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It turns out that I was just in time because after many years in Bridge Road, Ray is closing his shop and moving to cycling paradise in Italy. Or at least sharing his time between his new house in Italy and Gippsland.
The last trading day is tomorrow Saturday 23 April.
Not surprisingly there is a sale on.
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So here are a few facts-
One of my favorites is the statement by some one that all the Blucher frames were made by Kevin Wigham aka Paconi.
While it's true the Kevin built some frames for Mascot cycles, the vast majority (thousands) were built by Kerry Hopkins in Sydney.
Then there were the hundreds of Japanese and Italian made "cleanskins imported by the late Martin Hanley of Hanley trading.
Then there's the recent comment that the store never really kept pace after moving to 381 Bridge rd.
I actually don't understand this comment, however in raw business terms it was the best move as Mascot cycles purchased the freehold at 381 Bridge rd. Owner Ray Blucher aka Raimondo now lives in Italy where he manages Australian distribution of Scapin, Olympia and Frera bicycles.
He also runs" non boot camp" Cycling holidays know as the Giro dei Colli in the Veneto region.
More info can be found on the Mascot cycles - Cicli Mascot Facebook page.
Meanwhile Mascot Cycles is alive and well in the form of Mascot cycles online. The business is based in Mernda Vic and run by Raimondo's brother Andrew.
https://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bike_sh ... cles-/7001
Blucher frames are still available and made to order near Padova in Italy and you can order through the online store
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