Apr 13

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Sat. April 13, 2013

The Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative (BBC) is an educational bike shopopen for members and guests Thursdays from 5-9pm and Saturdays from 8AM to 4PM.

Today we offer a FREE helmet for any child under 10 who comes in with a parent/guardian and bicycle.

The Beier family got all three of their children’s bikes safety checked for just $10. The parents learned how to do a quick safety check of the bikes and the kids got some basic instruction, too. All three children got FREE helmets. They live in the neighborhood, so they will be coming back again soon with the parent’s bikes also.


Guest passes are just $5 for an individual and $10 for a family today!

Today’s Bicycle Quotation:

“I used to dream about flying all over my neighborhood.  Now I dream about riding my bike.”

* If you have a favorite quotation or an interesting story about cycling please share as a comment below and maybe next week we will feature it in our post :)

Members use BBC Tools with mechanic assistance:

Once again tires pumped, chain lubed, brake pads checked on Steve’s bike.  Lee disassembled the front brake.  Frank Pavlick adjusted the headset.  Frank then decided to swap out the front fork and front brake assembly.  Frank recommended Steve switch to a different lubricant.

Lee’s changing brake levers on his bike.

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

Bike Education:

Basic Bicycle Education

Traffic Skills 101

Steve rode to Wells Fargo and Aykroyd Hardware downtown and back.

Basic Bicycle Mechanics

Advanced Bicycle Mechanics

Cycle Safety Assessment

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

Bicycle Heaven Ride:

Today’s 10AM ride is to the downtown Bethlehem .

Today’s 2PM ride is to Lehigh Canal Towpath.

New & Renewing Members:

Donna Thomas (CAT Member)


The BBC accepts donations of bicycles, bike parts, tools and supplies on Thursdays from 5-9PM and Saturdays from 8AM to 4PM at 1935 W Broad St. in Bethlehem.  We provide a receipt for all contributions and we are a 501(c)3 educational charity under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Thank you to Gene Hunter for donating a microwave oven.

Right now we are also hoping someone will donate a work sink we can install in the BBC.


A student from Lehigh University came in to ask questions about the Basic Bicycle Mechanics class.

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

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt
  • Christin

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.

jobs for volunteers


  • Lee Poole-Smith


Temperature(°F):  40 at 9:45 AM

Temperature(°F):  54 AT 3PM

Average Wind(mph): 9 frm the West

Expected Liquid Precipitation: 0

Donate to the helmet campaign on CAR-FREE.ORG. It costs $10 to protect a child’s head.

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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:

  • Christin

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