THE STORY OF CONTE’S BIKE SHOP
Conte's Bike Shop has a rich history in Virginia, and we're proud to be a family owned and operated business that is dedicated to serving and improving the many local communities where we now reside. Learn more about our company roots, and thank you for your continued support!
Charles R. Conte, Sr. opened the first of the Conte’s family-owned bicycle stores 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. He 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. 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 bicycle stores. They worked with their father in the family-owned stores first in Newport News, Virginia and later in Norfolk, Virginia. When Charles Sr. retired in 1986, he turned his operations over to his sons.
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 decided to move their corporate headquarters to Virginia Beach. Thereafter, David Conte purchased all of his brother’s ownership interest in the company. In 2014, David Conte and Wayne Souza joined forces to launch the Conte Bicycle Group.
Headquartered in Virginia, the group now has stores in Virginia Beach (Hilltop area), Chesapeake (The Shoppes at Greenbrier), Williamsburg (New Town Shops on Main), Newport News (Marketplace at Tech Center), Falls Church (MetroWest on Leesburg Pike), Richmond, (the “Short Pump” retail corridor & the Midlothian area-Southside) Arlington (recently opened in 2016). The Conte Bicycle Group also distributes under its private label - “1957 Brand”™.
Conte's Bike Shop is proud to have been selected as one of the Top 100 Best Bicycle Retailers in the country year after year.
Working with the top suppliers in the industry and the industry’s leading trade publication, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, criteria used to pick the winners included market share, community outreach and store appearance. “There are more than 5,200 bicycle retailers in the United States,” said Thomas Prehn, president of the research company. “For Conte's Bike Shop to achieve the status of one of the Top 100 Bicycle Retailers in the nation is no small matter. This bike shop stands as the best of the best,” he said.
Marc Sani, the magazine’s publisher, said choosing the nation’s best stores is a tremendous challenge. “There are so many excellent shops—in hundreds of communities throughout the U.S.—that picking the Top 100 only begins to reflect the overall high quality of bicycle retailing,” he said.