Sam Fitzsimmons has been a bicycle swap meet staple for the past 25 years. Here is is as a young one, at his farm in Maryland, a student film from 1992.
Yes, complete with bent fork, and bent rear triangle. To the casual observer, this is just a rusty ol' bike. To a balloon tire bicycle or Schwinn collector, this is an amazing "barn fresh" bike. Barn fresh is a term used in the collector world that means it has recently surfaced from where ever it … Continue reading Swap Meet sighting- Early Jewel Tank Schwinn Autocycle
This year at Cirque du Cyclisme in Leesburg, VA, I will be giving a talk about swap meets. I will discuss brief history, etiquette, finds and deals, and the culture involved. As you can tell from the Bikeville blog, I do go to a lot of swap meets and find them very interesting from a … Continue reading Cirque du Cyclisme 2012
(this is a story I posted a while ago, but after the Schwinn Paramount story, I think I am going to make a regular thing- "swap meet tales") Late 1940s BSA Gold Column that I looked at a recent bicycle swap meet. I did not purchase it, as the price of the bicycle was not … Continue reading BSA Gold Column