Steamboat Springs Routt County Riders bicycle club will host its annual bike swap Saturday at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. The swap is from 8 a.m. to noon.
With $4-a-gallon gasoline just over the horizon, it's a safe bet bicycle commuting will be a topic of conversation as the cycling community gets together to exchange wheels and ideas.
"Last year, we saw a huge change. We had our annual Ride to Work Week and Ride to Work Day, and I thought the amount of commuting during the summer was amazing," Scott Schlapkohl said. Schlapkohl is the secretary treasurer of Routt County Riders, which uses a portion of the funds from the bike swap to further the cause of making Steamboat Springs a bike-friendly community.
The bicycle club advocates the creation of bicycle lanes, designated cycling routes and safe routes to school for children. The city of Steamboat Springs established a bike lane last year on Seventh Street leading to Soda Creek Elementary School, Schlapkohl said.
On Saturday, $5 will allow non-club members to shop for bikes, and another $5 will permit them to fill out paperwork and enter a cycle for sale in the corral outside Howelsen Hill Lodge. There is no additional commission.
Commercial vendors can even set up a table to promote their goods and services - the fee is $5. Some commercial vendors will be set up inside Howelsen Hill Lodge.
"I really want people to get down there and sell their stuff," RCR member Katie Lindquist said.
People are welcome to join Routt County Riders for $20, which saves them the $5 shopping fee.
Sellers may show up at any time during the morning and deliver their bikes for sale, Lindquist said.
"Basically, I'm selling them a piece of paper where they can write down their price and their telephone number," Lindquist said. "It will be attached to the bike."
Volunteers at the swap will not consummate sales and hold the cash for the owners. It's up to bike owners to hang around and make their own deals or take off and run errands while monitoring their cell phones.
Lindquist said bicycles have sold rapidly at previous Bike Swap events. Quality youth bicycles in good shape often fetch $50 to $75, but if someone just wants to clear an unwanted bike out of the garage, he or she should think about putting a $20 or $25 price tag on it, she suggested. She said club members are happy to advise sellers on pricing at the corral.
Lindquist stressed the bike swap is not a bike dump, and owners are expected to pick up unsold bikes.
Routt County Riders will put the proceeds of the bike swap to use in a variety of ways. A number of young competitive cyclists will receive $150 from the Larry Johnson Scholarship. The intent is to help them defray the cost of joining the cycling program of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sport Club.
Schlapkohl predicts bicycle commuting is here to stay in Steamboat.
"This summer, I think it's going to be even more than last year," he said.