Jul 25

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Thur. July 25, 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:

“I ride because I am addicted to the endorphins and to the adrenaline. I ride because the second my legs start turning circles I become a happier person. I ride because I love to feel the wind on my face and listen to the birds and bugs. I ride because it allows me to take out my aggression and anger. I ride because it stabilizes my life and creates balance. I ride because going downhill at 40mph makes me feel wild and free. I ride because I can’t cry and pedal and the same time. I ride because it allows me to play with the boys. I ride because I can go alone. I ride because even though I have ridden the route a 1000 times, I never know what is around the next bend.”
– Emily Kachorek

 * 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 put a new tube in his front wheel this evening.

Lee Poole-Smith helps Elliott Warren adjust his brakes and kickstand.

Sebastian Zawierucha building up a beater from scratch.

Derek Vachino replacing the tires on his BMX bike.

Julie Vitale came in with her library bike. Steve pumped up her tires and lubed her chain. Steve answered Julie’s quesitons about storage, folding bikes and other issues.

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

Advanced Bicycle Mechanics

Cycle Safety Assessment

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

Edit Ginsberg is working towards qualifying for a bicycle library bike.

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:

No ride this evening.

New & renewing members this month:

John Tocado & Family, Barrett Ladd & Family. Sebastian Zawierucha

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 and a book about cycling.

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

Recent Visitors:

Jason, who wants to become a bicycle mechanic, visited for the second time.  He wants to sign up for the next Basic Bicycle Mechanics. Edit Ginsberg is also interested in taking this class.

 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 Lynda@car-free.org today.

jobs for volunteers


Carl Bellesfield set up the new volunteer schedule for watching the bikes at Musikfest.

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.


Beautiful day for a bike ride

High Temperature: 70

Expected Precipitation:  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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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

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