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Abandoned town bikes for sale Friday

90 abandoned bicycles are chained up outside of the police department to be auctioned off Saturday.
Jeremy Wallace |

If you’re looking for a cheap bike to get you around Aspen for the summer, don’t make any plans for Friday at noon.

That’s when the Aspen Police Department will hold its annual sale of bikes and other items people have abandoned around the city in the past year. The auction will take place behind the Pitkin County Courthouse, and prospective buyers can preview the goods starting at 11 a.m.

Dan Nelson, downtown coordinator for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, said he and his crew collected the bikes in the summer and fall, then took them to the police storage facility at the county landfill before winter set in.

Meanwhile, city police officers collected another bunch of abandoned bikes over the winter, which have been stored outside the Rio Grande Building across from the Pitkin County Jail, said Michele McClinton, a customer service officer with the Police Department.

The department will auction a total of 75 bikes, along with other found items like skis, snowboards and skateboards, McClinton said. Community Resource Officer Bobby Schafer will act as auctioneer, she said.

The bikes come with a word of warning, however.

“It’s buyer beware,” McClinton said. “These bikes have been sitting outside for a year or more, so many need some work.”

Nelson echoed those comments.

“If you need a bike to get around Aspen, that’s the place to go,” he said. “But it you want a nice bike to ride uphill (go elsewhere).”

Proceeds from the auction — which have ranged between about $4,000 and $6,000 during the past three years — are put back into the city general fund but are earmarked to pay for police expenses, McClinton said.



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