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Old 07-24-20, 06:32 PM
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Bikes: 1959 Capo Modell Campagnolo; 1960 Capo Sieger (2); 1962 Carlton Franco Suisse; 1970 Peugeot UO-8; 1982 Bianchi Campione d'Italia; 1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10;

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Originally Posted by 2old View Post
Additional thanks for resurrecting this thread. I worked in Santa Monica CA, from 1985 - 1992 and spent many lunch hours in the store(s) on Wilshire Blvd, then Colorado (AIR), and moved south to the "OC" around the same time I relocated. Got to "know" Alan and some of the guys in the shop. Alan always said his wife/ex-wife Susie (?) was the inspiration for the shop, and penned a tribute to her in the last catalog that I remember when she passed away from cancer (AIR). Maybe she was a "model" in the early days. As an aside, there was another shop in west LA that Roger and Bill, who constructed the first FS MTB I ever saw, the Bushido, owned.
Susan Goldsmith was a sweetheart. Alan was an attorney, and the bike shop was indeed Susie's idea. They hired me as I was graduating from UCLA, and I worked at the Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, and Marina Del Rey stores during my first two years of grad. school. Lots of late Friday nights assembling bikes for the big Saturday sales rush, with pizza provided by Alan and Susie. I still have the Peugeot UO-8 I custom built for my bride back in 1973, with the Bikecology sticker still intact. My wife later became afraid of riding in traffic, so I built her a mountain bike and repurposed the Peugeot as my beater/commuter.
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Capo: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger (2), S/N 42624, 42597
Carlton: 1962 Franco Suisse, S/N K7911
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1982 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069
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