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    Scum, Freezebag! Mo'Phat's Avatar
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    San Diego Velodrome Fall 2006 Swap Meet

    Sunday, November 5th.

    If anybody here hasn't gone, you owe it to yourself to go. I got pretty much my entire bike there last year: NOS Litespeed Orion frame that was never built up: $250. Ultegra group w/ about 100 miles on it: $175. Shimano wheelset w/ skewers, tires, tubes and cassette from the Beyond Bikes booth: $200. All the little bits and pieces came in at under $10 each: seatpost, stem, bars.

    You can find clothes for cheap. Frames, bikes (all kinds...not just roadies or tracks), cycling miscellani, and all the hard to find components you want.

    Just an FYI, incase this is news to some people.
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    Wow, this sounds really fun. Would be great to put together an OC contingent and head down there (after a morning ride, of course). Kinda like a BF field trip, but without the parents' note and crummy sack lunch. I'll check with Mel and see if our schedule is clear that day.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mo'Phat
    Sunday, November 5th.

    If anybody here hasn't gone, you owe it to yourself to go. I got pretty much my entire bike there last year: NOS Litespeed Orion frame that was never built up: $250. Ultegra group w/ about 100 miles on it: $175. Shimano wheelset w/ skewers, tires, tubes and cassette from the Beyond Bikes booth: $200. All the little bits and pieces came in at under $10 each: seatpost, stem, bars.

    You can find clothes for cheap. Frames, bikes (all kinds...not just roadies or tracks), cycling miscellani, and all the hard to find components you want.

    Just an FYI, incase this is news to some people.
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    I'll edit mine...if you edit yours.
    Mo'Phat's Rules to Live By:
    Rule #3 : Never wrestle with a pig: you both get dirty, and the pig likes it.
    Rule #5 : Never argue with an idiot: those watching might not be able to tell the difference.
    Rule #13: Always make sure she has a better time than you do.

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    Oh! Also, this isn't all just boxes of used gear. Much of it is brand new overstock from bike shops. Or old stock that just didn't move out of the store.
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    NO.no.no...edit the Quote, so I don't look like a schmo.
    Mo'Phat's Rules to Live By:
    Rule #3 : Never wrestle with a pig: you both get dirty, and the pig likes it.
    Rule #5 : Never argue with an idiot: those watching might not be able to tell the difference.
    Rule #13: Always make sure she has a better time than you do.

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    LOL. Sorry, not enough caffeine yet. It's done.
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    Last time I went there was in 1995, and I recall picking up some lightly used carbon sole shoes for like $70 ($300 new). My wife wants to go to San Diego to visit her brother and get her favorite chinese food, maybe she'll be ok with a bike swapmeet in exchange!

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    Quote Originally Posted by urbanknight
    ...visit her brother and get her favorite chinese food,
    Where?
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    Interesting. I may have to check it out.
    If you notice this notice then you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mo'Phat
    Where?
    I can't remember the name, but when she reminds me I'll post it. It's some family resturant that's only open from like noon to 5 or something.

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    if I have $$$ I will go

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    I'll have $$$ until I go....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mateo44
    I'll have $$$ until I go....
    You might want to bring your bike rack. Just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mateo44
    Wow, this sounds really fun. Would be great to put together an OC contingent and head down there (after a morning ride, of course). Kinda like a BF field trip, but without the parents' note and crummy sack lunch. I'll check with Mel and see if our schedule is clear that day.
    Interesting. Interestingly interested.
    - James

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    I am looking for a new set of brake calipers, so I will probably check it out.

    Thanks for the reminder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy Pig
    You might want to bring your bike rack. Just in case.
    hmmmm. just in case....

    I like the sound of that....
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    Quote Originally Posted by chimivee
    Interesting. Interestingly interested.
    In the morning ride, the field trip, or both?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mateo44
    In the morning ride, the field trip, or both?
    Was referring to the field trip... but a ride would be a welcome bonus.
    - James

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    I figured!

    One option might be to blow off the ride and get to the swap meet early. I don't know if it's picked-over by the afternoon....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mateo44
    I figured!

    One option might be to blow off the ride and get to the swap meet early. I don't know if it's picked-over by the afternoon....
    Good point.
    - James

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    Quote Originally Posted by mateo44
    I figured!

    One option might be to blow off the ride and get to the swap meet early. I don't know if it's picked-over by the afternoon....
    The screaming deals will be gone...but if you're looking for something specific, you will probably find it. My buddy got a brand new Campy Record rear brake and front derailleur, from two different merchants, in the bottom of a box. It took him awhile to pick through it all, but they were there.

    Also, jerseys are cheeeeeep.



    But, you should go with something specific in mind. I went this past spring 'just to go', and walked away with nothing.
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    Rule #13: Always make sure she has a better time than you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mo'Phat
    Also, jerseys are cheeeeeep.

    But, you should go with something specific in mind. I went this past spring 'just to go', and walked away with nothing.
    I do remember the jerseys being cheap. When I went 10 years ago, I needed more clothes to train in and walked away with a jersey and a skinsuit for $5 each. Since it was for training, I didn't care which washed up team it was from. Oh and the last time I went just to go, I ended up spending $200. Too many good deals.

    I'd love to sell some of my leftover stuff, but it's just not enough to justify buying a spot. Too bad it can't be like the car swapmeets where people walk around with a wagoin and a sign (have..... want.....)

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    I dont mind walking away with nothing. I just go with an open mind and look for deals. If the shopping gods frown upon me, so be it.

    That said, I may prefer to go in the morning for the deals and best selection.

    Breaking news: Melissa just confirmed that our schedule is free that day. So if one or more of you OC slobs wanna come along, let me know.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mo'Phat
    The screaming deals will be gone...but if you're looking for something specific, you will probably find it. My buddy got a brand new Campy Record rear brake and front derailleur, from two different merchants, in the bottom of a box. It took him awhile to pick through it all, but they were there.

    Also, jerseys are cheeeeeep.



    But, you should go with something specific in mind. I went this past spring 'just to go', and walked away with nothing.
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    BTW: all the above deals I got were found and purchased within the first 30 minutes. I was about the 10th guy through the gate. I bought the frame first...and had to carry it around 'til I found the wheels/tires...then had to push the bike around holding on to the unsecured steerer tube. Most inconvenient, but had people gawking at me. Too bad I was 30 lbs heavier with unshaven legs (still unshaven...), I'm sure some of the looks were unkind.

    The thing about Swap Meet sellers is that NOBODY wants to pack all their stuff up and put it in storage again, so near the end of the day, prices plummet. Arguments can also be made to stick it out 'til the end and offer an insanely low price for something...the seller might just go for it.
    Mo'Phat's Rules to Live By:
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    Rule #5 : Never argue with an idiot: those watching might not be able to tell the difference.
    Rule #13: Always make sure she has a better time than you do.

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