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Old 05-18-09, 04:36 PM
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Stuyvesant Bicycle

Does anyone here remember this New York City bicycle shop?

Are they still in business, or perhaps have changed names/ownership? If not, what happened to send them under, as they were a huge shop with (seemingly) lots of business.
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Old 05-18-09, 04:48 PM
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Google lists a shop with that name on 2nd Avenue.
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Old 05-19-09, 12:33 PM
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Hmm,... I don't remember it being that far east but it has been a long time since I was in NYC. I also don't remember it being called "East". Callin it "East" implies there is a "West" (or at least another shop, in some other direction, ).

Has anyone been to this shop? Are they still today the large shop they were in the seventies?
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Old 05-19-09, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike Mills View Post
Does anyone here remember this New York City bicycle shop?

Are they still in business, or perhaps have changed names/ownership? If not, what happened to send them under, as they were a huge shop with (seemingly) lots of business.
I remember them. The shop was on 14th Street and 9th Avenue. It was a pretty big operation. It's gone now, although for a while afterwards there was a much smaller shop (with a different name that I can't remember) on the same block. Maybe even in the same space (or some of it), not sure.

Not sure why they went out of business. I remember them as being pretty aggressive sellers, willing to sell riders completely inappropriate bikes. For example, years back, I wanted a bike that would fit my long-legged, short-torsoed frame. The salesman tried to convince me that hanging derailleurs and brakes on a track bike was the way to go (this was years, decades even, before the fixie craze, by the way). Didn't seem right to me.
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Old 03-17-17, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Mills View Post
Does anyone here remember this New York City bicycle shop?

Are they still in business, or perhaps have changed names/ownership? If not, what happened to send them under, as they were a huge shop with (seemingly) lots of business.
I worked there in 1978 or 79 when I was in high school. I worked in the skateboard shop and also sold some bikes. At that time the store was on 14th St, and close to 9th ave.
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Old 03-17-17, 11:52 AM
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Stuyvesant was the an importer and distributor for Atala and Bottecchia during the early 1970s bicycle boom. They also had their own private label, Italian brand, Corso. They were established in 1939, according to old Bicycling advertisements. Sometimes in the 1980s they got out of the retail side of the business but continued to import and distribute Atala and Botttecchia. At least that's what I assumed happened as the new company was named Corso Bicycles, liker their private label brand, and operated out of the same location. I know they were still in business, into the early 1990s but lost track of them after that.
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I worked there for 5 years starting in the late sixties. We were on East 11th street, then moved to west 13th. Some time in the late seventies or early eighties their wholesale entity went bankrupt, and one of the brothers opened a smaller store farther west for his daughter and nephew. That closed a few years later, and there is no remaining entity.

I'm very familiar with the details through when I left in 1973, and pretty familiar with what came later, though with time lots of that faded.
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All of the above. I visited the 14th street shop one day in 1980 and ended up getting hired by Sal Corso to help make their wholesale catalog. He was very good to me, gave me deep discounts on everything (there was a special storage room for just the Campy components that I hit hard) and took me to the trade shows where he was quite the star. West 14th Street was pretty sketchy back then, now it's uber-trendy. Last I saw Sal was some years after when I took a friend there, who bought a Merckx from him personally.
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I went back and looked up some late 1980s road tests. The president of Corso bicycles was Louis Corso, the son of Salvatore Corso, who had owned Stuyvesant. The latter entity was officially dissolved on December 19, 1986 and at that time Louis had been vice-president of Stuyvesant. The transition from Stuyvesant to Corso has continuity of brands, location and family. It appears to have been a name change for financial and/or legal purposes.
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Fascinating (to me).
T-Mar, you are my new hero.
Had been looking up old Somec info' and you seemed to be "da man". Then I go searching for Stuyvesants bike shop (where I was told my bike was purchased, new, on my behalf, back in 1988...) and, again, you da man!
I've never been to the shop, myself.
But if you worked there in the mid to late 80's, you might have known my GeorgiaTech buddy, John Ellis who spent summers in NYC and likely was a familiar face in Stuyvesants. He's the one that procured my Somec for me, AFTER I received my first pay check out of college...
John told me something about the bike being new, but built up with a sort of hodge-podge of parts. I THINK it's a (high-end) "Air" model, but it came with cheaper parts all around (Modolo brakes, Campy Gran Sport cranks and derailler(s), etc.), instead of the Record gruppo that I think it should've had. And I think it was not that new in 1988...

Frame details, except for paint, are exactly like this 1984 Air 2001 SLX:...damn, "cannot post URLs until you make at least 10 posts".. Seriously?? In this day and age when urls are the examples available. Arghhh.

Currently, I'm resurrecting that Somec so that I can ride it in Singapore, where I visit annually. Getting it back right is challenging, but it's also making me nostalgic and interested in its past. I'm hoping to dig up a classic bikes scene in Singapore.
I also have a much older Somec that I bought for $25... It has issues, but you can understand that I couldn't pass up the opportunity when I chanced upon it - I was buying the dude's complete track bike (HATE that I to ever sell that) and spotted the silver Somec in the corner. Very rare to see in North Carolina. It's a fun fixie, now.
Well, the Somec's are both with me in Holland, now...for now.

Ok, gotta go put the old, smaller inner chainring on (not as strong as I used to be) and go for a test ride!

Cheers,
Steve, in the NLs
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Curious as to whether you had any insight into which manufacturer was responsible for my tandem frame, Steve.
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My apologies everyone, I mixed up a couple threads I'm in.
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