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Bike swap is back

Photo by 24K-Production from Getty Images Annual spring Columbia Valley Cycling Society fundraiser returns for first time in three years By Steve Hubrecht steve@columbiavalleypioneer.com The…

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Photo by 24K-Production from Getty Images Annual spring Columbia Valley Cycling Society fundraiser returns for first time in three years

By Steve Hubrecht
steve@columbiavalleypioneer.com

The Columbia Valley Cycling Society’s annual bike swap is back.

For years the event — which gives locals the chance to buy used cycling gear from other valley residents — was one of the most popular fundraisers in the valley, a sure sign that winter is at last over, and spring is finally here. As anybody with an interest in two wheels will tell you, it was a great opportunity to purchase a pretty decent used bike at a pretty decent price. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, however, cancelled the bike swap in 2020 and then again last year. But this year, with restrictions relaxing, the swap is back, for the first time in almost three years (since April 2019) and is set for this coming Saturday, Apr. 16.

“It’s nice to be able to have events again,” Cycling Society board member and bike swamp co-organizer Jay Balabas told the Pioneer. “It’s good to be back.”

Balabas isn’t sure exactly how many people will be there at the bike swap, but said “I’m anticipating there could be quite a big crowd. There is fairly high demand for bikes. There has been a supply shortage of biking equipment stemming from the pandemic. And at the same time there has been an uptick — well, really more of a surge — in people taking up biking, since the pandemic started. […]

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