FrankenBike (n) A free bike swap meet held once a month in select cities in the US, that is open to anyone who wants to buy, sell or trade bicycles and bicycle related gear or parts.
FrankenBike was founded on June 2005 in Austin, Texas by Chris Gross and is currently active in Austin, San Antonio and Houston.
Here’s what small business owners have to say about FrankenBike:
Music City Cycles hosted one in March of 2007 at the old shop location that was a lot of fun, and helped make our neighborhood more aware of our shop. The swap meet brings together all types of cycling geeks – from NOS aficionados to high tech gearheads – in a fun, laid back atmosphere.”
– David Hartley, Music City Cycles
I have had franken bike in my back yard 3 different times in the past and have had a great time. The FrankenBike crowd is one of the best mix of people Austin, Texas has to offer and I try to go to every event that there is just to be around all the fun people and of course, the bikes and parts. From the back yards to the coffee shops and bars. Fun Fun Fun for the whole family all ages.”
– Bobby Fiddes, Bobbys Bikes, Austin, Texas
The swap meet brings a carnival atmosphere to our parking lot. Frankenbike helps people find parts at a reasonable price and allows us to sell the rare and the unusual gear that Frankenbikers are looking for. It also reminds customers that we are here in West Campus and a great source of information and unusual parts. And the bike cafe on the lot loves it too for spreading the word about their 25% discount for people who ride up on a bike.”
– Angie, Freewheeling Bicycles, Austin, TX