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Above the fold: Morning Call, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024

FYI - On the front page of the February 6, 2024 Morning Call, a story about Community Bike Works and how they are scrapping metal and donating the proceeds to World Bicycle Relief.  LVCC is mentioned near the end of the article.  Thanks to LVCC members who have donated.  Our contributions are about $700.

Jack Helffrich

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LAST CALL - LVCC & CBW & WBR

LAST CHANCE TO DONATE, ENDING JANUARY 31. The kids at Community Bike Works have exceeded the $165 needed to buy a bike.  Let's not let them outdo us!

Here is the link for donating:

https://www.powerofbicycles.org/fundraisers/lehighvalleycyclingclub

Lehigh Valley Cycling Club members and friends,

Giving and supporting others is a big part of the community of our cycling club, LVCC (formerly known as the LWA). We have such a privilege to be able to support our community as well as help others ride their bikes and we are grateful for each and every one of you that does so.  

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Holiday Gift Update

LVCC friends,

This is an update on the holiday gift cards.  Thanks to a few last-minute donations, a total of $2400 was collected for Turning Point of Lehigh Valley and Sixth Street Shelter. $1200 has been distributed to each organization.  Their thank you correspondence is attached.

Jack Helffrich

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Holiday Gifts

Dear LWA/LVCC members and cycling friends,

     Allow me to express gratitude in behalf of the Sixth Street Shelter and Turning Point of Lehigh Valley for making the holidays brighter for many families through your generous contribution of gift cards.  This year, a total of $2200 was contributed and will be evenly divided between the two organizations.

     A further indication of the caring spirit of our members is demonstrated at the holiday party by the individuals who, just having received gift cards as an expression of thanks for being ride leaders, immediately placed them in the donation basket.  

    For more information on these charities: Turning Point at:  turningpointlv.org  /   Sixth Street at:   sixthstreetshelter.org

    If you would like to visit either of these locations, please sign up and join us for breakfast and/or delivery on Tuesday morning, December 5.  RSVP on Meetup.

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Adopt-A-Highway

PaDOT Adopt-A-Highway

This year, the Lehigh Valley Cycling Club (LVCC) accepted responsibility for maintaining the cleanliness of  two miles of roadway as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PaDOT) Adopt-A-Highway program.  Our ‘adopted’ section is Cetronia Rd. from Trexlertown Rd., at the Sheetz store, to Lone Lane. Permanent signs recognizing our club were installed earlier this year.

On Thursday, November 2, seventeen LVCC members came out to clean up litter from along the roadway.  This was our third clean-up outing this year.  PaDOT provided gloves, vests, trash bag and warning signs; LVCC provided the labor.

Thanks to the following members who joined to make our neighborhood a better place.

Paul Champagne

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Holiday Gift Giving

Greetings cycling friends,

It is once again that time of year to count our many blessings and show our gratitude for all that we have by sharing with those in our community who are less fortunate.  This year, Lehigh Wheelmen Association (LWA) members will again be partnering with the Sixth Street Shelter (SSS) and Turning Point of Lehigh Valley (TPLV) to support their clients. 

Donations in the form of gift cards are being collected and will be given to the organizations for distribution.  Last year through your generosity, we gave over $2000 to the two groups. Gift cards can be brought to the annual holiday party on December 1, or given to any LWA officer or board member, or contact Jack Helffrich (136 Cottonwood Circle, Allentown PA 18104 or call or text 484-347-3541) to arrange for pickup.  (If you are unable to shop for gift cards, a last resort is to send money to my Venmo account, jackhelffrich@gmail.com  Please indicated that the transfer is for LWA gifts.)

Gift cards will be delivered shortly after the holiday party.  Suggested gift card sources include: Amazon, Target, Walmart, Visa, Giant, Wawa, Wegmans, Weis.

For more information on the organizations, see the following:

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Cyclists are better people?

https://jalopnik.com/study-finds-cyclists-are-better-people-than-drivers-1850964103

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Community Bike Works Spinathon

The 2023 edition of the annual Community Bike Works Spinathon was held on October 1-15.  The LVCC's eight-person team was one of twenty-seven logging cycling miles and raising money for CBW.

This year's team members were:

Jack Helffrich - Captain

Raine Fussner & Jeff Fussner

Paul Champagne

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A cycling memory

Monday, September 29, 2014.  My 66th birthday.

Earlier, I had posted a bike ride on the LWA website to Daniel Boone Homestead, planning once again to ride my age in miles.  Nine of us met at the Velodrome and headed southwest on a beautiful, calm, warm and mostly sunny autumn morning.

