I presume Richard Wezensky with BFR will do a much better post about this great event than me, but I thought I’d give the event a shout out, and a possible preview for Cyclesomatic 2012 in the Fall.
The event was held at a great local bicycle shop in Garland, TX called Don Johle’s Bike World, Inc and sponsored by them and Rat Rod Bikes. I’d never heard of it but wished I had sooner. It’s one of those shops you’d kill to have in your neighborhood. They sell everything, and I mean every type of bicycle you can think of. They also have a particular preference for vintage, thus the swap meet they hosted. This was the first one, but I can tell you it won’t be the last. I hope to get them to attend our Bicycle Fair in this Fall’s Cyclesomatic, but seems that they want to take it to a local park first. Maybe I can convince them otherwise!
Also, I ran into a local blogger, urban cyclist, and 70’s and 80’s bicycle restorer named Jonathan at the event. His blog is called Bicycle Point of View and it has a great recap of the event as well. Who knows maybe Bike Friendly Garland is about to launch! He also had a Raleigh that fit my large frame, which I almost went home with. My rule is give myself 24 hours to decide on a bicycle. Well, I still want it and hope to make a deal for it soon.
There were several vendors with all kinds of older bicycles including BMX, Schwin Stingrays, old cruisers and a multi-rider BMX out of Mad Max! It was certainly focused on the gear head, but open to anyone looking for a great fixer for the summer. I look forward to them bringing this swap meet to a larger audience! Here are pics taken from the blog Bicycle Point of View: