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This is our online newsletter area, where you will find news articles, classified ads, club announcements, and other items of interest to LWA members.

Instructions on how to subscribe and how to submit an article can be found on the LWA documents page.

Wanted/For Sale

A LWA member is looking for a used, 56 cm road bike.  Another member has a Cannondale road bike for sale, but it is a 48 cm frame.  If you have the former, or are interested in the latter, please respond to lehighwheelmen@gmail.com, and I will put you in touch with them.

 

Dave Drummer

LWA website manager

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The LWA is bringing the spirit of the “Grill and Chill” back in small doses

 

The LWA is bringing back the spirit of the “Grill and Chill” ... in small doses.

We are starting with leaders offering a "Tailgate" option to rides starting on Monday, June 14. 

Ultimately, the “tailgate” is defined by the ride leader, who designates which “area” of the Velo parking lot that their ride will meet after the end of the ride for a LWA Tailgate where all participants are asked to bring food and beverages for themselves and maybe something to share.

Check out the posted rides for Monday!

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Bowers to Daniel Boone Homestead

On June 2 there was a ride from Bowers to Daniel Boone Homestead (https://www.thedanielboonehomestead.org/)  that most riders agreed was very nice.  This route is now included in the LWA RWGPS route library.  It is called Bowers to Daniel Boone. The route is 37.6 miles with 1841 feet of climbing based on the RWGPS map and data.  Be aware that there are no services at Daniel Boone so be sure to have food and fluids if you ride this route.  The visitor center was closed the day we rode (Wednesday June 2) and the restrooms were locked as well.

 

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Covid Restrictions Update, May 31, 2021

Pennsylvania will lift all Covid-19 restrictions, except for the order to wear a mask in public, on Memorial Day, May 31.

The LWA Board has decided that ride participant numbers will no longer be limited to 12. However, it is strongly recommended that the practice be continued, and that additional ride leaders and separate groups be provided when the number reaches 12+. 

Rider total will be posted at the Ride Leader's discretion/comfort level.

Remember -- The virus has not disappeared. Not all are able or wish to be vaccinated. With that in mind:

  • Continue to bring a mask to wear for entry into commercial establishments at rest stops, and to protect the unvaccinated when not social distancing.
  • Please stay home or ride solo if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been recently exposed to someone that has COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms or test positive within a week of a group ride, please contact a Board member for contact tracing efforts.
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LWA May Monthly meeting presentation: "A Pain in the Neck"

At our LWA Monthly meeting on May 26, we will have a special presentation by two of our LWA members as follows:

"A Pain in the Neck"
How to decrease your chances of having one, and other tips for injury avoidance in cycling
Led by Dr. Timothy Salkauskas MD, with by introduction by Dave Drummer

Please join us for this valuable session and our regular LWA Monthly meeting agenda items that will follow.

See Meetup for details:

Monthly Club Meeting..All Welcome, Wed, May 26, 2021, 7:00 PM | Meetup

 

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LWA has installed a Bike Repair & Pump Station at Rodale Park, Trexlertown.

Thanks to the efforts of Jack Helffrich, the LWA has installed a Bike Repair & Pump Station at Rodale Park, Trexlertown.

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RE: Road Closures

There are many road crews out there, and tar and chip is occurring as well. We ask that you respect "Road Closed" signs as best as you can.

In words sent to me by one of our valuable Ride Leaders, "Just because it is possible to ride through it doesn’t mean that we should. I’ve been on a number of rides where the group just blasted through anyway, and that is not a way for us to make friends with the road crews, whose job is tough enough without us in the mix."

Know your routes, approach slowly and ask permission if necessary, then be prepared to take detours. 

Thank you, ride on.

Kathy Crampton, LWA VP Touring

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Blessing of the Bikes

LWA Board member Rev. Larry Pickens perfomed a Blessing of the Bikes at Ziegels Church on May 1, 2021. God was asked to hear our prayers covering all aspects of cycling -- for the bikes and their many parts, for the safety and fitness of the humans that ride them, for protection from the winds and sunrays that all encounter, and more. 

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Some important information on LWA Rides and Events and other benefits of membership.

At our LWA Monthly meeting on April 28, we presented some important information on LWA Rides and Events and other benefits of membership.

Here is a summary of what we presented:

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LWA April Monthly Meeting

At our LWA Monthly meeting on April 28, we will present some important topics on LWA Rides and Events.

