Bike Swap FAQs

Below we’ve addressed some questions you may have. It’s also possible you have questions we haven’t addressed, and if so, please contact us and we’ll do our best to get you the information you need: will@bikemaine.org or 207-632-4511.

About the Swap

What is the Bike Swap?

The 2021 Swap will be a smaller, outdoor version of the Great Maine Bike Swap. The Bike Swap offers a great way to buy or sell quality used bicycles at an affordable price. You also can sell the bikes cluttering your garage or basement and turn them into cash.

At the Swap, you can choose from a wide variety of bikes. The inventory covers an array of price ranges, and you’ll be going “green” by getting a gently used bike rather than a new one.

Where and when is the Swap?

The 2021 Bike Swap will be held at the Kennedy Park basketball court on Fox St. in Portland (adjacent to the BCM office). Parking is available on the street, and there is a Park and Ride located at the end of Diamond St. (274 Marginal Way). The Swap will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be one entrance gate, and admission into the Swap area will be based upon capacity.

Is there an entrance fee for the Swap?

No, there is no entrance fee this year! We will be accepting cash or cards for bikes.

Can I volunteer?

Yes! We cannot put on the Swap without a hardworking group of volunteers. To sign-up, please fill out this form. Volunteers are needed on June 24 and 25 to help with bike check-in, as well as on June 26 for set-up, sales, fitting, and security. To say thank you, volunteers will have first pick of bikes during check-in, and before the event opens.

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Bicycle Registration

How do I register a bike to sell?

We have reached capacity and are no longer accepting bikes this year. Please remember if you have registered to sell your bike, it must be dropped off at the BCM office before the Swap, at one of these two times: TODAY from noon – 3 p.m. or Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. before the Swap at the BCM office (38 Diamond St.).

Even if you do not know all of the answers to questions asked on the online registration form, we strongly suggest that you complete as many fields as you can, to the best of your ability. A “price and condition advisor” will be available to help you price your bike when you drop it off.

Does it cost anything to sell a bike at the Swap?

There is a $5 cash fee per bike to sell your bike at the Swap.

Please bring cash to pay the $5 drop-off fee.

*The Bicycle Coalition of Maine takes a 15% commission from the sale price of the bike to help cover the cost of the event.*

How do I price my bike?

If you really want your bike to sell, price it well! When deciding on a price for your bike, take into consideration the price you paid for the bicycle, its current condition (age, required maintenance, etc.) and most importantly: how motivated you are to sell the bike.

Here are some suggested pricing guidelines to help you:

Age & Condition

  • 1-3 years old: 50-25% off original price
  • 4-7 years old: 70-30% off original price
  • 8+ years old: 60% + off original price

Please keep in mind that vintage or collector’s bicycles follow a different pricing structure. When selling department store or big-box store bikes, consider pricing them at $50 or less.

Answering the following questions will also help determine the value of your bicycle:

  • When was the last time the bike had a tune up?
  • Are there any parts that have been replaced with higher quality or newer components?
  • Are there any components that will need to be replaced soon (i.e. tires)? If so, you may want to take off an additional $50 or so.

Motivation To Sell

At the end of the day, the biggest question you need to answer is: How motivated am I to sell this bike? Are you highly motivated or might you want to take it home if it doesn’t sell? Consider this when pricing your bicycle.

When do I drop off my bike to sell?

Bike drop off will be at the BCM office (38 Diamond St.) on Thursday, June 24 from noon – 3 p.m. and Friday, June 25 from 3 – 6 p.m. There is a $5 cash fee per bike, collected during drop off. There will be volunteer “price and condition advisor” who can help you price your bike when you drop it off.

No bikes will be accepted on the day of the Swap.

How can I increase the value of my bike?

You can increase the value of your bicycle by following a few simple steps:

  • Wipe your bike down with a damp rag, giving it a basic cleaning.
  • Complete an ABC Quick Check.
  • Ride it around the block to make sure there’s nothing wrong.

There will be volunteer “price and condition advisor” who can help you price your bike when you drop it off on Thursday or Friday. Even though you might include accessories with the bike, please keep in mind that these might not increase the value to prospective buyers.

Bikes that are in unsafe mechanical condition will be deemed “unrideable” by Swap mechanics and will have a “bike not rideable” sticker placed on their sales tags. This policy is in place to protect Swap attendees from test riding unsafe bicycles. These bikes may still be sold, but buyers will understand that they should not be ridden in their current condition.

I don’t want to sell my bike. Can I just donate it?

YES! You can donate your bike to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine during the registration process—just select the donate button at the bottom of the registration form. Donated bikes will either benefit the Bikes for All Mainers program or the event overall.

What if I want to sell more than one bike?

