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Strava Club Weekly Leaderboard - 5/5/2024

 

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For Sale - Argon 18 Gallium Pro, winter shoes

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2019 Argon 18 Gallium Pro, medium (~55-56cm).  Fast and nimble, very light.  Campy Super Record 11 speed mechanical shifters.  Medium cage Campy Potenza rear derailleur, Sram Force 22 front derailleur.  Campy Super Record skeleton brakes with extra color coordinated (red)  Kool Stop brake pads.   FSA carbon crankset, 50/34T.  Miche cassettes (2), 13-32T.  Rolf Vigor wheelset, Continental 4000 tires, 25mm.  Frame has clearance for 28 mm tires.  Zipp carbon bars, Zipp tape in excellent condition.  Look Keo blade pedals.  I have an 11cm Redshift stem, which can be part of the deal if you are interested.    $2000 OBO.  webmaster@lvcycling.club

 

Lake CX-145 winter road shoes, size 42, with Look Keo cleats, and two extra sets of cleats if you want them.  I have switched over to Crank Brothers pedals and shoes with recessed cleats, so I have no use for these.  Very warm, particularly with neoprene toe booties (not included).  These were replaced by the CX-146, which gives you an idea of what they are like.  Contrary to what Lake says on their site, I wear the same size as my summer road shoes, with a pair of Woolie Boolie socks.  Will trade these for a case of good beer.    webmaster@lvcycling.club 

 

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Strava Club Weekly Leaderboard - 4/28/2024

 

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Forgedale Bridge Closure

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ROAD CLOSURE: Forgedale Road is expected to be closed on or about April 29, 2024 through October 2024 for PennDOT's Bridge Replacement Project at Forgedale Road over Bieber Creek (near 50 Forgedale Road, Fleetwood, PA). The State's planned detour route will utilize Lobachsville Road.

Forgedale road is a major cycling route and this closure will affect many ride routes heading into the Oley valley. Cyclists can use Sheep Hill and Orchard Rd to detour around the bridge but it will add a significant amount of climbing.

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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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Strava Club Weekly Leaderboard - 4/21/2024

 

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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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Strava Club Weekly Leaderboard - 4/14/2024

 

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Adopt A Highway

 

April 11, 2024

Jack Helffric

Lehigh Valley Cycling Club(Agreement #05300073)

RE:  Adopt-A-Highway Participation: 2024

Dear Jack Helffrich,

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, I would like to express our appreciation to Lehigh Valley Cycling Club for your recent litter pick-up and for reporting your results to us.  PennDOT utilizes these statistics in many ways, with press releases being the most important.

Recent improvements to the program have made it easier to participate!  A new website has been created to provide groups on-line access to the AAH program, which can be found here: https://adoptahighway.penndot.pa.gov/.

These improvements enable groups to:

• Apply on-line,
• Use an interactive map to ‘point and click’ to select a roadway when applying,
• Request supplies for an event,
• Enter Trash Collections,
• Notify PennDOT after the event that bags are ready for pick-up,
• Update group information (contact, phone number, email address),
• Renew or Cancel their agreement, and 
• Communicate via email (contact your AAH coordinator to provide an email address)

These improvements will make volunteer participation less time intensive and much easier!  

Again, thank you for your commitment to the program and we look forward to partnering with you many years into the future.

Sincerely,

John Ciabattari

Adopt-A-Highway 

County Coordinator, Lehigh County

PennDOT Engineering District 5

1002 Hamilton Street | Allentown, PA 18101 | 610-871-4106 | www.penndot.pa.gov

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For sale: Giro Aries Spherical Helmet, Matte White size SM

Giro Aries Spherical Helmet in size S, Matte White. Asking $175.

Independent authority Virginia Tech has rated Aries #1 out of 231 helmets tested in reducing the risk of injury. https://www.helmet.beam.vt.edu/bicycle-helmet-ratings.html

Purchased 1/24/24. The helmet is new, though tags were removed, and I wore it once on a short test ride. I realized I needed a medium, but it was too late to return the helmet. Comes with box.

