Our Cycle Swap Meet is only 2 days away! With this in mind it’s time we all brushed up on the five gold plated rules of the cycle swap meet, supplied courtesy of store ambassador Chris Fisher.
Rule 1: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure
Remember this when deciding what to bring to the stall. Swap-meeters will be interested in anything and everything for the right price. Yes amazingly someone WILL want that 650C cruiser with the Spanish threaded bottom bracket you have been keeping hostage in the shed. And those slightly used Biopace chain rings, and that half-worn Nobby Nic, and that assortment of flashing bike lights…
Rule 2: Declare your crash damaged carbon
Remember that time you crashed your new carbon bars into that rock because you had put your brake levers round the wrong way? Remember how you put those aforementioned bars back into the cupboard because they were a bit iffy? Well now is not the time to pull them out and sell them on to some poor sucker.This is bad Karma and Karma has a long memory. Karma will hunt you down and bite you. Karma will send Chuck Norris out to get you while you are sleeping. Don’t mess with Karma people!
If you must bring them along then please declare them. My suggestion would be a big flashing neon sign – “Crash damaged carbon – ornamental use only”.
Rule 3: Some stuff is just not welcome
Now although swap-meeters will purchase and swap just about anything (refer Rule 1), there are some items which you should leave at home, preferably in the bin. I’m talking cracked helmets, expired protein powder, see-through knicks, soiled knicks, skin-coloured knicks, asbestos-based chamois cream and RaceFace bottom brackets. Use your common sense on this people.
Rule 4: Think outside the bike box
It’s a “Cycle Swap Meet”, but that doesn’t mean you should just bring along bikes and bike parts. Look outside the bike room for items the cycling crowd will want. Now is a great time to purge your library of Lance Armstrong books or trade some Maxxis stickers. Perhaps swap a few synthetic event shirts. That VHS copy of “American Flyers” autographed by Kevin Costner will be snapped up faster than you can say “I’m right here Belov”.
Rule 5: Know your gold
A swap meet is the ideal place to find gold but you must be prepared. Gold is that hard to find, valuable rare stuff. It’s the stuff that discerning swap-meeters will lust after and drop serious coin on. It’s that unused, 1993 edition eight-speed XTR groupset still in the box, or that XL sized GT Xizang frameset complete with original decals. Buyers must be ever vigilant and keep their eyes peeled for gold. Sellers must be able to recognise the gold they have. Buyers must look for sellers who have gold but don’t know it. Know your gold.
Bring, buy, swap and sell. But most importantly have fun!
In other swap meet news, one of our distributors Monza has decided to get involved. At their stall you will find a bunch of filthy cheap Louis Garneau shoes, and assorted road and mountain components from SRAM, Truvativ and Avid.
We are looking forward to seeing you all and your treasure on Sunday!