Great Portland Bike Swap Set for April 29, 2012 | Sports & Recreation

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Great Portland Bike Swap Set for April 29, 2012

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Great Portland Bike Swap will come to the University of Southern Maine’s Sullivan Gym on April 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The swap offers a way for people to buy affordable, used bicycles and/or to sell bicycles 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 advisors will be on hand to help with pricing and bike fit.  The swap will feature displays by local bikes shops and community organizations, refreshments and information about Maine biking events.  

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

Those wanting to sell bicycles should drop them off at Sullivan Gym between 8 and 9:30 a.m. on the day of the swap.  Proceeds from their sale will support the Bicycle Coalition’s work to improve bicycling in Maine.

The Great Orono Bike Swap will be held at the University of Maine’s Student Recreation and Fitness Center on April 22, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more information about either swap, please visit www.bikemaine.org/events/bike-swap or call (207) 623-4511.

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