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Old 12-24-17, 03:05 PM   #51
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They are offering a new space rental option this year.........10 x 10 space with no table for $65. It's double the typical space but no table for the same price and are located at both ends of the main rows. My plan is to bring several complete bikes and my own table.

I always enjoy going to these winter swaps. It gets me out of the house and I get to mingle with a lot of bike people. The last couple of years I've spent more than I've made, but I always come home satisfied.
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More likely it was Father Marquette ...
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The Twin Cities Bike Swap makes this claim on their site: "The Biggest Bicycle Flea Market in the Midwest". The border battle is spilling over to bike swaps.

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Old 12-25-17, 12:03 PM   #55
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And there is the Ann Arbor swap every April...

Need to hear from Indiana and Ohio!
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I thought there was a good one in St. Louis.
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the one near st louis is not on this year i dont think...
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Have folks had good experiences selling bikes in the corral there? This past weekend was the Bike Bazaar in Milwaukee. I brought a bike to the corral that had many oglers, but no purchasers. Trying to figure out if it'd be worth it to make the drive.
I was at the Bazaar in Milwaukee. Which bike was yours? I might have been one of the oglers...
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I was at the Bazaar in Milwaukee. Which bike was yours? I might have been one of the oglers...
It was the green Marinoni Special.
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Or, just as a crazy thought, spend $5 and have some fun hanging out with folks who like to ride bikes.
I agree. And I disagree that all the deals are gone super early - at least IME with swaps. People are generally expecting bargain prices, and there are usually some great deals right up until the end. I've never been to this particular swap but it's what I've seen at others.
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One reason is to find a part you need, perhaps with a few to choose from. Another is to be able to look at, feel, and work wharever you are going to buy. See if the Campy bb is really smooth. Are the hub bearingS too tight? Does the headset have all its washers and seals? Et cetera.
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even if i dont buy anything i like the swap meets so i can actually handle things that i have only seen online. sometimes it gives you a whole new perspective on a bike part.
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The best selection is just before the doors open. The best deals are just before they close.
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For early bird entry, do you need to prepay, or just pay at the door?
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I always enjoy going to these winter swaps. It gets me out of the house and I get to mingle with a lot of bike people. The last couple of years I've spent more than I've made, but I always come home satisfied.
+1. If you're the kind of person to worry about recouping your entry fee, just stay home, or better yet, put in another hour or two at work.
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I'm at table #3, stop by and say hi!

In case anyone's interested in these bikes at the swap, I'm bringing:

--59cm 2006 OX Platinum LeMond Poprad in orange with fenders, inline brake levers and 105 group for $600

--23" early 70's Gitane TdF in orange, full 531, touring setup with an Ofmega triple crank & pedals, Cyclone RD & SunTour barcons, 3T bars & stem, front and rear racks for $350

--18" '87 C-dale SM500 frame/fork/headset/BB in yellow for $75
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I actually know a girl named Madison.
That’s pretty groovy..... Say! Any of you guys know how to Madison? (70’s think about it, and did you yell at the screen???lol)

Sounds like a cool show, I’ll only get to Ann Arbor this year

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See you all at the show. I will be the fat guy overpaying for everything Campy! And a few other tidbits I am looking for.
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The weather outlook is not promising for a 2 1/2 hr drive, but if I make it I'll be in #206 an end wall space. Planning to bring a Sekai 2700, Schwinn Prelude and a couple of modern tri bikes, some tools and a bench mount work stand.
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The weather outlook is not promising for a 2 1/2 hr drive, but if I make it I'll be in #206 an end wall space. Planning to bring a Sekai 2700, Schwinn Prelude and a couple of modern tri bikes, some tools and a bench mount work stand.
Yeah, extreme weathe change today in Dubuque. Unless it is really nasty, I should make it. Wil be sure to check out your booth.
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I think I'll try to make it.
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I'll have a Deschutes Brewing long sleeved shirt on. It would be cool to meet more of you!
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