Claire Peters

VeloSwap: Colorado’s annual treasure hunt

Time to mark your calendars, bike fans and gear junkies, because in one week’s time Subaru VeloSwap—the world’s largest buy, sell and recycle bicycling and sports expo—will be here! The event takes place on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Denver’s National Western Complex. No matter if you are there to clear your garage, fill your garage, or geek out with like-minded adventurists, this is an event not to be missed.

Of course, grand expos at this scale can be hard to navigate. With so much to do in only a day’s time, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the hustle and bustle. Here are some helpful tips to make sure this year’s VeloSwap is a personal success.

The early bird gets the worm

Enjoying my new member gift bag!

Get your free ticket to VeloSwap through Bicycle Colorado!

Being among the first at the door means earlier access to great deals, bargains and swag. While the doors open at 9 a.m., the line can start to form as early as 7 a.m.! As a long-term partner of VeloSwap, Bicycle Colorado will be there bright and early. Staff and volunteers will be manning the line, offering the opportunity to join or renew your membership.

New members will receive:

  • A free ticket to VeloSwap
  • A choice of snazzy Bicycle Colorado socks or a pint glass
  • Special VIP treatment at Bicycle Colorado’s indoor “members’ lounge”
  • A huge THANK YOU for supporting our statewide measures for improving bicycling

DON’T MISS OUT! Be the one of the first 50 people to sign up for a Bicycle Colorado membership and receive an additional fun-filled gift bag! 

Steal a deal

photo: Reese Brown

Hundreds of booths will be offering new, used, vintage and rare bicycle gear for sale. Bountiful boxes will be overflowing with parts and accessories galore. Get ready to sort, dig and shop ’til you drop. If you are in the market for a bike, cycling presentations and sports clinics are offered throughout the day to help you test, fit and maintain your dream bicycle.

For even more awesome bike related merchandise at bargain prices, make sure to stop by Bicycle Colorado’s indoor booth! We will be offering stylish jerseys and t-shirts at discounted prices, as well as “Share the Road” license plate certificates.

Do a good deed

Bicycle Colorado staff and volunteers

If you aren’t ready to set up shop and sell your own collection, this is a chance to donate any and all unwanted parts, clothing and accessories. General donation boxes will be up front, or you can donate directly to a local partner of your choice.

For more information on how to get involved in the local bicycle community, stop by our booth to speak with our staff and volunteers. We will have bike maps available and information about upcoming efforts and how to get involved. If you missed your chance to sign up for membership outside, you can sign up anytime inside too.

Don’t shop hangry

Keep your head in the game by staying hydrated and fed. Concession stands throughout the expo will help ease those hunger pains. Remember to bring cash, and wear comfortable shoes too!

Take a load off

New and current Bicycle Colorado members will get special treatment this year as a thank you for all your support. Two talented massage therapists from The Integrative Health Studio will be offering free shoulder massages at our booth as a relaxing treat.

The Velo Lounge is back

Grab a beer or coffee at the Velo Lounge located near the front entrance. Make new friends or chum it up with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts to wrap up a full day of fun!

Claire Peters

About the Author: Claire Peters

Claire manages the exciting events that we host, including the Colorado Bicycle Summit and Gala Celebration. She believes strongly that people can be empowered through access to safe and extensive bike routes. She can be found bike touring or participating in any outdoor adventure Colorado has to offer.


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