Archive for March, 2011

Announcing Calgary’s First, And Hopefully Annual, Bike Swap

Posted in Bicycle Commuting, Bike Parts on March 12, 2011 by bikealberta

Provided by Calgary Bike Swap

With the cyclical nature of finances, a lot of people need to sell a bike before they can buy one. On April 1 & 2, 2011, a group of knowledgeable long-time cyclists have put together a bike swap at Bowness Sportsplex, 7904-43 Ave NW. Sellers bring bikes to Bowness Sportsplex on Friday April 1 between 4:00 and 9:00. Seller’s bikes are assessed by mechanically experienced riders, the serial numbers are recorded on the agreement to sell, and the bike is placed on a rack to sell the next day. On Saturday April 2 between 8:00 and 5:00, buyers can peruse the stock of consigned bikes. At 5:01 on Saturday, everyone who brought a bike to sell at the swap comes back for their cheque, or if it didn’t sell, they can take their bike home, or donate it to Good Life bike. There will be hundreds of bikes under one roof in a safe environment.
Though this idea has been percolating for years, it came to fruition after hours of driving around Calgary trying to track down a bike being sold online. We realized that bikes are not always as advertised, and we didn’t always feel safe going to people’s houses or garages. The City of Calgary police said that there
are over 30,000 stolen bikes. Most people have no way of knowing the bike being sold online belongs to the person trying to sell it.

Calgary Bike Swap has done due diligence, there is security, serial numbers are recorded, and Calgary Police will be onsite, making it safe for sellers and buyers. We want to emphasize that we hope to stimulate bike sales by getting bikes out of the man-caves and onto the pathways, trails, and roads. We received a positive response about participating in this bike swap from every bicycle shop in Calgary.

Another charitable feature of this event is that 10% of the profit, if there is any, will be donated to riders for MS, and the Ride to Conquer Cancer events. Riders are asked to provide their information to the the Calgary Bike Swap team. The instigator, Laura, has had MS for over 30 years, is an MS Ambassador, marshals the mountain bike ride in Hinton, has ridden the Airdrie to Olds event, and is a year round bike commuter.
Really hope to see you on April 1 and/or April 2 at Bowness Sportsplex to help us make Calgary Bike Swap a success.


Axel Merckx Visits United Cycle

Posted in Bike Clubs, Bike Shops, Road, Training on March 2, 2011 by bikealberta

Provided by United Cycle

March 10th , 6:30 p.m.

It’s not very often you can mingle with a 10-time Tour de France rider, Olympic bronze medalist, and one of the most famous names in cycling!
Please be our guest for an extraordinary evening with former Belgium national cycling champion, Axel Merckx.
Axel will be in town to promote his inaugural July 10th cycling event, the Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (GFAMO).
Together with Trek Bicycles, we will have meet-and-greet with Axel, he’ll talk about all things cycling, and you’ll have a chance to learn more about his exciting summer event.
As well, be the first to score an official GFAMO jersey by Axel!  Partial proceeds from the sale of each jersey will benefit the Axel Merckx Youth Development Program, in conjunction with the Canadian Cycling Association. And you can find out more about the Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (Penticton, BC – July 10th) at:

If that’s not enough, together with Trek Bicycles,we will be offering 2 amazing specials during this event for riders who register in-store on March 10th to participate in the GranFondo:

* Purchase any Trek bike on March 10th and you will receive 15% of the value in no charge accessories.

* Register for the GranFondo Axel Merckx on March 10th and receive a $100 United Cycle Gift Card.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night!