2019 Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap

Saturday, january 12th, 2019
9:00AM - 3:00PM
New Holland Pavilions
Alliant Energy Center
Madison, WI

Early-bird entry at 9am for the hottest deals - see admission prices below.

This year's Swap is presented by:

The Nitty GrittyMachinery Row BicyclesSaris, Wisconsin Indoor Cycling

Scroll down for information on door prizes and raffles!

Bike Corral made possible by Race Day Events

Further updates on our Facebook page!

Post your items to Facebook with #bdbikeswap2019!

Final vendor layout - click here!

Online registration is closed! Visit vendor check-in during the swap to purchase one of the few remaining tables at 50%-off. First come, first served, no guarantee on table location.

Vendor Options

Full Details Below
Table - approx. 5' x 10' - includes 1 table, 2 chairs, 3 wristbands $65
Expo Space - 10' x 20' - 2 tables, 4 chairs, 6 wristbands $200
Row-end Space - 10' x 10' - free-form SOLD OUT

Non-profits and bicycle advocacy groups - please contact us at bdbikeswap@gmail.com for discounts.

General Admission & PArking

Cash is preferred, but we will also be accepting credit cards this year.
Early Bird - Opens @ 9am $10
10am to Noon $5
After Noon FREE!
Parking (to Alliant Energy Center upon entry) $7
Bike Parking Free! (but outdoors)

Kids under 13 get in free all day!

Bike Corral Entry

Vendors First bike free (per paid vendor space), $5 for each bike thereafter
Non-vendors $10 for 1st bike (includes admission), $5 for each bike thereafter

  • Any bike in the corral can be test ridden! Brazen Dropouts volunteers will need a valid photo ID from the test rider before a bike can be removed from the corral.

  • The Bike Corral Entry Form can be downloaded HERE for faster Swap entry. Only this form will be accepted - if you have a separate description form, you will still need to fill out our form.

  • We will continue to provide clear sheet holders and zip ties to attached this form to each bike.

  • Bike corral entry payment is due at corral entry on the day of the Swap - cash, check, or credit card. The Brazen Dropouts do not take any commission on any sales.

  • We use a ‘ticket’ system for identifying owners and their bikes - a pair of matching tickets are given to each bike/owner. A bike can only be removed from the corral (except for monitored test rides) if the two matching tickets are presented to BD volunteers.

  • We will have volunteers to monitor bikes that are taken out of the corral temporarily for test rides.

  • Non-vendors can arrive starting at 9am to submit bikes to the corral. Please enter through the east end of the building through general admission.

About the Swap

The Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap is a one-day event that connects folks with bike stuff to sell with people who want to buy it. Over a hundred vendors register to sell stuff like cycling attire, shoes, frames, forks, cranks, pedals -- you name it, it's probably at the Swap. The exact vendors vary from year to year, but it's a good bet that you'll find some spectacular deals, and meet a bunch of great people. The Brazen Dropouts don’t take any commission on any sale.

Your Guide to the Swap

Bike Corral - For buying/selling Bikes!

The bike corral is ideal for those who have complete bikes to sell. You can think of it like a pumpkin patch full of bikes for Swap attendees to peruse. There's no need to register ahead of time: just bring your bikes to the Swap. For non-vendors, it costs $10 to enter the first bike into the corral (general admission included), and then $5 for each additional bike. Vendors may enter the first bike into the corral for free (per paid vendor table/end-row/expo space), and each bike after will be $5 (all payment accepted only the day of the Swap - no pre-registration).  See the link above for the form for the corral - you’ll fill this out, we’ll attach it to your bike, and make sure that any interested buyers get in touch with you directly while you shop the Swap. Non-vendor bike sellers may enter the main entrance of the building starting at 9am to get your bike into the corral and get a general admission wristband.

Tables - For Selling anything!

We have about 130 tables available, with each total space approximately 5'  x 10' and including a table with two chairs, which comprise the majority of the floor. You can register as many tables as you'd like, and we'll be sure to situate them next to one another. You can sell anything at a table! We just ask that you don't move them, keep the aisles clear, and don't spill over into someone else's space. If you represent a non-profit, please get in touch to inquire about spaces we have available to you.

Row end spaces - 'create your own set-up'

These spaces, which will be located at the ends of each vendor table row, will be approximately 10' x 10' and will allow you to create your own set-up. No table or chairs will be included in these spaces at the standard rate, but vendors can bring anything they want to set-up their space.  Tables can be rented for $20 for the day if you would like.  Only 20 of these spaces will be available, so sign-up early!

Expo Spaces - For Selling Anything! In STyle.

"Expo spaces" are 10' x 20' spaces situated front and center at the venue. These spaces are designed to allow free-form presentation. Some vendors set up a small tent over their space, bring their own fixtures, and set up a small pop-up shop. Others need only the two tables and chairs provided with every space, but want to situate them differently than the vendors tables mentioned above typically allow.

Hourly raffles & door prizes

Our gracious sponsors have provided items for hourly raffles - each general admission entry and each purchased vendor space will receive one raffle ticket for free (further raffle tickets can’t be purchased). Prizes are from the Nitty Gritty Restaurants, Machinery Row Bicycles, and Wisconsin Indoor Cycling. Saris/Powertap has also given us ~50 heart rate monitors and speed/cadence sensors to give away to the first general admission entries! Our final ‘grand prize’ drawing of a set of PowerTap P1 pedals will be at approximately 1:30pm! You must be present to win.

Vendor Terms of Service, Refund Policy, Code of Conduct, and Privacy Policy can be found here.

Final vendor instructions - click here to open up the e-mail.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can sell stuff at the Swap?

Anyone! Our vendors run the gamut from folks who have too many bike components on their workbench to long-standing bike shops and cycling brands. We don't do any curation of vendors aside from encouraging past vendors from returning to the Swap, so the mix is fresh every year.

What Can I find at the Bike swap?

As mentioned above, the vendors at the Swap change from year to year, so it's impossible to nail down exactly what's available. However, it's a good bet that you'll find some great deals on just about anything cycling. We get all sorts of complete bikes, frames, forks, components, wheels, tools, clothes, accessories, even art.

How do I pay for stuff at the swap?

Most sellers will prefer cash for purchases, and will rarely ever accept a check. Some vendors may have Venmo, PayPal, or other services set-up on their mobile devices. An ATM is available on-site, but isn’t guaranteed to be stocked with the cash you’ll need. For general admission and corral entries, the Brazen Dropouts prefer cash, but will also have credit card readers for 2019.

Will there be Food at the Swap?

Yes. The Alliant Energy Center runs a concession stand that typically serves hot food (brats, popcorn, soft pretzels, etc) and cold drinks (soda, beer!).