2021 Philly Bike Expo Nov. 6

The Philly Bike Expo is back this year see: 2021 Philly Bike Expo – Nov. 6 & 7

There is a car full of us planning to attend as posted by Jack H on Meetup:  Philly Bike Expo | Meetup

Others who want to attend can plan on other car pool options.

I attended several years ago and found the Expo very intesting and made some good purchases of cycling clothing.

In addition to the Expo, seminars are available per: Seminar and Event Schedule – 2021 Philly Bike Expo

Some of us are thinking about attending the 2 sessions on "How to be a Quality Ride Leader."
If you decide to attend just the Expo, then plan on at leaset spending 1/2 of the day. 
I urge Ride Leaders to think about attending the  2 sessions on "How to be a Quality Ride Leader."  If you decide to do this, then a full day should be planned so you also have time to attend the Expo.
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Tom Kellogg of Spectrum Cycles will be our guest speaker at our October LWA Monthly Meeting tomorrow, October 27, at 7:00

 Tom Kellogg of Spectrum Cycles has graciously agreed to be our guest speaker at our October LWA Monthly Meeting tomorrow, October 27,  at 7:00.

 
Tom will cover several topics that he knows from his long experience of making custom bike frames that will be of interest to cycling enthusiasts like our LWA members.
 
Please join us in person or via the Zoom link in the attached Meetup:  Monthly Club Meeting..All Welcome, Wed, Oct 27, 2021, 7:00 PM | Meetup
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Get Well Wishes

Christine Penn, our LWA Secretary, is now recovering from a bike accident,

Her fellow members of LWA Leadership team wish her a speady recovery.

 

For next few weeks, Chris will be recovering at:

St. Luke’s Lehighton Campus

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Update on September LWA Meeting and “Notorious B.O.B.”

We had a great presentation at our September LWA monthly meeting monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 by Damien Dugan who shared his experiences with his 2021 cross country bike trip.

Thanks to Damien for presenting and to Jack Helffrich for organizing this event.

During the meeting, we thanked Bert Mukkulainen and his team for the great 2021 Donut Derby.

During the discussion, I learned about “Notorious B.O.B.” and found this YouTube video of his participation of our 2021 Donut Derby:

https://youtu.be/1kUXhz3Zd0E

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2021 Donut Derby & Munchkin Mile

Note: Donut Derby Slide show coming soon!

We had a FANTASTIC 2021 Donut Derby & Munchkin Mile on Labor Day!

The weather was perfect, and both the Donut Derby and Munchkin Mile were very well attended and there were no calls for SAG support.

A big thanks goes to Bert Mukkulainen, our LWA leader of this year's events, and his entire committee listed below.

2021 Donut Derby & Munchkin Mile Committee:

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LWA Latest News/Blog

In the Fall of 2019, we decided to no longer create the LWA Newsletter known as “Quick Release.”

We made this decision based on our ability to use a more modern communication tool, which is our LWA News/Blog located on our LWA website at: https://lehighwheelmen.org/index.php/latest-news

Since the beginning of our 2021 season, we have posted 34 New/Blogs to this site, which generates notification emails to everyone who has “subscribed.”

As the year has proceeded, I have been asked about “what’s new” with LWA and I refer to these many News/Blog posts that I and others have entered.

I also recently learned from Dave Drummer, our Website Manager, that a relatively low number of LWA members have subscribed to the LWA/Blog notification emails.

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Summer Update

I hope everyone is having a good and safe summer.

I know of one member who had a significant accident while cycling.  Steve Kelly was injured while on a Fitness Central ride a few weeks ago.  I ask that you wish him and Dina a quick recovery.

We have had many rides this summer and I will let Kathy Crampton, our VP of Touring, update you on the number of rides, but I have heard that some of our recent News/Blogs posts may not have gone out with email alerts so be sure to catch up on some of our new Ride Leaders on these following posts from Kathy:

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Bike Repair Station Dedication

The main purpose of the Lehigh Wheelmen is to promote the general interest in cycling in all its phases.

To fulfill this purpose, the LWA with Lehigh County installed and dedicated a bike repair station just beyond the entrance to Rodale Fitness Park entrance for use by all who cycle and use the park.

The dedication occurred on July 10 with over 40 members and quests in attendance and was proceeded by:

  • An organized ride for those new to cycling.
  • A Flat Repair Clinic led by Fitness Central.
  • A session on how to use the new Bike Repair Station.

Link to Photos relating to Bike Repair Stand Dedication

We dedicated the bike repair station to all who enjoy cycling and to the memory of 3 of our long-time ride leaders:

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LWA Dedication of Bike Repair Station at Rodale Park on July 10

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The main purpose of the Lehigh Wheelmen is to promote the general interest in cycling in all its phases.

To fulfill this purpose, the LWA with Lehigh County has installed a bike repair station just beyond the entrance to Rodale Fitness Park entrance for use by all who cycle and use the park.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thomas Judson Smull 1947 - 2021

 

Tom Smull was a LWA member and joined many of us on LWA rides. 

Please keep Tom and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mcall/obituary.aspx?pid=197463405

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With the lifting of additional COVID-19 restrictions by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the LWA Board announces that group rides can start again on Monday, January 4 with a limit of 6 riders with certain conditions in place (see below for details)

The LWA officers and board members have discussed this week’s announcement by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that the additional COVID-19 restrictions, in effect since early December, will be lifted as of January 4.

The LWA Board decided that with the lifting of these restrictions, LWA should now permit group rides starting Monday, January 4 with a limit of 6 riders with these conditions followed by all riders:

All riders must be free of any COVID related symptoms for the past 14 days. If you are feeling sick, please do not ride!

* No more than 6 riders per group. Day-of ride walk-ons will not be permitted - you must RSVP through MeetUp to reserve your spot.

* Social Distancing is required. Masks/face coverings must be carried with you at all times and used when within 6 feet of other people. (e.g., in the parking lot, at rest stops, if stopped to help with repairs.)

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