PALATINE, Illinois — A different set of wheels will take over Arlington Toyota Scion on May 1, as the dealership hosts its first-ever community bicycle clinic.
The event includes free fix-a-flat, tune-up and safety check stations as well as bicycle fit and safety check inspections; a question-and-answer opportunity with riders from EGO p/b Sammy's Bikes Racing Team and Ironman competitors; music and food; raffle prizes; and shopping at various bike-related vendors.
Many vendors, including Thule Bike Racks, will use Toyota cars and vans to demonstrate their products, Gary Vicari, president of Arlington Automotive Group and co-owner of the dealership, told Edmunds.
"One of the vehicles we'll have in the showroom is the 2015 Sienna that we loan to Sammy's Bikes Racing Team to get to competitions," Vicari said.
The van has a hitch and pulls a trailer, which shows bike clinic guests that having the right transportation can make their hobby easier, Vicari said.
Vicari, who is a tri-athlete, wanted to spotlight one of the sports he loves with his customers, neighbors and employees.
"It's a good outing for families and it will introduce our dealership to people who didn't have us on their radar screen," he said.
It's also an opportunity to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. The foundation will raffle everything from a bike helmet to an EGO 56V Lithium Ion 21-inch lawn mower, valued at $499.
There is an incentive to drop in, too. Anyone who pre-registers before the event gets an automatic entry to win a $100 gift card.
"We have a 124,000-square-foot building on 11 acres and I'm excited that people will get to check out our facility when they attend the clinic," Vicari said.
Edmunds says: Simple arithmetic: a bicycle built for two might sell an automobile built for five.