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Colorado Springs Bike Swap back for an encore

April 17, 2017 Updated: April 17, 2017 at 9:19 am
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Cyclists will be buyers and sellers Saturday as the Colorado Springs Bike Swap returns.

Gear and bikes will cover a field inside SoccerHaus during the second event of its kind, following last April's swap at another location. Enthusiasts again will have the afternoon to deal on used and new goods and load up for the riding season ahead.

"It would be a dishonesty to everyone, including myself, to not have an event like this," said Gabe Alvarado, the local mountain biker who started organizing the swap last month when he heard it was in jeopardy of not happening. He reached out to city bike advocate Allen Beauchamp, who connected him with last year's organizers, who in turn connected Alvarado with sponsors.

"Everybody goes to Velo- Swap," Beauchamp said, referring to the premier event in Denver every fall. "There's been an undercurrent here in the community: Hey, why can't we do our own? There's been a couple small attempts but never anything really organized until now."

Alvarado aims for a less flashy swap, one dominated by locals rather than big commercial names - and without the cost to park or attend. He wants to build on the success he saw at the 2016 swap, which he said was attended by 2,000-plus riders.

A corral of bikes with price tags and contact information will be set up. Local staples such as Old Town Bike Shop and Criterium Bicycles will occupy booth spaces alongside nonprofits such as Kids on Bikes and Front Rangers. Most of the space will be for the "Joe Blows," Alvarado said.

"A cool thing about the cycling world, they're all really honest people," he said. "It's not like going to a used car dealership or pawnshop. ... Cyclists for the most part try to take care of each other."

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