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Old 08-11-18, 08:50 AM
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Good Riddance!
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
In the old building across the street? That was magical going up there.
Yep,in the old theater South side of Lincoln Ave.
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Old 08-11-18, 10:19 AM
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Yep,in the old theater South side of Lincoln Ave.
I was talking about the old store on the North side of the street. Up on the 2nd, third and attic floors. It was incredible. Walking past all that stuff. The shelves of Bethoud bags... the Nitto handlebars were up in bins in the attic- the kid I was working with was handing me different sized bars to compare them. That was awesome.

Vince also took me into the basement to find some used bars and stems. Nothing like old 1880s Milwaukee buildings.

I don't know if you're a member of the Old Milwaukee Facebook page- but Adam Levin posts some great pix of iconic Milwaukee landmarks- inside and out.
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Old 08-12-18, 07:03 PM
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strange. They always had great prices, would price match and i would get my stuff in a few days here in the midwest. Never had an issue and i placed plenty of orders over the years. OH well...
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Old 08-13-18, 09:32 AM
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They were like Walmart, everyone like to complain (including myself) about them but I bet most of us have ordered something from them in the past. Their prices and selection were good, shipping time was not the best but I came to expect at least 10 days for delivery.
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Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
Yep,in the old theater South side of Lincoln Ave.
I used to live in Milwaukee in the early to late 80's during my college days
My younger brother and I bought our first Peugeots back then from a small bike shop right off Locust Ave. Called "Ben's Cycle Shop". A "hole in a wall" shop that sold mostly Peugeots and Falcons. The owner moved the shop to a Shorewood location during the mid 80's, then I lost track of what happened to it. Is it the same "Ben's" that you guys are talking about, just relocated?
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Old 08-13-18, 11:36 AM
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awww that's too bad. I remember buying something from them, but can't remember what
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Old 08-13-18, 12:16 PM
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Everything is a bit odd.

I think there was a post earlier about dwindling inventory, but nobody noted big store closing sales.

It would seem that there would be significant value in a well established brand name if nothing else.

If this was expected to be a temporary closure or computer crash, then I would expect notes to be posted indicating the status.

Perhaps a sole proprietorship, even with employees, and something happened to the owner.
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Old 08-13-18, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
I used to live in Milwaukee in the early to late 80's during my college days
My younger brother and I bought our first Peugeots back then from a small bike shop right off Locust Ave. Called "Ben's Cycle Shop". A "hole in a wall" shop that sold mostly Peugeots and Falcons. The owner moved the shop to a Shorewood location during the mid 80's, then I lost track of what happened to it. Is it the same "Ben's" that you guys are talking about, just relocated?
Benís has been on Lincoln Avenue on the south side for generations. I think it was started by Vinceís grandfather. Could you be thinking of Rainbow Jersey? I bought a beautiful golden Falcon from them back in the 70s.
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Originally Posted by Narhay View Post
Niagara was/is great for small parts and consumables. The $2 items the other sellers dont stock thrown into a larger order kept me shopping there.
+1. This is why Niagara is such a valuable and irreplaceable part of cycling community. And it'll be missed if they are going out of business.
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I liked Niagara and am bummed that they may be gone. Yes, their website was hard to navigate, but not intolerably so. Yes, shipments were slow. I chatted with them about this once and they told me that unlike other e-retailer who arranged to have stuff shipped from wholesaler/middleman, the would have it shipped to their shop so they could check it over before sending to the customer. Can't verify this but it sounded good at the time. The big reason I liked them is that they typically had what I was looking for and had great prices.
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Old 08-13-18, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by fishboat View Post
The Bikesmiths are a LBS for me. I've purchased lots of stuff from them either on line or in person(visiting their shop to pick something up is a good reason for a 55 mile ride). Good bike shop, good people! Great prices on their own website and via their ebay store.
Saw a good deal on Continental tires. Added 2 to my shopping cart and estimated shipping:
  • Standard Ground Shipping at $25.84 USD
  • UPS Ground at $25.84 USD
  • USPS Priority 2-3 Day at $40.22 USD
  • USPS Express at $77.56 USD
Kind of a deal breaker!
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Old 08-13-18, 12:50 PM
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I'm seriously bummed if they've gone bust. They had a better rim selection than anyone, and very fair prices. Couldn't have built my '49 Clubman the way I wanted to without them. Ordered from them about 10 times. Never any issues.
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Old 08-13-18, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Hoopdriver View Post
Saw a good deal on Continental tires. Added 2 to my shopping cart and estimated shipping:
  • Standard Ground Shipping at $25.84 USD
  • UPS Ground at $25.84 USD
  • USPS Priority 2-3 Day at $40.22 USD
  • USPS Express at $77.56 USD
Kind of a deal breaker!
Hmm..something wrong with the order..maybe. Try it again..or call them. I just checked(added to cart) a pair of GP4000s for around $72..free ground shipping. I've ordered tires and inner tubes from them 3-4 times this year (either off ebay or their website) and shipping has always been free..on top of excellent prices. I've never seen shipping that high related to their shipments. (Some sellers offer a very low price and ridiculous shipping rates..haven't seen Bikesmiths do that..)
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Originally Posted by sunnyone View Post


