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The Insiders: Try the Concord bike swap, living high on the hog

We’ve got a bike. You can ride it if you like. It’s got a basket, a bell that rings and things to make it look good. We’d give it to you if we could, but we borrowed it.

Apologies to Syd Barrett, but after today, there’s no excuse for anyone to be riding around town on a borrowed bicycle. Today marks the start of the fifth annual Concord Area Bike Swap – which is pretty much the coolest thing on two wheels! Consigned or donated bikes line the lot at S & W Sports (296 S. Main St.), ready to be ridden home by the first lucky cyclist who can get their grubby little fingerless-gloved paws on them.

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the consigned bikes go to support the Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow. For information, call 228-1441 or visit

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If you’re looking for a little more power on your two-wheeled cycle, don’t get your leather chaps in a bunch!

For those looking to live high on the hog, head down to Heritage Harley Davidson from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Bikes, Bands, Burgers and Brews.

This event is a fundraiser for next month’s Granite State Music Festival; a little bit of that festive festy spirit will be in the air as you listen to the smooth sounds of local faves Brasbe and the Natalie Turgeon Band while you browse the vendors, munch on some barbecue and quaff tasty bevs (and maybe coin some new abbreves while you’re at it). There will also be a silent auction and raffle prizes at stake, so bring your saddlebags!

For information, call 224-3268 or visit granitestatemusicfestorg.

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For non-bike-related activities, check out St. Paul’s School Ballet Company’s free spring performance of three pieces: August Bournonville’s “Flower Festival,” Yvonne Rainer’s “Trio A” and a new work by Boston-based choreographer Nicole Pierce. The event is at the school (325 Pleasant St.). For information, call 229-4600 or visit

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