Bikes Wanted: Charlottesville Bike Swap
A Charlottesville bike shop is having a consignment sale this weekend. Reports by Randi B. Hagi of the WMRA.
Blue Ridge Cycling put on Bike swaps since their opening more than ten years ago. From now until they close on Friday night, you can drop off used bikes, wheels and any cycling or multisport gear you want to sell at their downtown location on Preston Avenue.
SHAWN TEVENDALE: And the idea is that it’s a huge garage sale that we kind of have as a credit card processor.
Owner Shawn Tevendale said his team then records each item and arranges it on his porch for the sale to begin Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
TEVENDALE: When it comes to bikes, there’s everything, you know, there’s $25 repair projects all the way and really high-end, ready-to-race carbon fiber bikes. Weirdest things we’ve ever sold on the exchange – we’ve had people sell a kayak…a vacuum…there’s been some weird stuff dropped off.
Sellers get the full purchase price of their items in the form of store credit good for one year. If your item doesn’t sell and you don’t pick it up before the store closes on Tuesday, it will be donated – most likely to a local junior cycling team.
TEVENDALE: This is an opportunity for people who are looking to move onto equipment they no longer use, their children have outgrown, to get rid of their stuff and resell it somewhat anonymously, where they don’t have to deal with online sales or people trying to come and see the gear, and then it’s also a chance for anyone looking for a used bike or gear to drop by and be able to test and talk to our staff and our technicians who are there.
He noted that you don’t need to have an item on sale to come in as a buyer.