April always brings old friends to my Inn at Green River – bicycle aficionados who come year after year for the Copake Bicycle Auction. This is the 26th year for this well known auction, taking place Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Swap Meet at Copake Bike Auction

Swap Meet Photo Courtesy Copake Auction

The two day event starts off bright and early Friday morning at 6 am with the swap meet. Bicycle enthusiasts come from all over the world to this annual event.  Some of the people in this photo taken at last year’s swap meet, traveled from the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Germany and England!

As any savvy auction goer knows, you must attend the previews which take place Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 5 pm. This is the chance to personally inspect all the items to be sold, and ask questions of the knowledgeable staff.

I usually get to the Friday preview, and even though I don’t attend the auction, or bid on any items over the phone, I do appreciate seeing the classic and antique bikes, like this beautiful C. 1884-85 Victor adult tricycle which sold last year for $16,380.

antique bicycle at Copake Bike Auction

C. 1884-85 Victor adult tricycle. Photo Courtesy Copake Auction

This 2017 auction promises to be a great one, with items from two museums, as well as two collectors, Robert Trimble and Jim Carpenter. Some highlights include this c. 1898 Rex Pneumatic Safety Bicycle, reportedly owned by Diamond Jim Brady, from the Jim Carpenter collection.

antique bicycle at Copake Bike Auction

Diamond Jim Brady’s Safety Bike Photo Courtesy Copake Auction

And from Robert Trimble’s collection, a c. 1868 wooden velocipede tricycle alleged to have belonged to Lizzy Borden, the famous axe murderer!

For more information on this wonderful event, go to the Copake Auction website, where you can download the entire PDF catalog to help you prepare. And don’t forget to book your room at the Inn at Green River, my 7 guest room bed and breakfast just 15 minutes up the valley from the Copake Auction House. My serious buyers come in Thursday night so they can be at the swap meet before daylight. And guys, if your spouse is coming with you, and does not want to be out the door at 5:30 am for the swap meet, don’t worry, I provide a scrumptious, full breakfast and a ride down to the auction later in the morning. But you can also arrive on Friday afternoon in time to do the preview, stay just Friday night at the Inn, and check out Saturday morning after a hearty breakfast to sustain you through the day long auction. Hope to see you!

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