scott and Lee Poole-Smith

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