Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cupertino Bike Shop / Spence Wolfe Sales 1955-1977

In the USA the largest sellers of Cinelli bikes were Kopp's Cycles, the oldest bicycle shop in America, in Princeton, NJ and the Cupertino Bike Shop of Spence Wolfe in Cupertino, California.

The yearly Cinelli sales numbers from the Cupertino Bike Shop/Spence Wolfe records , 1955-1977:

Total sold from 1955-1977
SC = 649
Mod. B = 79
Pista = 32

SC by year:
1954 = 0
1955 = 1
1956 = 1
1957 = 18
1958 = 15
1959 = 29
1960 = 26
1961 = 53
1962 = 31
1963 = 15
1964 = 19
1965 = 28
1966 = 25
1967 = 25
1968 = 18
1969 = 49
1970 = 67
1971 = 60
1972 = 71
1973 = 66
1974 = 13
1975 = 13
1976 = 4
1977 = 2

Mod B by year:
1954 = 0
1955 = 4
1956 = 9
1957 = 10
1958 = 7
1959 = 15
1960 = 3
1961 = 2
1962 = 3
1963 = 7
1964 = 9
1965 = 8
1966 = 2
1967 = No sales recorded from this point

Pista by year:
1954 = 0
1955 = 0
1956 = 1
1957 = 3
1958 = 1
1959 = 4
1960 = 0
1961 = 5
1962 = 0
1963 = 1
1964 = 4
1965 = 2
1966 = 4
1967 = 1
1968 = 3
1969 = 0
1970 = 1
1971 = 0
1972 = 1
1973 = 0
1974 = 1
1975 = No sales recorded from this point

Note: thanks to reader Wille for making a graph of the above data:

Spence and Lillian Wolfe at their Cupertino Bike Shop. They only dealt in quality lightweights and became West Coast (of U.S.A.) importers for Cinelli frames. Spence was also a bike mechanic of "guru" stature and collaborated with the Phil Wood company on their component designs.

Read here about a 1969 Cinelli with "Alpine" Gearing by Spence Wolfe. A 1970 Cinelli ordered through the Cupertino Bike shop here.

Photo: www.velovecchio.com

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3 comments:

  1. I wish we could identify how many of which sizes were sold.

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  2. Very interesting. This gives a hint about how many Cinellis that where sold in the US. Does anyone have any records from Kopps or any other shop in US and Canada?

    I made a graph from the data above:
    http://i.imgur.com/DM00Rl.png

    What happened 1974? Did the boom collapse, or did another bike brand sell more units?

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  3. Thanks! I have added your graph to the body of the story.

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