Today's bike swap in Fremont Park was a much bigger deal than I expected. I don't know why, but I kind of had it pegged for a handful of vendors selling fixie parts I didn't need... So, I figured I could mosey over a couple of hours after the starting time and not miss a thing.
Wrong. There were a couple dozen booths set up, and some genuinely interesting bikes and bargains. And, I'm told, the good stuff was gone within a few minutes of the "official" start time of 8 a.m.
I saw plenty of bikes to admire, but only two that I had to actively resist buying. One was this Fleetwood, made for Sears in the 1960s. It's a lovely chrome 3-speed, filet brazed and shining like a new dime. It does, though, weigh about the same as three less beautiful bikes combined.
The other great temptation was this Bianchi folding bike. I honestly don't know why I didn't scoop it up on the spot, as I've always wanted a folding bike and this one was of top quality and condition.
A little while later, I saw that there had been a good reason for me to not become the new owner of the Bianchi. It was bought by the one person who could give it a better home than me! Andrea, pictured here with her beautiful new bike, is the co-owner of Hot Italian, a downtown restaurant that celebrates the bicycle and all things Italian. She's been a huge help to cycling in Sacramento and has a gorgeous venue on 16th Street in which to showcase this bike alongside the Vespas and gelato.