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Old 04-11-10, 07:48 AM
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HOw many are old enough to remember these?

Not affiliated with this auction, I just got to thinking about where we used to get bike parts from before the internet, before the PC, when you didn't live near a huge bike shop. No Nashbar, no Performance Bike. THE bike parts seller used to be these guys and you used your telephone or a mail in order form. Send in a form and a check or money order and then wait 6 weeks for your stuff. http://cgi.ebay.com/HANDBOOK-CYCL-OL...item27aebf6019
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Thank God those days are just memories.
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Guilty

I probably still have a few of the old catalogs like that stored somewhere. Those things were great, most of the catalogs today are little more than advertisements for the current hot item. The old catalogs actually had everything they stocked in them and quite often had technical tips too.

However I do like being able to order things off the internet, much simpler in many ways.

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Yes I remember those days

I responded to an ad in Bike World magazine, Campy low flange hubs for $40 a pair. At the time bike shops were selling them for $75-80. Sent my check in and it was at least 6 weeks before they arrived.

Also I had a catalog from Big Wheel? in Colorado. This was a pre 1970 catalog. They had a full Campy Frejus for around $250. That catalog lingered in the basement for years, not sure what happened to it.

I was lucky, in Chicago we had Turin Bike Shop that would get in all kinds of cool stuff. But you had to be quick because they'd sell out of stuff and wouldnt get any more for the rest of the year. Also Al Stillers bike Shop was located right down the street from Oschners Importers. So if he didnt have something you were looking for he'd tell you to hang out for a while, and he'd run over to Oschners and get it.
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I was lucky, in Chicago we had Turin Bike Shop that would get in all kinds of cool stuff. But you had to be quick because they'd sell out of stuff and wouldnt get any more for the rest of the year.
I just was working on an older Ciocc yesterday that has a shop sticker for Turin Bike Shop in Los Gatos, CA (not a shop I'm familiar with here in NorCal). Do you know if it was related to the Chicago shop?
(sorry for this hi-jack)
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Yep, I remember that well. Also The Yellow Jersey, and Palo Alto. And I actually bought stuff from all of them. The good ol' days for sure.
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I just was working on an older Ciocc yesterday that has a shop sticker for Turin Bike Shop in Los Gatos, CA (not a shop I'm familiar with here in NorCal). Do you know if it was related to the Chicago shop?
(sorry for this hi-jack)
Is the sticker a bike racer kind of on an angle, red background? I know there is Turin in Denver. How the ownership works I dont know. I think Yellow Jersey in Madison and Rainbow Jersey in Milwaukee were part of the Turin group as well. But thats going back to the 70's.
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Is the sticker a bike racer kind of on an angle, red background? I know there is Turin in Denver. How the ownership works I dont know. I think Yellow Jersey in Madison and Rainbow Jersey in Milwaukee were part of the Turin group as well. But thats going back to the 70's.
Oops, my mistake, I have scrambled 2 different LBS stickers: the one on the Bianchi is indeed from the Denver Turin shop, the one I have on the Ciocc is from a shop called Kennedy's, and It's no longer in business in Las Gattis (as we call it, AKA Los Gatos). But if any locals know about Kennedy's come on in, the hi-jacking's fine.
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Both Rainbow Jersey and Yellow Jersey are still around.
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I got out of the buisness in '96 and we still calling in distributor oredrs from catalogs
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No, not me. That's from around when I upgraded to a Schwinn Speedster.
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I'm old enough but I don't recall seeing the publication. cute play on words in the title!
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Anyone remember the name of a shop in Ohio (Canton, OH?) that was also a mail-order advertiser in BICYCLING! magazine.
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^Nashbar? (or was that a trick question?)
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1971? Dude, I was negative 12 years old then. lol

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Not old enough to remember them for bikes, but model railroading hadn't lost these things into the '90s.

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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
^Nashbar? (or was that a trick question?)
No, no trick involved. I'm trying to recall the name of the shop from which I bought a frame. I bet, if I had a copy of a 1974 BICYCLING! magazine, I could find them in the ads. Does anyone have any old BICYCLING! magazines available? It would be a cool research project for me to look through them.
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What was the name of the mail order house in Chicago that had the 100+ page catalog? It had a mustard yellow cover and most/all of the images were hand drawn line art (not photographs).
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^Nashbar? (or was that a trick question?)
Actually, it started out named Bike Warehouse if my memory serves me correctly.
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No, no trick involved. I'm trying to recall the name of the shop from which I bought a frame. I bet, if I had a copy of a 1974 BICYCLING! magazine, I could find them in the ads. Does anyone have any old BICYCLING! magazines available? It would be a cool research project for me to look through them.
I purchased a Raleigh Competition frame from Pedal Pushers advertised in the back of an early 80's Bicycling magazine. I think there were located in Florida.
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No, no trick involved. I'm trying to recall the name of the shop from which I bought a frame. I bet, if I had a copy of a 1974 BICYCLING! magazine, I could find them in the ads. Does anyone have any old BICYCLING! magazines available? It would be a cool research project for me to look through them.
I should have some Bicycling mags from that era in storage. Maybe hit up your local library archives, our has most of them on microfilm...

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I distinctly remember those days. People would come into the shop and whine because some part we tried to sell them was cheaper at Nashbar. My mother used to get the employee discount at the shop I worked at until she pulled that nonsense
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Is the sticker a bike racer kind of on an angle, red background? I know there is Turin in Denver. How the ownership works I dont know. I think Yellow Jersey in Madison and Rainbow Jersey in Milwaukee were part of the Turin group as well. But thats going back to the 70's.
At some point the principals of Turin in Chicago split, and the Denver store at least was started. When I moved to Denver in 1984 for a job, there were some familiar faces there, that I recalled from the days of the Old Town stores.
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Originally Posted by Mike Mills View Post
What was the name of the mail order house in Chicago that had the 100+ page catalog? It had a mustard yellow cover and most/all of the images were hand drawn line art (not photographs).
Lickton Cycles, Oak Park, Illinois? Now www.lickbike.com?
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problem here is that "old enough: and "remember" are mutually exclusive
FWIW, what I remember is that the Bike Warehouse (later Bike Nashbar) ads were all line drawings, no photos...and they definitely advertised in Bicycling! magazine.
If somebody else copied their style, or if they were copying others, I guess I'm not old enough (or sharp enough) to remember.
Here's a trivia question: what was the "sister" mail order company that Nashbar cross-promoted with their bicycle business? Hint: it was another sport, but pretty far removed from cycling.
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