One-stop shopping

Bike Swap offers chance to sell, buy used gear

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— The Routt County Riders Bicycle Club is holding another bike swap in hopes of making the buying and selling of bicycle-related gear a one-stop shopping experience.

The swap is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15 at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. The site of the swap was moved from the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

"People will be able to test drive in a safer environment," local cyclist Katie Lindquist said.

Olympian Hall is an appropriate site for the swap because Howelsen Hill is home to many summer bike trails. Its beginning the transition to spring and summer sports.

"It will be people selling used equipment like used clothing, bikes or other used bike-related gear," Lindquist said. "We really want people to bring stuff to sell and buy. We are providing a venue for people to buy and sell bikes and bike-related equipment."

The bike swap also serves as a membership drive and fundraiser for Routt County Riders. The cost to enter the bike swap is $5, and all proceeds are going to Routt County Riders. Club membership dues are $20 a person.

Routt County Riders help with bike trail construction and maintenance in Routt County.

The club also serves as the Bicycle Advisory Committee for a new initiative from the Steamboat Springs City Coun--cil to get the town designated as a bicycle-friendly community by the American League of Cyclists.

Such a designation would affect planning and development in Steamboat.

Guidelines about road resurfacing projects, bicycle lane development and public transportation issues would be bicycle friendly.

For more information about the bike swap, call Lindquist at 846-9206 or visit www.routtcountyriders.org.

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