The annual Albuquerque Bike Swap is the yearly fundraiser for BikeABQ and takes place every April. It's a chance for those looking for a new bike to pick one up, or a place for someone looking to upgrade to sell a used bike and get a newer one or one with all the features needed.
There are a large variety of bikes for sale, such as mountain bikes, road bikes commuter, comfort, BMX, tandems, recumbent, kids' bikes, unicycles and even vintage bikes. The sale also has trailers, racks, parts, and clothing. The items found for sale each year will vary by the items brought in by the sellers.
If you have a bike you'd like to sell, check in items to sell at the designated date and time. There is a $1 fee for each tagged item entered into the sale. BikeABQ also receives an 18 percent commission on all sold items. Tag fees are collected as items are checked in. At the end of the sale, the seller receives a check for 82 percent of the sales price on items sold.
Help will be on hand for anyone needing an idea on how much to price an item. Though sellers set the price they want, the appraisers can provide valuable input.
All items are tagged and checked in by BikeABQ volunteers. The price is set when tagged and is non-negotiable for buyers. Items are stored at Sports Systems until the day of the sale.
The store parking lot is fenced off as a sales area. Bike racks are set up for the bikes. Tables are set up for biking items. Browse the bikes, browse the table items, and take your items and bike tags in to pay at the cash registers in the Sports System store.
BikeABQ is a non-profit organization that began in 1999 and now has 145 members. The group has successfully instituted some bicycle initiatives in the city, to include the striped bicycle lanes, the bike bridge across the river, the Safe Routes to Schools Program and more. Their vision is to increase bicycle infrastructure throughout the city and to help the city become a top bike friendly place for both recreational and daily bike commuters. Anyone interested in bicycling advocacy, helping to plan the city's 50-mile biking trail loop and other bicycling issues should consider becoming a member.
Just a few of the places where BikeABQ's presence can be found are the International Balloon Fiesta, where the organization's volunteers check in bikes for those who choose to bike to the event, and the RailYards Market, where they also have a bike rack area for those who choose to bike to the market.