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    SoCal Cycle Swap Meet

    Anyone ever been to one of these things? I'm interested in picking up a cheap commuting bike for $100-150. The website seems to be pushing vintage bikes, and I'm not sure if I'll be able to find the type of bike I'm looking for. I want to get either a hybrid or a hardtail mountain bike from a reputable company (GT, Giant, Trek, etc.) I'm not expecting a top of the line model at that price, I'm aiming for a lower end model from the 80s.

    Anyone know if I'd be able to find what I'm looking for at that price? Also, if anyone has any stories from going to one of these, I'd love to hear them.

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    The Long Beach event held at Veteran's Stadium has been a consistent disappointment. Features both motorcycles and bicycles. Mostly overpriced old crap.

    Check out the OCC swapmeet in Costa Mesa. You can find bargains if you look long enough. Good prices on supplies too.

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    I've had luck on Craigs. You may try the classifieds at socaltrailriders.org. Mostly picey mtb stuff but you can find a deal at times.

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    The OC fair swapmeet Is only good for Beach Cruisers. I work there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe360 View Post
    The OC fair swapmeet Is only good for Beach Cruisers. I work there.
    You have to look hard. Tires, cables, tubes and other supplies are cheap. Not top quality, but perfect for commuters and flippers. Used components are available. Most of the bikes for sale are beach cruisers and low-end MTB's. Occasionally you can find a gem. My nieghbor bought a beautiful older Specialized Allez for $70.00 a few months ago. On the other hand, there was the guy trying to sell me a trashed Italvega with a mix of components. He claimed it was an Italian racing bike with "full Campy" Only Campagnolo components were the downtube shift levers and the broken front derailleur. All this for only $500.00.

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    SoCal Cycle Swap Meet

    So, by this time you've attended the event at Vet's stadium and seen what it's like. If you didn't attend, the great majority of bicycle stuff is of the old Schwinn, Colombia, Roadmaster big tire type cruisers. I attended on Sunday (after not attending for many months) and was really disappointed as I was looking for "classic" roadbikes. If you need old Schwinn headbadges or Bendix coaster brake hub, this is the place for you.

    To meet your needs, I would recommend checking Craigslist everyday

    Best Regards,
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