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Reminder -Fat Tire Bike Preso and Club Meeting

This month's meeting will be tomorrow, January 24 at 7 pm.  It will feature a presentation of the joys of fat tire bikes by Mark and Tammy Doran, Jack Helffrich and Bert Mukkulainen.  Come to see their equipment, hear about their adventures and maybe take a spin on a fat tire bike in the parking lot.  They all have a lot to share and can explain why they love riding these bikes.  Come out of the cold and enjoy the night.  Details on Meetup: Fat Tire Bikes

A business meeting will follow the presentation at 8 to go over preparations for the new year.

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Monthly Meeting - Fat Tire Bikes!

This month's meeting will be next Wednesday, January 24 at 7 pm.  It will feature a presentation of the joys of fat tire bikes by Mark and Tammy Doran, Jack Helffrich and Bert Mukkulainen.  Come to see their equipment, hear about their adventures and maybe take a spin on a fat tire bike in the parking lot.  They all have a lot to share and can explain why they love riding these bikes.  Come out of the cold and enjoy the night.  Details on Meetup: Fat Tire Bikes

A business meeting will follow the presentaiton at 8 to go over preparations for the new year.

 

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LVCC Store is Open

 

Sally Wright has been working with Pactimo on the new bike clothing for LVCC and the store is now open.   Team store URL link – Lehigh Valley Cycling Club Team Store

Some deatils: Two styles are being offered – both in black and white and in color!  The store will close Jan 31, so get your orders in now.  All sales are final once they are placed. The team Account Manager (Alison Sisson) has the ability to go in and adjust SIZES while the team store is OPEN, but she cannot adjust QUANTITIES. If anyone decides they want additional items after purchasing their original ones, they must submit a second order.  She is also available to help with any sizing questions.

 

*****IMPORTANT: Pactimo has upgraded their sizing on all 2023 upper garments for a more generous feel on the larger sizes.  The sizes affected are Men's Size XL-XXXL and Women's Size L-XXXL.  It is important to check the new size charts for your size. ******  Other venders tend to size larger than  Pactimo, so use the fit guide:

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LVCC End of the Year Update

 

Happy Holidays to all! We hope that you are healthy and happy as we dig deep into the holiday season. And as we close out 2023, here is a recap of our Holiday Dinner and end of the year meeting.   

The election of officers was conducted and with no nominations to challenge the slate, the following were elected: 

               President – Carl Zvanut 

               VP of Touring – Greg Schnabel 

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Annual Holiday Dinner Deadline Approaching

If you are planning to go to the Holiday Dinner (and you should be) the deadline of November 25 is fast approaching.  See details below or go to Meetup and get the link to BikeReg there.

Sign up and pay here:
2023 LWA Holiday Party Online Registration
bikereg.com
Deadline November 25, 2023
Add your pictures from 2023 events here. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1oMotPaTejfePTZ-Lu5mHcwuevV3g01lE?usp=sharing

Questions? Call Donalee 610.587.2355

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Annual Holiday Party

The club’s Annual Holiday Dinner will be on Dec 1 starting at 6 pm at the Green Pond Country Club in Bethlehem Pa. Go to Meetup for information or click on this link to register: https://www.bikereg.com/62802?preview=1

While this is mainly a social event, there will be a short business meeting for the election of officers and recognition of our key volunteers. It’s always a great evening with friends, so plan to attend.

There will be a rolling slide show during the dinner so we’re looking for pictures from rides over the year. If you have some you’d like to share save them to the club drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1oMotPaTejfePTZ-Lu5mHcwuevV3g01lE?usp=sharing 

Hope to see you there!

Donalee Frary and Carl Zvanut

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Club Meeting - Wednesday, October 25

Just a reminder that we will have a club meeting this Wednesday at 7 pm at Asbury Church.  No special topic this month but a lot of club business to finish out the year.  All members are welcome to attend.  Details on Meetup:  https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/290164501/

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Shimano Crankset Recall

Shimano has recalled about 700,000 of their cranksets due to failure that has led to several recorded injuries.  If you have a Shimano crankset, check their website to see if yours has been recalled: https://bike.shimano.com/en-US/information/customer-services/corrective-actions/11-speed-hollowtech-ii-crankset-recall-notice.html.  Contact your local bike shop if you have questions or concerns.

