The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Great Maine Bike Swaps
Great Orono Bike Swap, UMaine Student Recreation & Fitness Center: April 22, 2012, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Great Portland Bike Swap, USM Sullivan Gym: April 29, 2012, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Great Maine Bike Swaps offer a great way to buy used bicycles at an affordable price. You also can sell the bikes cluttering your garage or basement and turn them into cash. At the swaps, you can choose from hundreds of bikes, including hybrids, road bikes, mountain bikes, children’s bikes, recumbents and more. The inventory covers all price ranges, so you’re sure to find something that suits your budget. And you’ll be going “green” by getting a gently used bike rather than a new one. Volunteers will help you find a bike that fits, and you’ll be able to go on a test ride.
If you’re selling bicycles, knowledgeable volunteers will help you set the price. You can check online to see if your bikes sold.
Those wanting to sell bicycles should drop them off on the Saturday before the swaps between 6:30 and 8 p.m. or on the morning of the swaps between 8 and 9:30 a.m. You fill out some paperwork and pay $3. If your bike sells, we will mail you a check within seven to 10 business days for the proceeds minus a 15 percent donation to the Bicycle Coalition. If your bike has not sold, you may pick it up at the swap’s conclusion – or you may donate it to a recycle-a-bike program.
If you’re shopping for a bicycle, show up early for the best selection. You’ll have a chance to see displays by local bikes shops and community organizations, get some delicious refreshments and pick up information about Maine biking events.
Admission is $3, with free admission for students at the University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine and children 12 or younger. For more information, call the Bicycle Coalition of Maine at (207) 623-4511 or e-mail.