Benís has been on Lincoln Avenue on the south side for generations. I think it was started by Vinceís grandfather. Could you be thinking of Rainbow Jersey? I bought a beautiful golden Falcon from them back in the 70s.
Nope, not Rainbow Jersey. That was the expensive shop that we could not afford to buy bikes from.....
the Ben's Cycle Shop we knew was, IIRC was right off the intersection of Locust and Oakland Ave. Pretty much a one man operation, but he was definitely an authorized Peugeot dealer. I still remember him promising my brother and I many times the delivery date of our bikes by always saying "Two weeks!".....which always really meant at least four, but we could not complain as he was the only shop we could afford that we could buy French bikes from......
I dunno, maybe Wheel and Sprocket and Wares was just too much competition for little shops like that to survive......
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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
Nope, not Rainbow Jersey. That was the expensive shop that we could not afford to buy bikes from.....
the Ben's Cycle Shop we knew was, IIRC was right off the intersection of Locust and Oakland Ave. Pretty much a one man operation, but he was definitely an authorized Peugeot dealer. I still remember him promising my brother and I many times the delivery date of our bikes by always saying "Two weeks!".....which always really meant at least four, but we could not complain as he was the only shop we could afford that we could buy French bikes from......
I dunno, maybe Wheel and Sprocket and Wares was just too much competition for little shops like that to survive......
Ben's was started by Vince's grandfather on the '20's on the South side. Rainbow Jersey was on Hampshire? just East of UWM, later moved to Wilson Dr in Shorewood, that became an Eric's location, now closed (moved).
Bikesmith's is on the SW corner of Murray & Locust a few blocks East of Oakland, and that has been a shop for years under various names.
"Wares is gone and W&S is the local 800# gorilla, but plenty of smaller shops still making it.

https://www.thebikesmiths.com/

https://www.benscycle.com/about-bens-cycle.aspx
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I worked at Rainbow Jersey on Hampshire St., 1/2 block east of Downer Ave., from about 1972 soon after they opened until 1979. I still have a Falcon that my brother bought there. Now I wish I had visited Ben's during my years in Milwaukee and will do so if I'm ever there again. I love those old places. (After my bicycle career I became a teacher, mainly of American history.) I don't recall even hearing of Ben's. Wares and Palmer Imports and Emery's I do recall, and Wheel and Sprocket.

Chombi 1's memory of a Ben's near Locust and Oakland reminds me of a one-man shop - maybe the same? - called Frank's. It was maybe a half block east of Oakland Ave. on the north side of the street. I think North St., but maybe Locust St. Frank's was a quiet dim place with one rather tall guy who I assumed was Frank. I remember Raleighs there. My first 10-speed was a Peugeot UO-8 from Ware's, part of a group purchase made by the UWM architecture department, while I was working at UWM. That's where I met Jerry Pearce, who with his father was starting a bike shop, Rainbow Jersey.
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I worked at Rainbow Jersey on Hampshire St., 1/2 block east of Downer Ave., from about 1972 soon after they opened until 1979. I still have a Falcon that my brother bought there. Now I wish I had visited Ben's during my years in Milwaukee and will do so if I'm ever there again. I love those old places. (After my bicycle career I became a teacher, mainly of American history.) I don't recall even hearing of Ben's. Wares and Palmer Imports and Emery's I do recall, and Wheel and Sprocket.

Chombi 1's memory of a Ben's near Locust and Oakland reminds me of a one-man shop - maybe the same? - called Frank's. It was maybe a half block east of Oakland Ave. on the north side of the street. I think North St., but maybe Locust St. Frank's was a quiet dim place with one rather tall guy who I assumed was Frank. I remember Raleighs there. My first 10-speed was a Peugeot UO-8 from Ware's, part of a group purchase made by the UWM architecture department, while I was working at UWM. That's where I met Jerry Pearce, who with his father was starting a bike shop, Rainbow Jersey.
Arrgghh!!, I got it wrong!, it was Frank's Bike Shop...... my memory fails me!
Yes, the owner(?) Was a real tall, kinda soft spoken guy that always had on some sort of shop overalls. He did all the wrenching and selling all by himself in that dark and dreary little shop. He did move the shop to a nicer location at Shorewood right before you hit Capitol Drive.... then, it seems like the shop died out about the same time Peugeot quit the US market......
Love reminiscing about these old small shops. There were still many back then, now they are rar and few between......
also remembered a nice shop near West Allis(?) called Patio Bike Shop. That's where my brother and I went to regularly check on the Italian exotic stuff, hanging in racks in the shop's attic. Still remember first seeing the Masi 3V Volumetrica frameset when it just came out, in their attic and leaving a big pool of drool in front of it.... My brother and I were convinced we were seeing the future of race bikes. With no thought at all about CF.......
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Just checked their Google listing, it says they will be open Thursday and otherwise closed all of the current week.
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Originally Posted by RollingBuffalo View Post
Wow, I just found this site...Bikesmiths ?? Anyone ever deal with this site before ? They have 27 x 1 1/4" Kenda's for only $7.50 !

https://www.thebikesmiths.com/produc...oaAosEEALw_wcB
I'm local to Bikesmiths and I needed some 27" tires, so I went there today. Came home with eight Kenda K35 gumwalls for $50 plus tax. They were happy to honor their web pricing where you get a break on a 4-pack ($25 for gumwalls, $26 for black) vs. $7.80/tire if you buy singly. Small but nice shop. I'll be happy to go there again for those prices.
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Niagara Cycle apparently bankrupt
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Shame about them closing up shop. I've ordered stuff from them via their amazon store. Price was okay, and delivery was just about the same as other shipments to Canada. Always had parts that weren't readily available elsewhere.
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Thanks for the cross-update.

It is sad to hear of their financial woes. Perhaps they will evaluate their problems and reorganize.

In this day and age, they really need to figure out how to do same day and next day shipping. If it takes 2 weeks to receive a product, why buy it in the USA rather than buying overseas?
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I personally had my stuff from them shipped quick, until my last order a couple of months ago when it took two weeks. I suspect they were running a skeleton crew by then.
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I wonder how many people have ordered and paid for something that isn't going to get shipped to them.
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