Velodrome Swap Meet

Distance : 63.83 miles
Average Speed :10.3 mph
Max Speed : 37.3 mph
Climb :2973 ft

Today the Velodrome Association held their spring version of the twice yearly Swap Meet. Dennis and I rode down to check out the commotion. It’s a good place to meet other cyclists, too. There was a lot to see this year and it appeared to be one of the more successful meets I’ve been to. I don’t go every year. And I don’t remember the last time I went to both spring and fall in the same year. There was a lot to see and too much to cover exhaustively.

The ride was challenging too, especially with the break at the swap meet in the middle. From Poway I rode  down to meet Dennis at Miramar Road and Kearney Villa. I was a little late, had to fix a flat and return to get my camelback. I needed the extra water. We continued down through Murphy Canyon to Mission Valley then over to Qualcomm Way and then up the dreaded Texas Street hill. It has been a long time since I last tackled that road. I think next time I’ll choose another route up. Too much traffic along with the steepness makes it a tough climb. On the positive side, it brings you right into the park near the velodrome.

After we left the swap meet, we  dropped down into Florida Canyon, then up Zoo Street to the main part of Balboa Park. It was a lovely day, and the park was full of people, and  cars. We proceeded through the center of the park and then onto Sixth Avenue. We meandered through Mission Hills and dropped back into Mission Valley through Presidio Park. We continued north on Pacific Coast Highway, through Mission Bay Park, and on to the Rose Canyon Bike Trail. We rode up through La Jolla Colony, East Gate Mall and then through the commercial area along Miramar Road. Near Caroll Canyon Road and Interstate 15 Dennis and I parted company and rode home.

Map of the route we rode

Map of the route we rode

Elevation Profile for the ride

Elevation Profile for the ride

There were bikes and parts of every type and description at the swap meet. There were high end racing bikes, MTB, cyclocross, BMX and just about everything in between. I saw people I see only a couple times a year at events like this one.

Both Dennis and I received many comments and compliments about our bikes. Dennis rode his Bruce Gordon and I rode my Surly Long Haul Trucker. That’s part of the fun of the swap meet, a lot of people ride in, so you get to see a lot of other cool bikes. On the other hand, with my floppy front wheel, it was kind of a nuisance  to have to strap it up every time I wanted to look at something. Consequently I did a lot of looking from afar, unless something really caught my eye. There were a few things.

I meant to get a photo of the entire show, from up high, but got to talking to people and forgot. I did get some nice close up shots of some of the merchandise on display though.

Eric was there with his family showing off his bags. He had family bikes there that he had customized. I believe Erice said this, is his wife’s Mixte, done up in brown and plaid. Nice custom seat cover with matching bag and basket liner. Eric also customized the handlebar wraps.

Custom Seat Cover, Bag & Basket Liner

Custom Seat Cover, Bag & Basket Liner

Eric said this was his daughter’s bike. Nice purple seat cover, handlebar wrap and bag.

Bar Wraps, Bar Bag, Seat Cover HJELTNESS

Bar Wraps, Bar Bag, Seat Cover HJELTNESS

Eric said currently he’s only offering the bags for sale. Quite a change in direction for a guy that restored a Bugatti that belongs to Jay Leno. You can check out Eric’s web site here. Nice pictures and a video of the Bugatti. Nothing about the bags though. I was somewhat disappointed to see.

HJELTNESS Bags

HJELTNESS Bags

Another seller at the show had some other cool stuff on Display. Although the other two bikes in the rack with this one were Motobecane, I didn’t recognize the name on this one. I was most fascinated by the seat. I thought it would look better on my Surly. I don’t think the owner was that interested in selling it. The bike underneath was great too.

Brooks B17 Special Green

Brooks B17 Special Green

I wish I had asked more questions about the bike, so I could report it here. I’m new to this reportage game.

Outstanding Lug Work

Outstanding Lug Work

The lug work was impressive enough to have been in the recent San Diego Custom Bike Show. I’m not sure I would have chosen Orange and Green as a color scheme, but it’s working on this bike. Check out the 5 speed freewheel on this bike. I didn’t count the teeth, but I would say there’s probably only 5 tooth difference between high and low.

Five Speed Close Ratio

Five Speed Close Ratio

And of course this classic has a Campagnolo drive train. Is there any other?

Campagnolo Nuovo Record

Campagnolo Nuovo Record

We had a great time at the swap meet. I didn’t spend much money, which is a good thing. I’m looking forward to the next swap meet in the fall. It was a great day for riding and a great day for swapping bike parts. Look forward to seeing you there next time!

Keep the rubber side down!

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