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Can you explain how the idea for a store came to be?
It was originally a hardware/general store just serving the needs of the community and we eventually just kept with the bikes.
Who owns the shop?
George & Tom Bennett.
Who works there?
Tom Bennett, George Bennett, Rick Heath, Vin Crispino, Chris Crispino, Silverback, Chris Hansen.
What events have you done at Bennett’s Bicycles in the past few years?
We’ve been on NY1 a few times and in the local newspaper and NY Post.
What changes have you noticed in the scene since the shop opened?
It’s changed alot since we first opened, from wooden wheels to metal wheels.
What does Bennett’s Bicycles offer that mail-order doesn’t?
Quality service & professionalism.
Top three best-selling Animal products:
Tires, grips, pedals.
Strangest experience selling an Animal product:
A group of kids coming in asking for the tires with the “bird head” on it. – Silverback
Why carry Animal?
Because everyone in BMX always loves all of the animal products and it is what our customers want, especially in NYC. Everyone f***s wid it.
What’s something you never expected to happen after opening Bennett’s Bicycles?
Never expected bicycles to become as mainstream as they are still today.
Any future plans for the shop?
To always just keep it rolling for future generations.
How many trends have you seen come and go since you have been open?
Every trend you could imagine.
If you can have one BMX product that doesn’t exist yet what would it be?
Tubeless BMX tires.
Where do you see the shop in ten years?
Still here in Staten Island hopefully doing the same thing we’re doing today.
Shop address: 517 Jewett Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00 Sat 10-5 Sun 12-3 Closed Wednesday
Contact info: 718-447-8652, www.bennettsbicycle.com, Instagram: @bennettsbicycles, Twitter: @bennettsbicycles, Facebook: @Bennett’s Bicycles
A few weeks ago Ralphy joined Nigel on a trip to Israel to film for a G-Shock project. While over there, Ralphy linked up with photographer Robin Pearson to shoot some photos. The Green Label site just posted some of the flicks. Click the photo above to check them out.
Nigel coming through with the heat for Ridin’ With That Work Part 2.