Jul 06

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Sat. July 6, 2013

 Driftin Moretti learns about his bicycle from League Cycling Instructor, Scott Slingerland.

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. The BBC is here to help you enjoy the trip more than ever.

Daily guest passes are ONLY $5 for an individual and $10 for a family!

Important news for cyclists:  Allentown 200+ Installs Shared Lane Markings

Today’s Bicycle Quotation:“Only one in every 3,000 commuters in our region travels to work by bicycle. Our question? Does cycling for transportation make you exceptional or does being exceptional result in your cycling for transportation?”

* 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:

Dave Trautmann is on another long bike ride for his vacation (300 miles).  He went over his bike with Shop Manager, Frank Pavlick, to make sure everything is set-up properly and he doesn’t face any immediate issues while so far from home.  See his photo album on facebook.

Steve Schmitt pumped up his tires and cleaned/lubed his chain.

Janneke Bos returned a library bike used by her son and conducted routine maintenance on her bike.

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

Bike Education:

Basic Bicycle Education

Lynda Moore came in with her Grandson Driftin Monetti to check out his bike and take basic bicycle education.  Scott Slingerland went over Driftin’s bike with him.

Today we offer a FREE helmet for any child under 10 who comes in with a parent/guardian and bicycle.

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 10AM ride is to the Arts District Farmers’ Market in South Bethlehem.

Today’s 2PM ride is for some watermelon, somewhere.

New & renewing members this month:

It’s a young month. Go to CAR-FREE.ORG to join or renew.

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).

Pete Garland and his wife donated two very old schwinns.  One of them is in very good condition.  He’s coming back later with two other bikes.  They are from Hanover Township, Northampton County. Pete just brought in two more bikes.

John Zachman brought in a road bike for donation.

Lynda Moore donated some shelving for the bathroom.

Recent Visitors:

John Erikson came in and talked with Scott and Steve for an hour. He wants to resume life as a cycling commuter.  He has a bike built by Frank Pavlick but it has a bad rear wheel. He is headed towards buying a bike and wants more information about how he can fit the BBC into his life.

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

Andeana made this film: CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation

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.  He is helping with the map of the Shared Lane Markings in Allentown.  He is learning to ride a bicycle in traffic, too.

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

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, generally keeping everyone laughing at his B.S.

Volunteers Needed:

Lynda Moore has donated a fabulous work sink we can install in the BBC.

Anybody up for this project?



High Temperature: 91

Expected Precipitation: 10% Little to none

Donate to the helmet campaign on CAR-FREE.ORG. It costs $10 to protect a child’s head.

Do you want walkable communities, more bicycling & better transit? Join CAT Today

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Use any credit card to join online right now.

New or renewing members qualify for CAR-FREE clothing with reflective Shared Lane Marking.


$50.00 – One Year Family/Household CAT Membership

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



  1. Barbara O. Rowley

    Really??? The BBC opens at 5 AM on Thursdays???


    Only for you Barbara will we be open at 5AM. Seriously though, thanks for the comment, we have corrected this. The BBC is open 5PM to 9PM every Thursday.

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