Mar 09

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Sat. March 9,2013

The Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative (BBC) is open for Members and Guests every Thursday from 5-9pm and Saturday from 8AM to 4PM.

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

Today’s Bicycle Quotation:

“Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.” 

Grant Petersen

* If you have a favorite quotation or an interesting story about a personal experience while you were cycling and you would like to share that with us please comment below and maybe next week it will be in our post!!!! :)

Members use BBC Tools with mechanic assistance:

Steve Schmitt pumped up his tires, cleaned his chain, and got his headset overhauled by Lee Poole-Smith.

Lee helped out Derek out on his bike (putting new tires on and a new crank set).  Lee is rebuilding a BMX wheel for Derek.

Derek put a brake on his bike so it would be legal.

 Janneke Bos cleaned her bike, lubricated it and fixed a slow leak in her front tire.

Julie Vitale helped her.  They worked on the very sunny back deck.

Lee put a new derailleur on Julie’s library bike.  He had to put a new cable on the derailleur also. Steve helped her clean and lube her chain as well as pump up her tires.  We recommend Julie come back soon because she needs new housings on her brake cables and perhaps further work on her front brake pads, front derailleur and head set.  Did not check the wheels and tires thoroughly either.


Joesph Amedeo stopped in to have his bike looked at from Lee to see if it needed oil because it was squeaky

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

Bike Education:

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

Julie Vitale brought in her library bike for some long overdue maintenance.

New & Renewing Members:

Julie Vitale

Ben Marston

Derek Vacchino

Joe Amedeo

Bruce Hochman

John Tocado


Rich Schroeder donated 3 Bikes.

CAT V.P. Roy Young donated a dehumidifier to set up in the BBC basement.


Nick Young, Roy’s son made his first visit to the BBC.

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.  If you think you might enjoy this job email Christin@car-free.org today.


Lee Poole-Smith is our go to guy for just about anything mechanical.

Ron Teodoro comes in and cleans the BBC every saturday.

Ben Marston helped volunteer and got new parts for his bike.

Tim Miles carried some nasty garbage out of the basement.


High Temperature(°F): 53 AT 2:40PM

Average Wind(mph): 5 NW

High Wind Gust(mph): 9 AT 9:40AM

Expected Liquid Precipitation: 0.00″

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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
  • Christin

Closing Responsibilities:

  • Lee, Christin

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