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Spokane bike swap features plenty of pedals to be peddled

Chad Cleaver, center, checks in his children’s used bikes with the Spokane Bike Swap and Expo’s Tomås Lynch on Friday at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Cleaver plans to attend the event with his children today. “We are looking for bigger bikes,” he said. (Dan Pelle)
Chad Cleaver, center, checks in his children’s used bikes with the Spokane Bike Swap and Expo’s Tomås Lynch on Friday at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Cleaver plans to attend the event with his children today. “We are looking for bigger bikes,” he said. (Dan Pelle)

Spring has sprung, and if you’re looking for a bike, then you’re in luck.

Beginning today, the fourth annual  Spokane Bike Swap and Expo will take over the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center with more than 1,000 new and used bikes for sale, from kids’ bikes to road bikes to tandem cycles to everything in between.

There will also be a bike auction, more than 50 exhibits with a bunch of bike paraphernalia and information, free bike helmets for kids and plentiful opportunities to talk bikes with people who know bikes.

Barb Chamberlain, executive director of the advocacy group Washington Bikes, made it to Spokane again this year to attend the event, where her group will have a booth with cycling maps, a bicycling tour guidebook and Washington-made bike stuff, like water bottles and mud flaps.

“It’s grown every year,” said Chamberlain, who used to live in Spokane. “Every year they work hard to get enough bikes to meet the demand.”

Entry to the bike swap, which begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. today and Sunday, costs $5. Kids 12 and under are free, and if you bring a bike to donate you get in free.

The swap’s first year raised $10,000, with proceeds going to the Friends of the Centennial Trail. The following year the amount doubled to $20,000, and last year the event brought in $30,000.


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