On Saturday we headed out to the Twin Cities Bicycling Club swap meet to browse around and see what we could find. We’ve mentioned it before, but it’s worth saying again, swap meets are our favorite type of event. Parts everywhere, people talking bikes, it just doesn’t get any better. We were warned that the TCBC swap meet is something quite different from the Blaine swap, held earlier this year, and ultimately that assessment was correct.
For those who haven’t attended before, the TCBC swap meet, consisted of a lot of people packed into a small space, mostly socializing. This makes sense because a large part of TCBC is that it is a social group organized around bicycle rides. There was a lot of clothing for sale (probably just as many jerseys as bicycle parts) and as a side note, bibs and bike shorts should not be resold…. ever, it doesn’t matter how many times you wash them. Next year we will know what to expect and won’t get our hopes up that we will leave with an arm full of parts.
On Sunday we hopped on our bikes and headed over to Saint Paul, for Mr. Michael Recycles Bicycles 3-speed day. This was our first visit to the shop and were surprised by the sheer number of bicycles and parts that Mr. Michael has crammed into his shop and in the garages out back. After a lot of pondering we decided to leave without any 3-speed bikes or parts, there are only so many hours in a day, and each of those bikes would have been quite a project. Check out the pictures to see what we are talking about.