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Third Annual LWA Photo Contest

 
 
Remember to submit your images for the third annual LWA Photo Contest. We've seen some amazing photos taken by Lehigh Wheelmen Association Members on their solo and small group social-distanced rides. The LWA Photo Contest offers a way to share those images with awards given for the best shots. The rules are simple:
•Photos must have been taken in 2022
•Photos must have been taken on a greater Lehigh Valley bike ride or during an LWA-sanctioned event (e.g. Eastern Shore Weekend)
•Those entering the contest must be LWA members (not a member; not a problem--join LWA at lehighwheelmen.org)
•This year we’ll have two categories:
o Cycling Photos—must include bike or bike and rider
o Scenics—highlighting the beauty of the Lehigh Valley
•Riders/Photographers may submit up to 5 of their favorite images in each category via email to lwarideleader@ptd.net
•Images must be submitted by 5/31/22.

Images will be judged by Dan's Camera, last year’s winner Bert Mukkulainen and Morning Call Photographer Rick Kintzel. A $50 Dan's gift card will be given for the 1st place image in each category, $30 for 2nd place and $20 for third. Winners and honorable-mention photos will be posted for viewing.

Take a look at this video of past winners for inspiration!  

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CPR and First Aid

At our recent Members meeting on April 27, our guest speaker, First Aid and CPR Instructor Earl Ostrander, updated attendees on current CPR guidelines. 

First Aid was only briefly touched upon and will be the topic of a future Member meeting. However, Earl did review the need for cyclists -- and Ride Leaders in particular -- to assemble a small pack of supplies in case of treatable injury, i.e a fall and bleed situation. 

This "Crash Pack" would be a small stock of supples you could carry in either a back pocket or bar bag. A pre-packaged kit was given to some Ride Leaders a few years ago as a recognition gift. It is certainly time to refresh those dried-up supplies inside! You may assemble your own pack using a zip-lock baggie. Here are some items to include:

  • latex-free gloves--size L to fit over your cycling gloves
  • assorted bandages
  • gauze
  • antiseptic wipes and/or iodine pads
  • adhesive tape
  • extra zip bag for used supplies
  • individually packaged acetaminophen.

This list of items is a good idea for any rider to have on hand.

REMEMBER: Assess the situation before treating anyone. If needed, e.g. head injury or loss of consciousness or breathing -- call 911.

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A tale of two chains

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Your bike chain probably isn't something you think about much except when it is time to lube or clean it.  However, a chain problem can derail a bike ride pretty quickly, leaving you miles from home unless you are prepared to deal with it.

 

Last summer, I was on a LWA ride when one of the other riders broke her chain.  It broke a few links away from the quick link, probably because it had been lengthened by adding some links from a second chain, but that is another story.  Fortunately, I had a multitool that included a chain breaker, so we were able to remove the damaged part, and another rider had a quick link, so we were back on our way pretty quickly.  Though I'd been riding for more than 30 years, I had never thought to carry a quick link with me, but. since that ride, I won't leave home without one.

 

Fast forward to a few weeks ago,  another LWA ride.  I dropped my chain to the outside of the large chainring, and somehow managed to force the chain between the crankarm and the ring, right past the metal pin that is supposed to prevent that.  The crankset is of a type that doesn't have chainring bolts that can be removed out on the road, so the only obvious solution was to take the chain apart at the quick link.  This is pretty easy if you have a chain link pliers or, in a pinch, some narrow needle nose pliers, but I was forced to remove the link with my hands, which were quickly greasy and slippery.  Fortunately, I was finally able to get it done and remove the chain, but it was not an experience I wanted to repeat.

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LWA 3rd Annual Cycling Skills Course, April 30

This course will be instructed by Craig Lambert, a current LWA Ride Leader and retired professional cyclist. Meet at Jaindl Elementary School, Cetronia side parking lot.

This is a class geared toward bike handling skills, this class is not just for new riders. We all think we have great abilities on the bike until we don't. There are so many things that can get us out where we play hopefully learning or improving on some skills will keep us all safer from including motorist, your buddy not paying attention to what their doing or just yourself. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
This is a FREE event for all LWA Wheelmen dues-paying club members. There is a $15 fee for all non-member attendees that includes LWA Membership for 1-year.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN:
All participants will be able to build on their current skill level while learning new ones, making you a better and safer road rider. Skills that Craig might cover include: straight line riding, lines and speeds through turns, side by side riding, braking, positioning on the bike, communication, balance and bike handling.

WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE:
Be prepared for a challenging in-the-saddle, hands-on the bars, instructional day that is filled with game-based activities that allow you to practice riding concepts and demonstrate your mastery.

