Annual bike swap returns this weekend |

Annual bike swap returns this weekend

Christopher Kamrani, Of the Record staff

If skiing is the crème de la crème of winter in Park City, biking is the way to go once temperatures start to rise.

This weekend is the 2011 annual Young Riders Bike Swap. Young Riders, a local nonprofit youth mountain bike program, has been involved in organizing a Park City-based bike swap since taking over the original swap from White Pine Touring nearly 10 years ago.

Charlie Sturgis, now executive director for the Mountain Trails Foundation, remembers when he helped organize the swap in the mid-1990s when he was the owner of White Pine.

"It’s pretty significant," he said. "Basically we were just trying to pass on something that would make a good fundraiser for them. It’s great."

The swap will be held at The Yard on Kearns Boulevard., Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Julie Minahan, accountant for Young Riders, said the bike swap is the only fundraiser the organization has and is quickly becoming one of the largest swaps in Northern Utah.

She said families are able to swap rides as kids outgrow their bikes.

"That’s what’s so great to have about the bike swap," she said. "Everyone’s looking for the next size and it’s affordable. Those bikes are just changing hands to the next family."

Heinrich Deters, trail coordinator for Park City Municipal, who has been involved with Young Riders since its inception, said he’s seen some bikes go full circle.

"You’re not buying a car, but it’s still a significant purchase," he said. "Having to buy a bike every year for a kid who’s growing very quickly can be expensive. Every year before our program starts, it’s a good opportunity to swap bikes. I see that quite often. I’ll see a bike that remains in really good condition that gets passed through five different families, sometimes ending up with the original family member."

White Pine Touring and Jans Mountain Outfitters are the bike swap’s two largest sponsors and continue to help Young Riders and the swap on an annual basis.

"It’s been incredibly successful in the sense that it provides a good service for a town that is cycling mad," Deters said. "It’s a very active community. It doesn’t take long for you to sort of draw comparisons to the ski swap. We’re not at that level, but we do provide a good service for people in town.

Minahan said it’s crucial for those interested in anything biking related to get there as early as possible Saturday.

"About 85 percent of inventory is sold by 9 or 10 a.m.," she said. "We don’t have a problem selling it."

Minahan said the swap’s original goal was to raise money for the organization and give back to the community. Now that the swap is growing and growing, she said she’s excited to see just how large it can get.

According to Minahan, last year the swap grossed nearly $90,000 20 percent of which went to Young Riders.

"We’re looking for people to sell stuff and we’re looking for people to buy stuff," she said.

Bike drop-offs will take place Thursday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from noon to 8 p.m. at The Yard.

All sellers must fill out swap paperwork completely and legibly. Sellers will receive a check via postal mail within 10 business days for any item that is sold during the swap. Items that are not sold must be collected from the swap between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., on May 8. Items not collected will be donated to the program.

For more information on the swap go to .

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