This article originally appeared on WABI – TV5
Orono – Bikes of all types were at the UMaine New Balance Recreation Center for the Great Maine Bike Swap.
The event is part of the mission the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has been on since it’s beginning two decades ago.
It’s the sixth year the coalition has been kicking off the cycling-season with an event devoted to pair people with the perfect ride.
“The idea of the swap is to match buyers and sellers of bikes. There’s a lot of people who buy a bike and for whatever reason, you know, sometimes it just doesn’t fit right and for whatever reason it just sits in their garage and takes up space. So, this swap allows people to find a home for a bike that they weren’t using and maybe find a better fit for a bike,” said Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Nancy Grand.
One of the goals of the event is making sure people find that right fit.
“We have almost a hundred volunteers helping buyers find the right bike for them, from helping sellers figure out what price they should sell their bike at, from admitting the people that came through the front door, to checking out those people that are buying bikes. We have volunteers doing everything,” said Grand.
“A lot of people don’t have the wealth of knowledge on bikes and I’m happy to share and help them pick out a bike. A lot of people don’t realize if something is too big or too small and I feel that is probably the reason a lot of people don’t get comfortable with cycling, because they don’t have the right bike,” Stan MacArthur, a volunteer at the swap.
“With used bikes you don’t know what you’re going to get, so its good to find someone that knows their way around a bike,” said Mike Haggerty, an Old Town resident.
“I didn’t expect to find a bike today and I did. I found a good one. A great old steel bike, made in the United States and it actually fits me,” said Steve Titcomb of Blue Hill.
It’s service with a smile.
“I love seeing other people get excited about cycling; it’s really great for a lot of reasons. People go away with an energy renewed to start their goals, like a New Year’s resolution. I’m going to get out there and ride,” said MacArthur.
If you missed Saturday’s swap, there will be another one in Portland on the April 28th.
You can call 623-4511 or head to bikemaine.org for details.