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Anchorage bike swap helps ease bike shortage burden

Anchorage bike swap helps ease bike shortage burden

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Anchorage residents looking for some summer cycling were finally able to get outdoors and go riding, thanks to a yearly bike…

Monday, Apr 18

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Anchorage residents looking for some summer cycling were finally able to get outdoors and go riding, thanks to a yearly bike swap Sunday in Anchorage.

At the ABC Bike Swap event, hosted by the Arctic Bicycle Club , people perused items to buy, sell or trade anything bicycle related, and this year, it was a seller’s market. The JL Tower parking lot on Sunday afternoon looked like one giant bicycle store, as people were selling everything from bikes and parts to shirts. Chair of the Arctic Bicycle Club mountain bike division Natasha Graham said people come to the event to sell items for a variety of reasons.

”We got folks who are leaving the country and are liquidating. We’ve got kids items that parents need to get rid of after the kids have grown out of it,” Graham said.

Will Ross, an avid cyclist who showed up with two used bikes that were cluttering up his house, said this year’s event was a seller’s market due to a bicycle shortage that various bike shops around town are dealing with.

“Some of the models, you’ll go into a bike store to check out, the ETA is two or three years out,” Ross said.

Jayson Owens, who attended the event with his son, Brazos, said he has heard similar stories.

“When I find what I want, I go to the shop and look for it, and its just not in. It’s going to be six, eight, 12 months,” Owens said. “I had a […]

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