Dec 28

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews Sat. 12/28/13

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 one of our bike mechanics, 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)

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 10 AM to 4PM. The BBC is here to help you enjoy the trip more than ever.IMG_7699Don Kelly and Scott Slingerland chatting about the old days, and discussing biking and friends.

Have your bike checked by the best! Bicycle mechanic Scott Slingerland, here with Derek Vacchino, getting ready to work on Derek’s bike. Come have your bike inspected, and learn to do your own repairs.
Barbara Rowley chatting with Scott Slingerland, Anne Felker, Don Kelly, and Mary Anne Winterhoff about all things bike.  Barbara and Mary Anne discussed proper bike safety and the need for more Traffic Skills knowledge in the Lehigh Valley.
Barbara hopes to involve the CAT/BBC with Independent Transportation Network.
Don Kelly and Ann Connors                                                 Don and Ann rode to the BBC.
IMG_7709                 Just some of the feast we offer visitors to our Open House!  Hope to see you soon.
IMG_7710Sam Steffen, just back from Nashville, has moved into the Lehigh Valley, and hopes to get involved again with CAT-BBC.
IMG_7711Scott, Julie Vitale, and Janneke Bos, reuniting after a few weeks apart.  Friendships are made at the CAT-BBC office!
IMG_7716Great conversation and amazing food (Nino’s empanadas were AWESOME!) helped make the party a great time for all. (Nino, Jr., Nino, John Brown, Julie Vitale, Janneke Bos, and Mary Anne Winterhoff, enjoying each other’s company).

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:

“It is when you come back to bicycling, after long dispractice, that you realize how exquisite a physical art it is.”

Christopher Morley

The Romany Stain

* 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:

Derek Vacchino lubricated his chain, and worked on his rear wheel.

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

Frank Pavlick is offering several Advanced Bike Mechanic Workshop series in the new year:


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:

Sam Steffen renewed his membership for the new year as a Bronze Level member, with the anticipation of upgrading to Silver Level member in the near future.

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:

Anne Connors, Don Kelly, Anne Felker, Derek Vacchino, Barbara O. Rowley, Sam Steffen, Julie Vitale, Janneke Bos, John Brown, Barrett Ladd, Nino & Nino, Jr Secundino, Jeffrey Jacksits.

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


  • Mary Anne Winterhoff
  • Scott Slingerland

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Mary Anne Winterhoff

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.

Opening Responsibilities:

  • Scott Slingerland

Closing Responsibilities:

  • Scott Slingerland

jobs for volunteers



Warming up to 45 degrees. Occasional rain. Mostly sunny. Great riding weather!!

Temperatures: in the 40’s

Expected Precipitation: miniscule

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:

Scott Slingerland

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