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Calgary Bike Swap 2014

One day bike buy and sell. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014
City Centre Parkade, 340 10 Ave SW
The sale runs from 2:30 pm until 4:00 pm. Bike intake runs from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Alberta Bike Swap is a non-profit project that puts on one day bike buy and sells in four cities in Alberta, Calgary is our home. Not a great business model: half of the profit is donated to the community, the other half goes toward putting on more bike swaps.  

It is a consignment sale, with a very small consignment fee (12.5%), 12-15 buyers/bike, and a 95% sell rate.  As a true non-profit (actually deficit-profit), we pledge $50.00 to anyone in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, or any MS Tour, if they bring in a bike to sell. With over 8,000 attendees at the bike swaps last year, we donated $4,000.00 to local groups, such as Bike Calgary, and we're paying for the local artist to design a poster for Cyclepalooza.  We will have a parts bin and a donation rack for Good Life Community Bicycles and Two Wheel View. 

Every bike at the swap helps us do the right thing for our community.  Please participate.    

Please help spread the word. If you're interested in volunteering for the event, please email [email protected]



Saturday, May 3, 2014 (All day)

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RichieRich's picture

Bike parts too?

So a couple years back when held in Bowness/Montgomery, there were a number of tables selling just bike parts (ie seatposts, tires, forks, wheels, shifters and brakes, etc...).  I picked up several amazing deals (tubeless tires, XTR shifters & brakes). There are a LOT of ex-racers and other cycling enthusiasts in Calgary who I'm sure would happily attend to either rid their garages of useless-but-valuable gear, or pick up a new treasure.

I don't see anything that explicitly states if there will be bike parts for sale? What's the deal?

RichieRich's picture

Bikeswap feedback

Just wondering if anyone ventured out and how did the bike sale go?   any advice for those wanting to sell something next year, or to buy?

theorangejacket's picture

buyers, get there early!

I sauntered in about an hour after it started only to find a huge line up to get in and very little selection once I did get in.  The weather didn't help my mood any, plus since I rarely go downtown in a car, I forgot that one has to pay for parking (if you can find it).  

Looks like it might have been fun if I'd gotten there earlier, music, tables set up, festival atmosphere etc.

Not sure about the venue though, kind of dark for bike looking.

theorangejacket's picture


I didn't notice anything like that.  The bike swap was at the tail end of a long day of running car errands in incredibly crappy weather so I probably wasn't on top of my game.  

I tend to be one of those paniky "hey, there's a spot - let's park and walk 5 blocks because I don't feel like driving and looking anymore" kind of guy.

Besides, 9th ave is on the wrong side of the tracks - this was on 10th ave - south of tracks  I don't know my way around that area so well I think.

 edit: the no parking thing wasn't really a complaint, the event looked good, I just needed to get there earlier.