2018 Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap

Saturday, january 13th, 2018
9:00AM - 2:00PM
New Holland Pavilions
Alliant Energy Center
Madison, WI

Early-bird entry at 8:30am for the hottest deals - see admission prices below.

This year's Swap is sponsored by:

The Nitty GrittyMachinery Row BicyclesWisconsin Indoor Cycling, and Planet Bike

Bike Corral made possible by Race Day Events

Further updates on our Facebook page!

Post your items to Facebook with #bdbikeswap2018!

Click on the images to see the table assignments and building layout!

Complete vendor instructions were emailed Wednesday, January 10th - if you signed up to be a vendor and didn't receive the email, check your spam/promotional folders. We also uploaded a copy of vendor instructions at the bottom of the Swap 'Guide' section further down this page. See you Saturday!

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 $215
Row-end Space - 10' x 10' SOLD OUT

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

General Admission - Cash Only Please!
Early Bird - 8:30am $15
9am - 11am $5
After 11am FREE!
Parking $7
Bike Parking Free! (but outdoors)

Kids under 13 get in free all day!

Bike Corral Pricing
Vendors $5 for each bike
Non-vendors $15 for 1st bike (includes admission), $5 for each bike after

Non-vendors can arrive starting at 8:30am to submit bikes to the corral. Please enter through the west end of the building in the vendor unload area (on Coliseum Road-N).

The Bike Corral Entry Form can be downloaded HERE for faster Swap entry. We will continue to provide clear sheet holders and zip ties for each bike. Cash payment is due at corral entry on the day of the Swap. BD does not take any commission on any sales.

Got a spare bike you are willing to donate? Free Bikes 4 Kidz will be on-site at the Swap to accept complete bike donations. Bikes in any condition of any size are welcome - the program collects, fixes, and cleans bikes so they can be given away to deserving kids (and their parents) in the Madison area! They are also looking for volunteers as cleaners, preppers, and mechanics to help turn-around 1000 bikes for the spring give-away. FB4K is running their bike drive at several Madison Dean Medical Group and SSM locations on January 13th also so check 'em out!

Complete details for their vendor location at the Swap will be posted here when determined.

  It costs about $30 to collect, fix up, and give one bike and helmet to a deserving kid -  donate $30  and get one of these awesome bike chain ornaments!

It costs about $30 to collect, fix up, and give one bike and helmet to a deserving kid - donate $30 and get one of these awesome bike chain ornaments!

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.

Your Guide to the Swap

Bike Corral - For 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 $15 to enter the first bike into the corral (general admission included), and then $5 for each additional bike. The price for vendors will be $5 for every bike.  We'll take down your contact information (typically a cell phone number), 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 rear of the building starting at 8:30am to get your bike into the corral and get a general admission wristband.

Tables - For Selling anything!

We have about 150 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.  A limited number 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.

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

Vendor instructions can be found here.


Send us an email or ask us through Facebook

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.

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!).