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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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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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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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Fully supported ride Hanoi to Laos

 If you are  interested in joining me on the SpiceRoads tour from Hanoi to Laos., February 18 to March 2  email me:  pdh5775@gmail.com.     SpiceRoads in one of the leading global bike touring companies and is the "Backroads" of Asia.  I've taken many tours with them.  I'm interested in the Remote Vietnam to Laos ride and would like company.   Here is a link to the tour with all details.       https://www.spiceroads.com/tours/vietnam_laos

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Trek T-2000 Tandem for Sale

For Sale.  Trek T-2000 road tandem, size medium,  aluminum frame, carbon fork, Ultegra cranks, Shimana Deore XT derailler, rear disk brake.  Some of you may remember Karen and I riding this bike,  which we really enjoyed.  It was not used a lot, probable less then 5000 miles total and is excellent condition.  $800

If interested contact Paul Smith - pocono723@yahoo.com

 

 

 

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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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Reflections on Reaching 100,000 Lifetime Miles

When I look back on memories of a lifetime of bicycle riding, it’s not the bikes or the particular rides I remember as much as those with whom I shared the experiences. On this 100,000-mile milestone, I want to acknowledge a few of those who joined me on this amazing journey.

Miles Before Recordkeeping:

My cousin Bill Miller and I grew up 60 miles apart but spent time together on bikes whenever we could. We explored my small hometown of Arkansas City, Kansas thoroughly—there wasn’t any place where it wasn’t safe to wander in those days. Our frequent destination while in Bill’s hometown of Wichita was the trails of Oak Park; trail-walkers beware.

My childhood and forever friend Tommy Gillock and I explored the streets and alleys of Ark City and beyond the city limits with rides through the city dump, along the Arkansas River and many rural backroads as well as a few railroad bridges (not recommended!). Tommy and I shared the experience of our first 50-mile ride in Kansas headwinds as we earned our cycling merit badges in Scouts.

I had precious memories of riding with my dad on Sunday afternoons. He was hard at work in his barber shop during the week but on occasional Sunday afternoons, I’d hop on my Schwinn and Dad would get on my sister’s bike and we’d head out exploring. Can’t beat father-son time on a bike ride.

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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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Celebrate Jack H. with a milestone Birthday Ride!

If you ride with the LWA (soon to be the Lehigh Valley Cycling Club) chances are you’ve shared the road with Jack Helffrich. An indefatigable athlete and dedicated cyclist, Jack has been riding with the LWA since the mid 1970s. Now himself in his mid 70s, his approach to riding is a bit different, but his passion and commitment remain the same.

He began riding a motorcycle when he was 19, but switched to cycling when his best friends opened a bike shop. “I bought a white Fuji S10S road bike from them,” he remembers, and he’s been riding ever since. He has ridden tandem with his wife Linda, has done some mountain biking, and he takes a fat-tire bike to the Florida beaches, but road biking is his preference. In addition to many shorter rides, he has completed the Sierra to the Sea Bicycle Tour and rode across the USA with Wandering Wheels.

His riding may have slowed a bit over the years, but his competitive spirit and the joy he derives from the activity have remained steadfast. “Once you’ve committed to a healthy lifestyle it feels good to keep doing it,” he says. He loves riding solo - “being alone with my thoughts” - but the social aspect is a very strong motivator.

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Thanks to all Donut Derby volunteers!

Hi All,

The Donut derby was a success again this year because of all your help. So thank you to everyone who volunteered! I would mention names but I know I might forget someone and I don’t want to do it. I received many positive comments about the DD and some also mentioned the vast number of volunteers. So thank you all for making the day a success!

Chuck

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2023 Donut Derby Slideshow is Online

The slideshow for the 2023 Donut Derby is now online.  Here's the link: https://youtu.be/iMqJloVC10c  Enjoy!

