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Shop Report: Stoton Cycle(23 posts)

Shop Report: Stoton CycleAsiago
Jan 3, 2004 7:41 AM
Stoton Cycle in Stoughton, WI is my home shop. It's a small shop owned by Phil Caravello. Phil is the owner, manager, mechanic and sales guy. That's right, he's the only employee! The shop's motto: "If it's in stock, we've got it!"

Phil doesn't carry a lot of stock, but he has all of the necessities and more. If you need something odd though, he'll have it within a couple of days.

The beauty of Stoton Cycle though is the customer service. Phil's not my LBS owner, he's a friend. We ride together a lot. He sponsors both the Stoton Velo Club and the Great Dane Velo Club. Phil organizes Sunday coffee rides all year long (weather permitting) and two weekday rides during the season (April-September).

So, for this shop report I thought I'd post a ride report along with it, Phil's annual New Year's Day Ride. The ride starts at noon with a pot-luck in the shop afterwards (Phil provides the tables, electricity for the crock pots and the beer). Matt and I met early for a pre-ride warm-up.
a little earlyAsiago
Jan 3, 2004 7:43 AM
It was a little early for Phil, seen here scampering up the back stairs behind the building. Phil's apartment is in the same building as his bike shop.
Jan 3, 2004 7:46 AM
Though warm for around here, it was still bleak.
Hmm, one or two have arrived since we left...Asiago
Jan 3, 2004 7:45 AM
By the time Matt and I got back to the shop one or two bikes at the back door revealed some others had shown up.
Good crowd...Asiago
Jan 3, 2004 7:48 AM
The balmy weather brought everybody out! It was about 39 degrees at noon and that warm weather produced 41 participants, a ride record!
We're off!Asiago
Jan 3, 2004 7:50 AM
The big group was off for the ride with the thought of a good meal at the end...
Group PicAsiago
Jan 3, 2004 7:52 AM
Group picture!
Jan 3, 2004 7:54 AM
Here's Joe B, a regular on the shop rides.
'Round the LakeAsiago
Jan 3, 2004 7:55 AM
The ride traditionally leaves the shop in Stoughton, rides around Lake Kegonsa and then returns to the shop.
Nice PaceAsiago
Jan 3, 2004 7:57 AM
It was a nice pace for the group. Not too slow, not too fast. The Great Dane Velo Club guys (elite team) showed their class by setting a great club pace.
Mmmm Food...Asiago
Jan 3, 2004 8:00 AM
When we returned to the shop, it was time to eat!
"nother food picAsiago
Jan 3, 2004 8:02 AM
I love food, good thing there was a lot! From veggie lasagna to cheesecake (I brought the cheesecake!).
cheesecake is an appropriate dish...innergel
Jan 4, 2004 11:40 AM
from someone named Asiago :-)
People and shop picAsiago
Jan 3, 2004 8:04 AM
So we just hung out and had a good time. This shot shows one side of Phil's small shop.
Nice frame!Asiago
Jan 3, 2004 8:05 AM
Check out the fork on the frame, that's not standard issue...
Hey, that's my frame! Can't tell about the fork, what is it? nmTower
Jan 6, 2004 11:27 AM
Jan 3, 2004 8:08 AM
There's Phil, center of the picture in the black stocking cap! I should also mention, Phil has organized a TT through the Wisport series, any proceeds after costs are donated to charity.
Last photo...Asiago
Jan 3, 2004 8:12 AM
Last photo shows a few of the '04 bikes Phil is beginning to get built for the showroom floor.

I just want to say thank to Phil for having such a great shop. It's not big or glamorous, but it's the best. I can get anything I need, plus a good friend and riding buddy who does an extraordinary amount for the cycling community.

Thanks for the report....PEDDLFOOT
Jan 3, 2004 1:40 PM
...looks like a great shop and bunch of people to ride with.The weather looked alot like what I rode in this morning in Northern Illinois.It was nice to have the milder temps the last few days.Looks like winter is on the way tommarow though.
Thanks for the report....Grahamalicious
Jan 3, 2004 6:02 PM
Nice report, thanks! I work in Stoughton and i've been meaning to get down there and check it out
Thanks for the report....thisendup
Jan 4, 2004 1:57 PM
I'm from Milwaukee and the Wisport 40k time trial he sponsors is a well run event that I've done several times. never been to his shop tho'.

New Years day was great riding weather in Wisconsin. Our team did 46 miles partly along Lake Michigan. A good hard ride does wonders for a hangover!
I've been meaning....Byfield
Jan 5, 2004 1:13 PM
to join that group ride. Wanted to do it all summer but never got a chance.

When are the Sunday rides? Can anyone show up?

I've been meaning....Asiago
Jan 5, 2004 6:13 PM
All the rides are great. The Sunday Coffee ride is open to anyone, though only 3 or 4 of us ride from stoughton this time of year. The ride goes all winter, weather permitting. Always a good idea to call Phil at the shop on Saturday to see what the scoop is (608) 877-1134. The ride leaves the shop at 8am. Be wary, if Phil is running late (which is often), they can end up riding rather quickly. For this reason, I usually meet them on the way. If you are interested in doing the ride but maybe not riding phil speed, you can shoot me an email and we can set up a time to meet on the road and meet Phil et al on the road. We're back in Stoughton by noon, with usually an hour or so at the coffee shop.