Veloswap in Denver, an eco annual ritual. Via Dave Rogers.

Via on Oct 27, 2008

Based on the facts that fifteen thousand people paid $8 bucks to go buy used or last seasons’ gear, I’d say that people in Denver like bikes—Road, BMX, Mountain, Commuter, Unicycles and Vintage were all well represented.

If you have never been, Veloswap is a huge swap meet, where 550 bike shops liquidate newish stuff at major markdowns, reps sell their samples for 70% off to people who happen to have the sample size (curses on my platypus feet and giant ass), and individuals pull the dozen collector’s Schwinns outta the barn to the hipsters’ delight. It’s a frenzy with hundreds of tiny booths of mostly indy retailers…but it’s fun even if you never buy a thing.

Though we got a bunch of fancy stretchy stuff that makes us look fast at the coffee shop, it was the vintage Brooks saddle I scored for 45 bucks that made the trip worthwhile. As much as anything, the sense of community made me feel warm and fuzzy about the two wheeled passion.

~ Dave Rogers

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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