My "FIND" at the swap meet....
Sadly, I attended quite underfunded. I get paid Monday.
Sooo...with the $30 I had dangling in my account, I went to "window swap", so to speak.
First item; cool looking red bottle cages en masse. $5 ea. I need 3 matching red ones for my Ferrari.
Next were some cool black upwrong bars for $10.
Then I ran into one of my old paintjobs!
The "Mother of Pearl Swirl".
Only $600, but the matching fork was gone.
Traded for a new one in candy red that's threadless.
The frame is an off white pearl color, so it was quite a clash.
Now the things I couldn't afford.
~A beautiful pair of (unfortunately) tubular wheels with Phil hubs. 126 x 36 hole. $100.
I tried $30 becuase I really only wanted the hubs. No go.
~Some nice Scott Superbrake calipers. $75/pair. Sad, twice my budget & he wouldn't go $30 either.
But, amongst all the cool bikes & bits, I DID happen to spy one item of real interest.
At first pass, I somehow knew . . . . . it would be mine. I knew no one else there would want it.
2nd pass I spotted the price. $200.
Not bad, but I figured it was open to "interpretation". But likely still beyond my $30 budget.
So I left empty handed and headed over to see DirtDrop about his PX10.
Now, more "funded" than before, I battled my way back across the Richmond Bridge to Mill Valley.
Arriving at Strawberry Elementary around 1:00, the meet was wrapping up.
I quickly dashed for the wheels!
Seller had left.
OK, where are those brakes?
Yup! Same deal.
The bottle cages? Packed up.
LAST item on the list . . .
It was still there. The seller had waited all day for me to return. New price? $100!
He'd even deliver it if I could pay the balance upon dropping it off.
I hemmed & hawed. Decided to pass.
Seller..."OK, I don't want to take it home! $30 and it's yours!"
"SOLD! Thank you very much!"
So here it is...a 70's Gitane mixte tandem boat anchor!!
The left side drive is BMX chain, while the right side drive is standard deraileur width.
Factory cantilever studs (one messed-up on the fork) and a rear drum brake.
Even has the original chrome fenders!
While I type this, my 6 yr old is taking parts off of it for me. What a kid!
That, my friends, was my one (within budget) swap meet purchase.
I'm happy, the wife's happy, are you happy?
WHAT did you get there?