What do you want to do today?
Sell my bike
Bring your clean, ready to ride bike to the swap during the bike intake time.
You will set the selling price, we can guide you on this.
We will tech-check your bike and record its serial number; the bike has to be immediately rideable. We do not have the parts or people to repair everything that turns up.
You will sign an agreement to sell, which tells us where to send the e-transfer or write you a cheque and what to do with your bike in the slim chance that it doesn’t sell (>92% sell).
You will pay us a $15 rack fee per bike to put them into the sale, unless you are an AMA member. AMA members get $5.00 off, so they pay $10 per bike to get them into the swap.
You go away (but don’t leave town), we will sell your bike and we will send you the cheque or e-transfer the money, less 13%. You can expect your cheque 1-2 weeks after the swap. It is still a manual process that Laura and Chris complete between swaps and after a day at their regular jobs.
In the rare chance your bike doesn’t find a new home, we’ll contact you (cell phone is best) and let you know to pick it up. It is rather inconvenient if you are in Golden and your bike needs to be picked-up. We only have the space until the end of the swap.
Buy a bike
There is a $2.00 admission for adults, while kids 12 and under are free. This money is donated to a local non-profit bike group to fix the donated bikes, we don’t keep anything. All bikes on the floor have undergone a basic tech check to make sure you don’t end up with an unsafe ride, but it is still up to you to get a full technical checkup with a participating bike shop. Please contact us if something is drastically wrong.
There is usually a rack of AS-IS bikes that didn’t pass the inspection, but would be a good ride for the person ready to put a bit of TLC into a new ride. This money is donated to a local non-profit bike group.
The line-ups can be long. The line-up to buy starts when we’re setting up racks at 0600 in the morning in Calgary and Edmonton. If you want first dibs on a bike, please consider volunteering rather than lining up. Lining up from 0730-1430 when the sale begins is a long time to stand still. Even if you are 3129 in line, you will still likely get a bike, but likely not the one you want.
We only accept Interac or cash. Visa or MasterCard or American Express are NOT accepted.
Pre-Register my bike
Pre-registration will open 1 March 2017, and because this process is not fully automatic, pre-registration for all cities will close at midnight 25 April 2017.
All this information is critical to make sure you get checked in quickly on the day of a Swap, and ultimately get paid. There is no need to pre-register a bike for donation. On Swap day, watch for a dedicated “Pre-registered” check-in line. We are not collecting any fees right now (you might sell a bike before the Swap) so be sure to check out the Info page.
This format is set-up for up to 5 bikes. If you have more, email us and we’ll provide you with an electronic form to fill out.
For each bike you want to pre-register, please make sure to have the following information ready before you launch into filling out this form; manufacturer, model name-number, colour, SERIAL NUMBER, AMA membership number, and selling price.
Borrow bike racks
Since we donate half the profit from the bike swaps back to the community, we built bike racks from the profits in 2012 to keep events green throughout the province.
What you need to know:
Each bike rack holds ~10-12 bikes. We ask that you determine the number of bikes racks that you need.
We have an industrial design patent and designed the bike racks for our swaps. The bike racks are easily broken down for easier storage/transportation. Since they are easily broken down, we’ve had sets stolen. You are responsible for ensuring that the bike racks are never left in an open space or in an unlocked area.
The bike racks can be transported in a pickup truck. The longest section is 12’, and the side pieces can be placed in the bed of the truck. Make sure to bring your work gloves, tie downs and red flag.
What we expect:
We ask that you display our “Racks supplied by” banner; give us a mention in your social media programme for the event; and it would be deluxe to have our logo displayed in your posters and website.
What we need to know:
What day /time you can pick up the bike racks.
How long you want to borrow the bike racks.
What day / time you will return the bike racks.
Use our contact page to request the bike racks, and well let you know if they’re available. Booking in advance is a good thing, they are booked nearly every weekend year round.
Donate bike(s) THANK YOU!
We have a need in our back yard. Your bike will stay in the city or it’s surrounding area to help those in need. The $2.00 entrance fee we collect goes to the group fixing these bikes. We also have a bin for collection of parts to stock the shelves for great local non-profits that re-build bikes within your community.
