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Gettysburg Cycling Weekend - October 4 to 6

A weekend biking event for LVCC members is being planned in Gettysburg for Oct 4, 5, and 6.  Before extensive planning is done, we are looking for interest in the event.  The event has been posted on Meetup with some details and a slot of hotel rooms for club members to reserve.  Sign up on Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-valley-cycling-club/events/302122051/) and make your hotel reservation by July 31 to get the club rate.  Once we have commitment from enough people we will modify the routes with rest stops, plan a happy hour, etc.

So far, the planned routes will include:
Friday ride – a 30-mile ride through Gettysburg Battlefield. We will explain how participants can download the NPS app and use Gettysburg National Military Park section to listen to numbered audio explanations at key battle points along the route.
Saturday rides – 2 to 3 options that include routes from 40 to 60 miles
Sunday rides - 2 options that include routes from 30 to 40 miles

Arrangements for a group rate for this weekend have been made with the Comfort Suites Near Gettysburg Battlefield Visitor Center 945 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA, 17325, US

This hotel in within walking distance of the town and the group rate is $189 per night versus $285 per night and will be available for LVCC members until July 31.

To make your reservations at this rate, you will need to use this booking link: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/HT70C8

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LVCC Night at the Velo - July 19

On Friday, July 19th, all club members are invited to spend the evening on the velo deck and enjoy the races.  Admission is free – just sign up on Meetup so they know you’re coming and go to the will call area and get your wristband.  This will let you into the stadium and onto the velo deck.  It’s tandemonium night so you can watch the big bikes race around the track.

There’s good food available at the Sticky Pig and you can preorder to avoid the lines.  They will also cater to the deck if people want to pool some money and share a large nacho plate ($200 for 10 to 15 peple) (eatstickypig.com610-573-9220).  Here’s their concession stand menu:

  • G. Sandwich $14 (Pork or Chicken) creamy slaw, roasted garlic aioli, mixed greens, brioche bun, house spiced tortilla chips
  • Classic Nachos       Small $11/large $17 (Pork, Chicken or Vegetarian) crumbled queso blanco, cherry tomato salsa, cilantro sour cream, mixed greens, house chips
  • Chicken Fingers and Crinkle Cut Fries $12
  • Slipstream Salad $11 mixed greens, berries, candied mixed nuts, burrata, blackberry honey vinaigrette Add pork or chicken $5
  • Chicken Salad Wrap $14 mixed greens, pepperjack, bacon, tiger sauce, house spiced tortilla chips 

SIDES

  • Street Corn Dip $7 roasted corn, house spice, sour cream, queso blanco, house chips
  • Hot and Honey Mac and Cheese $7
  • Side Crinkle Cut Fries $5
  • Slider (pork or chicken) with house chips $5
  • Hot Dog with house chips $4

Hope to see many of you there.

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Youth Bike Summit

By now, most of you are aware of the National Youth Bike Summit that took place June 14th to 16th hosted by Community Bike Works.  Over 200 attendees came from around the country for the event and were very impressed with the cycling community in the valley.  Over 25 LVCC members came out to support the event – leading rides, taking pictures, setting up bikes, storing and moving bikes, etc.  Diana Dunn led the charge by coordinating a lot of the volunteers and activities.  Kim Shaffer, the CBW Executive Director, emphasized to me that without the LVCC, they could not have pulled this off.  Kudos to all who volunteered. 

I think all of us that volunteered agreed that it was a lot of fun and were very impressed with the young people who came.  I was particularly impressed by the young man riding next to me down Turner Street who popped a wheelie but continued to talk to me.  Overall, the kids were energetic, polite and caring.  It makes you think the world is in good hands for the future. 

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Youth Bike Summit Volunteers needed for June 15th

Work Shops on Saturday June 15th During the Youth Bike Summit That Need Volunteers

The volunteer requests here are for volunteers to serve as chaperones (not to lead or organize the workshop.)

Note, hereafter, CBW refers to Community Bike Works

With the exception of the last workshop in the list below, all of these volunteer positions have a time requirement of ~ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday June 15th.  Volunteers will report to Muhlenberg College.

Contact Diana Dunn (dunndianas@gmail.com) if interested in filling any of these positions.  THANKS!

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Upcoming Bicycling Events

Here are some of the upcoming bicycling events in the Lehigh Valley:

Sunday, May 26th -  2nd Annual McCall TapHouse Ride.  The people at McCall are once again inviting us to celebrate the anniverary of their taphouse openingm starting at noon after the rides finish.  Details on Meetup.

