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This is our online newsletter area, where you will find news articles, classified ads, club announcements, and other items of interest to LWA members. Instructions on how to subscribe and how to submit an article can be found on the LWA documents page.

LVCC Website Update: 12-31-2023

Yesterday, we switched the LVCC website over to the new domain:  lvcycling.club.  The old URL, lehighwheelmen.org, will still take you to the new site, but I recommend that you revise your bookmarks or favorites accordingly, as we have not decided how long the redirect will remain active.

As part of the changeover, all of the  @lehighwheelmen.org email addresses have been updated to @lvcycling.club addresses, including the one to which you send ride sheets.  Anything sent to the old addresses will bounce, so please update your address book accordingly.

If you visit the website, you may notice some issues that have yet to be sorted out.  I am aware of some of these, such as missing images, and we are working to resolve them.  If you notice any other website content that needs to be updated, feel free to notify me.  As the website contact form is one of the current issues, please do this via webmaster@lvcycling.club.

Thank you for your patience during the changeover, and best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Dave Drummer

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Photos wanted for Holiday Party slideshow

Add your 2023 pictures for display at our annual dinner on 12-01-2023. Click on the link below to add your photos https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1oMotPaTejfePTZ-Lu5mHcwuevV3g01lE?usp=sharing  The running slide show is always a highlight of the evening. Questions? Contact Dave Sheffield 610.462.0107 or Donalee Frary 610.587.2355. See you at the dinner!

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For Sale - Cannondal Super Six

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Cannondale Super-Six for sale. Anyone interested is welcome to reach out for questions and to see the bike. Here's some basic information:

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For Sale: Cannondale Synapse 51 cm

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2017 Cannondale Synapse, Shimano 105, 51cm
Lightly used for 2 years, then stored.  Paid $2400 new. Will sell for $850. 

suchomelamy4@gmail.com

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SOLD: 2019 Orbea M20

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Bike has been sold.

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The LWA website has a new coat of paint!

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We have just updated the Content Management Software used to manage our website.  There were several components of the current website that were incompatable with the new version, including the template, which determines the appearance of content posted on the website.  So when you next visit lehighwheelmen.org, what you see will look familiar, but slightly different.  All of the normal functions should be pretty much the same.  However, if you notice anything that doesn't seem to work correctly, please contact me:  webmaster@lehighwheelmen.org .  Have a nice Thanksgiving!

Dave Drummer

LWA website manager

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It's not to late to register for the LWA Holiday Party!

Let’s meet at the Bear Creek Lodge to Celebrate the 2022 Cycling Season on Sunday, 4 December 2022!

There will be a cash bar cocktail hour starting at 6 pm. At 7 pm, a buffet dinner will be served. After dinner, we'll have a brief club meeting with 2023 Officer Elections, Awards, and lots of stories. Once again, Jack & Dick will craft a wonderful slide show of our 2022 Rides including the Donut Derby.

RSVP via BikeReg.com by 21 November 2022.        More details on the LWA Meetup Calendar.

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Sold - Trek Madone 6.2 - Sold

2011 Trek Madone 6.2 has been sold

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FOR SALE: Vintage Veloce Women's Road Bike

This is a beautiful Veloce custom built ladies bike from about 1984. It's a Reynolds chro-moly frame built by John Stinsman, a Lehigh Valley frame builder from back in the day. I measure the frame to be 50 cm center-to-top, and the top tube is approximately 52.7 cm center of seat post to center ot head tube. It was built for my wife Marcie who is 5'2" tall, and somewhat short waisted, long legged to give you an idea of the fit. Absolutely top end, 6-speed componentry for it's time with full Dura-Ace. The tires are sew-ups. The paint job is a beautiful pink fade, with only a couple of minor chips. Asking $400.  

walkrfh@gmail.com

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FOR SALE: Santana Tandem $400

Santana Visa model tandem in Medium frame size, 3 x 9 speed. Mostly Shimano components: Deore XT rear derailleur for high capacity cassette range, S105 front derailleur, Shimano cantilever calipers, Ultegra brake levers and shifters, SPD pedals with campus style on front for improved stability getting started. Passenger controlled drum brake for greater safety descending hills. Low miles. Paint is in good condition with just a few chips.   Contact Fritz Walker, 

walkrfh@gmail.com

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LWA Annual Picnic - Save the Date and Help Needed

Hey Wheelmen,

Our annual picnic at Covered Bridge Park in South Whitehall is coming soon - Aug. 6 with rain date of Aug. 7. Usually we have several rides leaving from the park that morning, timed to return in time for the picnic which starts at noon. A metric century A/B ride and half century C ride (the Fritzinger Frolic is often the route for this one) are traditional options, but a mountain bike/trail ride, a D ride, and anything else you'd like are all welcome.

We need ride leaders! If you're a ride leader and willling to lead a ride please post it on Meetup and label it as a Annual Picnic Ride along with the ride level. It would be good to check on Meetup that no one has posted a ride for that route and level before you post. Ideally you should be available to lead this same ride on the rain date.

Also, I need a few volunteers to finalize the menu, shop for food and drinks, and help with setup the morning of the picnic. If you're willing to help me out, contact Fritz Walker at walkrfh@gmail.com

I'm looking forward to a good time for all on the 6th!

