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Remember Banana Brain or how about Ital-Tecno?

Old 03-12-22, 07:19 AM
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Remember Banana Brain or how about Ital-Tecno?

I recall an eBay seller “Banana Brain” who I believe was from California and who had an eBay store ~10 years ago with vintage bike part closeouts that were too good to pass up. It may have been a family operation where mom, dad and kids kept selling off several shipping containers of Shimano and Campagnolo NOS stuff that was already many years out of production but miraculously presented in original packaging and often at very affordable prices. I thought I heard that the last of their stash maybe got damaged in a forest fire? Perhaps the Banana Brain folks are hanging out here on C&V and could speak to it?

By the way, these were some of the same folks who also re-sold random Shimano small parts to fix your older Shimano components. Such a rarity today.

I also mention “Ital-Tecno” who I recall as a Niagara Falls NY bike mailorder that used to always have a classified ad in the back of Velo-News before the internet. I’m not sure if they were connected to a brick and mortar shop or not. What I do know is that they had strong import ties to certain Italian bike brands, especially Cinelli. There was a time where they had practically everything Cinelli and at prices that will never be seen again. I want to say they also were a great source of high quality tubular tires at sane prices that amateur racers I’m sure appreciated.

Ital-Tecno has been long gone, but I would also like to send my feelers out to the C&V veterans who might be able to pick up this story and update the rest of it about how it played out after certain import deals dried up and perhaps the owners moved on to seek out new ventures. I know Niagara Cycle was well regarded for sourcing low price parts in the modern era of internet “fulfillment” Amazon-style but I believe Niagara is no more. I have no idea if Niagara was linked to Ital-Tecno but just made the Niagara Falls connection.

If anybody can fill in the blanks to move the stories forward for some of these now defunct (vintage) NOS parts gold mines, this would be fun.

Or perhaps you care to tell the story of other small scale vendors who support our hobby by making available useful out of production type bits that there still is a strong specialty market for?

PS: Salsa or Specialties TA or Wick Werkes if you are listening… please, please … pretty please could you tool up and do a production run on some matched, ramped and pinned triple chainring sets for ULTEGRA 6503, 6603 +/or Dura Ace 7703 or 7803? We all know these parts have a following and it is just a matter of time until somebody will realize they have no right to be considered “obsolete”!
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Another vintage parts treasure trove was "Sultan of Swag" - his signature move was to photograph his wares sitting upon a dedicated green towel

Same time frame as "Banana Brain" and a few other standouts...whom I've now forgotten...

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Ital-Tecno.....man, they had loads of very cool stuff.
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Banana_Brain (Baron Corpuz) evacuated SB, had like four locations in the South Coast before he pulled up stakes.
Last one was in Santa Paula, great space with no local market. I found it totally by accident.
Back in Europe still selling outside of ebay, as he started.
He left a storage locker of stuff that was purchased at an auction by Robbie Fellows.
Quite a hodgepodge of stuff, I hope he breaks even.

The Sultan... I bought a frame and fork from him. I should not have.
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Banana_Brain (Baron Corpuz) evacuated SB, had like four locations in the South Coast before he pulled up stakes.
Last one was in Santa Paula, great space with no local market. I found it totally by accident.
Back in Europe still selling outside of ebay, as he started.
He left a storage locker of stuff that was purchased at an auction by Robbie Fellows.
Quite a hodgepodge of stuff, I hope he breaks even.

The Sultan... I bought a frame and fork from him. I should not have.
Who is the Sultan?
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Who is the Sultan?
I forget, it was a long time ago now. I think he was in northern California
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Banana_Brain (Baron Corpuz) evacuated SB, had like four locations in the South Coast before he pulled up stakes.
Last one was in Santa Paula, great space with no local market. I found it totally by accident.
Back in Europe still selling outside of ebay, as he started.
He left a storage locker of stuff that was purchased at an auction by Robbie Fellows.
Quite a hodgepodge of stuff, I hope he breaks even.

The Sultan... I bought a frame and fork from him. I should not have.
Bought a "pristine" SR crank. Not so pristine when it was turned over. He was a horse's you know what about it, too.
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I got stuff from Banana Brain. Minty Campagnolo SR derailleur for like 50 bux one time. Regina freewheels etc.
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When quill stems gave way threadless type & Cinelli made 26.4 & 26.0 bars & stems, ital tecno carried titanium stems in a variety of rises & lengths. They closed them out at super reasonable prices & when they were gone that was it.
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I believe "the Sultan" was located in Sonoma County, might have been Petaluma or Santa Rosa, and I *think* I first saw his trademark green towel in ads on the SF Bay Area Craigslist, but could be mistaken.
I never did any business with him.
Baron Corpuz I did and my personal experiences were "interesting" but have to say he or his wife always came thru (in the end) so I was never feeling cheated, but.... the ride could be "bumpy"!

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