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Old 02-15-12, 01:14 PM
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1974 NY Bike Show

Someone posted these recently to a regional forum I used to frequent. Figured you folks would also enjoy them.

bikingbill:

In the early 1970's, while in High School, I had a business importing bike frames from the UK and equipping them with Suntour/Sugino/Shimano components for sale. Used my dad's reseller license and actually got into trade shows.

In 1974 I attended one with a pretty nice camera and took a bunch of slides. Just had all my slides converted to digital.

So here's a bit of a blast from the past for you ....














More here: https://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y24...how/?start=all
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Old 02-15-12, 01:35 PM
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Freakin awesome! Thanks!
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Old 02-15-12, 01:43 PM
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I always hope stuff like this will turn up.
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That chrome MASI is beautiful
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Wow! Great pics!
- and those bikes look practically brand new!
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Thank you for posting these. Takes me right back to my adolescence!
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That is rad - thank you! I'm going to go down to the bikes and give my Sugino Super Maxy a hug!

Love those Bob Jacksons.
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Wow..love it!!!
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Good stuff!

Check out those mutton-chop sideburns, long hair and leisure suits! Yeah, style was king back in the 70's, wasn't it? Who was the girl? And where was the show?
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Love those Bob Jacksons.
Bob Jacksons? Where?
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This may not be the 1974 show. I recognize Gian Simonetti. Not sure why he would be wearing a Rexart shirt while he would be working for Masi at the time. Rexart was a Masi dealer, small chance Rexart ran the booth there as they were based in New Jersey.
Later Rexart bankrolled Medici.
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Old 02-15-12, 05:03 PM
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Those are great. Thanks! Love the Windsor, Masi, and Freji! [c'mon, what else would the plural of Frejus be?]
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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
...Who was the girl?...
The girl is Mary Jane Reoch (a.k.a. Miji, Wonder Woman). At the time of this picture she was the reigning National Pursuit and TT championship and had a 4th place finsh at the World's. She would go on to take 11 National Titles and a silver at the World's (1975, Pursuit). After retiring from racing she took up coaching but was killed during a 1993 training accident. She was one of the truly great women of US cycling and a contemporary of Sue Novara and Sheila Young.
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I was at the '75 show, NYC at the Jacob Javits Center if I'm not mistaken. Yes indeed, things have changed a lot.

Loved the pic of a very young John Howard.
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I vaguely remember '74. I had no idea there was a place called New York at the time, though.
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This is so awesome, my all time fave classic era. I see an exxon graftek with a steel or AL fork, so probably after 1974?

Wonder where all these machines are today.

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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
The girl is Mary Jane Reoch (a.k.a. Miji, Wonder Woman). At the time of this picture she was the reigning National Pursuit and TT championship and had a 4th place finsh at the World's. She would go on to take 11 National Titles and a silver at the World's (1975, Pursuit). After retiring from racing she took up coaching but was killed during a 1993 training accident. She was one of the truly great women of US cycling and a contemporary of Sue Novara and Sheila Young.
Wow, good info T-Mar! Thanks.

Shame she went out in an accident like that...
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Doesn't that particular Fuji Professional belong to one of our forum members, or am I thinking of a different collection of pre-production Fujis?

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IIRC, most trade shows were held at the New York Colosseum at Central Park West and 59th St. I don't think the Jacob Javits Convention Center was completed yet in 75.
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Doesn't that particular Fuji Professional belong to one of our forum members, or am I thinking of a different collection of pre-production Fujis?

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Knowing the history of Matt Beecher's (Beech33) Pro there's a very good chance the one shown at the show is his. IIRC his has a '75 serial number but the Pro didn't show up for sale until the '76 catalog.

https://velospace.org/files/ridea.jpg

I have the Pro that was shown at the '79 show, pretty much the same except the fork crown and livery are a bit different.





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Originally Posted by WNG View Post
IIRC, most trade shows were held at the New York Colosseum at Central Park West and 59th St. I don't think the Jacob Javits Convention Center was completed yet in 75.
Wikipedia agrees.

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is a large convention center located on Eleventh Avenue.... The revolutionary space frame structure was begun in 1980 and finished in 1986....

When the Center opened, it replaced the New York Coliseum as the city's major convention facility....
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Originally Posted by ScottRyder View Post
Knowing the history of Matt Beecher's (Beech33) Pro there's a very good chance the one shown at the show is his. IIRC his has a '75 serial number but the Pro didn't show up for sale until the '76 catalog...
There are other clues to suggest this isn't the 1974 show. Most notably, the Reynolds booth is displaying 753 which didn't become commercially available until the 1976 model year. I believe these pictures are actually from the 17th Annual International Cycle Trade Show, held mid-February 1976, at the New York Coloseum.
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I pulled this link off the forum a few years back and saved it, more NY bike show photos from back then.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/oroboyz...th/5385546505/

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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
There are other clues to suggest this isn't the 1974 show. Most notably, the Reynolds booth is displaying 753 which didn't become commercially available until the 1976 model year. I believe these pictures are actually from the 17th Annual International Cycle Trade Show, held mid-February 1976, at the New York Coloseum.
I think it is from the show held in February 1975.
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