Thousands of bike fanatics gear up for VeloSwap

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VeloSwap, America’s most popular consumer bicycle swap and expo, comes to Denver on November 3 at the National Western Complex.

Now in its 29th year, Colorado’s biggest consumer bike event brings together more cycling enthusiasts, retailers, and manufacturers than any other in North America, with an expected attendance of 8,000 enthusiastic shoppers. At the VeloSwap, attendees will find end-of-season, clearance pricing on cycling’s best brands of road bikes, mountain bikes, commuter bikes, apparel, cycling helmets, apparel, road and mountain cycling shoes, vintage and modern components, books, cycling arts & crafts and memorabilia, and much more. Those who attend can demo bikes, try on apparel for size, and personally inspect items so they know they are getting a good deal. VeloSwap is also a fun treasure hunting opportunity for those seeking holiday gifts and rare cycling treasures or collectors interested in Colorado’s storied cycling past.

“It’s difficult to know if you’re getting a fair deal when buying bikes and cycling gear on eBay,” said Ilana Coenen, the 2018 VeloSwap director. “But come to VeloSwap so you can touch, feel, demo ride, and try on everything for size. There’s no better deal than VeloSwap.”

VeloSwap is more than a swap. Tapping partners from Colorado’s vibrant cycling community, VeloSwap will offer a variety of useful programming on bike fit with Ray Keener, gear and tech tips from Lennard Zinn, cycling safety, and information on cyclist’s rights and responsibilities on the road and trail. VeloSwap partner organizations include Bicycle Colorado, Bicycle Aurora, Bike Blue, Bike Jeffco, Community Cycles, Death Ride Tour, Lucky Bikes, Project Bike Tech, Wish for Wheels, and dozens of top retailers from Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, and Utah.

VeloSwap events and talks

VeloSwap Scavenger Hunt, hosted by VeloNews
10:00 a.m. at the VeloNews Stage

VeloSwap Evangelist (and VeloNews Editor-in-Chief) Fred Dreier and VeloNews.com News Director Spencer Powlison will kick off the VeloSwap Scavenger Hunt in which contestants will be challenged to find and photograph (or purchase!) items for the Ugly Jersey Fashion Show, $10 Best Buy, Best/Worst in Show, and other entertaining categories. Dreier and Powlison will judge entries and award valuable prizes from the VeloNews gear closet.

Lennard Zinn live Q&A
10:30 a.m. at the VeloNews Stage

The world’s leading bike maintenance and repair expert will answer live questions from the audience. Have a question you’d like answered? Email us and it might get answered at VeloSwap >>

Bike fit myths—Busted by Ray Keener
11:30 a.m. at the VeloNews Stage

Ray Keener is more than just the Executive Director of the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association—he’s also a veteran bike fitter. Keener will share lessons learned from his thousands of bike fit sessions and the training he’s shared with bike shop employees to help you fit a smoother, more comfortable ride.

“I rode Leadville on a 1983 Stumpjumper”
12:00 noon at the VeloNews Stage

Spencer Powlison, News Director for VeloNews, rode the 2018 Leadville 100 mountain bike race on a vintage mountain bike — and really enjoyed it! Hear about Spencer’s ride, his bike, his gear, and the reactions from his fellow Leadville racers in this fun interview session hosted by Fred Dreier.

Lennard Zinn bike tech demo
1:00 p.m. at the VeloNews Stage

Expert bicycle technician and custom framebuilder, Lennard Zinn, will demonstrate two bike maintenance procedures that sound harder than they really are: overhauling a rear suspension and servicing a bottom bracket. Watch and learn as Zinn shows you how to break down these tasks into simple steps and reveals time-saving tips to make the jobs easier.

Preventing the Haywire Heart with Lennard Zinn and Chris Case
2:00 p.m. at the VeloNews Stage

Lennard Zinn was in the process of chasing a Strava KOM on Boulder’s Flagstaff mountain when his heart-rate monitor told him something was very wrong. Several years and surgeries later, Zinn’s life has been transformed by a group of symptoms known as “athlete’s heart.” Zinn and coauthor Chris Case will share what you need to know about this life-changing condition in a talk centered on their book, “The Haywire Heart.”

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Written by Loknath Das