Friday, March 7, 2014
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.
For the fourth time, Sebago will be hosting Brewing For A Cause to raise funds for the Trek, a 3-day, 180-mile bike ride, and the team of Sebago employees who will ride. The event takes place April 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and allows those who purchase $100 tickets to spend the day brewing Trekker Pale Ale.
Tickets are available to the general public on the Sebago Brewing Company website. Be warned that only 20 spots are availblee and they sold out very quickly last year.
Maine cyclists annually looks forward to the two days in April when the Bicycle Coalition of Maine holds its Great Maine Bike Swaps. This year's dates have the Orono swap set for Sunday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation & Fitness Center and the Portland event on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine gym.
BCM is looking for volunteer help to make both events go as smoothly as possible. Volunteer shifts at both swaps run from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you're interested in helping out in Orono click here to sign up.
If you'd like to volunteer for the Portland event click here to sign up.
Maybe your tires are still soft from a winter of storage. Maybe your cycling shorts are still shoved way in the back of your closet. Maybe you haven't even thought about getting the bike out on the road yet.
Well ... time to start that thought process.
The first Kennebunks Tour de Cure training ride of the season happens Saturday starting at Eastern Mountain Sports (87 Marginal Way) in Portland. The ride begins at noon, but get there early for EMS' pre-ride bike-fit clinic.
If you're already registered for the Tour, which takes place June 9 at Wells Reserve at Laudholm, you'll get an entry for a chance to win a 2012 Jamis Coda Sport from EMS. The winner will be drawn at the end of the bike-fit clinic.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine moved into its new office in Portland on the same weekend as that first February storm - you know, the one now known as the Blizzard of 2013.
So cut the non-profit a little slack for waiting for nicer weather before propping open the doors for an open house. The BCM folks are now ready to welcome members and others interested in cycling to their digs at 34 Preble St. for an open house on Wednesday, March 20 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Expect the office warming to also include the drawing of the 2013 Super Raffle, light refreshments and libations from the friendly folks at nearby Shipyard.