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For Sale - Giant Revolt

For Sale:  Giant Revolt (Small- I would normally ride a 54), 2018 model, Shimano 105 shifters, 32-48 chainrings, 11 speed 11-28 cassette, hydraulic disc brakes, 12 stem, 2 sets of wheels (Giant wheels with Donnolly MSO tubeless 36mm gravel tires, Hunt CF wheels with Victoria Rubino Pros 28mm tires, extra tires Giant Crosscut 50s). Excellent Condition. $1800 firm. Contact Chuck, ispin360@aol.com

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LWA Bike Virginia 23-26 June 2022

Just a reminder, the LWA is sponsoring a 4-day cycling adventure in the Harrisonburg, VA area from 23-26 June 2022.  This event is open to all "paid club members" and is free.  However, you will need to pay for your own transportation, food and lodging.

In the past, we have really enjoyed cycling in VA and have often had 25-30 LWA members joining in the festivities. If you are planning to join us, please register via the following Meetup Link.

https://www.meetup.com/Lehigh-Wheelmen-Association/events/283441611

Rich Ferrera has negotiated a discount hotel rate of $124/night at the Hampton Inn.  You must reserve your room by 3 June to get this rate. Otherwise, the rate will be ~$165/night.  There's also a camping option.  Please see the Meetup link.

The routes can be found at the following RidewithGPS link:

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Hincapie Gran Fondo in need of SAG drivers

There is an exciting ride coming to the Lehigh Valley on June 4 – The Gran Fondo Hincapie – Lehigh Valley.  This is a cycling celebration set on the beautiful roads of the Lehigh Valley with the proceeds  benefiting the Youth Programs at the Velodrome.  There are several course options ranging from 15-80 miles.  The organizers are  looking for volunteers to drivie SAG support, offering minor medical and mechanical support to riders (cars will be provided.  All volunteers will be compensated with an event T-Shirt and a food and beverage pass back at the velo.

Here  is a link to the event with some additional info. https://hincapie.com/granfondo/lehigh-valley/

If you are interested in helping out, please go to   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084faca729a4fd0-gran4

NOTE:  The Gran Fondo Hincapie – Lehigh Valley is a non-LWA event.  If you decide to volunteer you are doing so as an individual and not as a representative of the LWA.  The only affiliation the LWA has with this event is to pass the above information along.

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A tale of two chains

Your bike chain probably isn't something you think about much except when it is time to lube or clean it.  However, a chain problem can derail a bike ride pretty quickly, leaving you miles from home unless you are prepared to deal with it.

 

Last summer, I was on a LWA ride when one of the other riders broke her chain.  It broke a few links away from the quick link, probably because it had been lengthened by adding some links from a second chain, but that is another story.  Fortunately, I had a multitool that included a chain breaker, so we were able to remove the damaged part, and another rider had a quick link, so we were back on our way pretty quickly.  Though I'd been riding for more than 30 years, I had never thought to carry a quick link with me, but. since that ride, I won't leave home without one.

 

Fast forward to a few weeks ago,  another LWA ride.  I dropped my chain to the outside of the large chainring, and somehow managed to force the chain between the crankarm and the ring, right past the metal pin that is supposed to prevent that.  The crankset is of a type that doesn't have chainring bolts that can be removed out on the road, so the only obvious solution was to take the chain apart at the quick link.  This is pretty easy if you have a chain link pliers or, in a pinch, some narrow needle nose pliers, but I was forced to remove the link with my hands, which were quickly greasy and slippery.  Fortunately, I was finally able to get it done and remove the chain, but it was not an experience I wanted to repeat.

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"Virtual cycling without a smart trainer"

You may have noticed some virtual group rides posted on the LWA meetup, and thought that you are excluded because you don’t have a smart trainer.  While that would give you maximum functionality, you can still enjoy the experience of riding indoors on frigid days with a group of your fellow club members without one.  And just like on an outdoor ride, you can talk to the other riders.  Dave Sheffield has been doing this, using an old Cycleops fluid trainer.  He has a speed and cadence sensor, which sends data to his Garmin, but which can also be used to send data to a computer or tablet, as long it has the capability to connect a usb dongle .  Video of the route can be viewed on a display, tv, tablet screen or similar.

Beyond that, you will also need the Rouvy application, and a subscription to the Rouvy service, which currently costs $15 per month.  This can be suspended when the winter riding season is over.  More details can be found here .  
This morning, we rode a course in Switzerland, in beautiful spring weather.  It was 23 degrees outside my house, but nice and toasty inside, and we got a good workout in about 80 minutes.  Along the route, Paul Smith commented about how much more fit he felt this past spring after participating in these virtual rides last winter.  Why not join us, and reap the same benefits? 

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Reminder - LWA apparel store closes on Sunday

The LWA apparel store is currently open, but will close at the end of the day this Sunday, December 12th.  Ordering details can be found here.

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LWA virtual rides - coming your way this offseason!

We've reached that time of the year when the days are shorter, and colder as well.  There are fewer LWA rides on the calendar as a result, but there is an alternative to grinding it out by yourself on a trainer.  The advent of "smart" trainers has greatly changed indoor riding.  Using Zwift or other similar applications, it's now possible to have an interactive workout and to see the road ahead of you, be it via real video or a simulated reality.  But the one thing still missing was the ability to ride with, and talk to your friends.  Well, here is an alternative that can get you a little closer to the real thing this winter.

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LWA Apparel Store is now open, closes December 12th

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The LWA Apparel Store is open and is set to close on December 12th.  Sizing and other details follow below:

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Sold - Garmin 530 Edge

Garmin 530 Edge has been sold. . .

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Our 2024 Flagship Events

 Eastern Shore Weekend

May 3-5, rides each day.  

 

Donut Derby

 Labor Day, September 2nd, 2024

Registration opens in May!

LVCC Apparel

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The LVCC clothing store is currently closed.  It will re-open periodically.  Club members will be emailed when this happens.