Giro sizing says size small fits 51-55cm (20-21.6 inches)

(I'm having trouble uploading photos, but I can send them to you).
Here is the link from Giro: https://www.giro.com/p/aries-spherical-road-bike-helmet/100000000300000146.html


SPECS & INFORMATION
Complies with the US CPSC Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmet for Persons Age 5 and Older
In-Mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner: Full lower hardbody coverage
Roc Loc® 5+ Air
Spherical Technology™, powered by Mips®
Ionic+ antimicrobial padding
24 vents
275g (size Medium CPSC)
Deep Internal Channeling

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Strava Club Weekly Leaderboard - 3/31/2024

 

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Adopt-A-Highway cleanup

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"Thank you!" to the LVCC members who came out on a cold and blustery March day to clean up Cetronia Rd. as part of our club's participation in PennDOT's Adopt-A-Highway program.

Rich Ferrera, Donna Knight, Lenni Maguire, Vince Mulry, Mike Roth, Greg Ruch, Jim Saake, Dave Sprigle.

Jack Helffrich

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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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Strava Club Weekly Leaderboard - 3/17/2024

 

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Rouvy Rides and The LVCC Strava Club Leaderboard

If you upload your Rouvy rides directly to Strava, you may have noticed that some Rouvy rides don’t upload, and some Rouvy rides don’t count towards the LVCC Strava Club leaderboard. The following 3 causes could be the reason.

Reality Level – Rouvy’s “Reality Level” is a setting, which adjusts the level of the load, but it only works in “Just Ride” mode. The default is 100%, which is the real load. If you want a lower load, you can set it to less than 100%. If you set the “Reality Level” to 50%, your ride will be at ½ the load. If you ride with a “Reality Level” other than 100%, your ride will still be uploaded to Strava, but it won’t be included LVCC Strava Club leaderboard.

Time Trial – In Rouvy’s “Time Tral” mode, riders are competing against the clock to secure the fastest time. It works on the principal of trying to simulate a real race. You are prevented from pausing or moving your position during the ride. You have to ride the complete route until the end of the activity. If you fail to complete the route, your ride will not be uploaded to Strava, and it won’t be included LVCC Strava Club leaderboard.

Resumed Rides – In Rouvy, when riding in “Just Ride” mode, an unfinished route can be resumed when you return to it later. The resumed portion of the ride will not be included LVCC Strava Club leaderboard.

Privacy Controls – Strava’s “Privacy Controls” allow you to restrict access to your activity details everyone, followers, or just you. You have the option to set a default preference so that your activities that are automatically uploaded will use the default preference. And, the “Privacy Controls” for an individual activity can be changed. In order for an activity to appear on the LVCC Strava Club leaderboard, the “Privacy Controls” for the activity must be set to “Everyone”.

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Sad News

Cycling friends, it’s with great sadness that I announce the passing of a longtime member of our LVCC cycling community, Geoffrey Rogers. Geoff passed away on March 6th.

Geoff treasured Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley and all that it offered him, his friends and his family, and the LVCC cycling community was an extended family to him.

Deirdre, Geoff’s wife, is planning a Celebration of Life for late summer or early fall. It will include a “bike ride and picnic” tribute so that Geoff can be celebrated by his friends, family, and friends in the cycling community in the way that gave him the most joy in life – a beautiful bike ride on the rolling hills of the Lehigh Valley followed by a meal with great conversations with friends (and for non-cyclists, a meal with great conversations).

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/geoffrey-rogers-obituary?id=54611090

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LVCC Skills Class

Our very own Craig Lambert has once again offered to run his bike handling skills class for all LVCC members. The class will be  held April 27th with a rain date of April 28th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Jaindl Elementary School which is at the corner of Mosser and Cetronia Roads. The class is for everyone, either to refresh or learn how to improve your bike handling skills and become a safer and more confident rider.

The topics covered will be:

1. Straight line riding

2 Cornering, braking.

3. Getting out of the saddle and back in.

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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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LVCC Strava Club Leaderboard - 3/3/2024

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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