Carl

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Free Vendor Table at Velofest for Club Volunteers

 

Kelli Bertoni is looking for volunteers at the Fall Velofest on September 30th and has offered a free 10’x10” Wheelman vendor spot for those that volunteer.  She's looking for folks who can do 2 hour shifts or more for the following times:

6:45am-9am (escorting vendors to their spots)

9:15am-2:30 (2 hr shifts at the front gate)

2:30pm-3:30pm (tearing down fencing)

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Tour de Fox and Club Picnic

Join other LWA members in joining the Tour de Fox Ride for better Parkinson's treatments.  Most of you know members of the club who suffer from this horrible disiease and this is a great way to show our support.  The "ride" is the same day as our picnic but you don't have to come to the picnic to join.  Just go to the LWA site: https://give.michaeljfox.org/team/514494 .  

And remember to put the club picnic on your calendar.  It's Saturday, Aug 26th with multiple rides scheduled and great food afterward.  See you there.  Sign up on Meetup:  https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/294150884/

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July and August Club Meetings

I have set up two club business meetings to formally accept the resolution to change the name of the club to Lehigh Valley Cycling Club and accept the subsequent changes in the bylaws.  At the July meeting, the

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Lehigh Valley Cycling Club

The members have spoken and the new name for the club will be Lehigh Valley Cycling Club (LVCC).   The final tally was 57 to 34 in favor of cycling over bicycle in the name.  I was very happy to see so many club members voting and caring about the future of the club.

The name will not be official until the end of the year but we will start advertising the change to the public.  If people ask why the change, consider the following in your response:  After 70 years, it is time to give the club a bit of a facelift.  "Wheelman" is a very old (1800s) name for a bicyclist, but it is not really used today.  We want to project that we are a friendly, social club where people with a mutual interest in cycling can have the opportunity to ride together.  We aim to service the Lehigh Valley and all forms of cycling.  

It's good to see the number and different levels of rides in the club giving opportunity to everyone to get out and ride.  Hope everyone is enjoying the good weather and getting out there.  

Another note:  There will be no club meetings over the summer since most would rather be out riding and we have the Grill and Chills to get together.  The board will be meeting and if there are any concerns people have, send a general email to the club or to me directly at president@lehighwheelmen.org.

Carl

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Updates and Reminders

Just some reminders on two upcoming events for next week:

Our May Meeting on Wednesday, May 24th will be hosted by Fitness Central (https://www.fitnesscentralinc.com/).  Come on out and see what they have to offer, talk to the mechanics and more.  As an extra bonus, Earl Ostrander is coming over to continue the First Aid and CPR discussion we had last month.  A short business meeting/club update will follow.  Please sign up on Meetup so the store knows how many to expect (https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/sdlbbtyfchbgc/).  

Also, on May 27 club member and pastor Larry Pickens will again host us at Ziegels Church for the annual Blessing of the Bikes (https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/293546873/).  Looking for ride leaders to post rides from the church following the brief blessings by Larry.  A great way start Memorial Day weekend.  If we don't see enough people signing up by Tuesday, we'll cancel the event.  

Ride safe.

Carl

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May Meeting at Fitness Central

Our May Meeting on Wendesday, May24th will be hosted by Fitness Central (https://www.fitnesscentralinc.com/).  Come on out and see what they have to offer, talk to the mechanics and more.  As an extra bonus, Earl Ostrander is coming over to continue the First Aid and CPR discussion we had last month.  A short business meeting/club update will follow.  Please sign up on Meetup so the store knows how many to expect (https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/sdlbbtyfchbgc/).  

Also, on May 27 club member and pastor Larry Pickens will again host us at Ziegels Church for the annual Blessing of the Bikes (https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/293546873/).  Looking for ride leaders to post rides from the church following the brief blessings by Larry.  A great way start Memorial Day weekend.

Carl

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Club Updates and Opportunities

I know many of you are thinking - Hey, this is a great club and what more can I do for it?  Well, opportunities abound.  The fun part of any cllub is being involved.  Here are some opportunites:

Become a ride leader - I hear comments about a lack of rides in certain areas or few rides on Sundays, etc.  You can solve this by becoming a ride leader and sharing your favorite rouites with others.  Its easy and a great way to meet new riders and friends.  If interested, come to the ride leaders meeting this Saturday to find out what its all about and talk to other leaders to get their thoughts and why they do it.

Marketing - For some reason this club seems to have a high level of techies but few who feel they can really get our message out to the community.  As we look at a name change to refresh our image in the community and as we work to draw in more members it would be great to have someone to help get the message out.  Any interest, contact president@lehighwheelmen.org or come to one of our monthly meetings.  

Donut Derby Volunteering - This is our premier event and working at it can be as much fun as riding.  And less tiring!  There are lots of opporunities to help.  If interested, sign up opportunites will be circulating shortly.

For more, come to our next general meeting on April 26th (https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/sdlbbtyfcgbjc/).

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Upcoming Club Events

Hope everyone has been out riding over these beautiful days.  Seems more like early summer than spring, Remember to enjoy the flowers and beautiful spring scenery in a way that you can do  only by being on a bicycle.  

