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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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"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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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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LWA Apparel Store is now open, closes December 12th

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The LWA Apparel Store is open and is set to close on December 12th.  Sizing and other details follow below:

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Sold - Garmin 530 Edge

Garmin 530 Edge has been sold. . .

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Free Cycleops trainers - FCFS

Hi,
I used to train with the Wheelmen many years ago. I'm moving to Florida and would like to donate two Cycleops trainers (Cycleops and Cycleops Fluid+). Both are clear and in excellent condition.  Interested parties would need to pick them up in Bethlehem. Call 610-360-1766 if interested. Bob Wells

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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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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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For Sale - Focus road bike 54 cm SOLD

Focus road bike, SOLD

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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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LWA Holiday Gifts 2020

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Cycling friends,
Thank you so much for your contribution to the outstanding response for ho-ho-holiday gift giving.  
Gift cards totaling $1625 have been received from 22 different Lehigh Wheelmen Association members and families for the Sixth Street Shelter and Turning Point Lehigh Valley.  These will be divided equally and delivered during the week of December 13, 2020.  Its sure to help a lot of needy families during this especially difficult season.
You can find more information about these organizations at         sixthstreetshelter.caclv.org and        www.turningpointlv.org
Best wishes to you and your families during this holiday season.
 
Jack Helffrich

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Two Thank you letters

Two letters of thanks that we recently received.

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For sale - tandem

 
 
Cannodale RT-3000 with Thule rack/channel    Pneumatic cantilever brakes plus rear drum brake. 24 speed gears, rear baggage rack, 3 water bottle holders, dark blue.  Size:  22"  and 19"
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For Sale

For Sale:  2019 Cannondale Super Six EVO Disc. bulilt by Cutter’s last October. Full Ultegra  drive, Zipp handle bars, seatpost, DT Swiss Wheels, Swiss Stop Discs. 56 cm. 

 

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Velodrome Update

At the most recent LWA meeting, Joan Hanscom, Executive Director of the Valley Preferred Cycling Center, presented the following information about the velodrome's plans for the remainder of the summer:  Velodrome Update

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1989 Tour de France redux starts on June 27th

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You probably know that the 2020 Tour has been rescheduled to start on August 29th.  Hopefully, that will go off as planned, but I am anticipating a real void in July with no Tour to watch.  So I've decided to revisit the 1989 race, the one that featured a great duel between Greg LeMond and Laurent Fignon.  

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Links from Kim Geist, guest speaker at April LWA meeting

Guest Speaker at the April LWA meeting was Kim Geist.  Her presentation touched upon modifying exercise and nutrition for being solo and/or indoors, in the context of restructuring goals and motivation towards them during times of uncertainty.

Why we ride: Finding purpose in training during COVID-19:  http://www.michaelbarkasi.com/2020/04/08/why-we-ride-finding-purpose-in-training-during-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR3-h3dUncJpPeyFeIOZ9_K8qg0OoksKN4WoZ9XKXG3JXpm1opGi26Ia28g

Exercise, Immunity & the COVID-19 Pandemic:  https://www.acsm.org/all-blog-posts/acsm-blog/acsm-blog/2020/03/30/exercise-immunity-covid-19-pandemic

Listening to Fast Tempo Music Delays the Onset of Neuromuscular Fatigue:  https://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Fulltext/2020/03000/Listening_to_Fast_Tempo_Music_Delays_the_Onset_of.3.aspx?fbclid=IwAR34kQrtZ6VaxfcBHUbEBDTHis7cr6p5WSzmwKEt0u-58ODNiP56ZUb7Bik

MoveRight Method:  https://www.moverightmethod.com/

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2019 VVV and DD photos

In case you didn't see these previously. . .

To view the slideshow from the 2019 Valley-Velo-Vistas ride, click here.

To view the slideshow from the 2019 Donut Derby, click here.

 

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