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Wanted: New Ride Leaders

Hello Lehigh Wheelmen members.
The weather has gotten warmer and friendlier to cyclists!  The LWA is looking for new Ride Leaders. Here is your chance to volunteer your time and skills in a way that makes the club precisely who we are.
Road rides make up the majority of our group rides, and we are always in need of leaders for day or evening events. But trail, mountain biking, and gravel rides — these are areas the club would like to see become more of a presence and we need those led as well.
Here is what you will do:
  • Must be a dues-paying member of the Lehigh Wheelmen Association.
  • Answer a short questionnaire.
  • Take an online tutorial that I will send you.
  • Co-host a ride with a current Ride Leader, offering a chance to have any of your questions answered.
Email me at kath.crampton@gmail.com and I can get you started.
Kathy Crampton
LWA VP Touring

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Ascend Sportswear Evaluation

We have received 1 Sizing/Sample Kit from Ascend Sportswear that will be available during the March 23 club meeting.  The kit consists of the following items.

KK Men's Volare Elite Cycling Jersey - Sport Cut - Large

Women's Volare Elite Cycling Jersey- Sport Cut  Large

Unisex Apex Elite Cycling Jersey - Race Cut  X-Large

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LWA RideWithGPS club account

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With the official start of Spring, I want to remind all LWA members about one of the best benefits to membership in the LWA:  The ability to be included in the LWA RideWithGPS club account.

This account provides a place for the LWA to store and manage our cycling routes library and gives all LWA club members who are authorized in the LWA-GPS club account access to Premium features in RWGPS for all routes in our club library. (It does NOT give all LWA members the RWGPS Premium Level features for route that are not in our club library.)

Be sure to read through this document for more information: *RideWithGPSClubAccountB.pdf (lehighwheelmen.org)

For 2022, I will be managing the LWA RideWithGPS club account so let me know if you have any questions and I will be providing additional information as the cycling seasons starts up and gets into full swing.

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March club meeting presentations.

At the March 23rd club meeting  there will be two presentations prior to the business meeting.

First will be by McCall Collective Brewing Co CEO Craig Phillips. His family's brewery is opening a 2nd taproom right next to the Exxon behind the Velodrome. He will be presenting ideas for ways his company can support the LWA and welcome all members to the new location.

The second presentation will be by Patrick Rizzieri of Ascend Sportswear who will be joining via Zoom. Patrick reached out to the club and spoke to the board during our Zoom board meeting in January.

Ascend Sportswear has as line of cycling clothing and is sending a "fit kit" with samples of the various products, sizes and cuts. This is your chance to see the clothing and evaluate quality, cut, fit etc. If there is interest in offering a second vendor for cub apparel (with a similar but unique design) we may do so.

We will be holding his meeting in person at Asbury and via Zoom. The church has removed the mask mandate.

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Volunteer Opportunity Gran Fondo - Hincapie


There is an exciting ride coming to the Lehigh Valley on June 4 – The Gran Fondo Hincapie – Lehigh Valley.  This is a cycling celebration set on the beautiful roads of the Lehigh Valley with the proceeds  benefiting the Youth Programs at the Velodrome.  There are several course options ranging from 15-80 miles.  The organizers are  looking for volunteers to help out.  Perhaps some of you will be interested.  Here are the things that they need help with

  1. Manning the first rest stop in Lenhartsville

  1. Driving SAG support and offering minor medical and mechanical support to riders (cars will be provided)

  1. Cycling road marshals to provide directions and minor medical and mechanical support to riders (volunteers for this are anticipated to ride anywhere between 30-100 miles along the route)

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February Club Meeting

Cyclists;

Based on the decline of COVID cases locally,  the club has decided to hold the February club meeting in person at Asbury.  We will also be using Zoom.  There will be a presentation by Fitness Central on the pros and cons of tubeless tires, followed by the business meeting.  Details are on the Meetup posting.  The meeting will be held in room 217.  Enter the building on the lower level from the big parking lot.  Asbury is requiring mask in the building, so please come prepared and respect their rules. 

Meetup Post is here:

https://www.meetup.com/Lehigh-Wheelmen-Association/events/mvhjrsydcdbfc/

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LWA Wants YOU to do Publicity

I Want YOU to do Publicity

During WW II the iconic posters of Uncle Sam pointing and saying “I Want You” were an incentive to participate in some important job supporting the war effort   The Lehigh Wheelman could now certainly produce such a poster to encourage someone to handle publicity. 

For many years Dick McCreight helped disseminate information about LWA special events, promoting these events and thereby increasing participation.  Dick has decided to step away from this role.  The club is therefore seeking one or two (or more) members to step up and handle publicity for the club's special events.  The publicity tasks can certainly be divided among several members.

Please take a look at the summary of the things Dick did and consider volunteering to handle some or all of these jobs.  I know Dick will assist you in every possible way. 

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Thank You Letter from Community Bike Works

We want to share with you this Thank You Letter from Community Bike Works.

