Great Orono Bike Swap set for May 1

Posted March 28, 2011, at 2:44 p.m.

The Great Orono Bike Swap will come to the University of Maine’s Student Recreation and Fitness Center 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1. The swap offers a way for people of all ages to buy affordable, used bicycles and to sell bikes that they no longer need.

Hundreds of bicycles of all types will be for sale, including mountain bikes, road bikes, classic cruisers, kids’ bikes and hybrids. A large test riding area will allow shoppers to try out bicycles. Volunteer advisers  will be on hand to help with pricing and bike fit. A video on the coalition’s website www.bikemaine.org/events/bike-swap explains how the swap works.

The swap will feature displays by local bike shops and community organizations, refreshments and information about Maine biking events. The event is sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine in partnership with the University of Maine. The Orono swap attracted more than 500 people last year.

Admission is $3, with free admission for University of Maine students as well as for children 12 or younger. A 15 percent commission on bike sales will support the coalition’s work to improve and promote bicycling in Maine.

Those wanting to sell bicycles should drop them off at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center between 8 and 9:30 a.m. on the day of the swap. To arrange an earlier drop-off, call the Bicycle Coalition at 623-4511.

People who would like to donate bicycles for sale at the swap may drop them off at Rose Bike, 9 Pine St. in Orono during regular business hours anytime before May 1. Donated bicycles should be in decent condition. Proceeds from their sale will support the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s work to improve bicycling in Maine.

In southern Maine, the Great Portland Bike Swap will be held at USM’s Sullivan Gym from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  April 10. For information about either swap, visit www.bikemaine.org/events/bike-swap or call 623-4511.

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