The Wisconsin Bike Fed and Logan Bike Works had another successful Bike Swap in La Crosse last weekend, welcoming a new group of vendors and shoppers to the event. The kids from Logan Bike Works put in extra time getting bikes ready to sell in the bike corral and showed up early to help with set-up. They were eager to talk to anyone who stopped by their table.
The Bike Fed table was also staffed with a group of fantastic volunteers ready to sell memberships and merchandise and share information about an up-coming Wheel Fever book signing event sponsored by UW-L and the Wisconsin Bike Fed.
Brian Hinkley from Wheel and Sprocket traveled from Appleton and left with a few less bikes as well as lights and accessories. Pete Taylor came from Viroqua to talk to people about his shop Bluedog Cycles and Vernon Trails and the great work they are doing for mountain biking in Vernon county.
Blue Steel Fabrication was there. This is Paul Reardon’s business. He designs bikes with steel bicycle frames and does the fabrication to come up with custom bicycles for his customers. Paul delivered three of his bicycles at the Bike Swap. He also had plenty of other bike parts to offer shoppers.
Wyatt Cycles was busy. Wyatt donated a single speed bike for a silent auction to benefit the Bike Fed and Logan Bike Works. He had many bikes available for purchase as well. Thank you for your support, Wyatt!
There were several individual vendors present looking for new homes for their gently used parts and accessories. There were even a few places to find classic bikes and parts for those shopping for vintage. Hoop-di-doo was selling home-made bicycle accessories.
This year the La Crosse Bike Swap welcomed groups working to make bicycling better in the area such as the Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition, Outdoor Recreation Alliance, and La Crosse FreeRide MTB Group. There were also local group leaders available to talk about up-coming events: Communities Off n’Funning, La Crosse Labor Day Bicycle Festival,and Minds in Motion. We thought this gave area bicyclists an opportunity to learn about some of the great work that is happening in the region and a chance to start think about planning their summer activities, while they shopped.
Thank you to the Root Note for their coffee and cookies. They were sold out. Next year, we are hoping to find a vendor to sell some more food for our vendors and shoppers. Thank you to everyone who participated. We look forward to creating another successful event in 2015.