Hundreds of winter weary cycling enthusiasts from across Indiana will be heading indoors for a day of wheeling and dealing, rather than pedaling, as Indiana’s largest bicycle swap meet returns to Noblesville, Indiana, (25 miles north of downtown Indianapolis). They will be buying, selling and trading from the wide selection of bicycles and cycling gear cleared out the basement, garages and living rooms of their other bicyclists.
The Central Indiana Bicycling Association (cibaride.org) will host this annual winter event on Sunday, February 9, at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds 4H Building, 2003 Pleasant Street, in Noblesville, IN. Doors open for setup at 11:30 AM, and selling begins at 12:30 PM. Selling continues until 4 PM, and the building will be closed at 5 PM. There is no admission charge for the event.
Due to the popularity of the Swap Meet with sellers, both individuals and business, there are changes this in the cost of table space. While any CIBA member can use one table for free, they may rent an additional table space for $10. Non-member individuals can rent up to two tables for $10 each. A business wishing to sell at the swap meet can rent up to 3 tables for $20 each. (The tables are your typical 8’ x 3’ banquet table.)
At the Swap Meet, shoppers will find everything from complete bikes, to the frames, wheels, handlebars and components needed to build from one scratch. The bikes and components will range from vintage to latest and greatest. The vintage are from used bike being cleared out by upgrading owners, while they new stuff can be the prize winnings of area competitive cyclists as they turn prizes and last years team bikes into cash.
And along with equipment, you find jerseys, shorts (yes, used shorts!), outerwear, helmets and shoes. You will also find bicycle magazine collections, books, and other bicycle memorabilia from personal collections.
While the early birds at the swap meet may get the best finds, by shopping late are likely to find more bargains, as many sellers will mark it down rather take it home during the last hour.
And for sellers with unsold items they don’t want take home, Freewheeling Community Bikes will be there, and is always looking for bikes and parts for its program for youth in downtown Indianapolis.
The CIBA Swap meet is also social function, with many friends and familiar faces getting together after the winter layoff. And for those who don’t have a winter layoff, weather permitting, a 20-mile bicycle ride leaves the fairgrounds at 11 AM. The ride returns just as the swap meet opens for business. You can also join CIBA and find information on other local cycling organizations.