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Thanks To Everyone Who Made The 2017 Great Maine Bike Swap A Huge Success!

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There were more than 1,000 bicycles available at the Great Maine Bike Swap on Sunday, April 23, at the University of Southern Maine. (Photo by Vivian Gallagher)

Another Great Maine Bike Swap is in the books.
We’re crunching the numbers now, and we’ll have some statistics to share shortly, but as we work our way through the receipts, one thing is clear: the event was an enormous success!
A big thank you to everyone who helped: all the volunteers who worked so hard to create the best possible experience, our amazing sponsors – WCLZ, Noyes, Hall & Allan, Ransom Consulting, Inc., the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, GA Gear, USM, AAA Northern New England, Arcadia, the Gorham Grind, and Leonardo’s Pizza – everyone who signed up to sell a bike, and last but certainly not least, everyone who turned out on Sunday to buy a bike.
If you’re interested, we got some great coverage from Maine media: WCSH-TV6, WMTW-TV8, and the Portland Press Herald all did stories.
There’s a great take on the Swap at a blog called Utilitarian Bicycles, too. If you’ve got a minute, check it out. If you’re reading this, you’ll probably enjoy it.

Bicycle Coalition’s Great Maine Bike Swap Comes to Portland, Orono

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Augusta – The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will hold the Great Maine Bike Swap on April 22 at the University of Maine’s Student Recreation and Fitness Center in Orono and on April 29 at the University of Southern Maine’s Sullivan Gym in Portland. 

Both swaps are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Those wanting to sell bicycles should drop them off on the Saturday before the swaps between 6:30 and 8 p.m. or on the morning of the swaps between 8 and 9:30 a.m. 

The swaps offer a way for people to buy affordable, used bicycles and/or to sell bicycles that they no longer need.  Hundreds of bicycles of all types will be for sale, including mountain bikes, road bikes, classic cruisers, kids’ bikes and hybrids. 

A large test riding area will allow shoppers to try out bicycles.  Knowledgeable advisors will be on hand to help with pricing and bike fit.  View our  video to see how the swaps work.

The swaps will feature refreshments, information about Maine biking events and displays by local bikes shops and community organizations.  The Portland event is sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition in partnership with USM’s Office of Sustainable Programs.  The coalition is partnering with the University of Maine on the Orono swap.

Admission is $3, with free admission for USM and UMaine students as well as children 12 or younger.  A $3 charge per bike sold and a 15 percent commission on proceeds from bike sales will support the coalition’s work to improve bicycling in Maine.

Anyone who would like to donate bikes to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine for sale at the swaps should call Fred at 712-2645 before April 16.  Donated bicycles should be in decent condition.  All proceeds from their sale will go to the coalition. 

For more information about the swaps, please visit or call (207) 623-4511.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has been working since 1992 to make Maine a better place to bicycle.  The coalition advocates for Maine cyclists at the Legislature and in Washington, D.C., teaches bicycle safety to thousands of Maine schoolchildren each year, partners with state agencies on a Share the Road media campaign and serves as a resource on local bicycling issues.