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Volunteer Opportunity Gran Fondo - Hincapie


There is an exciting ride coming to the Lehigh Valley on June 4 – The Gran Fondo Hincapie – Lehigh Valley.  This is a cycling celebration set on the beautiful roads of the Lehigh Valley with the proceeds  benefiting the Youth Programs at the Velodrome.  There are several course options ranging from 15-80 miles.  The organizers are  looking for volunteers to help out.  Perhaps some of you will be interested.  Here are the things that they need help with

  1. Manning the first rest stop in Lenhartsville

  1. Driving SAG support and offering minor medical and mechanical support to riders (cars will be provided)

  1. Cycling road marshals to provide directions and minor medical and mechanical support to riders (volunteers for this are anticipated to ride anywhere between 30-100 miles along the route)

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February Club Meeting

Cyclists;

Based on the decline of COVID cases locally,  the club has decided to hold the February club meeting in person at Asbury.  We will also be using Zoom.  There will be a presentation by Fitness Central on the pros and cons of tubeless tires, followed by the business meeting.  Details are on the Meetup posting.  The meeting will be held in room 217.  Enter the building on the lower level from the big parking lot.  Asbury is requiring mask in the building, so please come prepared and respect their rules. 

Meetup Post is here:

https://www.meetup.com/Lehigh-Wheelmen-Association/events/mvhjrsydcdbfc/

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LWA Wants YOU to do Publicity

I Want YOU to do Publicity

During WW II the iconic posters of Uncle Sam pointing and saying “I Want You” were an incentive to participate in some important job supporting the war effort   The Lehigh Wheelman could now certainly produce such a poster to encourage someone to handle publicity. 

For many years Dick McCreight helped disseminate information about LWA special events, promoting these events and thereby increasing participation.  Dick has decided to step away from this role.  The club is therefore seeking one or two (or more) members to step up and handle publicity for the club's special events.  The publicity tasks can certainly be divided among several members.

Please take a look at the summary of the things Dick did and consider volunteering to handle some or all of these jobs.  I know Dick will assist you in every possible way. 

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Thank You Letter from Community Bike Works

We want to share with you this Thank You Letter from Community Bike Works.

As noted in a post from Carl Zvanut in September (https://lehighwheelmen.org/index.php/latest-news/spinathon-for-community-bike-works) a team of LWA members participated in  the 2021 Spinathon for Community Bike Works.  Rich Ferrera, Lenni Maguire, Raine Fussner, Steve Crampton, Jane Derby, Clyde Odom, Jack Helfrich and Carl Zvanut. 

A friendly competition among many cyclists in the Lehigh Valley, our LWA team was in the lead until the last day and we look forward to another try for 1st place this year and further support for this big fundraiser for CBW, an organization we all know and appreciate for the good work they do.

 

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"Virtual cycling without a smart trainer"

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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LWA Technology Committee - Call for Members

At the January LWA Board meeting, the Board decided to create a Technology Committer in order to help manage the club’s existing technology platforms as well as to facilitate improvements. Bruce Kantor has volunteered to lead the committee, and we are soliciting club members to sit on the committee.

The goals and objectives for the committee are –

  • Provide an easy to use set of tools and platforms for the club general club membership and leadership in support of club activities.
  • Facilitate integration between disparate systems (e.g., Club Web Platform, Meetup, Ride With GPS, BikeReg).
  • Facilitate communication between officers, board members, committees and the general club membership.
  • Provide a mechanism for committees, board members and officers to securely collaborate on and share documents.

If you are interested in participating on the Technology Committee, please email Paul Smith (pocono723@yahoo.com) or Bruce Kantor (bmkantor@gmail.com) expressing your interest and qualifications. Thank you.

Paul Smith
LWA President

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Presentation at the Jan 26 Club Meeting

The monthly LWA club meeting will be held virtually this Jan 26 due to the status of COVID locally.  The event details and link to join the Zoom can be found here

The original posting indicated there would be no presentation prior to the business meeting.  That has changed and I will be sharing information about the LWA Ride With GPS Club. 

The LWA has a special members only benefit that gives you Premium level access to the routes in our extensive route library.  The presentaion will cover what the LWA RWGPS club is, how to be included in that club, and how to use the features to find and navigate routes from our route library.  I hope you will decide to join us.  The regular club business meeting will folow the presentation.

Paul Smith 

LWA President

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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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From the 2022 LWA President

LWA Menbers and friends,

I'd like to thank the LWA membership for allowing me to serve as the President of the club.  At the holiday, party Rich gave me the opportunuity to offer a few remarks.  I'd like to share what I said with those who could not attend (remarks in italics).

