Site Seen: San Diego Velodrome Association ‘VeloSwap’ Bicycle Swap Meet

    With everything from standard, everyday bikes for transporting students across campus to competitive sport bikes ideal for triathlons, it’s a good place to pick up some new wheels. And it ain’t just bikes either; The infield of the San Diego Velodrome’s 333.3 meter track (located at Morley Field in the recreation area of Balboa Park) will be lined with boxes and tables of wheels, tires, chains and handlebars — just about every bicycle part imaginable — as well as cycling gear and accessories.

    Gates open to buyers at 9 a.m., who have to shell out a $5 entry fee to access some of the greatest bargains in the bicycle world. Come prepared with cash but leave your bicycles behind, as bikes aren’t allowed into the venue with buyers — though there will be a free bike valet outside the gate.

    The event is also looking for sellers — those looking to free their hands of some old bikes or unused parts that have only been collecting dust. Walk-in sellers will be charged $15 per person and let in at 8:15 a.m., while drive-ins will be let in beforehand at 7 a.m. and charged $80 for two people and $15 per extra person. Also, if you’re feeling charitable, the International Relief Coalition and the Bike
    Kitchen will be collecting donations for unwanted bikes and parts.
    But be prepared to side-step every other fixed gear-toting hipster in town; over 200 vendors and 2,000 buyers are expected at the semi-annual event, which won’t be held again until the spring.

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