Mark your calendars for Saturday’s Chicago Cycle Swap

This Saturday, February 26, 2011, the Chicago Cycle Swap returns for a second year, proceeds directly benefiting Chicago’s nonprofit the Active Transportation Alliance and Chicago’s Bike Winter. The event is open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse. Admission is $10 (cash only) at the door, but print out this coupon a $5 savings.
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OR – take advantage of a special deal from the Active Transportation Alliance: “In the spirit of our community building goal, we are offering a special on Active Trans membership to support our nonprofit work improving biking, walking and transit in our region…$20 gets you into the Swap plus a one-year Active Trans Premium membership including the Chicagoland Bike Map and all the other benefits.

More than 50 bike shops, merchants, nonprofits and individuals will be at this cycle swap offering great deals and all are previewed online to help you plan ahead. Individuals looking to buy or sell a bike will have the opportunity to do just that. The event will host a bike corral where bike shops and individuals can sell bikes along with what’s available at their booths. “Our guess is that there will be at least 120 bikes for sale at the Swap and that’s probably a low-end estimate,” said Ethan Spotts, Director of Marketing & Communications at Active Trans. Want to sell a bike? If there’s space available, attendees can pay admission plus $5 per bike, limit of three bikes, to place them in the corral with a price tag.

This year’s cycle swap is being held at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse which can easily be reached by bike and public transportation. Please note that this venue is different from last year’s inaugural swap which was held at Jak’s Tap. Spotts says of the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse that “It’s a classic Chicago Park District venue that’s been used by groups like Break the Gridlock for their conference in the past and it’s close to major bike routes, great transit and the highway for people coming from outside of Chicago. Another key venue requirement for us was to be able to work with Goose Island Catering to offer food, coffee and beer (and soda).”

Don’t feel like shopping all day? A full lineup of presentations and demos are scheduled to give you (and your wallet) a break throughout the day.

Unlike other bike swaps, “We’ve built it as a grassroots community event bringing together local bike shops, merchants, vendors, nonprofits and the public instead of a corporate-style bike show,” says Spotts. “We wanted to keep it low cost for everyone, vendors and attendees, while ensuring we could cover our costs enough to make a donation to our partner Chicago Bike Winter.”

If you’re riding, be mindful that bike racks may fill quickly (especially if the weather is decent); bring your lock.

See you at the Swap.

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