Jul 19

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Saturday, 7/19/2014

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. We are a support facility for transportation cyclists.The BBC is here to help you enjoy the trip more than ever.


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

Students ride around the country.
The kids are out of school and riding 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:

“According to CAT surveys of Allentown trail users in 1998, 16% arrive at the trail head by bicycle. If you would like to learn how to bike to your favorite trail in a stress free way, call the BBC today, 610 954 5744 for friendly, helpful advice.”

* 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 :)

Become a Bronze Member of the BBC & access our complete tool set & a qualified bicycle mechanic all year long!

Carl Bellesfield changing his tire
Carl Bellesfield, our coordindator for bicycle parking at ArtsQuest, gets his annual pre-festival overhaul on his bike with Scott Slingerland’s help. If you would like to help watch the bikes at Musikfest this year, give us a call 610 954 5744 or drop us an email, bbc@car-free.org
Beatrix Watt brought in her library bike by LANta bus from South Whitehall. Got new tires, brake assembly and pads.
Scott did some bottom bracket repairs on his steed.

Steve cleaned and lubed his chain.  Pumped up his tires.

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

Bicycle Heaven Ride:

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

This is the kind of thing you will learn/review as part of your Bicycle Heaven Ride:

Don’t intimidate pedestrians. Look behind you before moving laterally on the roadway. When going downhill keep your hands on the brakes and control your speed.

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 classesBicycle Heaven Rides and the Bicycle Library program.

Bike Education:

Basic Bicycle Education

Sample: Always check your tire pressure, that you have brakes and for wobble in your bearing rings before starting a ride.

Traffic Skills 101

Will took a traffic skills ride with Steve Schmitt

Never approach another vehicle from the right unless it is in a left turn lane and/or signaling a left turn. Look both ways when you come to an intersection where the street perpendicular to you is wider than the one you are on and be prepared to yield to cross traffic. Look behind you before moving laterally on the roadway. When traffic is coming and you have to stop at a stop sign put your foot down on the street.

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.

Advanced Bicycle Mechanics

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

Cycle Safety Assessment

It’s lots of fun to help at a bicycle education event. If you’re interested call the CAT office, 610 954 5744 or email cat@car-free.org. Chances are excellent we’re doing something at an elementary or middle school near you!

Read more about the BikeEd event at Calypso . . .

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!)

Eric Schmitt took a BMX bike for his daughter Zoe, 6 years old.

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 BOB (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:

Betrix Watt is a Silver Member of the BBC and a family member of CAT along with her husband James.

Brian Sherry is a Gold Member of CAT and the BBC.

John Tocado and his family are Gold Members of CAT and the BBC.

Barrett Ladd and family are gold members of CAT and the BBC.

CAR-FREE CAT Members joining or renewing for 2014

Guest passes only $5 all day ($5 may be applied to membership fees)!

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).

Barrett Ladd gave several boxes of Trek hand me downs.

Recent Visitors:

Jeffrey Jacksits came in to talk to Steve and Scott about how great bike riding to work is.

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

  • Steve Schmitt 8am-3pm
  • Scott Slingerland 9am-4pm

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.

Carl Bellesfield made some calls to fill the volunteer slots in the Musikfest bike parking schedule.

Opening Responsibilities:

  • Steve Schmitt

Closing Responsibilities:

Scott Slingerland

jobs for volunteers




Temperatures: 70-80 deg. F

Expected Precipitation: None

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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.

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