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Bike swap set for Saturday in Steamboat

Luke Graham

— Sunny skies and warm weather have been a blessing for Routt County bicyclists. And for those looking to upgrade, get rid of an old ride, clean out their garage of equipment or learn more about biking, the timing is right for this weekend's eighth annual Spring Bike Fest and Bike Swap. 

The event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, will feature a bike corral where buyers can find used bikes and sellers can earn some cash for their old rides. It costs $1 to enter the Bike Fest and $5 plus a $20 refundable deposit to put a bike in the corral. The event will be set up in Olympian Hall at the Howelsen Hill Lodge and in the parking lot in front of the lodge.

Those selling bikes must stay at the event to show and sell a bike, and the buyer is responsible for paying city sales taxes, which will be collected at the time of the sale.

Routt County Riders also collects 5 percent of sales to benefit trail development. 

Sellers must register their bikes between 7:45 and 9 a.m. 

"It really is a community swap," Routt County Riders member Wendy Tucciarone said. "I'd expect everything from super high-end bikes that have been ridden for a summer down to kids bikes." 

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The Bike Fest also will include a bike shop expo, music and refreshments. Children who bring their bikes can take part in a Safe Routes to School ABC bike check. The check ensures that bikes are safe to ride on Bike to School days. A balloon artist will provide entertainment, and staff from local bike shops will be in attendance to discuss new gear, bike maintenance and more. 

Routt County Riders volunteers will talk abut current trail and road conditions as well as the benefits of joining the club. The group also will discuss trail maintenance and planned group rides.

The nonprofit Routt County Riders represents all variations of biking in Steamboat. Its mission is to unite local riders and enhance all forms of cycling. For more information, visit Membership is $25 per year for an individual, $45 per year for families or $200 per year for a corporate membership. 

Those who sign up Saturday will receive tickets to a prize drawing. Additional tickets are $5 with prize drawings planned hourly. 

"It's our biggest boost for membership," Tucciarone said about the Bike Fest. "It kicks off our summer season."

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email

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