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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 to Know the New Ride Leaders, part 5 ~~ Patty Wilson and Sebastian Villamil

Here is the final installmemnt of our series to let you know about our newest LWA Ride Leaders.

The LWA has now had ten members become Ride Leaders since the Spring. You may have already met some of them on a recent ride. All have filled out a questionnaire as part of the process, and here we share some of their answers (some edited) with our cyclists.

1) Meet Patty Wilson:

I love gravel rides but around here it's usually paved roads with some gravel segments. Sometimes I'll ride on a rail trail or canal path, and occassionally on some easy mtb trails. I love hills but I'm a slow cyclist, typically riding 11-13 mph depending on the terrain.
I started cycling to improve fitness in 2012 - first with a hybrid bike and then went to a gravel bike in 2015. I'm a year-round cyclist, fall/winter is my favorite time of the year to ride (I know most people think that's strange!) I've participated in regular group rides with CBBC but not so much in the past few years as I've been training for the Unbound gravel 200 mile event that will take place in Kansas in early June. I've been riding about 4000-5000 miles a year plus a lot of sessions on the trainer. My longest ride has been 150 miles.
I like to encourage cycists of all levels, and to have fun in a social group setting. Also to promote more inclusivity in cycling. I've participated in some gravel events, group rides, and training camps in the mid-west and it was so nice how friendly and encouraging other cyclists have been. There really is a "gravel community". I'd like to pass some of that along.   I recently moved to Pennsburg and am looking forward to riding with LWA. 
2) Finally, for this season's group of new Ride Leaders, Meet Sebastian Villamil (aka Soby).

I started cycling in 2019 as a way to get back into fitness and lose weight. So far, I’ve been successful at losing over 40 pounds of weight and I am still fighting to maintain a healthy lifestyle and lose some more. Cycling has always been a part of my life but recently I have become more passionate about the sport as it combines adventure, fitness, and fellowship. The type of rides I enjoy the most are long distance with moderate climbing. I make part of two rides every week for the Fitness Central club, TNSR (Tuesday Night Stress Reliever) ride and Covered Bridge C group ride on Thursday. I also like to participate in various organized rides, most recently I rode the metric century French Creek Iron tour and will be riding the 100 mile ride of the Covered Bridge Classic in Lancaster, PA., and the city to shore ride for MS.

I would like to be a ride leader to assist in keeping planned rides from becoming cancelled due to the ride leader's absence when they are absent due to vacation, injury, or any other personal reason. I would like to become a ride leader as well to be better educated in safety when serving as a ride leader to other cyclists and help support and improve the sport in the Lehigh Valley.

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Garmin 1030 for Sale

For sale: Garmin 1030

Need a Garmin? This used model is in great condition. Works great for cycling stats, navigation, tracking your rides, and displays phone notifications. Asking $250 (retail price is $599.99). 

Email Amanda at ajwsings@yahoo.com 

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Sold - Garmin 530 Edge

Garmin 530 Edge has been sold. . .

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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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Fundraising for World Bicycle Relief

The joy of a new bike!

After hearing how Lachlan Morton raised $700,000 for World Bicycle Relief,  I set up a fundraising page in the name of the LWA.

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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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Spinathon for Community Bike Works

The LWA has a team in  the Spinathon for Community Bike Works.  It's a friendly competition and the rules are simple - just record your miles.  Team members: Rich Ferrera, Lenni Maguire, Raine Fussner, Steve Crampton, Jane Derby, Clyde Odom, Jack Helfrich and Carl Zvanut.  This is a big fundraiser for CBW, an organization we all know and appreciate for the good work they do.  If you can, please make a contribution.  Here's the link to our team's site:

https://www.pledgereg.com/3930/Team/17148

Thanks and stay safe on the roads and trails.

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Across the USA by bicycle (7PM) & Business Meeting (8PM)

You are invited to join fellow cyclists for the LWA monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM in Asbury United Methodist Church 1533 Springhouse Road · Allentown, PA.
This month features guest speaker Damien Dugan at 7 PM, prior to the 8 PM business meeting. Damien will be sharing his experiences from his self-supported 2021 cross country bike trip. Plan to attend and invite your friends.
If you attend in person, please wear a mask to meet the Church’s protocols. Also, please park in the upper lot nearest to the intersection of Springhouse Rd. & Walbert Ave. Meeting is in the 'Parlor'
You can also remotely join the meeting via the Zoom link below. (More info available on Meetup)
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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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Get to Know the new Ride Leaders, part 4 ~~ Amanda Whittington and Hali Goldman

Here is continuation of our series to let you know about our newest LWA Ride Leaders.

The LWA has now had ten members become Ride Leaders since the Spring. You may have already met some of them on a recent ride. All have filled out a questionnaire as part of the process, and here we share some of their answers (some edited) with our cyclists.

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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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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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Get to Know the new Ride Leaders, part 3 ~~ Andy Samuels and John Weller

Here is continuation of our series to let you know about our newest LWA Ride Leaders.

The LWA has had nine members become Ride Leaders since the Spring. You may have already met some of them on a recent ride. All have filled out a questionnaire as part of the process, and here we share some of their answers (some edited) with our cyclists.

Meet....Andy Samuels:

I rode bicycles as a means of transportation here in the Lehigh Valley as a teenager. As an adult, I got back into cycling in 2006. I am a member of RUSA and like randonneuring. My favorite type of cycling is climbing although I am quite slow. 

When I plan routes, I like to stay as far away from automobile traffic as I can get. In the past few years I have been riding on trails more often.

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Get to know the new Ride Leaders, part 2 ~~ Karl Peters and Denny Snyder

Here is continuation of our series to let you know about our newest LWA Ride Leaders.

The LWA has had nine members become Ride Leaders since the Spring. You may have already met some of them on a recent ride. All have filled out a questionnaire as part of the process, and here we share some of their answers (some edited) with our cyclists.

Meet.... Karl Peters:

This is the start of my 3rd season of road riding, having been a rail trail rider for many years. From Bethlehem, I usually drive to the velodrome and ride from there. I have been on many LWA and FC rides and learned to love the roads from Ttown to Kempton. I still ride trails occasionally, but now it is mostly roads. Last year I rode 3500 miles.

I have enjoyed many group rides and would like to share that with other riders and hopefully find some new riders. Some of it is a ‘giving back’ mindset as there seems to be a need.

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Get to know the new Ride Leaders -- Kathie Zapotoki and Ryan Bratt

The LWA has had nine members become Ride Leaders since the Spring. You may or may have met some of them already. All have filled out quesionnaires as part of the process, and I would like to share some of their answers with our cyclists. (Some edited)

First to meet..... Kathie Zapotoki:

1.) Tell us about your riding history, the type of rides you go on.
I have been riding bikes for over 45years and raced bikes on both the road and the track. I started racing at the velodrome with the very first race at the velodrome in 1976. I raced with a women’s team out of New Jersey for ~10years and we traveled to races throughout the United States.

Today I ride mostly B- rides and just want to enjoy the ride.

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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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