Great! If you want to sell 1 – 5 bikes, please fill out the online form for each of the bikes.

Due to the smaller size of this year’s Swap, bulk sellers will not be permitted.

Can I sell bike parts? What about gear?

We’re not taking parts this year.

Please consider donating your parts and gear to the Portland Gear Hub, located at 155 Washington Avenue in Portland. All donations are tax-deductible.

Can I register my bike on-site?

No, you can NOT register on-site. You must complete an online registration form and drop off your bike on Thursday from noon – 3 p.m. or Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. before the Swap at the BCM office (38 Diamond St.).

How do I know if my bike DOES sell? When will I receive the sale proceeds?

If your bike is sold, you will receive an email letting you know in real time. You can also check the status of your bike via the personalized link emailed to you when you registered your bike.

If your bike is sold, we will send you a check within two weeks of the Swap for the sale price of your bicycle(s) minus the 15% sales commission the Bicycle Coalition of Maine takes to help cover the cost of the event. (Please make sure your mailing address is up-to-date when you register!)

What happens if my bike does NOT sell?

All bikes that have been sold will be posted at maineswap.com/sold. Bikes are searchable by seller ID number and last name.

If you do NOT receive a sale confirmation email by 1:30 p.m. on Swap Day, it was NOT sold. You will need to pick up your bike between 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. that day at the BCM office… NOT Kennedy Park. If you do not pick up your bike by 4:00 p.m. that day, it will be considered a donation to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

If you’re your bike doesn’t sell, please consider donating your bike to the Coalition to receive a free Individual Supporter Membership to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (new members only). Donated bikes will either benefit the Bikes for All Mainers program or the event overall.

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At the Swap

Can I test ride a bike?

Yes, please do! Just NOT on the display floor. You can test ride your bike in our test ride area before buying it. You’ll need to fill out a waiver, be fitted for a helmet, and have a quick mechanical check on the bike to give it a test ride.

  • Helmets are required to test ride bicycles, and we strongly encourage you to BYOH (Bring Your Own Helmet)!
  • Please be sure to wear proper footwear to test ride a bike safely—wear closed-toed shoes and make sure your laces are tied.

How do I find the right bike for me?

When choosing your bike, please bear in mind the Swap is a consignment-style sale. These are used bikes, and the price of the bike and information provided on the tag is from the seller of the bicycle. In addition, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine cannot guarantee the condition of the bicycles or their histories, and all bikes sales are final.

  • Think about what kind of bike you are looking for and the kind of riding you’d like to do. Will you be commuting or getting around town? Mountain or trail riding? Road riding or touring? Volunteers at the Swap can help you find what you are looking for!
  • Where to start? Bicycles are arranged in categories by type of bike (mountain, road, kids, etc.); look for the large floor signs to find the type of bike you are looking for.
  • Consult a volunteer Bike Fit Advisor (walking the sales floor), test ride your bike, and get a mechanical check. We provide these services to help ensure your new bicycle is just right for you.
  • If you cannot find your dream bike on the racks, keep in mind that some bikes are in the test ride area being tested out by other buyers. Or you can head up Washington Avenue to the Portland Gear Hub for more used options!
  • Please be mindful of other shoppers while considering your purchase or test riding. Make bikes that you are not buying available to others ASAP.

Do I need to show up at dawn to be able to find a good bike?

No! There are still many quality bicycles left on the sales floor after noon. Join us anytime from 10am-1pm to shop.

*Please note that due to COVID-19, and the small area of the basketball court, we will be limiting entrance to the Swap area. Be considerate of those waiting in line, and do not dally inside the Swap. Please take conversations with friends outside the court so we can let others in. We will then stagger the entrance every 10 minutes based on capacity.*

I found my bike? How do I pay for it?

Yay! You can pay for your new bicycle with cash, check, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.

Are you a member of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine? If not, you can add a year-long membership (or a membership renewal) to your bike purchase and help support great events like the Swap for years to come!

After purchasing your bike, we strongly encourage you to visit your favorite bike shop to have it checked out and tuned up. You can pick up a list of all Maine bike shops at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine information table or visit this webpage.

What is the COVID-19 protocol during the Swap?

Current Maine CDC guidelines will be observed by all staff, volunteers, and attendees of the Bike Swap. As of June 8, 2021:

  • Individuals must maintain maintain six feet of physical distance from individuals who are not part of their household group/travel party whenever possible.
  • Recommend that unvaccinated individuals wear masks that cover the nose and mouth.
  • Bikes and any other touched surfaced will be sanitized by volunteers between test rides. Please try to limit the bikes that you touch, if you do not intend to test ride them.

In order to keep everyone safe and comfortable, the BCM reserves the right to refuse entrance to anyone not complying by these guidelines.

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