 

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RE: Donut Derby T-shirts and Jerseys

To riders WHO PRE-ORDERED but did not pick up their Donut Derby t-shirt and/or jersey today. Here are 4 options:
 
* arrange to pick up at the velodrome
* have it mailed to you, postage paid by you
* ask us to hold it until next year, if you think you will participate 2024
* consider it a donation, have it resold in 2024
Send decision to kath.crampton@gmail.com
To riders who PRE-ORDERED but did not pick up their Donut Derby t-shirt and/or jersey. Here are 4 options:
* arrange to pick up at the velodrome
* have it mailed to you, postage paid by you
* ask us to hold it until next year, if you think you will participate 2024
* consider it a donation, have it resold in 2024
Send decision to kath.crampton@gmail.com

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Tour de Fox Result Are In

Thanks to all who participated in and donated to the LWA Tour de Fox ride on August 26th to raise funds for Parkinson's research in support of our LWA members diagnosed with PD.  Here are the LWA results:

  • $1,609 raised, far surpassing our $1,000 target!
  • The LWA team finished in the top 1/3 in the nation!
  • 13 LWA members rode!

And these were the overall results:

  • 752 riders joined, 109 having PD
  • $590,000 raised and counting
  • 45 states and countries represented
  • 100 percent of proceeds go to PD research

If you missed out on the Tour de Fox and would still like like to donate to the LWA Tour de Fox team, it's not too late!  Click here.

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Thank You to Our "Adopt-a-Highway" Volunteers!

We all love riding through the beautiful countryside and the bright, clean neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley and surrounding area. As a cycling club, we are in a unique position to give back to our community and support these places we love to ride. 

To do this, we are participating in PennDOT’s “Adopt a Highway” program. Through this program, we can both serve the community and promote our cycling club! 

A team of volunteers has already provided two clean-ups of our designated section. And we so appreciate their time and hard work to clean up the neighborhood and beautify the area. 

Our section of road extends two miles east from the intersection of Cetronia and Trexlertown Roads at the new Sheetz store.

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Club Picnic Reminder

Hello again,

Just a reminder that the LWA Club Picnic is this Sat August 26.  Please RSVP to the picnic if you plan to attend so we know how plan.  The club is providing pulled pork, beef hot dogs with fixens, and beverages.  As usual others will bring dishes to be shared and I know there will be plenty of good things to eat.  Park regulations prohibit the consumption and posession of alcholic beverages however.  The picnic portion of the day is planned for around 12:00pm and will continue till whenever.  

There are 5 rides planned for the day as well.  The distances are 56 miles, 48 miles, 38 miles 28 miles and a rail trail ride.  If you plan to join one of these rides please check the LWA Ride Calendar Meetup for start times and leaders and RSVP for the ride you plan to do.  

The weather looks really good, the park is great, the roads are quiet back roads and are overall in great shape (it's hard to find a route in PA that doesn't have a few rough patches). I scouted the routes today and verified the GPS cues so come on out and be a part of the last LWA picnic, next year we will be the Lehigh Valley Cycling Club so it will be the first LVCC picnic.

Thanks to everyone who has stepped to help make this event a success.  The LWA is a super club.

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New Name, Renewed Purpose

This is an exciting time for the Lehigh Wheelmen Association! Not only do we have our much-loved Donut Derby coming up quickly, we also have an amazing announcement to share, as well! 

The Lehigh Wheelmen Association (aka the LWA) is officially changing its name to the Lehigh Valley Cycling Club (LVCC)!

Changing the name was a challenging decision because our club places such a high value on our history and purpose. But it’s also exciting because it helps us to renew our purpose, affirm our history and presence in the Lehigh Valley, and communicate to the community who we are and what we do.

The LWA was first established in 1951, and the term wheelmen refers to a time in history when there were mostly male riders on high-wheeled bicycles, like the penny farthing. Our bikes have changed greatly since then and so have the riders, as we have a well-balanced representation of genders in our club. 

Our new name reflects our purpose and will help the community find – and join – our ranks. 

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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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Reminder: Annual Club Picnic

Hello LWA members and friends,

The annual LWA Club Picnic is now only a week away (8/26).  The details for the picnic are on the LWA Ride Calendar Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/294150884/).

If you plan to attend please remember to RSVP for the picnic.  Also on the Meetup calendar are postings for the various ride distances.  If you plan to ride,  please RSVP to the posting for the distance you plan to do so the leader knows who to expect.

