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Recap From The Spring Bike Jumble in Park Slope. Next Stop, Red Hook 6/1/14

The spring version of Harry Schwartzman’s Brooklyn Bike Jumble , NYC’s only bicycle swap meet, was a resounding success. Held last weekend on a humid (and finally stormy) May 10th, this version seemed like the biggest yet with vendors and individual sellers spreading out far and wide around Park Slope’s JJ. Bryne Park. (4th St. and 5th Ave.)

2014-05-10 10.57.04 Beyond the usual precious bike frames and parts for snobs out there was a huge inventory of complete used bicycles which made for some really good shopping for those looking for affordable deals.

I volunteered at the Time’s Up tent which had super cheap bikes for sale and a couple of their super friendly mechanics on hand offering free tune-ups and answering bike repair questions. 2014-05-10 10.36.01
Plus handing out calendar’s and spreading the gospel of NYC’s oldest bicycle education and activist group, going strong for over 25 years.

Seems like a lot of those in attendance had no idea that Time’s Up has free bicycle workshops which have short tutorial on basic repairs and then allow time for people to work on their own bikes.

More info on their calendar.

Next to Time’s Up was the Right-of-Way table, the direct action street justice organization that has been building a strong coalition of activists fighting for street safety including changing the speed limit in designated areas of NYC to 20 mph.
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One crew I found pretty interesting went by the name: Michael Angelo Cycles (cyclecydal@gmail.com) Besides having a beautiful array of used bikes like this vintage pedicab from Thailand: 2014-05-10 10.35.30

They were also set up as a mobile bicycle repair shop with an all-in-one trailer hooked off a pick-up truck.
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Seems they operate out of New Jersey, so give them an email and they can probably come to you.

Then there was the usual vendors in attendance like Taliah Lempert and her awesome printed artwork at bicyclepaintings.com
My favorite mugs:
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Crown Height’s Bicycle Roots Bike shop had gone to the dogs:
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There was Shane Da Bikejack from the Brooklyn Flea banging out repairs and selling a ton of used bikes.
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Brooklyn’s own (two locations) Ride Brooklyn, had a nice booth set up.

And tons of bikes:
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I started going for the wallet when I saw this awesome Rasta paint scheme form new comers North Brooklyn Cycles (121 Knickerbocker Ave.-Brooklyn)
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Around 2:30pm the dark clouds rolled in and the torrential down pour began pretty much wrapping up the event. Although Time’s Up managed to sell one more of their donated bikes while we all cowered under the pop-up tent. A woman came from Manhattan, determined to buy a bike and didn’t let the thunder and lighting storm deter her as she tested out and eventually bought a nice Bowery Lanes cruiser.

A totally successful event all around.

You can see my whole album of photos by riding over here.

Don’t worry if you missed out. There will be another Jumble on June 1st in Red Hook (near the IKEA)
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