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Old 12-07-17, 06:40 PM
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Madison Swap

Will be January 13th next year. You can reserve your table now (I'm not affiliated with brazen dropouts, just selling crap).

As usual, I'll have stuff priced to sell and stuff priced not to sell. Stop on by and say hello.
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I thought this was going to be a thread on technique. A little outside my travel range but GLWS and have fun! BTW they should use a pic like this for the advert.
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No hand slings in the final 200 meters. Double points on final sprint. Roll em out.
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Sorry about the false advertising.

Although I do like the idea of the picture for their ad. But they call it Brazen Dropouts swap, not Madison swap. I will have a track bike there priced not to sell. So I'm sort of in the spirit of the Madison swap.
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I actually know a girl named Madison.
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Will be January 13th next year. You can reserve your table now (I'm not affiliated with brazen dropouts, just selling crap).

As usual, I'll have stuff priced to sell and stuff priced not to sell. Stop on by and say hello.
Do you have a link to this? I a in Dubuque, but would drive up if it is good. Thanks!
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Do you have a link to this? I a in Dubuque, but would drive up if it is good. Thanks!
2018 Bike Swap ? Brazen Dropouts

Also, do it! My (Cedar Rapids) buddies and I have already started coordinating for the trip.
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The Madison swap is the biggest in the midwest. Not to be missed if you like deals. I'll be there, already have a table.
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i actually know a girl named madison.
:d ------- you funny man
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2018 Bike Swap ? Brazen Dropouts

Also, do it! My (Cedar Rapids) buddies and I have already started coordinating for the trip.
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The Madison swap is the biggest in the midwest. Not to be missed if you like deals. I'll be there, already have a table.

I guess I will have to attend now!
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One thing about the Madison swap. The New Holland pavilion doesn't have the best heat, so take a warm jacket. First year they held it in that pavilion, my table was directly underneath a leaking skylight, which dripped on me the entire show. Now they have the swap tables on the other side of the pavilion, so no worries about getting leaked on.
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Just registered a space..............worth mentioning.....it's on saturday this year instead of sunday.

Word on the street is, there will not be a Palatine (Chicago) swap this year at Harper College.
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Madison swap has always been Saturday, at least the last 10 years have been.

Too bad about Harper. I looked at the 2017 pics and saw myself.
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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.
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Very tempting

Four and a half hours one way but what else am I doing this winter?
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Four and a half hours one way but what else am I doing this winter?
Exactly. Gotta have fun things to get you through January!
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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.
Madison is so much better attended, it's night and day compared to the Milwaukee swap. Attendance is probably well into four figures. At Milwaukee, maybe a couple hundred if that, wouldn't surprise me if it were much less.

I've done well buying at the Madison swap corral, but I haven't sold there. Last year, I saw at least 100 bikes in the corral, of which I bought one. You'll be competing against a lot of other bikes, but chances are better than Milwaukee just based on attendance.

My theory on swaps: Parts and consumables sell well. Complete bikes sell if they're rare/unusual or priced dirt cheap. Everybody's looking for a deal, so there's a different mentality than if you're selling outside a swap. But that's just my take.

Edit: Just noticed that Madison general admission from 9-11am is $5, but admission after 11am is free! I don't remember this from previous swaps, but since I go as a dealer and not general admission, this could have been in place years prior and I didn't notice. Anyhoo, good reason to go after 11am, and an even better reason to stick around as a dealer instead of packing up early. Even if you get in after 11am, still have to pay for parking, tho.

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Madison swap has always been Saturday, at least the last 10 years have been.

Too bad about Harper. I looked at the 2017 pics and saw myself.
In the past I have loaded my van on Saturday afternoon only to realize that evening that the swap is already over.
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No hand slings in the final 200 meters. Double points on final sprint. Roll em out.
Decades ago, the USCF would not allow hand slings. Jamming tool throws only, and to make those work well you Had to have a pair of Cinelli Quilted back track shorts. Besides, they were Cool.
Sometime later reasonable heads prevailed and hand slings were allowed, more effective and easier in my mind.
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Do you have a link to this? I a in Dubuque, but would drive up if it is good. Thanks!
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Forgot about this thread.

Everyone must come as I will have the most best crap. You want it. You need it. You must have it.

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Decades ago, the USCF would not allow hand slings. Jamming tool throws only, and to make those work well you Had to have a pair of Cinelli Quilted back track shorts. Besides, they were Cool.
Sometime later reasonable heads prevailed and hand slings were allowed, more effective and easier in my mind.
Indeed. In Chicago you went to Al Stillers Sauganash Schwinn to get your shorts. A few pages out of the Daily News rolled tight and wrapped in Duct tape was my jamming tool.

Back to the swap. Is it mostly new stuff or are there some good vintage vendors?
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Is it mostly new stuff or are there some good vintage vendors?
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