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catfish

Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike
Sep 25, 2006
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Boston, Massachusetts
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#21
I always thought about having a swap in Lowell but to find a venue for it might be pricey and a hassle. Losing Monson, Larz Anderson and now Dudley really just leaves us with Fitchburg and then the Seabrook swaps. The best show for me I can remember was the 1 and only swap at Nick Bennetts shop in Arlington MA right off the Minuteman bike path which gave the swap a ton of public foot traffic which isn't common at most bike shows. Over the past 9 years out of all the swaps I been to I've notice 1 major flaw at every bike swap its dealer on dealer action. How come people outside of bike collectors don't go to bike shows? Is it the early morning hours or say location? I believe bike swaps could thrive in New England if more were done to reach out to the public . Any where near Boston would be ideal because of the colleges, Worcester would be good also and any other college based town. I am no organizer but I am sure in any major city a permit is required I could be wrong but I would like to assume so. I always thought Lowell would be good for a bike swap like somewhere off the Lowell Connector Lowell being 40 minutes north of Boston 45 minutes from Worcester short drive from NH.

We also had the Charlestown show. It use to be under the highway overpass by the Neco Factory. That was always a good show.
 

Mr.RED

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 17, 2017
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Massachusetts
#25
MIT had some bike shows a few years back it was ran by a grad student but they didnt last long since they were down the street from the Cannondale store.
 

Jim Barnard

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 30, 2017
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New London, CT, United States
#27
In the works now is a Swap in Westfield MA (the home of Pope Manufacturing -Columbia Bicycles) the 350th anniversary of the city.. The date available to us is May 12th and this year that day is Mother's day. I suspect we would loose 1/2 the vendors to Family responsibilities. We have NOT pulled the trigger yet because to make a misstep on the first date of a yearly event presents an uphill battle in the coming years.

I think one day swaps need to be on a Sunday to accommodate the high percentage of shop owners needing to work Saturday. This will be tied into a city wide celebration, but that will not help if the swap starts at dawn and is dead at 11am... when the public is getting out if church.

HELP
Suggestions??

Jim 860 670 4501

Planning NEW LONDON CT (JCT of I-95 and I-395) swap for September 1 or 8th or 15th. Comments???
 

catfish

Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike
Sep 25, 2006
20,960
20,772
Boston, Massachusetts
antiquebikeparts.com
#28
I think one day swaps need to be on a Sunday to accommodate the high percentage of shop owners needing to work Saturday. This will be tied into a city wide celebration, but that will not help if the swap starts at dawn and is dead at 11am... when the public is getting out if church.

One day only. Sunday is the best. Book the date as soon as you can and start promoting the meet !!!!

Make sure the place has a big parking lot, and that the vendors can park on their spots.
 
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66TigerCat

I live for the CABE
Jul 12, 2009
1,301
468
Newton, MA, United States
#29
In the works now is a Swap in Westfield MA (the home of Pope Manufacturing -Columbia Bicycles) the 350th anniversary of the city.. The date available to us is May 12th and this year that day is Mother's day. I suspect we would loose 1/2 the vendors to Family responsibilities. We have NOT pulled the trigger yet because to make a misstep on the first date of a yearly event presents an uphill battle in the coming years.

I think one day swaps need to be on a Sunday to accommodate the high percentage of shop owners needing to work Saturday. This will be tied into a city wide celebration, but that will not help if the swap starts at dawn and is dead at 11am... when the public is getting out if church.

HELP
Suggestions??

Jim 860 670 4501

Planning NEW LONDON CT (JCT of I-95 and I-395) swap for September 1 or 8th or 15th. Comments???
Jim - I would definitely be interested in the Westfield and New London swaps. Keep me posted.

Re: the Westfield swap - It would be cool to have a display area for Westfield built bikes similar to how the Fitchburg Rides event had for Iver Johnson's.
 

Mr.RED

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 17, 2017
105
129
35
Massachusetts
#30
I think a late morning bike show would work best something like 8am to 1pm or 9am to 2pm . The excuse of the early bird getting the worm is old since if you stick around longer enough at a bike show you can clean up when dealers are getting ready to leave.
 

manuel rivera

Look Ma, No Hands!
Mar 14, 2017
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50
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farmington,connecticut
#32
In the works now is a Swap in Westfield MA (the home of Pope Manufacturing -Columbia Bicycles) the 350th anniversary of the city.. The date available to us is May 12th and this year that day is Mother's day. I suspect we would loose 1/2 the vendors to Family responsibilities. We have NOT pulled the trigger yet because to make a misstep on the first date of a yearly event presents an uphill battle in the coming years.

I think one day swaps need to be on a Sunday to accommodate the high percentage of shop owners needing to work Saturday. This will be tied into a city wide celebration, but that will not help if the swap starts at dawn and is dead at 11am... when the public is getting out if church.

HELP
Suggestions??

Jim 860 670 4501

Planning NEW LONDON CT (JCT of I-95 and I-395) swap for September 1 or 8th or 15th. Comments???
In the works now is a Swap in Westfield MA (the home of Pope Manufacturing -Columbia Bicycles) the 350th anniversary of the city.. The date available to us is May 12th and this year that day is Mother's day. I suspect we would loose 1/2 the vendors to Family responsibilities. We have NOT pulled the trigger yet because to make a misstep on the first date of a yearly event presents an uphill battle in the coming years.

I think one day swaps need to be on a Sunday to accommodate the high percentage of shop owners needing to work Saturday. This will be tied into a city wide celebration, but that will not help if the swap starts at dawn and is dead at 11am... when the public is getting out if church.

HELP
Suggestions??

Jim 860 670 4501

Planning NEW LONDON CT (JCT of I-95 and I-395) swap for September 1 or 8th or 15th. Comments???
Thank you Jim keep us posted, it's about an hour and ten minutes from Farmington
 

WES PINCHOT

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 16, 2006
2,687
1,201
CHICAGO AREA
#33
TANKSALOT,
YOU WANT TO START ANOTHER SWAP MEET OR SHOW?
YOU CAN DO IT! TAKES A LOT OF WORK, BUT IT HAS BEEN DONE.
I DID WITH ROBIN BRIDGES ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS
YOUNG AND NAIVE, BUT WE DID IT IN METRO CHICAGO!
START LOOKING FOR A SITE IN YOUR HOME TOWN AND GET
A PARTNER TO HELP.
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT! EVEN STARTED A SWAP MEET OUT OF MY GARAGE
IN THOSE DAYS WITH ANOTHER COLLECTOR, WHO HAS SINCE PASSED.
 

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