May 18

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Sat. May 18, 2013

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

3-year old Cyrus gets his first bike helmet

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


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

Today’s Bicycle Quotation:

“Meet the future; the future mode of transportation for this weary Western world. Now I’m not gonna make a lot of extravagant claims for this little machine. Sure, it’ll change your whole life for the better, but that’s all.”

Bicycle salesman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969

* 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:

Last week Derek Vacchino and Lee Poole-Smith work on Derek’s BMX freewheel

Steve worked on his road bike, filling the tires and cleaning/lubing the chain.  He is hoping to have it checked over by Frank Pavlick.  Steve looks forward to a long road bike season ahead.

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

Bike Education:

Basic Bicycle Education

Jeff Vitelli learned how to tell if a bike fits, to do a quick check of the tires, brakes and bearings on a bike.  Also to start and stop correctly, about correct cadence, plus shift his rear derailleur.

Traffic Skills 101

Jeff Vitelli took a ride with LCI Steve Schmitt.  Jeff learned to avoid the door zone, to ride predictably.  To scan before moving laterally on the road.  How to yield when coming to an intersection with a busier road with no signage.  Jeff discussed using a mirror and maintaining flexibility.

Basic Bicycle Mechanics

Steve Schmitt explained bearings and the 12 bearing rings on every bike to Jeff Vitelli.

Advanced Bicycle Mechanics

Cycle Safety Assessment

Julie Vitale helps with the monthly check-up of her BBC library bike.

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

Audrey Hepburn, cycle and dog chic, 1957

Bicycle Heaven Ride:

Today’s 10AM ride is to the Lehigh Canal Towpath.

Today’s 2PM ride is to Back Door Bakeshop.

backdoor logo

New & renewing members this month:

.John Hoffer, John Tocado & Family, Barrett Ladd & Family, Frank Pavlick & family/household, Scott Slingerland, Steve Schmitt, Chris Vitalos,

This week’s donations:


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).

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

Today’s Visitors:

Derek Vicchino’s father Ken came in to find out more about the place.

Jeff Vitelli came in and bought a one-day pass for $5.

Justin Dickinson, a friend of Pat Corpora’s and a student at DeSales University came in and talked to Steve about the bicycle library program.

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

  • Steve Schmitt

Scott Slingerland is running the Cheston Bicycle Education Event with Joyce Marin and several other LCIs, assisted by mechanics from Genesis Bicycles.

  • Frank Pavlick

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt

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



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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 Genesis Bicycles, Barrett Ladd and Google.

Opening Responsibilities:

  • Steve

Closing Responsibilities:

  • Steve

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