Get ready to ‘Jumble’! Bike flea market coming to Slope

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Brooklyn is a borough of cyclists. Lucky for you, recession-friendly transportation is about to get a discount at a bicycle-themed flea market.

Used cycles will be rolling into Park Slope’s Washington Park on May 16 for the second annual Brooklyn Bike Jumble.

A “flea market for bicycles,” the Jumble will feature used bikes, parts and accessories as a one-stop shop for the borough’s cyclophiles.

Harry Schwartzman organized the event last year after realizing that bike-happy Brooklyn didn’t have a marketplace for two-wheelers.

“People need bikes, and people want to get rid of stuff, so we bring them together,” said Schwartzman.

The merchandise comes from East Coast retailers who restore bicycles to working condition, as well as people just looking to part with a used two-wheeler. The cycles usually run from $50 to about $200.

After last year’s inaugural event drew over 700 people, Schwartzman is expanding the jumble to include new vendors, a show of vintage bikes and an exhibit at the Old Stone House about the Coney Island Velodrome — a track that brought the thrills of bike racing to Brooklyn in the 1930s.

See, Brooklynites were hip to cycling even then.

Brooklyn Bike Jumble at Washington Park [Third Street at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 768-3195], May 16 from 10 am-4 pm. For info, visit

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