Photos by Brenton Salo
The Super Swap. Home to all all of the the wants and desires you never knew you had. All the parts you never knew you needed. Those 10spd cassettes? We have them in spades. Maybe a 26" suspension fork? We can do that. How about a Bianchi frame from the 90's that's been ridden a few thousand miles? Or maybe a Gentlemen’s Race cap that you had worn through and decided you needed a new one? We’ve got three. Weird? Maybe.
There was also beer, did we mention the beer? We picked up a Baerlic Brewing keg minutes before the doors opened, and that was that. Their spot is the best place to stop after a ride, in case you were wondering. They had something there called an Oatmeal Pilsner (I maybe made that up) but it was delicious and helped me ready myself for the onslaught of "shoppers."
It’s hard to really capture the essence of a swap, right? Dusty boxes of stuff that you’ve been hanging on to for years, to just find the right buyer? Because no one wants to let their precious goods go to…just anyone. It has to be that certain someone who’s been waiting for it. Searching for them.
We try hard to make sure that there are other things to look at when you go to these things, sure, we call it a bicycle super swap, but that's just a name. We are all into things other than bikes right? Right? Just because we have mountains of gently used bike parts in our basements doesn't mean that we can't also be into things like cameras.
Then, there's that game where you roam from table to table looking for all the things that have made the swap year after year. Mostly these are my things, and I really wish that I was able to let go of them. No, really I do. So, if you want to check out the Claudio Chiappucci Cinelli cardboard ad that we donated to Tuite Bicycle Repair and check it out.
Let’s just say that Lance Armstrong Wheaties Box went to a good home.
Thanks to everyone who came out to make it a fun evening.