Friday, May 24, 2013
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The Maine Women's Ride is just three weeks away and even if you don't plan to pedal along the route through and around Freeport you can still be a part of the event.
The host Bicycle Coalition of Maine is looking for volunteers both during the ride (Sunday, June 2) and for early registration pick-up the evening before the event (Saturday, June 1).
If you want to help celebrate cycling for women and girls of all ages sign up to volunteer on the BCM website. You'll find a list of volunteer jobs that need to be done and both the riders and the BCM members will be very grateful.
Most moms are going to want to be pampered on Monther's Day. They'll expect to be treated to a fancy brunch, to be handed a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and to be allowed to skip the cooking and the dishwashing for a day.
But other moms may want to use their day to get some exercise.
Portland's Quest Cycle is offering an opportunity to do just that with a free Sunday ride for Mom.
Book a spot in Quest's 10 a.m. Sunday ride and you'll automatically get a second bike reserved for free. Bring a mother, daughter, wife, sister and they can saddle up and pedal.
May is National Bike Month and, as usual, the folks at Gorham Bike and Ski are getting geared up for the season. Once again the Congress Street shop will be hosting the annual Girls and Gears event Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Admission is just $12 and when you sign up online 100 percent of that money will go to the Maine Cancer Foundation.
The evening will be hosted by Q97.9 morning show personality Lori Voornas and includes a cycling-wear fashion show, massages, food, drinks and plenty of info on bikes and biking. Also expect giveaways, a raffle (must be present to win) and special deals on women's items.
The first 100 ladies to sign up online will receive a free T-shirt. But you don't have to sign up in advance. If you decide to drop in at the last minute you can do so by paying $15 at the door.
Volunteers for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine spent much of last weekend preparing for, running and wrapping up their best-ever Portland Bike Swap on the University of Southern Maine campus.
Bill Hall photos
According to BCM's Brian Allenby, a total of 2,000 people took part and 700 bikes were sold.
Bike swaps are all the rage this month and Gorham Bike and Ski gets into the act Saturday with one of its own from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you have a bike to sell, get to the 693 Congress St. Portland location by 7 p.m. Friday and the GBS staff will help you determine a selling price. If your bike sells you can take advantage of one of the following offers: 80 percent of the sales price in a check or 100 percent of the sales price in GBS store credit.
If your bike doesn't sell, you'll have to pick it up by 7 p.m. April 22.
And don't forget the Great Maine Bike Swap happens at USM in Portland on April 28 - just in case you're still in the market for a bike. Get to Sullivan Gym early - the swap starts at 10 a.m. but the line will be forming well before that.