If you’ve been looking for a bike, or have one you’ve been wanting to sell, today is your day.
The 6th Annual North Columbia Environmental Society (NCES) Bike Swap is here. The Revelstoke Current headed down to the Forum, where the swap is being set up, and asked Kate Borucz, an Executive Director at the NCES, a few questions about the event.
Current: What kinds of bikes are at the swap?
Borucz: We have pretty much everything – townies, beaters to cross country bikes, cruisers, road bikes and higher end cross country bikes. Kids bikes and adult bikes.
Current: Are the bikes donated to the NCES or is it consignment?
Borucz: Half and half. So, I have 23 donated bikes from members of the community and from the City of Revelstoke. They are bikes that are lost or stolen and never claimed, the City keeps for x amount of time before donating them to us. We get them fixed up at Flowt, and they do a really good job of affordably fixing them up for us, which is great. The bikes get a basic tune.
With donated bikes, the NCES keeps 100% of the profit. For consigned bikes, the NCES keeps 15% of the profit up to $50.
Current: So if you’re looking to consign your bike, this is a good way to do it and keep most of the money.
Borucz: Yes. And the NCES is wanting to start a lending library in town, and as you can imagine finding affordable rent is difficult for that, especially in the downtown core. Any finds raised will be used towards that project.
Current: This is a pretty popular event. Why do you think that is?
Borucz: It is getting more and more popular every year, especially as people are looking not only for more sustainable transportation options, but also a more affordable way to enjoy the trials around town.
Current: How many people do you anticipate coming to the bike swap?
Borucz: Hundreds. Between 200-300 people.
The Bike Swap takes place at the BACK of the Forum.
Donation drop off and consignment registration is from 10am-12pm.
The Bike Swap is open for shopping from 12pm – 1:30 pm.
Picking up cash for consigned bikes or picking up unsold bikes from 1pm – 1:30 pm.
The NCES Bike Swap will accept cash, cheque or e-transfer.