I meant to post about this before I left out of town on business (see my previous post) but I kinda put it off and eventually just ran out of time. But about a week and a half ago, I went to my very first Frankenbike swap meet.
I’ve been following it for several months on their website but just haven’t been able to make it out. Either something was going on here at the house or it was just being held way too far. But this month it was held practically in my back yard.
This month it was held at the Alkek Velodrome, which apparently is one of only 27 velodromes in the U.S. and I just so happen to live about five miles away. I’ve never actually ridden on the track but I have been out there before on a couple of occasions. It’s pretty cool but the simple nature of the structure makes me wonder why there aren’t more throughout the country.
Anyway, so about Frankenbike… I was a little disappointed in the turnout. There were maybe four or five people who brought things out to sell so there wasn’t a lot to look through. There was one tent that had a bunch of cycling jerseys and other apparel. There was a guy who brought a couple of simple, generic type bikes. There was someone who brought a few boxes of parts and tires and bars. Then there was a couple of guys who had some really expensive frames and full bicycles for sale and they also had a few parts which was where I found these!
I don’t know how much these aerobars normally go for but about 10 years ago I bought some new that were similar for about 70 or 80 bucks, back when I actually had money. But these babies… I got for 10 bucks. I don’t really have a bike to put them on…yet.
Hopefully that will change soon.