As avid cyclists, Chris and Laura Grant know the benefits of getting around on their own steam — health, leisure, the environment – but it’s for the simple notion of seeing more people enjoy biking that is the goal with the Alberta Bike Swap, a one-day event to buy and/or sell a ready-to-ride bike.
“It’s competitive and confusing to buy or sell a bike online, and if you aren’t mechanically savvy, how do you know what you’re getting?” asked Laura Grant, who hopes to see about 400 clean, tech-checked bikes on offer at the event.
Grant is buoyed by the initial response from the local cycling community.
United Cycle and Klondike Cycle are on board to sell bikes and parts, and the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society also jumped at the chance to be part of the swap.
“It’s good for the city – fewer drivers, less congestion, more downtown parking spots,” said society executive director Christopher Chan, who will provide volunteers for the swap and help tech-check bikes.
In return, the society will get 25 per cent of the day’s proceeds.
The MS Society, Ride to Conquer Cancer and Heart and Stroke Fund will be on hand at the swap too, and any bike seller who participates in these rides will get a $20 pledge from organizers.
- The first-ever Bike Swap in Edmonton runs Saturday at the Edmonton Sportsdome, 10104 32 Avenue.
- Sellers can drop off bikes between 8 and 11 a.m., returning at noon for the sale.
- Prices have averaged just under $200, but one high-tech model sold last year for $2,600.