Buying a bike is expensive but WORCA's here to ease the burden. Every year, they hold their popular Bike Swap, which offers considerable deals on used bikes and gear. This year's swap will happen Saturday, May 21 at the Whistler Conference Centre.
As usual, organizers and volunteers need a couple of hours to sort through and tag all the gear before it goes to sale. The drop-off time is between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The swap itself will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and people can pick up their unsold gear or their cheques until 4 p.m.'
The swap typically offers reasonable prices for bikes that could otherwise cost customers thousands of dollars. Last year, bikes sold from $20 to $3,441. The average bike price was $731 and the median was $600, meaning 50 per cent of the bikes sold for under $600 and 50 per cent for over $600.
"If we saw something shoddy coming through, we wouldn't put it in the swap. We obviously can't take any responsibility for the product... but you can get a good sense of the bike," said Craig Mackenzie, WORCA's director of youth and the swap's organizer.
Last year's swap offered every accessory imaginable: armour, helmets, gloves, tires, you name it. And once again, WORCA has opened the swap to local retailers as well.
"It's actually quite amazing the amount of stuff that people have accumulated," Mackenzie said. "There are actually some very smart people who clean out their closets of all the small stuff and they actually do quite well."
Selling an item costs $2 a tag, plus the price of commission - 15 per cent for the first $1,000 and 10 per cent for everything over $1,000. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.
In 2010, WORCA sold around $97,000 worth of bikes and gear in five hours, raising roughly $14,000 for WORCA's youth programs, including support for the high school team, youth Toonie Rides, eight weeks of WORCA Youth Dirt Camps and other programs.
Second Toonie race set
The next Toonie race will be on Thursday, May 19 through Lost Lake. Sign on will be at Spruce Grove at 5:30 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. start, followed by Après at the Longhorn Pub.
Monday night rides return
Here's another reminder that WORCA's Monday night rides will begin on May 30 and run through the season (18 in total). The non-competitive rides will break participants up into groups based on ability. If you'd like volunteer guide, contact firstname.lastname@example.org