Saturday, May 7, 2011

Trexlertown Velodrome Swap Event

No, I did not buy this (unfortunately).

Today was my first visit to the infamous Trexlertown Velodrome.  I hope to be going there alot more now that I have a track bike (more to come on the progress of that later).  They held their twice annually swap meet there today, and I went looking specifically for track shoes and a chainring/cog bag.  I did not find either, but I did find a great set of wheels for my fuji touring bike.  I also found the jersey you see in the photo above, however, Phil was asking $90 for it.  I just couldn't justify the cost without being sure it is something I would actually wear.  I didn't want to take my shirt off in front of everyone to try it on.  So I asked if I could take a picture instead.  

They served a great lunch at the Breakaway Cafe, and a wonderful special sangria in honor of Cinco de Mayo.  After I got my food, I was looking for a shady spot because I got sunburned last weekend at Bike New York (even though my friend Chris offered me sunscreen which I stupidly declined to use).  I spotted a picnic table with an umbrella, but most of the shade went into the grass instead of directly over the table.  I sat there nonetheless.  There were already two people there, Tim and Morgan, from Baltimore.  Morgan graciously gave me the shady spot next to Tim, and she moved to the sunny side claiming she was kind of chilly anyway.  They provided good conversation.  There was a kind of familiarity as if I had met them before already, but I don't think so.  They had come up the night before and camped out in the grassy parking area outside of the track.  

Bilenky Cycle Works was there, and I noticed a flyer at their booth advertising the next Philly Bike Expo this October 29th-30th, 2011.  That was a pretty good event last fall, and can only be better this time.  I'll look forward to that.  

This swap happens again in the fall as well.  I think it is in October too.  Hopefully I'll find a chainring bag before then though.  I was bidding on one on ebay the other week.  It was  vintage suntour one, blue, and would have been perfect because I'm setting this bike up with some suntour parts (crank, hubs, cogs).  I was the only bidder for days, and it seemed I would win it.  I was there at the last moments just in case, with my finger ready for the 1-click bid, and I did have to use it!  Unfortunately, that punk had put in a higher 'highest' bid, so when I clicked I lost again.  I was flabbergasted and very angry, but I guess that's how ebay works.  


thomas said...

Passing up a chance to take off your shirt? I don't believe it.

Matteo said...

Yeah, I guess if it was too small that would be right in line with how I like to wear my shirts anyway. You know how I like to try and make my muscles look 'even' bigger that way.