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Potential New Name for Lehigh Wheelmen

At the club meeting last month we had a lively discussion about what the club does well and what we can change to do better.  A lot of ideas about improved marketing, types of rides, having events closer to home, more involvement with the velo, etc.  In the area of marketing and communication, the idea of changing the name of the club was brought up.  During the meeting (and after) several people tried to Google "bicycle clubs near me" and LWA was hard to find if it was there at all.

So after 70 years, it is time to give the club a bit of a facelift.  "Wheelman" is a very old (1800s) name for a bicyclist but it is not really used today.  It also projects to the outside world that we are a male only club, which we are not.  We've also been refered to as only fast riders and racers, which we certainly are not.  The board would like to keep the history associated with the name Lehigh Wheelmen Association (LWA) while projecting to the outside world that we are a friendly and inclusive bicycling group. 

To help with this, Donalee Frary has put together a survey for club members to fill out.  It's quick and painless.  We'd like to get input from the club members while we work on the legal issues around the name change.  Please click on the following link and fill out the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YTFYW2R

The board will be reviewing this input, along with the legal and logistical issues, to extablish the best path forward.  

Carl Zvanut

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Update - Jan 25 Meeting Zoom Only

Asbury has closed the chruch for the day so the meeting tonight will be Zoom only.  Here's the link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9198065094

Hope to "see" you there.

Carl

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New Cycling Year - Club Meeting Jan 25

Hope many of you have gotten out on some of these "warm for January" days.  As a cross country skier, I miss the snow but I know many don't share my feelings.

LWA is a great club but all good things can use improvements and changes.  Come to the meeting on Jan 25th and share your thoughts about what the club does well and ways to improve;  There will be a 45 minute session to collect comments from club members and interested cyclists.  So come out socialize a bit and contribute to help the club grow stronger and conitue to promote safe and enjoyable cycling in the Lehigh Valley.  

Go to Meetup for detials and to sign up:https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/sdlbbtyfccbhc/

Hope to see you there!

Carl Zvanut

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FOR SALE, CYCLEOPS HAMMER SMART TRAINER

TRAINER AND JOULE COMPUTER,  $400. Andrew Bollinger, bcupaddler@gmail.com 

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LWA Spreads Holiday Cheer

LWA members bought $2000 of gift cards and donated $1000 each to Sixth Street Shelter and Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley.  This really shows the club's holiday spirit in helping those in need in these tough times.  The gifts were greatly appreciated and they will go to good use for needy families.  Thanks to Jack Helfrich for coordinating this again this year.

 

 

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Sold: Kuat Sherpa 2.0 Bike Rack (Like New)

This rack has been sold. . .

 

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The LWA website has a new coat of paint!

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We have just updated the Content Management Software used to manage our website.  There were several components of the current website that were incompatable with the new version, including the template, which determines the appearance of content posted on the website.  So when you next visit lehighwheelmen.org, what you see will look familiar, but slightly different.  All of the normal functions should be pretty much the same.  However, if you notice anything that doesn't seem to work correctly, please contact me:  webmaster@lehighwheelmen.org .  Have a nice Thanksgiving!

Dave Drummer

LWA website manager

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It's not to late to register for the LWA Holiday Party!

Let’s meet at the Bear Creek Lodge to Celebrate the 2022 Cycling Season on Sunday, 4 December 2022!

There will be a cash bar cocktail hour starting at 6 pm. At 7 pm, a buffet dinner will be served. After dinner, we'll have a brief club meeting with 2023 Officer Elections, Awards, and lots of stories. Once again, Jack & Dick will craft a wonderful slide show of our 2022 Rides including the Donut Derby.

RSVP via BikeReg.com by 21 November 2022.        More details on the LWA Meetup Calendar.

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Monthly Club Meeting: Natchez Trace Parkway

Last week a contingent of LWA members participated in a week long ride on the Natchez Trace Parkway.  At the club meeting Wednesday 10/26 Rich, with color commentary from other attendees, will do a presentation about the ride .  Please check the Meetup calandar and RSVP.

Paul Smith

LWA President 

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Announcing Our 1st Place Winner-Cycling in the 2022 LWA Photo Contest

And it's a sweep! In addition to winning 1st place in the Scenics category of the 2022 LWA Photo Contest, Tammy Doran has also taken first place in the Cycling category. She will be receiving another $50 gift card from Dan's Camera for this 1st place image. Congratulations, Tammy on this amazing composition!
2022 Judges:
> Steve Miller, Dan's Camera City
> Kristen Wagner, Lehigh Valley Style
> Bertil Mukkulainen, LWA
 

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Announcing Our 1st Place Winner-Scenics in the 2022 LWA Photo Contest!

