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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:

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 for details on meeting, which you can attend either in person or via Zoom link.

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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 as soon as possible:

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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:

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:

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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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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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 

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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

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:

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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:

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

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:

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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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.