Dec 21

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews Sat. 12/21/13

You’re Invited to our HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE!!

Saturday, December 28, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm.

This is your opportunity to check out our operation.  You can see our bike library; meet our bike mechanics, Frank Pavlick (Advanced Bike Mechanics) and Scott Slingerland (Basic Bike Mechanics); donate old or unused bikes and/or bike parts, and check our our inventory of bikes available for rehab.

It’s a POT LUCK, so feel free to bring bakery, snacks, or any type of food you’d like to share.  If you have any questions about what you can bring, or loan us for the party (we could use a small fridge, and a  coffee maker)

We hope to see you!!

You can now join or renew your membership in the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative online with any credit card using your personal computer or smartphone.

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.

Frank Pavlick sorting scrap.Frank Pavlick sorting thru scrap from donations received from people.  We go thru the donations, use what we can, and recycle the rest.

Have your bike checked by the best!  Master bicycle mechanic, Frank Pavlick, with 30 years experience in the bicycle business, will be in today. Come have your bike touched by the Wrench God.
Nino and Nino, Jr Secundino working on a bike.
Nino Secundino, and his son, Nino, Jr, working on a bike from our inventory downstairs.  He will rehab it, and restore it to good condition for his personal use.
                                                                    Scott Slingerland truing a wheel.            Scott Slingerland truing his wheel using equipment available at The BBC Office.

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 used to dream I was flying, now I dream I am driving my bike.”

* 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:

Nino Secundino repairing his chain, and Nino, Jr replacing his seat stem and clamp. Scott Slingerland is teaching them about the repairs.

Gary Ladan stopped in to have his bike checked during his ride today.  He was taking advantage of the great weather, and decided to stop in for a visit.

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 your bike and ride with you to Cafe the Lodge. All for $5! Call 610 954 5744 to make arrangements.

Or pick any destination from which you would like to learn to ride from your home, whether it’s your local trail, a farmers market, or where you work. We will come to your home, check out your bike, go over a few basics, and then ride with you, showing you the best route and optimally safe/pleasant way to ride to the destination of your choice. All for $5!

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

Bike Education:

Basic Bicycle Education

Traffic Skills 101

Basic Bicycle Mechanics

Take our most popular class, the basic bike maintenance class. In two 2-hour classes you become one with your ride. Email bikedirector@car-free.org to connect with Scott Slingerland, the instructor, with any questions.

frank with gary laderFrank Pavlick checking over Gary Lader’s library bike

Advanced Bicycle Mechanics

Cycle Safety Assessment

Bicycle Heaven Ride:

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

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. (Beast of Burden) 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 working on their back.

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:

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:

Nino Secundino and his son, Nino, Secundino, JR.

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


  • Steve Schmitt
  • Frank Pavlick
  • Mary Anne Winterhoff
  • 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 cat@car-free.org today.

jobs for volunteers



Warming up to 60 degrees. Occasional rain. Mostly sunny. Great riding weather!!

Temperatures: in the 60’s

Expected Precipitation: miniscule

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

CAT Members receive the CAR-FREE eNews by email twice a month
Only Members may participate in most CAT Events, Rides or Classes

Use any credit card to join online right now.

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

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:

Frank Pavlick

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