Chris Johns repairs a bike at Wheels Bike Shop in Steamboat Springs. Wheels and three other local bike shops hosted bike safety and skills booths at last year’s Bike Fest in Steamboat. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Chris Johns repairs a bike at Wheels Bike Shop in Steamboat Springs. Wheels and three other local bike shops hosted bike safety and skills booths at last year’s Bike Fest in Steamboat. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Cyclists celebrate season with Bike Fest on Saturday

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BikeFest and Bike Swap

  • Saturday, May 14, 2011, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $1 - $5

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— The weather outside this week has been a mixed bag, but that will not stop organizers of the seventh annual Bike Fest from promoting cycling this weekend at Howelsen Hill.

The Bike Fest is a chance for cycling enthusiasts to come out and get a taste of what the sport, and Steamboat Springs, has to offer. 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 a few bucks for their old rides. Organizer Katie Lindquist said it costs $1 to get into the festival and $5 to put a bike in the corral. The event will be set up in Howelsen Hill Lodge and in the parking lot in front of the lodge.

The seller 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.

Sellers must register their bikes starting at 7:45 a.m.

“The bike swap has a little bit of everything, from high-end to kids bikes to cruisers,” Lindquist said. “It’s a pretty good pool.”

The Bike Fest will feature more than 20 vendors offering the latest in biking gear. There will be vendors offering food and drink and tents with information about local cycling groups.

There will be interactive kids and adult activities designed to promote cycling and bike safety.

“This is a celebration of spring and the start of the cycling season,” Lindquist said.

There also will be hourly drawings where visitors will have a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $5. Two tickets will be given away with every Routt County Riders membership.

“The idea is to have everything bike-related in one place,” Lindquist said. “We wanted to have local bike shops, bike factories and advocacy groups represented and available to the community.”

Lindquist said representatives from Steamboat Ski Area will be on hand to explain what is new on the mountain this summer and plans for the future. Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports will be on hand to discuss adaptive bike riding, and Routt County Riders members will be there making people aware of the group’s mission and recruiting new members.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com

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