A Sale Too Good To Pass Up

A friend of mine once advised me to never promote someone else’s bike shop on our homepage, but today’s sale at CoCo’s Variety Store looks like an awesome bargain hunter’s dream! Conventional wisdom, humbug I say, thar’s deals to be had down the road.

Posted on Craigslist this morning:

Uncommon Sale at Coco’s Variety! Uncommon!


Last year at this time, I didn’t have enough bikes to sell. We couldn’t keep up with demand. Didn’t mean I was making any money, but we were selling bikes at a good clip. Most of my bikes came from garage sales and thrift stores, but it wasn’t enough volume. Now, I have managed to get dialed into a bunch of other sources. There are the guys in the Valley that buy out of scrap trucks and hold the good stuff for me. Odd little antique stores that store up bikes and call me. Collectors that have too much stuff and want to focus on their key passions. And, since we are established, more bikes find us, as trades. We are overloaded.

We have two classes of bicycles: refurbed and ‘as found’ projects.

Refurbed means disassembled, bearings re-greased, wheels trued, new brake pads, gear cables, brake cables, new tubes, new tires, new bar tape and often a new saddle. Plus, anything broken or missing is replaced. Usually a new, or good used, saddle. Often new pedals. Sometimes new wheels. These bikes start at $175. They go up from there. We have a Super Mondeo, all Campy, perfect, beautiful, refurbed $1200.


-Mister Jalopy, May 24, 2009, “Uncommon Sale at Coco’s Variety! Uncommon!

Coco’s Variety Store has a ton of great stuff besides bikes: water, juvenile delinquent home starter kits, knick knacks – well, why don’t I let Coco’s speak for themselves:

“Coco’s Variety sells flyswatters, glass 5 gallon water bottles, headache remedies, oil cloth by the yard, used bicycles, California souvenir tablecloths, Kit-Cat Klocks, gumballs, Mexican Cokes in glass bottles, squirt guns, tote bags adorned with hula girls, Lodge cast iron frying pans, old American-made tools, baskets for your bicycle, wood matches, reverse osmosis purified drinking water by the gallon and fancy Jadeite cake plates for fancy cakes on fancy occasions.”

You can find Coco’s by driving, walking, hiking, helicoptering, hang gliding, skateboarding, rollerblading, cavorting, skipping, or crawling to:

Coco’s Variety Store
2427 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, California 90039
(323) 664-7400

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One Comment

  1. Marc P
    Posted May 24, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    I applaud this: promoting competitor’s bicycles is promoting bicycle culture. By promoting bicycle culture, you’ve opened up a wider market to support your shop.

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