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BAC December 2005 News & Digest


SEASONS GREETINGS to all Bicycle Access Council members and supporters...


BAC members with internet access have been receiving monthly e-mails.  Please help update our records with any e-mail or street address changes.  


To view past monthly e-mails, go to the BAC website and click on News & Digest.





In a holiday gift box that is.  BAC has a unique rear strobe light for sale—the Globe Strobe™


This seat post mounted rear light is extremely bright with an alternately flashing white and red light output.  The price is $15 which includes Pennsylvania sales tax and USPS priority shipping.  Regular retail price is $13 plus tax.   Call or e-mail your order and the light will be shipped immediately.  An invoice will be included for payment.


To see other merchandise for sale, check the November News & Digest on the BAC website.





Membership dues and donations to the Bicycle Access Council are tax deductible as allowed by law.  Any member may request a statement of donation for Income Tax purposes by contacting BAC.  Donations of $200 or greater will automatically receive a statement.  Fees paid for rallies or merchandise do not qualify.





According to the December 1 issue of the Bicycle Retailer & Industry News (BR&IN), retailers are reporting bad spokes showing up on bicycles from Trek, Specialized, Raleigh, Fuji, Giant, Jamis, and others sold in the $300-$600 retail price range. Affected bikes are 2004-05 models.


"The first clue that this wasn't the usual spoke problem was that supposedly stainless steel spokes were rusting and breaking in the middle of the spoke," said Frank Havnoonian, owner of the Drexel Hill Cycle in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.  His shop has been rebuilding five pairs of wheels a week since summer.


The source of the problem is still uncertain, according to BR&IN.  Samples of bad spokes may have "N," "Z" or "S" head-stamps as well as no head-stamp at all. Neither good stainless steel spokes nor these bad spokes are magnetic, so new testing methods are trying to be developed to detect defective spokes.





Is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, in York, PA.  No fooling!  Clubs are invited to attend this meeting to learn about club dynamics and share their experiences with other Pennsylvania bicycle clubs.  The conference is meant to showcase Best Practices.  This is an opportunity for new club officers to gain confidence and insight about their duties and for established clubs to show leadership from experience.


This will be the fourth annual Pennsylvania Bike Club Conference hosted by BAC.  Bike Clubs will receive more detailed information in January.

Mission Statement…

The Bicycle Access Council is a non-profit advocacy organization that serves as a forum for Pennsylvania bicyclists and as an ombudsman for bicycling issues.


It is the objective of the Bicycle Access Council to make bicycling on roads throughout the Commonwealth safe, respectable and a transportation choice by educating its members and the motoring public.


All funding for the Bicycle Access Council comes from memberships and donations.  Annual membership is $20 per year.   BAC does not share membership information.



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Joe Stafford, Executive Director

Bicycle Access Council

Dallastown, PA


(717) 417-1299


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