Active Life Editor
This past Wednesday afternoon, there was only one place to find bikes, bluegrass, burgers, gear, and plenty of happy peers in one spot: the Bike Auction and Gear Sale.
The event, which took place from 4-6 p.m. on April 2 in the parking lot in front of the bike co-op, attracted students, faculty, and staff alike.
“The gear sale reminded me of how collaborative our outdoor community truly is,” said junior Hannah Marshall. “The fusion of bluegrass, burgers, bikes and gear made for a fun afternoon!”
Bikes abandoned by previous or current students provided much of the inventory or sale. Campus Safety and Res Life were willing to give these bikes to the Co-Op for refurbishing and enable these new rides to be cycled back to the students.
“We sorted through hundreds of bikes and sadly had to trash some, but I’d say that at least 35 bikes made into the hands of students in need,” said Chris Dickson of Outdoor Education.
Cruiser bikes sold for a mere $10-25 in a silent auction format, and a live auction featured some sweet mountain bikes that also sold for discounted prices.
Some of these student buyers were victims of bike theft and received further discounts.
“[The event] was a great way to showcase the Bike Co-op, which I think is an underutilized resource on campus,” said Marshall.
The gear sale itself featured a wide range of items, from skis and skins in great condition going for $350 to one ski in poor condition that sold for $5. Longboards, climbing equipment, sleeping bags and pads, and lots of warm layers were also up for sale.
In the collaborative spirit of the outdoor community, prices were often highly negotiable, and some items were even free of cost. The burgers, Bluegrass Ensemble music, and warm sunshine added to the spirit of the event.
Some local retailers and secondhand shops, such as Mountain Equipment Recyclers, made an appearance as well to showcase gear and connect with students.
“”It was awesome that the Bike Co-Op and the Gear House could team up to put this event on,” said sophomore and Gear House employee Josie Brownell. “There was a lot of great gear bought and sold!”
Look for a similar shindig potentially happening during Block 8.