March 24, 2014
Here’s my post about the Oshkosh Bike Swap! Fair warning, this is a very media-heavy post! If you’re reading this via e-mail, you may have to go to the actual website to make photos bigger or to watch the video I uploaded.
The swap was a pretty good size, and had a lot of cool bikes! There were some new bikes, but true to form, it really emphasized swapping/selling peer-to-peer. So there weren’t a lot of bike shops or demos of new products and stuff. Therefore, I shall focus my post on the unique items that were there.
Bikes for sale
Let’s just start with what was clearly the best bike at the entire swap:
“What makes it so special?” you ask. Because even though you could refer to it as a Trek Cyclocross bike, you could also refer to it as Greg’s new cyclocross bike He saw it and we looked at it several times, and he kept talking about it later. After we parted ways, I wasn’t surprised at all to get a text from him telling me he went back an bought it Congrats on the new bike, Greg!
They also had an area set up for people to sell their old bikes. Look – an older version of my bike – a BMC timemachine!
I actually talked to the guy who was selling it. He was a time-trialist/criterium rider, not a triathlete, but we still had a blast talking about the bike and cycling in general.
Also loved this blue banana seat beauty:
And this Rolling Rock themed cruiser was pretty awesome too (always bike responsibly!)
Check out this neon bike – I’m all for being hi-viz, but dang!
If you’ve not heard of the Fatbike, it’s a bike which rides super big mountain bike tires. It’s designed to be ridden through thick snow or sand. You know, places you wouldn’t think a bike could go. Without a doubt, the best review of their history can be found here, courtesy of the Adventure Cycling Association. I feel like this segment of the bike industry totally exploded this year, and that was certainly evident at the bike swap.
Because they ride in the snow, you may need “Bar “Mitts” to keep your hands warm
This fatbike sported a spider theme, all the way down to the tire tread:
I’m pretty sure the coolest vintage bike in the whole place was this old rusted trike
I also liked these bikes, which were also for sale:
There was a really cool Electronic Exercise Bike from the 1960s!
Here’s a video I took of it in action:
Ok, one more random pic:
A bell that mimics a woodpecker on a tree! Oh come on, that’s kinda cute!
Well, that’s pretty much it. It was a great time! Totally worth going to.