Illinois retailer gears up for 27th Krate Fest

By Stephen Frothingham

SYCAMORE, Ill. (BRAIN) — The Krate Fest — a celebration of Schwinn Stingrays and other classic bikes — has been around longer than Blue Moon Bikes, the retailer that hosts the event.

“It started with three guys with three bikes, in Milwaukee,” said Matt Mutchler, the manager of Blue Moon, which opened in 2001. “The next year it was 10 guys, then 20 … it moved around the Milwaukee area for years before we took it over.”

The 27th Krate Fest was getting going Friday night, with a traditional preshow get together at the store, which features its own collection of vintage bikes and Schwinn memorabilia.

On Saturday, the Krate Fest will take over two city parking lots near the store. There will be a swap meet with vendors of collectible bikes and parts, and a vintage bike show, with trophies awarded in several categories.

“I don’t want to say it’s huge, but we do get people from all over. Last year some guys drove up from Missouri, and this year they are coming back with more guys.”

He said Krate Fest is not about being a moneymaker for the shop; it’s just part of being in the community …read more

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