May 23

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Thurs. May 23, 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. Come on by!

3-year old Cyrus gets his first bike helmet

FREE helmet for any child under 10 who comes in with a parent/guardian and bicycle extended into May.


Guest passes are just $5 for an individual and $10 for a family Thursday evenings in May!

After adjusting Derek’s brakes, he and Scott go out for a quick bike ride before the rain hits!

Today’s Bicycle Quotation:

To me it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining or whatever: as long as I’m riding a bike I know I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”.” –Mark Cavendish

* 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.

Derek Vachinno worked on his rear brake.

Bike Education:

Basic Bicycle Education

Traffic Skills 101

Scott Slingerland took Derek Vichinno on a bicycle ride to the lehigh canal towpath.  Derek learned to yield to pedestrians and other cyclilsts on a mixed use path.  Because there are no fixed rules for either the users or the designer of such trails they can be very dangerous.  Line of sight issues, surface maintenance, erosion, random behaviors are all reasons for cyclists on such facilities to take it easy and to slow down whenever presented with anything adding to the level of risk.

Basic Bicycle Mechanics

Advanced Bicycle Mechanics

Cycle Safety Assessment

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

Bicycle Heaven Ride:

Today’s 6PM ride is to the Tunes at Twilight Trouble City All Stars concert at the Sun Inn Courtyard in beautiful downtown Bethlehem .

New & Renewing Members:


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.


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

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt
  • Kate Connors

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(68°F):  AT 7pm 

Expected Liquid Precipitation: 0.40″

High Wind Gust(9mph):  AT 9 PM

Average Wind(mph):  3 WSW

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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:

  • Scott

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