Deals, Deals, Deals at the 2022 Seattle Bike Swap!
Join us at the Seattle Center in the airy Exhibition Hall on Sunday, Feb. 13, for deals and steals that will blow your mind.
“The deals are bonkers!”
Calling all bike nerds, collectors, buyers and sellers, and anyone looking for absolutely bananas bargains on used bicycles, gear, parts, frames, tubes, lubes, and more: the Seattle Bike Swap is back!
“It’s a fun event and a great way for people to find a good used bike or to turn that used gear cluttering your garage into cash,” says Dave Douglas, Cascade’s events director. “The deals are bonkers.”
Don’t miss out! Come on down to the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (225 Mercer St.) on Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to find deals, deals, and more deals on bikes, helmets, rain gear, vintage parts, tires, books, bike art, pumps, cycling shoes, saddles, and countless more items to get you rolling down the road in style.
Skagit Cycle Center is a longtime vendor that has one of the largest booths. “We will have lots of used, pre-tuned bikes, typically between $200 and $500,” says owner Gary Santiago. The shop will also have vintage mountain bikes, “which are always in demand,” plus kids bikes, mint condition cycling outerwear, new road bike tires from Specialized, new helmets, floor pumps, and cycling shoes.
Santiago will also bring a selection of new electric bikes and city bikes, plus “a mix of one-of-a-kind beautiful used road and mountain bikes.” He calls the Seattle Bike Swap a fun event where his staff answers lots of questions from shoppers about different styles of bikes–gravel, comfort, hybrid, electric, endurance–that helps in customers’ searches.
Cascade’s Major Taylor Project, which teaches leadership and bicycle skills to students from underserved communities, will have a consignment booth where individuals can drop off a bike for resale. “If you’re looking for a new ride and need to clear some old bikes from your garage, bring them in and MTP students will use them to learn how to build their own bicycles,” Douglas says.
Among the rare treasures in the MTP booth will be a bananas yellow Kirk Pacenti handbuilt track bike. A bonafide collectors' item!
The MTP booth will also have a large selection of lightly tuned bikes that have been donated over the past year, including the carbon Cannondale Synapse 7 pictured below. “This is our way to help find a good home for those bikes while raising some money for a good cause,” Douglas says.
In addition to large vendors, the Bike Swap has many small booths where people can find vintage parts, books and posters, and “clothing that is as affordable as can be,” Douglas says.
“I once bought a barely used Showers Pass rain jacket for $80 that’s normally over $200,” says Douglas. Another time he bought a set of road bike wheels with tires and tubes for $100 that would cost four times that much new.
Bike Works will also have a booth. Bike Works is a community nonprofit and great friend to Cascade whose Bikes-for-All program provides free bicycles and helmets to children, families, and individuals in South Seattle. Vendors are encouraged to donate any unsold bikes and items to Bike Works so they can be given to community members in need.
Masks and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the past 72 hours are required for entry. Tickets are $8 if bought online, $10 at the door. Collectors wanting to get in first can sign up for early bird entry at 8 a.m.
“Exhibition Hall is a big airy room and we will space out the vendors so there is plenty of room to safely browse and shop,” Douglas says.
Bring cash, as some vendors don’t accept credit cards, and come support Cascade’s programming while getting bargains that will make your head spin!
Seattle Bike Swap marks the beginning of our 2022 events season. Check out our full season of rides, including the Kaiser Permanente Seattle to Portland Presented by Alaska Airlines on July 16-17, and Chilly Hilly on Feb. 27.
We are seeking volunteers to help with the Seattle Bike Swap. Click here to see the volunteer opportunities for ticket monitors, door security, vendor support, and more.