News : Papa Wheelies Hosts Seacoast Bike Swap

Apr 18, 2011

By Scott Szycher

Portsmouth Herald

PORTSMOUTH — Papa Wheelies is preparing to hold its third annual Seacoast Bike Swap.

Hosted by the Islington Street shop, the event will be held rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 17. Bike owners can swap their old bikes for cash or store credit and contribute to charitable causes.

"Three years ago, with the recession really hitting home, we wanted to help folks unload their pre-owned bikes," said Nat McAllister, Papa Wheelies co-owner.

Papa Wheelies staff will inspect bikes to make sure they're safe, and if so, will include them in the swap. If the bike sells, the customer who turned it in receives either $80 in cash or a store credit that is good for all merchandise or bike service and repair. Bikes that don't sell can be taken home or donated to the St. Charles Children Home, an orphanage in Rochester that supports children ages 3 to 12, or to Bikes Not Bombs, a nonprofit that donates bikes to economic development projects in developing nations.

Papa Wheelies receives hundreds of pre-owned bikes leading up to the swap. "We get everything from kids bikes to performance bikes, and our staff helps match folks to appropriate bikes," McAllister said.

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