We’re not just local, we help international causes too. Many of the bikes at the Calgary Swap are from Bicycles for Humanity; the sale of these bikes will fund the container costs for bikes sent abroad. We volunteer with this great group too.
Get Pledged for my Charity Ride
We make a one-time pledge of $50.00 to MS Bike Tour and Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer cyclists, when they bring in a bike or bikes to sell.
Please bring your forms when you bring in your bike(s) to sell.
Know more - FAQ
Q: Can I swap my bike?
A: No, this is a bike buy, sell and donate event. If you’re selling a bike, we’ll sell it for you and there will be bikes there for you to buy.
Q: Why is your bike swap safer than online purchase?
A: We tech check the bikes and record the serial numbers. Do you know what you’re buying online or who you’re buying the bike from? The police and RCMP have seized bikes from pawn shops and online sales based on our paperwork.
Q: Why is there a fee to sell my bike?
A: It costs us ~$25.00 out of pocket per bike before it gets into the swap; marketing, truck rentals, venues, bank costs, food (we have ~170 volunteers), insurance, postage, Interac fees, printing, security, supplies, and more. We put in anywhere between $8K to $10K/year every year out of our work salaries to fund the swaps. Yes, we’re worried we can’t fund the swaps this year.
Q: Do I have to be there to sell my bike?
A: No, we’ll sell your bike for you and mail you a cheque. It’s not just the convenience of the swap, you’re helping us give money back to the community by selling your bike at the swap. But don’t leave town in case your bike doesn’t sell and you have to come pick it up!
Q: How much will you give me for my bike?
A: Sorry, we don’t buy the bikes, but we can help you set a price for the swap.
Q: How do I go about selling a bike?
A: Bring your clean, ready to ride bike to the swap during the times indicated as BIKE DROP-OFF at your location, it helps to have a selling price in mind. We will tech-check it and record its serial number. You will sign an agreement to sell, which tells us where to send the cheque, and what to do with your bike in the slim chance that it doesn’t sell. You pay us a rack fee to get the bike(s) in the sale (AMA members get $5.00 off) to put the bike into the swap. You go away, and we send you the cheque, less 13%.
Q: What happens if my bike doesn’t sell?
A: We have a 92% sale rate, it will likely sell, but you have to set it the right price. As part of registering your bike for the sale, you leave us a cell or phone number so that we can call you if your bike doesn’t sell. The agreement to sell form also gives the option to donate it to a local non-profit. We only have the venue for the day, and after a reasonable number of attempts to contact you, we take the bike home and it’ll be up to you to pick it up.
Q: Can I bring my kid’s bikes to sell?
A: We have children’s bikes at every swap. The only children’s bikes that we accept are better quality, not from box stores – we do this is to protect your child. If you want to donate children’s bikes, we accept outgrown bikes at ever swap, and we’ll give them to a child in need in your city.
Q: How do I get the best price for my bike?
A: Clean, cared for bikes always sell better. Write-up the upgrades, last service, new parts, etc., make sure the buyers can tell the value is there.
Q: What charity rides do you sponsor?
A: If you bring in bike(s) to sell and your pledge sheet, we’ll pledge $50.00 to your MS or the Ride To Conquer Cancer. Since we fund the swaps out of our work salaries, we ask that you are respectful and only request one pledge. We do pay taxes as a non-profit, and don’t get any breaks. We don’t mind paying taxes, we use the roads and love our health care system, but dang, we are tapped.
Q: I’m out of town on Saturday, can I drop my bike off on Friday?
A: We have the venue for the day and just don’t have the resources to handle early drop-offs or take bikes ahead of time.
Q: What will the prices of the bikes be?
A: Bikes range from $50 – $4000. Sellers set the price, but we encourage them to price it to sell.
Q: What is a Bicycle Shaped Object?
A: I didn’t come up with this term. It refers to box store items that look like a bike, smell like a bike, but don’t pedal, shift, stop, or otherwise work the way a real bike should. A bike should make you want to ride it, not leave it in the alley.