As we begin the busy ride season, please join us to learn more about these important topics as follows:

1.     LWA Rides/Events vs. Non LWA Events – Rich Ferrera

2.     Posting on Meetup & Ride Leader Credit – Kathy Crampton

3.     USAC SafeSport – Roberta Kates

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The importance of the ride sign in sheet

The importance of the policy requiring riders to sign the waiver (sign in sheet) was demonstrated recently. It is also important that the information written is legible! 

After a recent ride there was a non-emergency need to contact one of the participants for a reason that will remain known only to those present.  The ride leader got out the ride sign in sheet, which has places for both an emergency contact number and the riders cell number.  Both these were completed.  Unfortunately the last digit of the rider's cell number was open for debate, was it a 4? , a 9?  maybe a 5? or some other digit?   So the leader tried the numbers that seemed most likely, eventually connecting to a voice mail which did not identify the recipient, just repeated the number dialed.  Was this the rider we needed to contact?  The leader then called the emergency contact number and got a recording again not identifying the person.  A message was left, but everyone was concerned because the rider would certainly need to know the reason for the call.  Fortunately the situtation resolved itself soon after as the rider returned to the start.

Riders, when you sign the waiver, please take the few extra seconds to make certain what you write is clear.  

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Got any bikes cluttering up your basement?


Community Bike Works is open for bike donations!
Have you found a bike during your spring cleaning that you don't use anymore? We'd be happy to repurpose that bike for our programs!
Bike donations are accepted by appointment only, M-F 12-4 PM.  

Donate a bike:

  • Downtown Allentown:  Adonis Cannon, 610.434.1140
  • East Allentown: Hana Cannon, 610.820.9927

 

More information at CBW website.

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State of PA to require licenses on all bicycles

On June 1, 2021, the state of Pennsylvania will begin to enforce a new law requiring all bicycles used on public property to be licensed according to type.  Each bicycle must have a 4X6" license plate mounted behind the seat.  These plates will be color-coded according to the type of bicycle.

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Record setting number of attendees enjoy presentation from the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor at March LWA Monthly Meeting

Many of our members enjoy riding the D&L Trail and at our March meeting, a record setting 34 attendees enjoyed a presentation by special speakers from the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (Delaware & Lehigh - National Heritage Corridor (delawareandlehigh.org)

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Speakers for March Monthly Club Meeting

Many of our members enjoy riding the D&L Trail and I am happy to announce that at our March meeting we will have special speakers from the The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (Delaware & Lehigh - National Heritage Corridor (delawareandlehigh.org)

Miranda Alvarez, Community Engagement Manager and Brian Greene, Outgoing Director of Trails & Conservation will present an overview of the D&L, future plans, the D&L Trail Friendly Business Program and opportunities for volunteers.

Our regular LWA Monthly meeting agenda items will follow our guest speakers.

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For Sale - Focus road bike 54 cm SOLD

Focus road bike, SOLD

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Cycling and First Aid

 

Hello Riders!

The snow is melting, the days are getting warmer, the sun is staying up longer. A busy ride season is just around the corner.

At our Zoom member meeting on February 24, our guest speaker, Earl Ostrander, presented us with a review of First Aid. Covered situations included head injury, bleeding, sprain and fracture, heat exhaustion and stroke, loss of tooth, frostbite, and when to call the ambulance. If you were unable to attend, it might be a good time to review this matter in any way you can on your own.

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Monthly Club Meeting February 24

I am happy to announce that Earl Ostrander will join us for another session on First Aid.   Please join us for this important topic.  After Earl's session, we will hold our regular business meeting.

Due to PA COVID Guidelines, LWA Monthly meeting will be remote via Zoom.

See the Meetup for Zoom details.

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Community Bike Works in Bicycling Magazine

Check out this recent article about Community Bike Works in Bicycling Magazine:

 https://www.bicycling.com/repair/a35235930/student-bike-repairs/ 

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Monthly Club Meeting January 27

I am happy to announce that Rose Hulbert of "Rosie's Boot Camp" will join us to kick off our first LWA Monthly Meeting of 2021.  You can learn more about Rosie on her website: https://www.rosiesbootcamp.com/

I know that some LWA members know Rosie from her work at local fitness centers and boot camps and she will be leading us in an online fitness routine meant to help us stay in shape for cycling.  So join online and be prepared for some physical activities and what I promise will be a fun time.

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