As noted in a post from Carl Zvanut in September (https://lehighwheelmen.org/index.php/latest-news/spinathon-for-community-bike-works) a team of LWA members participated in  the 2021 Spinathon for Community Bike Works.  Rich Ferrera, Lenni Maguire, Raine Fussner, Steve Crampton, Jane Derby, Clyde Odom, Jack Helfrich and Carl Zvanut. 

A friendly competition among many cyclists in the Lehigh Valley, our LWA team was in the lead until the last day and we look forward to another try for 1st place this year and further support for this big fundraiser for CBW, an organization we all know and appreciate for the good work they do.

 

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"Virtual cycling without a smart trainer"

From our ride through Switzerland

You may have noticed some virtual group rides posted on the LWA meetup, and thought that you are excluded because you don’t have a smart trainer.  While that would give you maximum functionality, you can still enjoy the experience of riding indoors on frigid days with a group of your fellow club members without one.  And just like on an outdoor ride, you can talk to the other riders.  Dave Sheffield has been doing this, using an old Cycleops fluid trainer.  He has a speed and cadence sensor, which sends data to his Garmin, but which can also be used to send data to a computer or tablet, as long it has the capability to connect a usb dongle .  Video of the route can be viewed on a display, tv, tablet screen or similar.

Beyond that, you will also need the Rouvy application, and a subscription to the Rouvy service, which currently costs $15 per month.  This can be suspended when the winter riding season is over.  More details can be found here .  
This morning, we rode a course in Switzerland, in beautiful spring weather.  It was 23 degrees outside my house, but nice and toasty inside, and we got a good workout in about 80 minutes.  Along the route, Paul Smith commented about how much more fit he felt this past spring after participating in these virtual rides last winter.  Why not join us, and reap the same benefits? 

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LWA Technology Committee - Call for Members

At the January LWA Board meeting, the Board decided to create a Technology Committer in order to help manage the club’s existing technology platforms as well as to facilitate improvements. Bruce Kantor has volunteered to lead the committee, and we are soliciting club members to sit on the committee.

The goals and objectives for the committee are –

  • Provide an easy to use set of tools and platforms for the club general club membership and leadership in support of club activities.
  • Facilitate integration between disparate systems (e.g., Club Web Platform, Meetup, Ride With GPS, BikeReg).
  • Facilitate communication between officers, board members, committees and the general club membership.
  • Provide a mechanism for committees, board members and officers to securely collaborate on and share documents.

If you are interested in participating on the Technology Committee, please email Paul Smith (pocono723@yahoo.com) or Bruce Kantor (bmkantor@gmail.com) expressing your interest and qualifications. Thank you.

Paul Smith
LWA President

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Presentation at the Jan 26 Club Meeting

The monthly LWA club meeting will be held virtually this Jan 26 due to the status of COVID locally.  The event details and link to join the Zoom can be found here

The original posting indicated there would be no presentation prior to the business meeting.  That has changed and I will be sharing information about the LWA Ride With GPS Club. 

The LWA has a special members only benefit that gives you Premium level access to the routes in our extensive route library.  The presentaion will cover what the LWA RWGPS club is, how to be included in that club, and how to use the features to find and navigate routes from our route library.  I hope you will decide to join us.  The regular club business meeting will folow the presentation.

Paul Smith 

LWA President

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Reminder - LWA apparel store closes on Sunday

The LWA apparel store is currently open, but will close at the end of the day this Sunday, December 12th.  Ordering details can be found here.

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LWA virtual rides - coming your way this offseason!

We've reached that time of the year when the days are shorter, and colder as well.  There are fewer LWA rides on the calendar as a result, but there is an alternative to grinding it out by yourself on a trainer.  The advent of "smart" trainers has greatly changed indoor riding.  Using Zwift or other similar applications, it's now possible to have an interactive workout and to see the road ahead of you, be it via real video or a simulated reality.  But the one thing still missing was the ability to ride with, and talk to your friends.  Well, here is an alternative that can get you a little closer to the real thing this winter.

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From the 2022 LWA President

LWA Menbers and friends,

I'd like to thank the LWA membership for allowing me to serve as the President of the club.  At the holiday, party Rich gave me the opportunuity to offer a few remarks.  I'd like to share what I said with those who could not attend (remarks in italics).

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Election of nominees for LWA officers and board member positions

At our LWA Holiday Party and December Meeting last night at Bear Creek we elected the below slate of nominees for LWA officers and board members.

I congratulate our new LWA President Paul Smith.

Position

2022 Nominee

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LWA Holiday Party and Member Recognition

 

We had a very successful LWA Holiday Party and December Meeting last night at Bear Creek with about 75 attendees.

I thank everyone who contributed to making this a great evening especially:  Dave Sheffield, Jack Helffrich, Kathy Crampton and Bert Mukkulainen.

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