Bike Swap returns May 7-8
Though more cold weather is in the forecast for this weekend and early next week, mountain biking season is almost here. The Park City Mountain base area opens on Friday, May 27, and the Canyons Village base area and Deer Valley lifts start spinning on Friday, June 17. Plus, there are already several Mountain Trails Foundation and Basin Recreation trails with decent conditions available for riders.
For those who need to grab some gear before they hit the trails, the Young Riders Bike Swap will return to The Yard in Park City May 7 and 8. The event, which helps riders buy new gear and sell old gear, also benefits the Young Riders program, Young Riders Accountant Julie Minahan said.
"We usually have about 350 kids in the summer," she said. "The fundraiser helps us sponsor kids who otherwise maybe couldn’t get out and bike. We also support local trail organizations like Mountain Trails, Wasatch Trails and IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association)."
By taking 20 percent of the profit from each sale, Young Riders is able to raise enough money that the organization doesn’t need to host any other events throughout the year.
"This is our only fundraiser that we do," Minahan said. "That’s really nice because we feel like we provide a niche in the community and help people get on new bikes or get rid of their old bikes. We feel like we’re giving back to the community even though we’re raising money."
Equipment drop-off for the swap begins Saturday, April 23, at White Pine Touring (1790 Bonanza Dr.) and Jan’s Mountain Outfitters (1600 Park Ave.) and ends May 4. Equipment can be dropped off during store hours.
Following the April 23 to May 4 window, equipment can be dropped off at The Yard (1251 Kearns Blvd.) May 5 from 3 to 7 p.m. and May 6 from noon to 8 p.m.
The Bike Swap will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, and end at 5 p.m. Sunday’s hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Minahan recommends showing up early on Saturday for the best selection of adult and youth bikes — both road and mountain — and plenty of gear and apparel.
"Every time we show up at 6:30 [in the morning] to start working, there’s already a line out the door," she said. "We usually have around 500 bikes and usually sell most of them by Saturday morning. We usually sell 95 percent of our inventory by the end of the day on Sunday."
But, Minahan added, the swap isn’t a mad dash to try to quickly buy the first bike you see. There will be knowledgeable helpers to pair people with the right equipment.
"Jan’s and White Pine sponsor the Bike Swap, so their employees work the swap for us," she said. "They are educated and are able to help people find the right bikes for them."
To expedite the check-in process, Minahan said Young Riders has digitized many of the forms sellers need to fill out before dropping off their equipment.
"Last year, we went electronic," she said. "People actually now can log in their items sitting at home on the website and then come drop off their equipment."
To learn more about the Bike Swap, and for equipment check-in forms and guidelines, visit http://www.youngriders.com .
Young Riders Bike Swap
Saturday, May 7 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 8 — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Located at The Yard (1251 Kearns Blvd.)
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