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The shop that started it all for me! I'm stoked!

Old 02-23-19, 10:16 PM
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The shop that started it all for me! I'm stoked!

A Blast from the past!! This is a picture of the store I worked at for seven years from 1982 thru 1989. Action Cyclery in Streamwood IL. I believe this picture was taken before I worked there. Possibly 1981. Wayne McCallister (the owner) is behind the counter working with customers and that is his father in the isle. This photo brings back memories. I even see the first make and model schwinn I purchased on the wall on the right! (Schwinn World Sport in Maroon)The same place it was displayed when I purchased a bike there in 81. So cool.

Im dying to find more pics.

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Awesome picture!!!

I wish i had a picture of my dad on his Schwinn road bike from the early 90s. It's the only bike I remember seeing him ride.
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Originally Posted by jjhabbs View Post
A Blast from the past!! This is a picture of the store I worked at for seven years from 1982 thru 1989. Action Cyclery in Streamwood IL. I believe this picture was taken before I worked there. Possibly 1981. Wayne McCallister (the owner) is behind the counter working with customers and that is his father in the isle. This photo brings back memories. I even see the first make and model schwinn I purchased on the wall on the right! (Schwinn World Sport in Maroon)The same place it was displayed when I purchased a bike there in 81. So cool.
Very cool find.

Red reflector on the front of the Schwinn .. looks like they hired you just in time.

What's that number board over the counter, with 8 0 - 9 highlighted? ETA is that the phone number?
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Old 02-23-19, 10:59 PM
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I like the series of backup wall clocks.
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Old 02-23-19, 11:02 PM
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I like the series of backup wall clocks.
wall clocks? you mean hanging tires?

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Old 02-23-19, 11:03 PM
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Very cool find.

Red reflector on the front of the Schwinn .. looks like they hired you just in time.

What's that number board over the counter, with 8 0 - 9 highlighted? ETA is that the phone number?
it was the phone number done in BMX number plate numbers 830 0989

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Old 02-23-19, 11:59 PM
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Looks like a shop that did a lot of BMX. Most of those bikes pictured are probably worth quite a bit of $ nowadays.
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Great picture. I, too, have fond memories of the bike shops I either frequented (UCLA area C. Harding's For Bikes, Rancho Park Cycles, etc.) or worked in (greater west Los Angeles area Bikecology chain, 1972-74 -- Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Marina del Rey). Limited in floor space while desiring to stock everything customers needed, these stores, like the one in your picture, used every square inch of wall space, and some ceiling space, as well. I always liked the old freewheel cog pegboards, since I was -- and still am -- a gear phreak.
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Looks like a shop that did a lot of BMX. Most of those bikes pictured are probably worth quite a bit of $ nowadays.
First thing I noticed too. Looks like a lot of cool stuff and money on those walls.
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Cool, now that is how to stock a bike shop!
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This shop evolved a lot in the 80s. First it was just Schwinn. Then other brands came in. Trek, Miyata, Cannondale, Nishiki, a little bit of Univega for a while because we liked the rep. Ultimately Schwinn dropped us in 87 because they wanted another concept store. They couldnt supply us anyway. They were having huge problems in 87! We were the largest Cannondale Dealership in the Midwest when the bikes first came out in the mid 80s. Alot went on there. It was the best work experience I could ever have. Better than college. I learned customer service, finance, how to look at a P&L statement. I learned how to train in mechanics and sales and how to be a professional. I owe a lot to the owner of that store who is still a dear friend. Now i
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I feel you, jjhabbs. Now, officially old having exceeded my Biblical expiry date, I find myself reminiscing about days of old, which for me are memories now. Pictures, such as the one you presented are in keeping with memories of days gone bye. Great picture and thanks.
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Smallest Picture Possible?

This a picture from the Shop I worked at on LI, NY from '84 until the late 90's. It's a really small picture since I copied it from the Shop's website "back in the day". It looks I was trying to sell some shoes to this customer; I'm in the white shirt. They are no longer in business, but It was a wonderful part of my life working there. I met many great people there. Best of all, I was introduced to my now, wife via one of our customers! The customer is now my sister-in law, and I've been married to a wonderful woman for 18 years. (How she still doesn't have a bike of her own is a mystery!)
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