June 1st – Hincapie Lehigh Valley – This is the third year this event is coming to the Lehigh Valley, starting and ending at the velo.  Many volunteers are needed and if you're interested in signing up go to:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084FACA729A4FD0-46628172-2024#/

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Summer Picnic - Help Needed!

Last year we had a great picnic at Upper Saucon Park.  This year we’ve reserved the pavilion for August 17th but need someone to lead the effort.  The location is taken care of and the routes are on our Ride with GPS account.  What’s needed is someone to take charge and coordinate the food, announcements, and other logistics. 

This is a great opportunity for someone who has been riding with the club to give back.  We have had good volunteers for many activities, but they tend to be the same people so we’re looking for some new people to step up.  Let me or any of the officers of the club know if you are interested. 

Carl

President@lvcycling.club

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Velo Night at the Club Meeting

Jorge Romero, the Community Outreach Director of the Valley Preferred Cycling Center, will be talking to us about what's going on at the velodrome and their renewed focus on developing local talent. Jorge has many years of experience in racing, bike mechanics and cycling in general. Come out and hear what's going on and how our club can help this fantastic facility in the Lehigh Valley.

Here's the Meetup Link: April Meeting: https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-valley-cycling-club/events/297988745/

A short business meeting will follow.

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LVCC Rides

With the riding season really getting into gear, I thought a few words about club rides would be in order.  Greg Schnabel held a ride leaders meeting a few weeks ago and the club is lucky to have so many willing leaders.  They work to outline routes and set expectations on speed, length and climbs.  In addition, the training in safety and emergency response helps keep our rides controlled and riders safe.  Some rides are no drop and leaders want the group to stay together while others are comfortable with faster riders going ahead.  The preference should be stated in the Meetup description.  Some leaders limit attendance while others will take out a large group.  Some are “spirited” rides while others are strictly social. 

Riders - please read the Meetup description and make sure the ride is a good fit for you.  If the ride leader has set the pace, don't go off the front without permission particularly if the ride is billed as a group or social ride.  As Paul Smith has said - be able and willing to ride the pace set by the leader.  If you have questions, put them into the Comment section on Meetup.  The rede leader has put effort into setting up the ride - please help them make the ride successful for all.  Volunteer to help out if you are comfortable doing so.  

Let’s work together to make our rides safe and fun for everyone.

Carl

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LVCC Upcoming Events

Hope everyone got out for some rides in the really nice weather we had last week.  A real treat for early March.  Who needs Florida?

There are a number of club events coming up:

March 23 - Ride Leaders Meeting (https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-valley-cycling-club/events/299694654/).  If you are a ride leader or want to become one, this is for you.  Greg will go over ride leader responsibilities and has organized trainers for hands on CPR (on a dummy, not a human).  Open discussions on ride issues and how to handle them.  

March 27 - Monthly Meeting featuring Earl Ostrander of CPR Road Show (https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-valley-cycling-club/events/297980091/).  Come out and hear Earl enertain us and remind/teach us about first aid for cyclists.  I always learn something listeneing to him, it's time well spoent.

May 18 - Pizza Ride.  More to come on this event but the  plan is to have multiple rides going out in the morning for different distances and speeds.  All returning to the Velo around 12:30 for a pizza party.  The pizza will be supplied by the club, bring your own drinks or another dish is you so desire.  Looking for ride leaders for this event - please contact Greg or myself if you're interested.

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Annual Membership Dues to Increase

Inflation has caught up with the LVCC.  All our costs are going up, particularly insurance.  Our subscription fees no longer cover our fixed costs.  At the membership meeting last Wednesday it was unanimously agreed to raise our fees $5 for an individul (to $20) and $10 for a family (to $35).  This will take place as soon as the changes to the system can be made.

The fees for the club have been stable for a very long time and few can remember the last time they increased.  I did survey and talked to other bike clubs in the area and we are definitely on the low end.  We are making this change now and will evaluate it over the next few years to see if any additional adjustment is needed.   

I hope everyone is getting out to enjoy the beautiful mild winter days and enjoying the activities that the club provides.  Enjoy your spring ridiing and see you on the road or trail.  Feel free to email me with any questions.

Carl

president@lvcycling.club

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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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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 now open, until June 2nd.   Team store link:   Lehigh Valley Cycling Club Team Store