Jun 20

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Thurs. June 20, 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:

“Embracing bicycle culture one cyclist at a time.” Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative

* 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:

Barry Shook cleaned and lubed his drive train and filled tires. Lee checked over his brakes and wheels, no problems.  Steve swapped out Barry’s saddle for his as his was well worn.  Steve also showed Barry a way to get back to town that involves a lot less traffic noise and pollution. Keep riding Barry.

Steve Schmitt, the usual tire filling, brake pad checking and chain cleaning/lubing.

Derek Vacchino worked for several hours on his BMX bike.

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

Bike Education:

Basic Bicycle Education

Athena Greenspan and Khiem Vo started at the beginning.  They learned about tires, brakes, bearing rings, starting and stopping and lots of other stuff.

Traffic Skills 101

Basic Bicycle Mechanics

Athena Greenspan and Khiem Vo learned about fixing a flat tire and preventing flats.

Advanced Bicycle Mechanics

Cycle Safety Assessment

Lee Poole-Smith checked the brakes on Athena Greenspan’s bike
Lee checked over Barry’s bike.

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

Audrey Hepburn, cycle and dog chic, 1957

Bicycle Heaven Ride:

Was in the parking lot learning to stop and start.

New & renewing members this month:

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

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).

Lynda Moore donated a micro wave oven.

John Zachman donated two bikes, some tires and other parts.

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

Recent Visitors:

Andeana Gonzales, a film maker studying at Northhampton Community College came by and interviewed Steve, Lee and Derek.

Khiem Vo started his community service to graduate from Freedom High School.  He is pretty good with the computer and is already working on this report and correcting some problems with previous reports.

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

  • Steve Schmitt

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt
  • Khiem Vo

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

Khiem Vo

jobs for volunteer


Feel the heat!

High Temperature(66°F): 

Expected Liquid Precipitation: very wet today

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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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