Drum roll please! Announcing the winner of the 2022 Lehigh Wheelmen Photo Contest in the Scenics category, Tammy Doran. Tammy will receive a $50 gift certificate from Dan's Camera for her 1st place finish. Great capture of Lehigh Valley's amber waves of grain, Tammy!
2022 Judges:
> Steve Miller, Dan's Camera City
> Kristen Wagner, Lehigh Valley Style
> Bertil Mukkulainen, LWA
 

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Announcing 2nd Place Winner-Cycling, 2022 LWA Photo Contes

Second place in the Cycling category of the 2022 LWA Photo Contest goes to Jack Helffrich. Jack will be receiving a $30 gift certificate from Dan's Camera City for this fantastic Lehigh Valley cycling scene. Nice work, Jack!
2022 Judges:
>Steve Miller, Dan's Camera City
>Kristen Wagner, Lehigh Valley Style
>Bertil Mukkulainen, LWA
 

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Call for Leadership Volunteers

This is Paul Smith, current LWA President, reaching out to all club members regarding club leadership opportunities and needs.  As you may know, the club by laws specify five LWA officers (President,  VP Touring, VP Racing, Secretary, Treasure) and four at large LWA Board of Directors members.  In addition to these positions there are several other critical leadership positions that the club relies on, including Membership Coordinator, Web Master, Club Picnic organizer,  and the Donut Derby event director.  This year several of these position will be open, and the club needs members to step up to fill these vacancies. 

Here are the positions we need filled for next year.

LWA President.  I am stepping down as the LWA President after serving one year.  We need someone to assume that role. I will certainly work with anyone to facilitate a smooth transition.

Member of the Board of Directors:  There are seveal current board members who's terms either expire this year or who are leaving the area.  If you are willing to serve on the Board please reach out.

Donut Derby Event Organizer:  Bert has done an outstanding job during his tenure.  He is stepping down, so we need somneone to assume that role.

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Announcing 3rd Place Winners-Cycling, 2022 LWA Photo Contest

Today we announce the 3rd place winners (a tie) in the Cycling category of the 2022 LWA Photo Contest. Congrats to
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Announcing 2nd Place Winner-Scenics, LWA Photo Contest

Today's winner in the 2022 LWA Photo Contest is Anne Ferrera. Her image has received second place in the Scenics
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Announcing 3rd Place Winner-Scenics, 2022 LWA Photo Contest

Jack Helffrich is our 3rd Place Winner in the Scenics category of the 2022 LWA Photo Contest.  Congratulations!  Jack will be receiving a $20 gift certificate from Dan's Camera City.  

Thanks to this year's judges, Steve Miller of Dan's Camera; Kristen Wagner, Editor-in-Chief of Lehigh Valley Style, and Bertil Mukkulainen, last year's LWA Photo Contest winner.

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Club Meeting Wed Sept 28---Virtual Riding via Rouvy

Presentation for the Sept 28 Club Meeting


While the cold and gloom of winter are (hopefully) a few months away, we all know that at some point we will not be able to enjoy cycling with our buddies outdoors. But there is a way to stay fit, cycle (virtually) all over the world and talk to your friends as you ride all from the comfort and warmth of home.

This month will be a demo of the use of a smart trainer connected to a cycling app called Rouvy AR. The AR stands for augmented reality, which means the computer simulates riding real roads with real video, while the smart trainer automatically adjusts the resistance as the grade changes. Additional, using another app called Discord, cyclists can actually talk to other riders as you ride.

Come on out to see how it all works. The LWA business meeting follow after the presentation.

Paul Smith  LWA President

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Bikes and Brunch - Community Bike Works

Four LWA members (Jack Helfrich, Raina Fussner, Jane Derby and Carl Zvanut) participated in CBW's Bikes and Brunch event from downtown Allentown.  The intent was to show that people who live in downtown Allentown can safely ride to the parkway and have a great ride.  Although I was skeptical, it turned out to be true.  The CBW folks led the way and we were all amazed at how much fun it was.  Of course, a ride followed by brunch is hard to beat.  

Thks was all part of CBW's current fundraiser.  If you'd like to give, click on: https://www.pledgereg.com/Users/Donor/Default.aspx?tid=20147&amt=0.  

 

 

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Sold - Trek Madone 6.2 - Sold

2011 Trek Madone 6.2 has been sold

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FOR SALE: Vintage Veloce Women's Road Bike

This is a beautiful Veloce custom built ladies bike from about 1984. It's a Reynolds chro-moly frame built by John Stinsman, a Lehigh Valley frame builder from back in the day. I measure the frame to be 50 cm center-to-top, and the top tube is approximately 52.7 cm center of seat post to center ot head tube. It was built for my wife Marcie who is 5'2" tall, and somewhat short waisted, long legged to give you an idea of the fit. Absolutely top end, 6-speed componentry for it's time with full Dura-Ace. The tires are sew-ups. The paint job is a beautiful pink fade, with only a couple of minor chips. Asking $400.  

walkrfh@gmail.com

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Our 2023 Flagship Events

 

LWA Photo Tour de Valley

Fourth Annual photo contest for LWA members  (New date coming soon)

 

 

Donut Derby 

 The Donut Derby for 2023 is on for Labor Day, September 4th, 2023

Details coming soon!

 

 

 

LWA Apparel

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The LWA clothing store is currently closed.  It will re-open periodically.  Club members will be emailed when this happens.