Conte's Bicycles and Fitness Equipment Enjoy The Ride
Charles R. Conte, Sr. opened the first Conte's bicycle store in Newport News, Virginia in 1957. Conte, the son of Italian immigrants, was a hard working machinist at a nearby shipyard when he opened his small, neighborhood bicycle and repair shop.
Conte ran the shop based on his love of bicycles and his vision of providing personal service, and top quality products that he could personally guarantee. By 1960, the store was doing so well that Conte left his job to devote his efforts full time to the store. In the bicycle boom of the 1970s, he relocated and expanded his store in the Newport News Hilton area.
Conte's became famous for providing customers with a one-of-a-kind buying experience that made Conte's customers, not only repeat customers, but customers for life. Conte's bicycle shops were a family-run operation and Conte's two sons, Charles Jr. and David, grew up in the business. They worked with their father first in Newport News and later in Norfolk, Virginia.
When Charles Sr. retired in 1986, he turned the stores over to his sons. Charles R. Conte, Jr. became President and David Conte became Vice President of Conte Bike Shops, Inc. By 2002 the Conte brothers had expanded to four family-owned stores by adding their most successful stores to date-in Virginia Beach-Hilltop and Richmond, Virginia. With the success of the Virginia Beach store, the brothers moved their corporate headquarters to Virginia Beach.
This is a beautiful bike store - they have a great selection from mountain to road to tri bikes. They have a fun, enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff and top mechanics. This is the place to go to get a great bike and have it fitted.