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Bike swap to benefit Pelotonia riders

Ride On! A Bike Swap Benefiting Pelotonia will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Granville Intermediate School 2025 Burg St.

The event offers families and cycling enthusiasts a chance to buy or sell new and used bikes, bike equipment and gear while supporting the fundraising efforts of local riders. The swap will feature vendors, food and educational workshops.

The Bike Swap was conceived by Blaine Franz, a Granville resident and cancer survivor whose wife, Cheryl, died of breast cancer in 2012. This year will be the fifth time Franz and his two teenage sons have ridden in Pelotonia, the annual bike tour that benefits The James Cancer Center at the Ohio State University.

The event, sponsored by the Granville Recreation District, was organized by a group of area Pelotonia riders.

Admission is free, and everyone with bikes or equipment to sell is encouraged to attend. Representatives from local bike shops will be on hand to help fit bikes, evaluate equipment, and answer questions. Workshops on finding the right bike and getting the right fit will be offered and kids can attend a bike safety rodeo. A representative from The James Cancer Center at the Ohio State University will speak about research advances in the quest to cure cancer.

Ride On! will be held rain or shine. Net proceeds will be donated to Pelotonia.

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