Every January for the last 20 years, the biggest, greatest bike swap in the midwest happens in Madison, the Chronometro/Brazen Dropouts Swap Meet. This is where I spend pennies on the dollar to get all my expensive generator hubs, folding bikes, fenders, fancy racks, etc. Here are few of the deals I have made:
- Fully built wheel with SON generator hub-$150
- Minty Dahon Folding Bike-$85
- New Tubus rack-$12
Everything is priced to haggle. Offering the full posted price is almost an insult to the seller and turns what should be a fun personal interaction into a cold monetary exchange. Let’s make a deal!
If you need a bike, studded tires, or want to get rid of stuff, this is the place to be. A line forms early, so be prepared. The best way to get in early on all the deals is to have a table as a lot of the sellers make exchanges before the doors even open to the buyers. Who’s going?
|When||Saturday, January 8, 2011|
|Time||9:00 AM to 3:30 PM|
|Where||Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center|
|Cost||$7 per person|
Video by Michael Kienitz