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Old 04-01-22, 09:45 AM
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Bicycle Expo, Show, Swap Meet

I would like to put on a Bicycle swap meet, Bike show, etc. Has anyone here done it ( I do not have a bike shop ) but I don have an office with a decent sized parking lot)?
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No idea, but maybe partner with a restaurant with a huge parking lot and wants a lot of foot traffic? Hmm, attend the show and then pulled pork BBQ? I could go for that.
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Originally Posted by tiger1964 View Post
No idea, but maybe partner with a restaurant with a huge parking lot and wants a lot of foot traffic? Hmm, attend the show and then pulled pork BBQ? I could go for that.
The US today is a litigious society. Very likely, the restaurant's liability carrier won't allow it.
In your area, if "Slip and Falls" are being touted by billboard ambulance chasers, I'd avoid an informal situation.

However, you can actually get liability coverage for the event if you need to, generally for one day with a time frame.
A public municipality venue can often be had reasonably, and liability is less of an issue (sovereign immunity, etc).

I'd suggest asking a proven veteran at it, such as iab for a smaller one, or the people behind Brazen Dropouts for a top-notch event.
In between, an event like Richmond's "Bike Yard Sale" is pretty good. Not sure who puts it on, but it's well done, very casual, but works.

We're considering one in St. Louis, but will only go via an official venue, with liability coverage, ample public parking, etc.
Often, getting the venue's requirements met goes a long way towards what you need to protect yourself legally and helps with logistics.
Then, the advertising and logistics are up to you.

A lot of the problems are minor, because bike folks are pretty good people, but you will have folks from both ends of the bell curve. It happens.

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I've been putting on small swap meets for more than 20 years. If there is not already a swap meet in your area, go for it. Advertise here, craigslist and facebook at least one month in advance.. Offer 8x8 or 10x10 spaces. If you get enough people and you like doing it. Plan future swaps, monthly, quarterly, annually or? I'd recommend offering the spaces for free at first, then possibly charging for future swaps if you have enough demand. I do not charge for spaces at my swaps.
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Originally Posted by bamboobike4 View Post
The US today is a litigious society. Very likely, the restaurant's liability carrier won't allow it.
Very good point; I'd agree with every word except "likely", I'd suggest "possibly". Regardless, asking about liability insurance is an important prerequisite. Then again, local firehouses, historical homes, churches, etc., frequently host farmer's markets (including the sale of alcohol!), flea markets, brewing festivals, you name it. And here near D.C., care to imagine what % of the population are lawyers? Trying to imagine an insurance company saying "you're covered for selling booze, but people buying handlebars and inner tubes sounds risky". Then again, I could be very wrong.
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Originally Posted by MichaelVa View Post
I would like to put on a Bicycle swap meet, Bike show, etc. Has anyone here done it ( I do not have a bike shop ) but I don have an office with a decent sized parking lot)?
By the way, I checked; Savannah has an active "Cars and Coffee" group, as do most cities. You might check them out and ask the organizers for pointers. A bike event cannot be all that different.
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Originally Posted by tiger1964 View Post
By the way, I checked; Savannah has an active "Cars and Coffee" group, as do most cities. You might check them out and ask the organizers for pointers. A bike event cannot be all that different.
LOL I'm one of the three founders of Cars and Coffee here. A more disparate group of people I could not imagine. Aside from myself, I think there is one other person who also collects bicycles and cars.
I was hoping there was a way to reach serious "velosophiles" who might bring intense level bikes ( vintage and modern) to show and trade.
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