Bikes and gear went quickly in the first few hours of the 2016 swap. Courtesy photo
Annual bike and outdoor gear swap 8 a.m. to noon, June 9 at First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Courtesy photo
The 7th Annual Bike and Outdoor Gear Swap 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9, is at a different location this year: the First Baptist Church at 2220 Diamond Dr.
This free event is the perfect venue to sell items that would otherwise collect dust in the closet, shed, or garage, and participating helps support the Los Alamos Tuff Riders. Those who are looking for gear to help them enjoy the summer are likely to find what they need at a great price. The Tuff Riders will have knowledgeable volunteers, including bike mechanics, on hand to help.
The swap isn’t limited to bikes—all summer outdoor gear is welcome. Now is a great time to set aside gear that could use a new home and to register online to sell it at the swap. There will also be a paper registration option the day before the swap.
To sell items, visit http://tuffriders.losalamos.com/gearswap/ and register as a seller. It is free to register, and the seller keeps 85 percent of their sales. The other 15 percent supports the Tuff Riders. The online system allows sellers to enter items and print tags, which sellers attach to their gear from the convenience of their own home. The system will also allow sellers to see which items sold just after the swap.
Don’t want to use the online system? Paper registration forms will be available before the swap: 3-7 p.m. Friday, June 8 and 7-7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9.
The Tuff Riders also will accept donated items before the swap: 3-7 p.m. Friday, June 8 and 7-7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9. All proceeds earned from donated items will support the Tuff Riders.
Unsold items can be picked up noon – 1 p.m. and items that do not sell and are not picked up by the seller will be given to a local non-profit. Last year the Los Alamos High School Mountain Bike Club picked up the remaining items.
Volunteers are appreciated, and receive special behind-the-scenes perks. To volunteer, call the event organizers at 505.500.4272.
The Los Alamos Tuff Riders Mountain Bike Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association. The club is dedicated to providing fun, social mountain bike rides and events for all ages and skill levels, helping to maintain our extensive trail network, and encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors. The Tuff Riders are most known for the weekly rides that leave promptly at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sullivan Field. These rides are open to all, and they are great for meeting nice people and learning the local trails. For more information about the Los Alamos Tuff Riders, visit http://tuffriders.losalamos.com.