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Bike Winter Swap Meet and Urban Bicycle Expo


Bike Winter Swap Meet and Urban Bicycle Expo

Time: February 6, 2010 from 11am to 6pm
Location: Jaks Tap: Green Room, Party Room, Brewery Room
Street: 901 West Jackson Boulevard
City/Town: Chicago
Website or Map:
Phone: 773/710-4143
Event Type: bikewinter
Organized By: Chicago Bike Winter:
Latest Activity: Dec 20, 2010

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Finally a bike extravaganza for the winter months with an urban, transportational focus, presented by Chicago cyclists for Chicago cyclists.

Join, UIC College of Cycling, Active Transportation Alliance, and Big Shoulders Realty as we present the first annual Bike Winter Swap Meet and Urban Bicycle Expo!

How do I participate?
We're asking a $5 suggested donation to attend the event-- feel free to go above and beyond!
If you're a chainlink member you can RSVP to the right to express your excitement, but it's not necessary for attendance-- just show up!

So what exactly happens at this "swap meet?"
From 11 A.M. onward you'll find over 40 of your favorite shops, individuals, artisans, and advocates from the Chicagoland bicycle community selling new, closeout, and used merchandise and presenting their craft, effort, or organization, spread out over two rooms.

At 5 P.M. we'll have a fast-paced auction to benefit the Bike Winter effort directly-- donations of items to auction are encouraged and appreciated-- we will publicly credit you or your shop/organization if desired.

What's the "expo" thing all about?
We've got a slate of 20-30 minute presentations by local gurus in various aspects of urban and year-round bicycle life, kicking off at 11:15 in the Brewery Room with an overview of a recent local collegiate urban bicycle design project. Further topics include winter cycling, local frame building, powder coating, building bicycle sound systems, folding bikes, and an advocacy update from Active Transportation Alliance. Attend one, two, or all!

-Click here to preview the schedule-

Where do proceeds go?
The first year is a bit of a "proof of concept"-- we're hoping to be able to bank a bit of seed money so that each successive year can be bigger and better. Beyond that, any income from the event will help support our usual bikewinter programming and help make the winter cycling season sparkle for the Chicago bike community, while promoting the bicycle as a year-round transportation solution.

What happened to the apostrophe in "Jaks?"
That's how Jaks Tap spells it-- check 'em out:
Click on "Parties/meetings" to get a preview of the space-- the "Green Room" is where we'll welcome you, the "Party Room" will be the main swap area, and the "Brewery Room" is where you will enjoy the presentations. Be sure to support our host on one of your trips through the bar/restaurant-- specials include $3 pints of Point Lager and $3.75 Goose Island.

Open and free wi-fi throughout the space!

A social affair presented by the transportation advocacy organization Break the Gridlock will follow from 6-9 PM at Jaks.

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Comment by Tim Quirk on February 8, 2010 at 9:54pm
What a great event. Big thanks to all that organized, vended, spoke, demonstrated, attended, and especially those who volunteered their time. If anyone remembers the auction of the sexy socks with the pinup girl on them, I was the overly excited fellow who took them home. Seriously though, looking forward to many more events like this.
Comment by alewyfe on February 7, 2010 at 9:32pm
Good times! Thanks to Howard, Break the Gridlock, presenters, volunteers, vendors and everyone who worked to make this a great event! Thanks especially to those who supported our table and took home soap and parts... We now have a bit more room to breathe in our little shop space, and came home with a couple great deals we couldn't pass up. :-)
Comment by Carl on February 7, 2010 at 1:35pm
Howard and fellow organizers: Thanks for slaving to put together such a sweet event! Was nice to finally present the Columbia Bike Project to an audience of serious bikers!
We should do it again, and more often!
Comment by A.K.A Paul on February 6, 2010 at 11:31pm
Kudos to all who org'ed! It was very nice.
Comment by h' Zerocats on February 6, 2010 at 11:27pm
It is the swap/show event I've been wanting to have in Chicago for ages now

We are definitely of a mind-- it's like it was supposed to be but missing.
I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who pitched in-- it was truly a team effort.
Comment by olloyd1 on February 6, 2010 at 9:25pm
That Swap was really nice. I would like to thank everyone that made it possible. It is the swap/show event I've been wanting to have in Chicago for ages now, and have never had the gumption to come up with.
I would say that three cheers are in order . . .
Comment by Steven Vance on February 6, 2010 at 2:59pm
Comment by Steven Vance on February 6, 2010 at 2:19pm
The event was great. Thanks for having it. I got to catch up with friends, see the work from the third year of Columbia College's senior design class, and see three local frame builders talk about their work and a little on how frames are built (also how you can get started building your own frame).
Comment by Ron on February 6, 2010 at 8:12am
Ron will be in the house.
Comment by olloyd1 on February 5, 2010 at 11:48pm
Blue City Cycles will be there with some good stuff, but the gigantic cat needs to stay at the shop, as he will be the senior employee on duty.

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