Oct 19

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Sat. October 19, 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.

Master bicycle mechanic, Frank Pavlick, with 30 years experience in the bicycle business, will be in after 10AM today. Come have your bike touched by the wrenchgod.

Bicycle Heaven Ride:

Our featured destination today is Cafe the Lodge in South Bethlehem. The only business with direct access to the Greenway. Ride with us and receive a 10% discount on your food and beverage.

Have a certified instructor come to your home, check you bike and ride with you to Cafe the Lodge. All for $5! Call 610 954 5744 to make arrangements.

As an alternate location, learn to ride to SteelStacks and the ArtsQuest Center, from your home, to visit the trade show associated with this weekend’s running events.

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:

“Whenever a motorist has anything to say to me while I’m driving my bicycle, I always wish them a great day. I try to remember that they’re driving; how stressful and aggravating that is. So I forgive any rude and silly behaviors on their part.”

* 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 :)

Using the tools and supplies in the BBC today.

 Frank Pavlick is changing the lubricant in his internal shifter because the grease that came with the unit on the bike will freeze if it gets much colder.

Frank evaluated the derailleur on Dave Trautmann’s wife’s bike.

Frank helped Janneke Bos clean up some issues on her bike. Turns out she needs a new rear wheel, cassette, chain and crank set. Janneke is putting a milk crate on the back of her bike, too, so she’s doing that first so she can carry the parts back from the bike shop.

Janneke’s bike after the drive train and rear wheel are all replaced.

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

Bike Education:

Basic Bicycle Education

Mary Anne Winterhoff fitted a helmet to Janneke Bos.

Traffic Skills 101

Mary Anne Winterhoff rode with Janneke Bos to Action Wheels and back.

Basic Bicycle Mechanics

Advanced Bicycle Mechanics

Cycle Safety Assessment

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

The Piccolo returns. The high-end tag-a-long from Burley returns to the BBC library. @[1571176965:2048:Janneke Bos-De Camp] says, "I don't think you can imagine how much fun we had with it."
The Piccolo returns. The high-end tag-a-long from Burley returns to the BBC library. Janneke Bos-De Camp says, “I don’t think you can imagine how much fun we had with it.”
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.

Bicycle Heaven Ride:

Have a certified instructor come to your home, check you bike and ride with you to the Farmer’s Market. All for $5! Call 610 954 5744 to make arrangements.

New & renewing members this month:

Barry Shook, Jeff Jacksits, John Tocado & Family, Barrett Ladd & Family.

Guest passes only $5 all day!

This week’s donations:

Ed Wise donated two bicycles.

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).

Recent Visitors:

Jeffrey Jacksits

Edit Gonzalez

Rick Dobrowolski came in to find out about bikes, classes and the bike library. Referred by Larry at Action Wheels.

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

  • Frank Pavlick
  • Steve Schmitt
  • Mary Anne Winterhoff

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



What a beautiful day! A little overcast at times.

High Temperature: 62 deg. F at 2PM

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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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 Schmitt

Closing Responsibilities:

  • Steve Schmitt

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