Feb 28

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Thurs. Feb 28,2013

WE MOVED TO 1935 W. Broad St. in West Bethlehem!

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 1935 W. Broad St. in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Daily Quotes:

Cycling is unique.  No other sport lets you go like that – where there’s only the bike left to hold you up.  If you ran as hard, you’d fall over.  Your legs wouldn’t support you.

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.  Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.

When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations:  bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay’s call, ice melting and so on.  This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead.  I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity.  But I am mentally far away from civilization.  The world is breaking someone else’s heart.

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.  Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.  Only the bicycle remains pure in heart. 

The Bethlehem Bicycle Co-op is finally open after all the hard work that was put in to it and would like to Thank the following members for all of their help its much appreciated!

A great team effort by League Cycling Instructor, Gary Warren; CAT vice-president, Roy Young; CAT Members John Hoffer, John Perkins & Gary Lader and Family, and CAT Secretary Christin Hottenstein has finished the construction at the New Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative!  The new site has a new floor and ceiling, three coats of paint on every wall and new lighting.  It looks fabulous!

We passed our fire inspection and our occupancy inspection, too.  The difference between now and just one month ago is dramatic.  Our thanks to John Perkins for taking this project under his wing and making it happen.  As always, CAR-FREE vice-president, Roy Young, provided whatever construction expertise and tools was lacking and a lot of hard work, too.  League Cycling Instructor, Gary Warren, was a great worker also at our new site so close to his home.

Thank you Master Electrician and CAT Member Gene Hunter for pulling the electrical permit for the City of Bethlehem and forging ahead on the rewiring and replacing the light fixtures.  This was our main obstacle to gaining our occupancy permit and opening the facility.   Gene finished the work January 10th.  We now have legal wiring and all new brighter, more efficient lights, thanks to Master Electrician, Gene Hunter.  Landlord Barrett Ladd paid for the materials.

The BBC offers education classesBicycle Heaven Rides and the Bicycle Library program.

Our thanks to Barrett Ladd, the owner of the property for his generous rental terms, which make this site possible for a bike cooperative. Barrett has also put money into electric wiring and materials to get the site ready for occupancy. You can see Barrett’s Trek Transport given to BBC West in the picture above of the front window of the BBC West.


CAT members using BBC Tools with mechanic assistance:

Bike Education:

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

New & Renewing Members:

Get your own CAR-FREE Clothing by joining CAT today!


Huffy expedition 10 speed bike: Year 92


Greg Olson donated the Huffy Expedition bike.


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

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt
  • Christin Hottenstein

Volunteer coordinator is responsible for the report each time the BBC is open. S/he has everyone sign-in, tracks members, registers activities, records class participation, maintains paperwork and takes pictures.


Lee Poole-Smith


  • 39 degrees with winds at 7mph WSW, clear and beautiful riding weather

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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:

  • Christin

Closing Responsibilities:

  • Lee, Christin

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