May 25

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Sat. May 25, 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:

“Your bicycle invigorates you, strengthens you, relaxes you, lets you vent your frustrations without interrupting, nodding off or making judgments. Your bicycle helps you meet other people. Your bicycle always goes where you want to go. And if you buy your bicycle a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day, you get to eat them all.” Scott Martin

* 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:

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

Bike Education:

Basic Bicycle Education

Traffic Skills 101

Jeff Vitelli continued his work with LCI Steve Schmitt.  They covered quick releases, checking handlebars and stem before riding.  More on emergency stopping, such as never un-weighting the saddle by standing when descending a hill.  Steve showed Jeff how the derailleurs work with the bike in a bike stand.  Steve explained gear ratios, not crossing the chain, cadence.  Jeff spent a while with Steve going over the guidelines for riding in a group because Jeff is in the LEPOCO bike-a-thon next Saturday.

Basic Bicycle Mechanics

There was a basic class this past Wednesday.  Scott Slingerland taught Joyce Marin, Amy Wressell and Sandy Walter the first 2-hours.

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.

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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:

Chris Vitlos and his daughter stopped by on their way to volunteer at the Calypso Elementary School Bike Jam.  So did Stephen Kraft.  As did Derek Vachinno.

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

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

  • Steve Schmitt

LCI Gary Warren and CAR-FREE CAT Bike Director Scott Slingerland are running the Cheston Elementary School Bike Jam with Mechanic Instructor, Frank Pavlick, plus LCI Joyce Marin, assisted by mechanics from Cutters Bike Shop and Action Wheels.

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.

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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 Genesis Bicycles, Barrett Ladd and Google.

Opening Responsibilities:

  • Steve

Closing Responsibilities:

  • Steve

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