BICYCLING -- It’s prime time to sell or buy to downsize or expand and upgrade your bicycle fleet at the annual Spokane Bike Swap & Expo set for Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Spokane County Fair & Expo Center.
Bring bikes to sell on consignment on Friday, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. See more details and expedite the process by preregistering bikes for sale at SpokaneBikeSwap.com.
Bikes also can be donated for sale. All profits from the event are earmarked for projects organized by the Friends of the Spokane River Centennial Trail.
Hundreds of bikes will be available for purchaseon Saturday. Admission is $5.
However, kids under 13 get free admission. In addition, kids under 15 who purchase a bike at the Bike Corral get a free helmet while supplies last.
A bicycle commuter class will be offered at 11 a.m. by Dave Mannino of Two Wheel Transit. A bike maintenance class will be offered at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. by Annika Lavoie of Wheel Sport.
Free professional bicycle fittings will be offered by Rockwood Physical Therapy and REI.
Prizes will be offered through the swap and about 60 exhibitors will have booths or displays including bike shops offering new bike models.
Last year the event raised $36,000 for the Friends of the Centennial Trail, boosted by 63 exhibitors and more than 900 used bikes registered to sell in the bike corral, said LeAnn Yamamoto, swap director.
Spokane Bike Swap proceeds have added $134,000 to the nonprofit group’s Trail Builder's Fund in five years, she said. The Trail Builder's Fund is designated for the Spokane River Centennial Trail maintenance, gap completion matching funds, signs and safety upgrades.