Great Orono Bike Swap on April 18

Posted March 05, 2010, at 9:59 p.m.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will stage its Great Orono Bike Swap at the University of Maine on April 18.

The event will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will be held at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center.

Hundreds of affordable used bicycles will be on sale, including mountain bikes, road bikes, classic cruisers and kids bikes.

A test-riding area will be laid out so shoppers can try out the bikes before making a purchase.

Volunteer advisors will be available to help with pricing and bike fit.

The Orono swap attracted nearly 600 people last year. Admission is $3, but students at the University of Maine, the University of Southern Maine, the University of New England and Southern Maine Community College, as well as children age 12 or younger, get in free.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has been working since 1992 to make Maine a better place to bicycle. The coalition advocates for Maine cyclists in Augusta and Washington, teaches bicycle safety, partners with state agencies on the Share the Road campaign, and serves as a resource on local bicycling issues.

Rafting special set for skiers

Northern Outdoors has announced a spring rafting special for New England ski pass holders in a fundraiser for the Maine Handicapped Skiing Program.

Season pass holders at New England ski areas will receive $15 off all Northern Outdoors May and June rafting trips. For every rafter taking advantage of the promotion, Northern Outdoors will donate $5 to Maine Handicapped Skiing’s Veterans/No Boundaries program.

“We have a lot of staff who ski in Maine throughout the winter,” Russell Walters, president of Northern Outdoors, said in a news release. “It was natural for us to bring together our passion for skiing with our commitment to serve military families with a unique spring special.”

The ski pass special is valid on all three Maine whitewater rivers — the Kennebec, the Penobscot and the Dead.

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