Cascade Bicycle Club’s annual Seattle Bike Swap is Saturday (February 3) at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. The flea market is a treasure trove of bike stuff from local bike business and DIY bike geeks. You can find rare and odd stuff as well as deals on used bikes and parts.
Doors open for general admission at 9 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 if you buy online by the end of today (February 1). If you want a chance to get the first crack at everything, you can pay $25 at the door (or $20 online) to get in at 8 a.m. Kids 15 and under are free.
Cascade will also host an expanded “E-Bike Expo” during the Bike Swap to give people a chance to check out and test ride a wide range of e-bike options. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in an e-bike because there’s no better way to know which bike will work for you than to try it yourself. Seattle has some great brick-and-mortar e-bike shops, some of which will be at the swap, but some online-only (and online-mostly) companies will be there, too. I get asked about budget e-bikes all the time, and I am reluctant to advise someone to buy a bike without trying it first. But I also understand how appealing the prices can be, especially right now when many are on significant discount for the first time in years. Well, here’s your chance to try them out.
Even if you’re not looking for anything in particular, the Bike Swap is a fun bike community space. Just try not to take on any projects you can’t actually finish. Yes, I’m talking to you.