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Bikes on a budget! Cycling-themed flea market hits Park Slope

Jumble in the jungle: Long-time bikers and newbies alike are welcome to a bike-themed flea market, organized by Harry Schwartzman, who gets excited about sweet vintage bikes.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Eat your heart out, Craigslist.

Brooklyn’s wildly popular bike-themed flea market is hitting Park Slope again, offering bargain-hunting cyclists sweet deals, and gear heads a chance to meet in a face-to-face setting.

Roughly 100 vendors — selling vintage road bikes, quirky hand-welded frames and hard-to-find accessories — are joining forces for the fourth annual Brooklyn Bike Jumble, a growing meet-up to celebrate bike culture and supercool accoutrements at Washington Park.

“Cycling is exploding in Brooklyn right now and people need good cheap bikes,” said Jumble founder Harry Schwartzman.

Independent dealers from all over the country — including some of New York’s best frame builders — will sell new and used bicycles ranging from $50 to over $1,000, Schwartzman said.

Spendthrift riders in past years have mined for treasures including antique blueprints of a Schwinn racer, a rare women’s bike from France, and a bright red banana seat worth its weight in nostalgic value.

This year, the flea will include vendor stands from Ride Brooklyn, Dog Day Cyclery, 9th Street Cycles, and more.

“It’s a great opportunity to get better deals than what you might find on a normal day at a bike shop,” said Damien Nesbit owner of Dog Day Cyclery.

The event — which is the only official bike flea market in New York — is also a chance for new members of the biking community “to meet up with like-minded people” at a event that has grown in size since 2009, Schwartzman said.

That’s part of why he offered one piece of advice.

“The earlier you get there, better chance you have of finding something good,” he said.

Brooklyn Bike Jumble at Washington Park [Third Street at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 768–3195]. Sept. 8, 10 am–4 pm.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

Helmet head: Harry Schwartzman organized Brooklyn Bike Jumble, a bike-themed flea market where cyclists can shop for a new ride and meet other gear enthusiasts.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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