Spring! That glorious time of year when our winter accoutrements are put down for a long nap and our summer toys – the kayaks and paddleboards and bicycles – are pulled from sheds and garages around the state, shaken awake, and welcomed back into regular use. It’s a seasonal exchange we all look forward to (well, not the snowshoes. They think spring is stupid and get downright crabby about it).
Spring is also a good time to take advantage of early season swaps and sales to buy new-to-you gear that you can use all summer long. If you’re in the market for a bike, check out these upcoming bike swaps and yard sales:
Great Maine Bike Swap
USM Sullivan Gym, Portland
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 22
Hundreds of bikes, including hybrids, road bikes, mountain bikes, children’s bikes, recumbents and more. Buy and/or sell. Drop off bikes to sell 3-6 p.m. April 21 ($5 cash fee).
Gorham Bike & Ski Used Bike Sale
693 Congress St., Portland
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29
Buy a used bike, sell your used bike. Get there early!
Allspeed Bike Swap
127 Marginal Way, Portland, ME
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19
Buy a used bike, sell your used bike.
Used Bike Shops
If you miss the swaps but still want to give a used bike a forever home, check out these Maine shops for pre-owned rides that might be your new two-wheeled best friend:
Portland Gear Hub
155 Washington Ave., Portland.
Used bikes (and other outdoor gear) all season long.
Roy’s Bicycle Shop
75 Farwell St., Lewiston
Used bikes and new bikes and accessories. Rentals, too!
219 Kingdom Road, Blue Hill
Used and new bikes for sale.