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Cycling Fri Jan 21 2011

Palatine's Winter Bike Swap & Sale

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Photo by juicyrai

In dire need of some new wheels ahead of spring? Desperate for some new cycling shoes or retro neon racing kit? Check out the annual Chicago Winter Bike Swap at Harper College (1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067) on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. As in years past, the Harper College gymnasium will be turned into a bazaar of all things bicycle-related. $5 per adult entry, free for kids.

Marvel at the vintage DeRosa with full Campagnolo C-Record and gawk at last year's Ridley cyclocross bike closeout. Dig your hands through boxes of old cranksets and pedals. Bike swaps are full of similar bike nerds who get their rocks off buying and selling the ephemera of cycling.

The big question: Go early to find the best stuff or wait until later in the day in hopes of deep discounts? It's a tough decision that's never made easy. Or while you're out that way, you could take a break at Mitsuwa for a smoothie and something tofu and come back to the sale to clean out the place.

 
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