Re: [Classicrendezvous] Re: Kraynick's in Pittsburgh

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Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 23:42:30 -0800
From: "Joseph Bender-Zanoni" <>
Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] Re: Kraynick's in Pittsburgh
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Another candidate, although much of the stuff is more recent (80's) is Terry Oselle's shop in St. Anthony, MN. He has more stuff at his house, so ask. I think this comes down to bike shop owners who would rather have parts than a retirement plan.


At 11:14 PM 10/30/00 EST, wrote:
>Greetings fellow Rendezvouser's,
>Our own store has been described as below however I think we are half a time
>warp forward to a modern store and a bit more user friendly than what is
>described below. We actually tag every salable item with a tag size and if
>appropriate compatibility! We spend most of our spare hours looking for
>telephone or E-mail requests rather than having a rummage mill. The store is
>still quite cluttered however, so if like a jumble you will find one.
>There are however thousands of items not yet for sale to the chagrin of
>rendezvous pal Ken Wallace never fails to mention you can't stay in business
>if nothing is for sale. Upon my reply is simply "Ken, if I sell everything,
>I'll have nothing to sell." I often plead the 5th like Mr. Curtis Anthony at
>Via Bike Shop in Philly. When you ask permission to buy something, he
>politely informs you that "You know I only have one of those; you must
>There must be other treasure troves besides the Pittsburgh and Philly shops.
>Mr. Ken informs me there is an a terrific fire trap bike shop combo in
>Radford (and Blacksburg as well, same owner) Virginia downtown. I don't know
>the name but I peaked into the window years ago and was impressed then, but
>now it must be better (or worse).
>I mean broken glass on the floor, bare small gauge wires powering computers,
>light bulbs along with major home appliances; hints to a certain ambiance and
>style that otherwise would be lost. The shop is of course a possible
>franchise with two locations but perhaps the Pittsburgh shop is also
>affiliated (and others no doubt) with such a similar business plan aimed at
>attracting a select, unsuspecting, discriminating, and knowledgeable few
>(like the classic crowd ).
>Let's post any shop of similar configuration to spot a scheme developing,
>Gilbert" Our clutter is like any utter, just butter" Anderson
>Bicycle Outfitter
>519 W. North St.
>Raleigh, NC 27603
>toll free: 800/321-5511
>In a message dated 10/30/00 4:56:48 PM, writes:
><< At 12:37 PM 10/29/00 EST, you wrote:
>>HI I'm Anthony Mezzatesta, a frame builder . I'm new to the site. I want
>>hope in a shop I know in Pittsburg Pa called Kraynick's Bikes. The phone
>>number is 412-621-6160. This guy has stuffed stacked, and I do mean piled
>>high, through out 4 floors of his bike shop. He has things from the old
>>Stuyvesant Importers in NY, who no longer exist. All names from Campy on
>>(I don't think there's any Zeus because I always ask for that). I tried to
>>see if he had an email address, but I didn't find one and haven't been in
>>shop in quite a while. I hope this helps some of you out there.
>Greetings campers:
>Just a bit more on Kraynick's in Pittsburgh, which was mentioned recently
>by Anthony Mezzatesta. Don't get your hopes up too high. It is indeed a
>whacky place, but not the Lost Dutchman Bike-Mine we all hope to find
>someday. It's been a couple years since my last pilgrimage, so anything I
>remember may have changed. But probably not too much. Don't expect to find
>a NR/SR gruppo. The best of the Stuyvesant inventory had been skimmed long
>before Kraynick got to any of it. However, I distinctly remember a pile of
>early Campy mountain bike brakes (Euclid?), a mountain of chainrings with
>oddball bolt circles, and a room full of medium level 80s vintage Schwinn
>frames on my last visit. Just received a message from Anthony saying that
>there was a bunch of Gippiemme stuff on his last visit. Inventory subject
>to change without notice.
>I can best describe the place as almost total mayhem. Three or four floors
>of the sort of clutter your spousal unit/spousal equivalent would
>divorce/ditch you over if she/he ever discovered that YOU owned the
>building. With an inverse relationship between which floor items are
>stored on, and the probability that he will ever need them. Or maybe it was
>an inverse relationship with gross weight. A map would help, but
>discovering what was behind Door Number Three was part of the fun. I don't
>know if he does mailorder, but would be astounded if he did. Most of what
>I saw in any quantity was medium to low level stuff, with a few stray high
>end things if I dug deep enough. Drawers and drawers full of new and used
>little odds and ends if you have time to go through them yourself. I've had
>far better luck at the swaps, but must admit that it's probably time for a
>return visit.
>Not my favorite neighborhood in PGH, and Jerry's personality can easily put
>him in the same league with the Lickton brothers and Crazy Dave when they
>get wound up (Oh, that's great. Personality commentary from a guy who puts
>the crank in "cranky"). Or maybe I just always caught him on a good day. I
>just make a point to not waste his time with chit chat. He's not a vintage
>bike buff. He doesn't even sell new bikes except maybe an occaisional
>recumbent. It's a one man band and he's just trying to keep the repair jobs
>moving out the door and sell whatever stuff he accidentally purchased at
>the last auction. If you're in the neighborhood, and he happens to be open,
>it's a fun place to rummage through. Store hours subject to the whims of
>the proprietor. Definitely self-serve. Definitely pot-luck. Watch your
>head! Watch where you step! Bring a flashlight. Every trip is an adventure.
>Larry "shattering your fragile, crystalline dreams on the hard rocks of
>reality" Osborn
>Miles from Nowhere, WV >>