Aug 22

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Thur. August 22, 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:

“Don’t be afraid to ride in the rain. Consider it a free facial.”

 * 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:

Andeana Gonzales

Andeana Gonzales adjusted her brakes, pumped up her tires, cleaned and lubed her chain. Andeana also learned how to true a wheel and spent some time working on her rear wheel. She also learned how to adjust her derailleur. Then she took a Traffic Skills ride with LCI Steve Schmitt.

Julie Vitale brought in her library bike. She cleaned and lubed her chain and fixed her kickstand.

Barry Shook discussed his new pedals with Steve. Barry also brought back two pedals he borrowed.

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

Andeana Gonzales

Basic Bicycle Mechanics

Andeana Gonzales learned a lot of stuff.

Julie Vitale learned how to check and clean her brake pads.

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:

From the BBC to downtown Bethlehem.

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).

Devon Donovan donated a diamondback mountain bike. He took a pair of pedals.

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

Recent Visitors:

Austin Yoder just moved to Bethlehem from Goshen, Indiana, where he worked at a bike cooperative. He wants to rebuild his college ride.

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

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 cat@car-free.org today.

jobs for volunteers



Beautiful day for a bike ride

High Temperature: 80

Expected Precipitation:  occasional rain

Donate to the helmet campaign on CAR-FREE.ORG.

It costs $10 to protect a child’s head.

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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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