About twelve miles out, as we were entering the town of Bowers, I hear an unusual noise from a bike behind me, followed by the cry, "Mechanical".  We slowly spun around to find out what had happened and to whom.  We discovered that Roy Derr had hit a pothole and broken a spoke.

It was his front wheel, a Mavic, the type that has only 18 aluminum spokes.  So whether it was because of the wheel design or force of hitting the pothole, the wheel went far out of true.  Our designated mechanic, Tim Reilly, immediately took charge.  He loosened the front brake to provide more clearance.  He attempted to tighten the opposing spokes.  He pressed on the rim in an attempt to straighten it.  He muttered a few incantations to the wheel.  All to no avail.

Meanwhile, Sylvia had phoned the nearest bike shop, The Sleeping Dog, in Topton, where she had purchased her bike and knew the owner.  He answered the phone, but the shop was closed on Monday, and besides, he was out on a bike ride.

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Bicycles wanted.

LWA members and cycling friends,

September marks the start-up of fall classes at Community Bike Works, and bikes are always needed.  If you have an unused childs or adult bicycle in any condition and are willing to donate it, please contact Jack Helffrich at 484-347-3541 to arrange for pick-up or delivery.  

Alternatively, you can deliver to:  Community Bike Works  235 N. Madison St.  Allentown PA 18102

More info about CBW and the work they do at: communitybikeworks.org

Thanks.  Jack Helffrich

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Trunk Mount Bike Rack

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Free to LWA member.  Yakima two-bike rack for trunk mounting.

Text Jack at 484-347-3541 to arrange for pick-up. 

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Adopt-a-Highway : Part 2

"THANK YOU" to the following members of the Lehigh Valley Cycling Club who took part in this month's

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Donut Derby Volunteers Needed

LWA members,

Planning is under way for this year's edition of the LWA Donut Derby, scheduled for Labor Day, September 4, 2023.  Chuck Canfield and his team have been meeting regularly to organize this activity, but they need the assistance of the entire club on the day of the event.  This is always a fun activity for the volunteers as well as the participants, so sign up now to help.  Volunteer some of your time by joining one of the activities listed in the link below. Thanks in advance for your support.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4EA4A72FABF85-2023

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Lehigh Wheelmen Association (LWA) name change

LWA Members,

We are changing the name of our organization.  As unanimously approved at the May 2023 monthly membership meeting, there are two options:

LEHIGH VALLEY BICYCLE CLUB or LEHIGH VALLEY CYCLING CLUB

Each current member of the Lehigh Wheelmen Association (NOT just a member on Meetup) is encouraged to vote once for one of the options.  The link for voting, which ends at midnight on Friday, June 16, is listed below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4EA4A72FABF85-lwaname

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BikePA 2023 - Lewisburg, PA

You are invited!

For our annual extended weekend outing this year, we will be cycling in Pennsylvania.  Our location will be Lewisburg, PA, home of Bucknell University on the west branch of the Susquehanna River. Lewisburg is a less than two hour, 120 mile drive from the Lehigh Valley via routes I-476 (PA Turnpike) and I-80.

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LWA Adopt-a-Highway

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Thanks to LWA members Dave Drummer, Donalee Frary, Raine Fussner Donna Knight, Clyde Odom and Carl Zvanut who joined me for the club's first time participation in PennDOT's Adopt-a-Highway program.  We divided into two teams and spent two hours on Thursday morning picking up litter and trash along a two mile section of Cetronia Rd.  Despite the competitive nature of most club members, we did NOT weigh the trash to determine which team collected the most.  There was, however, some discussion about which team deserved the "A Team' designation.  PennDOT will be erecting a sign in recognition of our continuing efforts to keep this roadway clean.  Watch for an announcement on Meetup for the Fall event.  Jack Helffrich

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Across the USA by bicycle (7PM) & Business Meeting (8PM)

You are invited to join fellow cyclists for the LWA monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM in Asbury United Methodist Church 1533 Springhouse Road · Allentown, PA.
This month features guest speaker Damien Dugan at 7 PM, prior to the 8 PM business meeting. Damien will be sharing his experiences from his self-supported 2021 cross country bike trip. Plan to attend and invite your friends.
If you attend in person, please wear a mask to meet the Church’s protocols. Also, please park in the upper lot nearest to the intersection of Springhouse Rd. & Walbert Ave. Meeting is in the 'Parlor'
You can also remotely join the meeting via the Zoom link below. (More info available on Meetup)

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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.