There is a SignUpGenius link on the Meetup site that lists the various opportunities to help out with the picnic.  Thanks to the many members who have stepped up already.  However, there are still several slots that we need help with.  These include

Setup:  The food, drinks and utensils etc. don't all put themselves out on the tables.  Setting up really isn't much work and all we need are a few people to get things organized in the pavillion before the riders get back.  If we get a few people by 11:00 that would be super.  This is a great way for non-riders to participate and help out.  It won't take long.

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Share the Road

Cycling safety is high on my list of priorities. Maybe it’s because I know that at the end of the ride, I still need to go home and care for my precious kids whether or not I have a broken collarbone. Maybe it’s because I don’t like pain – road rash hurts! And perhaps it’s just because I don’t like paying for hospital bills and bike repairs. Regardless, I’m always looking for ways to stay safe – and help others be safe – when cycling so I can get home in the same shape I left. 

Don’t you love seeing all the yellow “share the road” signs… and I love that people are actively working to keep cyclists safer on the road. No one wants to be the victim of carelessness or road rage, and lobbying for better infrastructure, more signs, and more awareness is a great thing. We need it! 

But I like to think of those yellow signs as reminders to cyclists, too! It goes both ways – cyclists need to share the road with cars and trucks. And while that doesn’t mean we are relegated to riding on the shoulder, there are some things we can do to keep ourselves, our fellow cyclists, and the rest of the traffic safer when we ride. 

Here are a few tips we can incorporate in any group ride: 

  1. Ride two abreast. A short line of two cyclists is much easier to pass than a long, single line. Most of the time, it’s safer to ride two across as long as you are close to each other- but try to stay in the right 1/3 of the car lane. Filling the entire lane makes it too hard for cars and even other cyclists to pass you. 
  1. Don’t cross the yellow line. If you’ve ever ridden with me, you probably know this is one of my pet peeves! Don’t ride on the yellow line. First of all, the paint can be slippery and cause you to fall. But second of all, you are dangerously close to oncoming traffic who might not have time to get out of your way. A head on collision with a car will not end well for anyone. 
  1. Ride predictably. Ride smoothly and at an even pace – don’t sprint ahead only to slam on your breaks. Keep a smooth and consistent speed, and make sure you hold your line, especially when cornering. Keep it straight and steady. Avoid zigzagging, slamming on your brakes, letting go of the handlebars, or anything else that can be surprising to the person behind you. 
  1. Use hand signals. It’s as simple as pointing in the direction you are going to go. It lets your fellow cyclists – and traffic – know what to expect from you. 
  1. Call out or point out road hazards. Always warn your fellow cyclists if there are potholes, speedbumps, roadkill, or anything else that can pose a risk to bicyclists. And make your intentions clear. Let them and the traffic behind you know if you have to go around it. 
  1. Be visible. Wear bright colors and remember that traffic can’t see you as well as you can see them. Use lights at night but don’t blind the traffic coming towards you. If you are making a left turn across traffic, keep aware that the traffic in the other direction might not see you so you give yourself extra space. 
  1. Make eye contact. People in cars don’t always make the connection that cyclists are people, too. Make eye contact, smile, and wave when you can. It might make someone’s day, but they’re more likely to see you when you make good eye contact. 
  1. Be polite. If you hear a car, try to get over and give them room to pass. Don’t be obnoxious just because you can. 
  1. Follow traffic rules. I hear a lot of non-cyclist drivers complain because cyclists don’t follow the traffic rules. They make a good point! Be smart and obey traffic rules. Besides, you could get a ticket if you don’t. 
  1. Keep your bike maintained. Bike issues can cause accidents, and you can minimize crashes and falls by keeping your bike in good shape. And always make sure your tires have air and your skewers are properly tightened on every ride. 
  1. Don’t do stupid things. Don’t take stupid chances in traffic. Don’t dart out in front of a car. Be mindful of vehicles parked on the side of the road. There’s just no reason good enough to take a dumb chance and risk a ride in the ambulance instead of home on your bike. If you really want to race, don’t do it in a group ride – come out and try the track or give it a go at the Thursday Night Rodale Crit. 

Most people aren’t out to get cyclists, but they may be in a rush, they may be tired, stressed, or simply not paying close attention. But a little extra attention on our part to how we ride can help keep us all safer. 

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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