|Your bike wants a fender ornament of similar grandeur as this sweet old Schwinn has|
At the fall GABA swap, I applied the RAIN technique for bike swap success:
This effective bicycle swap method has been slowly taught to me by swap masters over a long period of arduous swap practice. Scanning always, you first have to RECOGNIZE some bike object of your desire that you need to acquire. This object is seldom on a list that you made the night before, or not exactly, because the odds are not great that a very specific object you desire will appear in your scan zone and be recognized. Much more likely that a bicycle object will appear in your area of scanning that you will quickly recognize as something you need strongly.
For example, my first purchase was a pair of Specialized Touring Pedals built by MKS in Japan in the early 80s. I did not have that on my list exactly, but recognized as soon as I scanned them that I wanted to acquire them.
|Flat, stout, smooth, beautiful old pedals|
|In the beginning, bike swappers brave the rain and cold|
|Miscellaneous boxes of crap where much essential goodness may be found|
|OX Platinum frame, pangs of recognition|
|Clearing, with coffee in-hand, makes the swap seem all shiny|
|Celebrating the freedom to swap, and haggle, and ride to our heart's content|
|At the crossroads, the wildcatters gathered to sell their rides|
|Boxes of rain-spattered rims|
|HERCULES the head badge says. OSG Best Chrome of Show Award!|
|Yes, titanium seat binder bolts. OSG Titanium Accessory Honorable Mention Award|
|I lifted that Columbus frame, and it felt like a carbon feather|
|J.A. Stein tire iron. No tire can offer meaningful resistance to it. OSG Most Powerful award.|
|Once the sun came out, the crowd grew rapidly|
|Sonoran hot dog from BK Tacos. As good as it looks, needed to regain energy after swap exertions.|
|The take. Shoes, tubes, helmet, grips, a Rivnut kit, XTR cables, GABA jersey, bullhorns, etc, aw yeah.|
All in all, a great swap, got some parts to go put on now. Not positive I needed the leather-covered helmet, but I kind of like it, and the price was right. Also not sure what exactly I'm going to do with the clear Oury grips, but I had to have them. And yes, that's another set of original Eggbeater pedals. I used the RAIN technique, and they went into my bag.