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I couldn't make the swap at Jak's but is the one at UIC not happening?

Is there any other bikeswaps coming up I could attend? Anyone have any info?

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There's a bike swap in Arlington Heights the end of April. It's on the calendar.

I went to this one last year because I was in the area anyway and had time between appointments.

This swap is primarily for whole bikes. I believe there was a table with some accessories from one of the local shops. There are some new bikes, but mostly used. There were some decent priced bikes, but most of them seemed to be overpriced. There is a large turnout, so if you are looking for a bargain you better get there in time to line up before it opens.

Looks like the UIC swap is defunct. There is a swap in Milwakee on the 21st of this month. i discovered it by accident whilst on Ben's cycles website (they seem to be the main sponsor.) i don't know how big a swap or well attended it is, and good luck finding out much about it on line (as of yesterday at least,) but i guess one could call Ben's in Milwaukee and ask. i'm toying with the idea of heading up there if nothing else is going on that weekend.

The Arlington Heights swap is pretty popular but as someone else pointed out, it's mostly bikes and a bit light on parts and accessories.

The UIC event was nice hopefully it makes a comeback

Active Trans posted this on January 6, 2014 in the Chainlink topic "Bike Swap"

We posted a blog (copied/pasted below) about not being able to produce a swap this year and are glad that there are still swaps happening.

Thanks,

Ethan Spotts, Active Trans

Bike swaps 2014

For the past three years we’ve hosted the Chicago Bike Swap in partnership with our friends at Bike Winter. And we really enjoyed hosting the swaps, but unfortunately we’re not able to produce the swap for 2014. We’re bummed about this because we feel it’s a great event and opportunity to connect with the local bike community.

The good news: we’re planning a new large-scale bike ride for the summer (official announcement coming soon!). We wanted to make sure we could focus our event team on making that successful.

We may bring our swap back it in 2015, but thankfully Bike Winter is working with some other folks to host a Winter Bike Swap at Jak’s Tap on Feb. 15 (the same place we worked with Bike Winter and other partners to host a pilot bike swap four years ago).

And in a couple of weeks, there’s also the 7th annual Chicago Winter Bike Swap on Jan. 18 at Harper College in Palatine.

Both swaps look to be great opportunities for local cyclists to get together and check out cool deals.

So if you want to get your bike swap on, thankfully there are some Chicagoland options!"

You might be able to find a host in one of the cities community colleges. MXC, Truman, one of the others now that UIC isn't really working out.

Anyone know what Ethan is up to these days? I was sure he left Active Trans (sometime last year?) but their site still shows he's marketing director:

http://www.activetrans.org/staff/ethan-spotts

Ethan went to work for SRAM a while back.

Wow, what's up with this threaded view? Is there some other function to it besides appearance, i.e. can you "collapse" it or disable it?

Thanks for asking, I changed to the threaded view because it makes the pages shorter if you don't need to quote them when you respond. I found this to be cleaner and easier to follow. Like any change, it might take a little getting used to but I think it's nice to have the threads shorter because of it - plus you can read the responses very easily. 

It saves the likes of this with every reply.

Reply by Yasmeen 36 minutes ago

Thanks for asking, I changed to the threaded view because it makes the pages shorter if you don't need to quote them when you respond. I found this to be cleaner and easier to follow. Like any change, it might take a little getting used to but I think it's nice to have the threads shorter because of it - plus you can read the responses very easily. 

Much better. Thank you!

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