Jun 27

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Thur. June 27, 2013

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

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring.” –Desmond Tutu

 * 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:

Derek Vacchinio worked over his BMX wonder bike.  Man he trashes this thing.  Every week.

Our new Assistant Director of Operations, Lynda Moore, took her bike home today, 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.

Lee Poole-Smith helped Steve change the batteries in one of his rear lights.


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

Traffic Skills 101

Basic Bicycle Mechanics

Advanced Bicycle Mechanics

Cycle Safety Assessment

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 6PM ride is into the heart of the storm.  Lightning and thunder no extra charge. Free facials.

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:

Jeffrey Miles passing through by bike from DenverReplaced front derailleur.

Khiem Vo continued his community service to graduate from Freedom High School.  He is pretty good with the computer.  He is creating a map of the Shared Lane Markings in Allentown.

Khiem and Steve are ready for a ride outside the BBC

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.

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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