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LWA Holiday Party and Member Recognition

 

We had a very successful LWA Holiday Party and December Meeting last night at Bear Creek with about 75 attendees.

I thank everyone who contributed to making this a great evening especially:  Dave Sheffield, Jack Helffrich, Kathy Crampton and Bert Mukkulainen.

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Election of nominees for LWA officers and board member positions

At our LWA Holiday Party and December Meeting last night at Bear Creek we elected the below slate of nominees for LWA officers and board members.

I congratulate our new LWA President Paul Smith.

Position

2022 Nominee

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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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Jack needs help

We now have 65 members registered for the LWA Holiday Party at the Bear Creek Lodge on Sunday, 5 December 2021.

Today is the last day to register.

See Meetup for details and how to sign up:  2021 LWA Holiday Party, Sunday 5 December 2021 | Meetup

After dinner, we'll have a brief club meeting including a 2021 year in review, 2022 Officer Elections, Appreciation Awards.

Jack Helffrich is developing a slide show of our 2021 Rides and Jack needs help.

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LWA November Meeting Presentation

At our LWA November Meeting on Wednesday, November 17 we received a very informative presentation from Erin Smith Sparrold, a Performance Nutritionist.

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LWA Holiday Party Photo Slide Show

We now have 50 registrations for the 2021 LWA Holiday Party.

If you haven’t registered yet, you can still do so via Bike Reg link in the Meetup:

https://www.meetup.com/Lehigh-Wheelmen-Association/events/281741801/

https://www.bikereg.com/lwa-seasonal-party

Jack Helfrich will be putting together a photo slide show for the meeting and asks everyone to share with him 2021 LWA cycling photos.

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Erin Smith Sparrold, a Performance Nutritionist, to present at our LWA November Meeting on November 17.

Our LWA Event Coordinator, Janna Baum, has made arrangements for Erin Smith Sparrold, a Performance Nutritionist, to present at our LWA November Meeting on November 17.

Erin, who holds a sports specific nutrition certification in Metabolic Efficiency for Athletes, will talk about nutrition for athletes followed by a healthy snack for all so please RSVP on Meetup for a count of attendees.

Erin has been helping people for over 20 years live healthier lives and you can learn more about Erin at:

See https://www.meetup.com/Lehigh-Wheelmen-Association/events/279479878 for details on meeting, which you can attend either in person or via Zoom link.

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League of American Bicyclists "How to be a Quality Ride Leader” Seminar

This past Saturday while at the Philly Bike Expo, Mark & Tammy Doran, Jack Helfrich, Clyde Odom, Carl Zvanut and I attended s 2 session seminar on "How to be a Quality Ride Leader” led by League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors: https://phillybikeexpo.com/come-on-lets-ride-how-to-be-a-quality-ride-leader/

I learned that we here in LWA do many things related to our rides that are best in class including use of Ride With GPS, Meetup and our ride leader guidelines as articulated in these documents on our website:

I think we do an exceptionally good job at explaining ride classifications by using distance, terrain elevation, and pace as explained in: http://lehighwheelmen.org/files/documents/LWA%20Ride%20Classifications.pdf

I also learned that bike clubs have various approaches to how to best handle vehicle traffic on the road but most follow the rule not to call out “clear” as we do.

I noted that many clubs are more cautious than we are with stop signs, and we should more completely stop especially when in the towns that we ride in.

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LWA Holiday Party at the Bear Creek Lodge on Sunday, 5 December 2021

I talked to Dave Sheffield this morning about the LWA Holiday Party at the Bear Creek Lodge on Sunday, 5 December 2021.

As usual, Dave is doing a great job at planning this event that will include a cash bar cocktail hour starting at 6 pm and at 7 pm, a buffet dinner.

After dinner, we'll have a brief club meeting including a 2021 year in review, 2022 Officer Elections, Appreciation Awards.

We will also have a Jack Helffrich developed slide show of our 2021 Rides including a Donut Derby Video.

We urge all who want to attend to RSVP via BikeReg.com as soon as possible:

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Tom Kellogg of Spectrum Cycles was our guest speaker

At our LWA October Monthly meeting, Tom Kellogg of Spectrum Cycles was our guest speaker.

Tom recently retired from his long career as a custom bike frame maker, and he presented several topics including:

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Our 2022 Flagship Events

 

LWA Photo Tour de Valley

Third Annual photo contest for LWA members, September 9th, 2022 (new date)

 

 

Donut Derby 

 The Donut Derby for 2022 is on for Labor Day, September 5th, 2022

 

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.