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31st Annual Lehigh Valley Velodrome Bike Swap

by Nick

Yesterday I took a trip to Trexlertown, PA for the Lehigh Valley Velodrome‘s bike swap. It’s a sort of flea market where bike shops, vendors and just bikeheads come out and sell new bikes, old bikes, components, clothing, and pretty much anything else having to do with bikes. It’s heaven for a chronic DIYer like me. I wasn’t looking for another bike. I was just there for the parts.



This place was full of unbelievable bargains, and it’s just $5 to get in. You can find great deals on more expensive items like racing bikes & quality wheelsets early in the day, but there are bits and pieces all over, and the longer you wait, the better the deals get. You can haggle on practically everything, and sometimes, you don’t even have to. Hesitate for a moment after hearing the asking price, and the seller might cut it in half.



fixed cogs, hubs and chainrings

My mission objectives were clear. My primary objective: find a new rear wheel for my pal Ben, whose rear wheel was stolen off his bike while it was locked up on the street. He has a vintage Raleigh road bike, and was ready to give fixed gear a try. Secondary objectives: a rear brake for my wife’s bike, which previously had only a front brake, a new helmet that doesn’t make my head look like a mushroom, and a tasteful jersey. Tertiary objectives: bargain components. Targets of opportunity. I am pleased to report that all missions were completed. Here’s the full report:

Entire rear wheel for Ben: ($83.50 total)
- 1 700c rim laced to Formula flip/flop hub ($60)
- 1 Surly 15 tooth fixed cog ($10)
- 1 Suntour lockring ($3)
- 1 Vittoria 700x23c light tread tire ($5)
- 1 presta short stem tube ($4)
- 1 roll rim tape ($.50)

As you can see, I was able to find everything you need to complete a wheel. I assembled it in the backseat as we drove back to Brooklyn. I attached it to his bike that afternoon, and with some air in the tire, he was ready to ride.

For me:
- 1 Specialized helmet ($10)
- 1 all black Nalini jersey ($25)
- 1 Tektro rear road brake for Sara ($5)
- 1 Maeda 13 tooth fixed cog ($5)
- 1 Phil Wood lockring ($10)
- 1 Sovos flip/flop hub ($5)
- 1 Genuine Innovations cartridge inflator ($1!)
- 1 pair Avocet black steel toe clips ($3)

It was a day of success, for myself and my comrades Kalim and Stephanie, who went home with even more than I did. Kalim left with a new helmet, two pairs of Lake shoes, some Speedplay pedals, some quill stems and handlebars, and other assorted components. Stephanie got herself a complete bike – a vintage Raleigh road bike with straight handlebars. The saddle on it was ugly, so she replaced it with a much nicer WTB saddle they found for $5.



Stephanie’s bike

It was worth the trip out there. If you’re in the area, keep an eye on their calendar, cause they do this every year. I’ll be there again next year, no doubt.

Oh, I almost forgot. Greg LeMond was there.

 
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5 Responses to “31st Annual Lehigh Valley Velodrome Bike Swap”

  1. Carrie says:

    Hey,
    Nick, I am looking to go to the bike swap this year … are you going
    and can I connect with you about getting a lift out there?

    Please respond via this site … we’ll go from there. Your
    entry was really informative — thanks!

  2. Scott says:

    Looking for Help in Finding the 1980 Track Record Holder (24-hour) Original Cycle used by Curt Bond… Bike was Sold at Bike Swap Some Time in the 80′s… He Still Holds that Record to this day…

  3. Bob says:

    The bike swap looks like a big event…do they do this every year?
    I also wanted to remind everyone about the prestigious Cycling event coming to our area. The Reading Classic and The Lehigh Valley Classic! 69news WFMZ TV will broadcast the pro cycling event and it promises to be one of the most watch programs in the Philadelphia region. If you have a business interested in a TV and Internet sponsorship please let me know.

    Thanks!

    Bob
    kingcroesus@aol.com
    610 657 3101

    June 3rd , 5th and 8th Pro cycling brodcast on WFMZ TV AND WFMZ.COM

  4. [...] there is some sort of bike swap in Trexlertown this weekend. I know that is in Pennsylvania. I think we are going and then going to the flea market in [...]

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