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Albany Bike Expo draws riders to park

Dozens of vendors set up shop Sunday in Albany’s Washington Park for the fifth annual edition of the
Matt Plaine of Plaine and Son pulls a Specialized mountain bike from the rack for a customer to try out during the fifth annual Bike Expo in Washington Park in Albany on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
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Matt Plaine of Plaine and Son pulls a Specialized mountain bike from the rack for a customer to try out during the fifth annual Bike Expo in Washington Park in Albany on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Dozens of vendors set up shop Sunday in Albany’s Washington Park for the fifth annual edition of the Bike Expo. Though the crowd was sparse, vendors were excited by the feedback they received from event-goers.

Chris Morris of the Saratoga Mountain Bike Association was educating people on the work that his organization does to repair bike trails in the Capital Region.

“We really just want to let people know about the good work that we do and show them how to get involved,” Morris said. “We have some of the equipment that we use to groom the trails with us here and can demonstrate to people how to use it.”

The event featured everything from information about local bike trails to cycling gear.

Mary Eitch of Albany said she has attended the event for the last three years and enjoys it more each time.

“There is so much to learn here for people that are into cycling,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to purchase new equipment and also communicate with like-minded individuals. It’s a good time.”

Alicia D’Alessandro, corporate and foundations relations manager for Capital District Habitat for Humanity, was promoting several bike rides that her organization will host this summer.

“We will have four different races for those with different skill sets and endurance levels,” she said. “We are really excited about it.”

Cheryl Davis said she had no intention of attending the event but stopped by as she was walking her dog through the park.

“I had no idea this was going on but now that I’m here it’s actually pretty cool,” she said. “I’m not a huge cyclist or anything, but I do enjoy a nice bike ride and there is so much information to be gleaned here.”

Plaine and Son, a Schenectady bike shop, was offering free tuneups and bike rides on several new models it has in stock.

“People seem to really like what we have to offer,” said the store’s manager, Dan Patterson, noting he had performed 12 tuneups by 1 p.m. “The tuneups are a big hit, we are just making sure everybody’s bike is 100 percent and running well.”

Mike Rozdolski, a member of the Electric City Bike Rescue, was smiling ear-to-ear as he spoke with several people who showed interest in his organization.

“We see a lot of folks who had no idea that you can recycle the parts of a bike,” he said. “We like to tell people not throw away old bikes, just give them to us and we can make good use of it.”

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