Annual Bike Swap Draws Largest Turn Out Ever

The Annual Bike and Gear Swap drew a big Crowd to the Co+op Market Saturday morning. Courtesy photo
Bikes awaiting new owners Saturday. Courtesy photo

CO+OP News:

Bike enthusiasts lined up outside the Los Alamos Co+op Market bright and early to pounce on all the great bikes for sale last Saturday at the 4th Annual Bike and Gear Swap.

Thanks to support from the community, the Bike and Gear Swap raised more than $2,000 for the Los Alamos Tuff Riders – the local 501C3 non-profit International Mountain Bike Association chapter. The Tuff Riders provided bike advice and minor repairs during the Swap.

“We had two or three times the bikes this year than in previous years,” former Co+op General Manager Steve Watts said. Watts has been an integral part of the Bike and Gear Swap since it started in 2012.

There were so many bikes and people in the first few hours that it was a challenge to navigate.

“We hope to watch this event continue to grow. This is my second Bike Swap and it just keeps getting better,” Co+op marketing intern Melanie Borup said.

The Swap’s popularity offered many lessons, which will help improve future events. ANyone who attended the event who would like to offer feedback may email Co+op’s Outreach Coordinator Sandra West at

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