Jun 22

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Sat. June 22, 2013

The Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative (BBC) is an educational bike shop open for members and guests Thursdays from 5AM to 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.

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

Today’s Bicycle Quotation:

“The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.” John Howard

 * 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:

Gary Warren came in with a few broken spokes on his rear wheel.  Ended up replacing the wheel with a used wheel.  Helped by Scott Slingerland and Lee Poole-Smith.  Had to change from a seven speed to six speed rear derailleur, too.

Our new Assistant Director of Operations, Lynda Moore, brought in her bike, a Giant hybrid purchased at Curt’s Cyclery.  Lee and Scott went over her bike.  They adjusted the brake and derailleur cables, the head set, trued the wheels and cleaned/lubed the drive train.

Steve Schmitt lubed and cleaned his drive train, replaced the batteries on pumped up his tires to prepare for some long rides

The B.O.B Ilbex Trailer is ready for borrowing.  It comes with a special quick release axle for your bike so it’s easy to put the trailer on and off your bike.

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

Bike Education:

Basic Bicycle Education

Khiem Vo working with Steve Schmitt to learn about walking on the sidewalk, quick safety checks of bike.

Traffic Skills 101

Final road test of Derek Vacchino by Steve Schmitt

Traffic training ride, Khiem Vo with Steve Schmitt

Basic Bicycle Mechanics

Gary Warren training with Lee Poole-Smith and Scott Slingerland

Advanced Bicycle Mechanics

Cycle Safety Assessment

Derek Vacchino passed his final road test and has completed Traffic Skills 101.

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

The B.O.B. trailer is a great way to haul whatever you need, especially on a trail or other narrow route.

The recumbent bike is available right now. An excellent option for a CAT member to try upon returning to cycling after work on their back.

Audrey Hepburn, cycle and dog chic, 1957

Bicycle Heaven Ride:

The 10AM ride is to downtown Bethlehem.

Today’s 2PM ride is from Bethlehem to Easton for Easton’s first Reggae Fest!

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).

John Schubert donated a B.O.B Ibex Suspension Trailer many years ago.  It is still in excellent shape and is now available again to CAT/BBC members for borrowing.  Great for camping on the trail.

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 Northampton Community College came by recently 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.

Khiem and Steve are ready for a ride outside the BBC

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

  • Steve Schmitt

  • Scott Slingerland

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.

jobs for volunteers


Lee Poole Smith, F.W.Y., usual jack of all trades.  Helped with Lynda Moore’s bike, Gary Warren’s bike, Derek Vacchino’s bike, the computers, the camera security system, generally keeping everyone laughing at his B.S.

Khiem Vo put together the report for today, picked up all the litter on the block, worked on the new security camera system and took a training ride to downtown and back.

Derek Vacchino fixed a flat tire on a training bike.



High Temperature: 84°F, 29°C

Expected Precipitation: 10% Little to none

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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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