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Bikes wanted: Velo swap in Charlottesville

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A Charlottesville bike shop is hosting a consignment-style sale this weekend. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Blue Ridge Cyclery has been putting on Velo Swaps since they opened more than a decade ago. From now until they close Friday evening, you can drop off used bikes, wheels, and any cycling or multisport-related equipment you'd like to sell at their downtown location on Preston Avenue.

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SHAWN TEVENDALE: And the idea is that it's a massive yard sale that we kind of host as the credit card processor.

Owner Shawn Tevendale said his team then registers each item and sets it out on their front porch for the sale to begin Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

TEVENDALE: When it comes to the bicycles, there's everything, you know, there's $25 fixer-up projects all the way up and to really high end, ready-to-race carbon fiber bikes. Strangest things we've ever sold in the swap – we've had people sell a kayak … vacuum cleaner … there's been some strange stuff dropped off.

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Sellers get the full purchase price for 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'll get donated – most likely to a junior cycling team in the area.

TEVENDALE: It's an opportunity for folks who are looking to move on equipment they don't use anymore, that their kids have outgrown, to get rid of their stuff and sell it in a somewhat anonymous way, where they don't have to handle online sales or people trying to come see the equipment, and then it's also a chance for anybody who's looking for a used bike or used equipment to come on by and be able to test ride and discuss it with our staff and our technicians who are there.

He noted that you do not have to have an item in the sale to come as a buyer.

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine.