Jul 18

o Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Thur. July 18, 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. The BBC is here to help you enjoy the trip more than ever.

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:

“As a kid I had a dream – I wanted to own my own bicycle. When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world. I lived for that bike. Most kids left their bikes in the backyard at night. Not me. I insisted on taking mine indoors and the first night I even kept it by my bed.” ~by John Lennon

 * 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 came in with a clicking noise on his commuter bike.  He uses his bike every day to get to work and everywhere else.  LCI Steve Schmitt diagnosed the problem as a bad pedal, replacing the right pedal with a used pedal from our used parts supply. Barry reported the clicking was gone after a test ride.  Steve suggested Barry start looking for a new set of pedals because he can expect his other pedal to fail soon, too. Barry’s full service bike shop is Cutters in South Bethlehem, so he will take it up with John/Lisa Ronca, the owners. CAT encourages all commuting cyclists to support their full-service bike shop.

Steve Schmitt did some routine maintenance on his bike, pumping up his tires, cleaning/lubricating his chain and checking his rims/brake pads.

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

Bike Education:

Basic Bicycle Education

Traffic Skills 101

Basic Bicycle Mechanics

Steve instructed Barry Shook what to expect from a pedal used every day for bike commuting. He showed Barry how to notice wear on a pedal and how to tell when to replace a pedal.

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

No ride this evening.

New & renewing members this month:

John Tocado & Family, Barrett Ladd & 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).

Barbara Rowley donated a carry all pack for mounting on a rear wheel rack.

We are hoping someone will donate a dormer fan, preferably with two fans that operate independently and blow in different directions.

Recent Visitors:

 Barbara Rowley visited the shop today traveling to the BBC on LANtaBus Route 107 to and from deep West Allentown. She and Steve talked about pedestrian and transit issues.  Steve found 7 empty 40 ouncers under the bus stop bench when he walked Barbara to the bus stop. He put the bottles on recycling and made a note to step up the Adopt-a-Bus Stop program at Pennsylvania and Broad Streets.

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

Steve worked on a report concerning the Patrick Ytsma ghost bike and permanent memorial, plus the minutes of today’s Ride Share Task Force. He also did some accounting.

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


CAR-FREE.ORG vice-President, Roy Young, is working on installing two sinks, one in the bathroom for washing up and a second large ceramic basin for washing bikes and taking showers. Both sinks were donated by Lynda Moore.


Seriously hot, mid nineties

High Temperature: 95

Expected Precipitation:  none

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

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$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


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