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Old 12-18-11, 10:56 AM
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Madison Bike Swap 1/14/12

Anyone planning to head to the Madison swap in about 4 weeks.

Although I love going and buying, I have way to much stuff and I will be setting up a couple of tables this year.

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I'm at least a 50/50 on attending. I just drove up there yesterday to meet another member for a swap....
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I'm at least a 50/50 on attending. I just drove up there yesterday to meet another member for a swap....
Nice to meet you Bob!

There is a chance we'll (my riding group) bring a few items for sale/trade.
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I'll be heading there for sure. Not much that I need since my projects are pretty much all done. Just stuff to pick up to sell.
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Planning on being there.
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I'm thinking of it. I need to make a list and check it twice.
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I'm out. Pinewood derby weekend.
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I'm out. Pinewood derby weekend.
I remember those days well.

What's the weight rule, 5 ounces?
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I won a Brooks in a raffle there last year!
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Hi folks, long time away! Thought I would check back in with BF C&V since I figured there would be a thread about this.

I always want to make it to this swap if I can. I hope to again this year, but still working on getting backup coverage for the family's needs.
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My brother and I are planning to be there!
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I'm trying to talk my brother into going with my "list."
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There is a fairly big one here the following weekend, in the suburbs but a lot shorter drive. Still...maybe.
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There is a fairly big one here the following weekend, in the suburbs but a lot shorter drive. Still...maybe.
I may go to the Chicago Swap.........but not to sell.......the rates are a bit over the top compared to Madison. Looking forward to Madison.

There's another one down by St. Louis the weekend after Chicago's
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There's another in the city here in February ('Bike Winter' as opposed to the 'Winter Bike Swap' in the suburbs) but smaller and with less vintage stuff, more of a general event for urban cyclists than a swap meet. Still fun, and I got a pair of 600 levers there two years ago for $8.
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The spousal unit scored a nice pair of flip-flops there last year to replace the half a pair she lost when we were kayaking. Me, not much.

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I'm going to do my best to attend Madison, and Palatine as well...
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I'm going to do my best to attend Madison, and Palatine as well...
I didn't even know what a bike swap is. Guess I'll find out because I'm going.
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^ ^That Steadicam rig gets a big 'WTF?' from me. It's a bizarre mismatch of a mid level Steadicam with a lightweight Canon DSLR. And the microphone on top of the camera (for the worst possible sound quality) along with a stupid windscreen that looks like a skinned hamster...can't imagine what the result is supposed to be.

^Well, sherilinn, you may have heard terrible stories about certain 'swap' parties back in the bad old 70s. Keys in a bowl, etc. Bike swaps are kind of like that. Everyone puts their bike into a big room like a gym, then we all step outside and put on masks...

Okay, it's not really like that. Really it is a bunch of bike nerds looking for bargains and unrecognized treasures, and going through a lot of dross in the process.
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The bicycle expo and swap meet near St.Louis will at the Gateway Center, Collinsville Il. Sunday, Jan. 29 2012. 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. I read that a classic bike show will be featured at the expo.

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I'll try to make it, since I'm in town. I'd be nice to meet more C&V folks!
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I didn't even know what a bike swap is. Guess I'll find out because I'm going.
My first one, I expected to "swap." Not so. It was vendors selling, swapping parts for money. I felt like a fool, walking around with a bag over my shoulder, full of parts I expected to swap. Then, I stumbled upon sykerocker and Poguemahone chatting at a table. They'd split the cost of a booth (table) and were trying to generate the funds for a nice dinner meal. Like typical C&V folks who spot a crank arm poking out of a bag, Pogue asked "what's in the bag?" and I ended up leaving with his parts, faith restored, and he with mine. I should have bought his Black Lightning, but that's water under the bridge.

I took 3 bikes to sell, too. Sold before I got them out of the car. The hawks were circling the parking lot. Of course, they ended up inside the swap meet, doubled in price, but I didn't care a whit, not my business. They sold there, too.
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My first one, I expected to "swap." Not so. It was vendors selling, swapping parts for money. I felt like a fool, walking around with a bag over my shoulder, full of parts I expected to swap. Then, I stumbled upon sykerocker and Poguemahone chatting at a table. They'd split the cost of a booth (table) and were trying to generate the funds for a nice dinner meal. Like typical C&V folks who spot a crank arm poking out of a bag, Pogue asked "what's in the bag?" and I ended up leaving with his parts, faith restored, and he with mine. I should have bought his Black Lightning, but that's water under the bridge.

I took 3 bikes to sell, too. Sold before I got them out of the car. The hawks were circling the parking lot. Of course, they ended up inside the swap meet, doubled in price, but I didn't care a whit, not my business. They sold there, too.
Makes me wonder Robbie, if the selling in the parking lot isn't the right path.

I sold two bicycles in the lot last year at the Blaine swap, and one inside.

They weren't resold at the swap, but they were on CL within hours.

The sellers noted their "pristine" condition and they noted the bikes had been rebuilt/updated.

By my kids actually.
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Originally Posted by Chicago Al View Post
There's another in the city here in February ('Bike Winter' as opposed to the 'Winter Bike Swap' in the suburbs) but smaller and with less vintage stuff, more of a general event for urban cyclists than a swap meet. Still fun, and I got a pair of 600 levers there two years ago for $8.
Chicago Al; Would you happened to have any info on the Feb. "Bike Winter" swap?
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Anyone else going? It's looking like Chicago Al and I will probably be heading up for the morning. Anyone want to meet up with us?

Rockhound - The Bike Winter swap is tentatively scheduled for March 3rd.

http://bikewinter.org/calendar/2012-03
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