By Jerry Skurla
A morning ride including Harold Parker State Park, and an afternoon finding free bike bargains - what a great way to spend a Saturday!
At 10am over 40 eager riders from CRW, North Shore Cyclists, and Nashoba Valley Peddlers departed from Lynnfield Middle School on a rolling 40 mile route to start the day’s festivities.
At 11am 12 riders started the scenic 28 mile route, and by 12:30 riders were returning for energy bars, grapes, and Girl Scout thin mint pretzels. Kudos to Dan Krechmer of NSC for two wonderful, well-designed routes!
The Swap Meet opened at 1pm, with an additional 40-50 people who did not ride arriving at that time. The “For Sale” section featured a variety of used bikes, components and clothing, and several sweet bikes got lots of attention.
The “Free Stuff” tables were quickly covered with jerseys, tires, wheels, and complete bikes of all shapes and sizes.
“WOW this is really FREE?” was heard many times during the afternoon, as people uncovered parts they needed or jerseys or shoes they really wanted. Several attendees were building-up bare frames and found key components like wheel sets to keep their projects on or under budget.
And a wonderful folding Brompton titanium bike found a new owner (on the left) who will enjoy it as much as it’s original owner (on the right)
All unclaimed “free stuff” has been donated to the wonderful Bike Connector non-profit in Lowell - https://www.bikeconnector.org/
Special thanks to Harriet Fell & Ron Cater of CRW, Jeff King of NSC, and Merle Adelman & David Naigles of NVP for making the Spring Swap Meet happen and spreading the word to their respective clubs.
Please send any comments, ideas or suggestions for the 2024 3rd Annual Spring Swap Meet & Rides to Jerry Skurla of CRW at firstname.lastname@example.org.