There are two club events coming up to prepare us for the coming ride season:

  • This Saturday is the Ride Leader Meeting for all the ride leaders and those that want to be ride leaders.  Come out and learn some rules and clues to ride leading and chat with fellow ride leaders.  There will be a short ride following the meeting and them pizza!  What could be better?  Details on Meetup (Ride Leader Meeting).
  • At our club meeting this month on April 26th Earl Ostrander will once again keep us entertained while he keeps us on our toes about first aid on bike rides.  He's very engaging and you won't leave without learning something new or being reminded of something you used to know.  Details on Meetuup: (Club Meeting)

Keep riding!

Carl

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Upcoming Events

Despite the snow flurries, spring and the outdoor riding season are coming.  For many of us, the outdoor season never stopped since the winter was so mild but more warmer days are ahead.  Look for more rides on Meetup in the near future.  There are some events coming up in the next two months to help prepare for the riding season:

March 22 - Club meeting at South Mountain Cycle and Cafe.  Come hear what they have new (and old) for this year.  Ask quesions about maintenance or issues with your bike.  The cafe will be open so have a coffee or snack while you're there.  A very short business meeting will be held after the general discussion.  There will be no Zoom connection for this meeting.  And Funks is a short distance away.  Meetup - https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/sdlbbtyfcfbdc/

March 25 - Ride Leaders Meeting.  Come to the velo for a ride leaders meeting and training.  A short ride if the weather permits.  Many have commented on the lack of weekend rides or rides in areas away from the velo.  Become a ride leader to fix that!  It's easy and fun; you'll meet new people and share your favorite routes.  Meetup - https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/291994195/

April 26 - First Aid and CPR training with Earl Ostrander of CPR Roadtour.  Earl is back giving us his training focusing on cycling.  If you haven't been to one of his trainings, you are surely missing out.  You will definitely learn something and be entertained at the same time.  Don't miss it.  As usual, a business meeting will follow.  Meetup - https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/sdlbbtyfcgbjc/

April 29 - Skills Training - Craig Lambert has volunteered to offer his class on bike skills and safety for riders.  You'll participate in a variety of exercizes that will both test your skills and teach you new ones.  Great for new and experienced riders. Meetuup - https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/292122622/

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The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance

The following is a message from Bruce White, the Event Director of the National Memorial Trail Alliance.  We will be joining them again as they ride through this area.  If you have interest in joining them in any of their other endeavors, contact Bruce directly.  He will also be coming to our May Grill and Chill to meet with club riders and talk about the events.

Carl

The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance is  a non-profit organization that is developing a 1,300 mile multi-purpose trail connecting the Pentagon Memorial in DC to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA to the Ground Zero Memorial in NYC and back to the Pentagon Memorial in DC .  The Mission Statement for this organization is clearly that we must “Never Forget” our fallen heroes from the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01.

In June 2022, a group of 25 cyclists completed a 23 day, 1,100 mile trip to all three crash sites, marking the first organized bike tour to complete the entire triangle.  The LWA met us in Fleetwood and guided us into the Velodrome and treated us to lunch and a few laps on the track.  It was truly a highlight of the trip.

In 2023, the 9/11 NMTA will be offering three events that we hope will interest members of the LWA.

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Club Name Change Update

We had very good responses from the last survey about the name change for the club.  There were no strong objections to changing the name although some did prefer to keep LWA.  Most commented that it was a good idea and offered suggestions like - include "Valley" since just Lehigh makes us sound like part of Lehigh University, use club instead of association to show we are a less formal organization, change the name but keep the history, keep the new name short (three words).  All good suggestions but difficult to satisfy all of them.  

We also received some additional suggestions so we thought it would be good to put out an additional survey.  It took on average less than a minute to complete the last survey and this one should take even less time.  Please give it some thought and vote for your favorite.  The board will be reviewing the results and selecting the new name in the near future.  The formal name change will probably not occur for another year due to legal and logistical issues.  Once we have the new name selected, we will need a project manager to coordiante all the work needed to accomplish the change.  

Here's the link to the survey: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CTNH5KL

Donalee and Carl

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Club Meeting - Feb 23

Here's  a reminder about the club meeting this Thursday, Feb 23 at 7 pm at Asbury Church.  Come hear Raina talk about her experience in Abu Dhabi and stay for the exciting business meeting.  Last month we had a good session on how we can improve the club and we'll be reviewing the ideas including the potential name change for the club.  There's a lot going on in preparation for the riding season, Donut Derby, Ride Leaders Training, etc., so come on out and support your club.

Details on the location and Zoom link if you cannot attend live are on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/sdlbbtyfcdbdc/

Carl

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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.