About Us


Downeast Bicycle Specialists is a full service bicycle parts and accessories distributor servicing independent bicycle dealers throughout the United States. Our annual catalog features thousands of items from over 100 manufacturers around the world. We offer same day shipping, competitive pricing, free freight, group and kit programs, and online ordering. We can ship with 1 to 3 day delivery anywhere in the continental United States and we have one of the highest fill rates in the industry. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are all cycling enthusiasts. Most have extensive shop experience and can answer just about any technical question thrown at them. We support the bicycle industry and the sport we love through national and local advocacy groups.


Downeast Bicycle Specialists was started in 1982 by Dave Kinsman and Steve Pucci as a part time business. Beginning with a few boxes of bike parts in a chicken coop heated by a wood stove, a one page price sheet, and inventory kept in a notebook, Downeast grew steadily over the next 17 years by providing New England dealers with superior customer service. In 1999 Downeast was acquired by Doug Moore, an active cyclist with extensive business experience in the hardware industry. In 2010 long-time Downeast employee and Operations Manager Jeff Cavicchi purchased a share of the business, and together he and Doug ran the company until 2013. In 2013 Doug and Jeff sold the business to fellow distributor The Hans Johnsen Company. Founded in 1901 and located in Dallas, Texas, HJC, a family-owned organization, has been serving U.S. bicycle retailers for over 100 years. Under HJC Downeast continues to operate as a separate distributor under its own name, with the strength of nationwide coverage with the inclusion of HJC owned west coast distributor, Wilson Bicycle Sales, located in Hayward, CA.

Upon the sale of Downeast Doug retired, and Jeff took over the twin roles of General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. Jeff left in 2015 and Mike Daubenspeck took over the role of General Manager. Mike has a decade in the Bike industry working as shop wrench, a national sales rep for Michelin as well as running a personal cycle coaching business for 10+ years. With extensive Northeast US experience in the world of outdoor sports - snowboarding, hiking, camping, competitive cycling - Mike brings a unique knowledge base to the continued success of Downeast Bike.

In 2018, Downeast undertook a huge adventure and moved across the state line from our 25+ year hold in Maine, to 64 Hobbs Street, Conway, NH. Located directly off NH RT 16, with 6000 square feet of additional space and more dependable internet service we are better able ship, receive and warehouse more inventory and generally provide improved service to our growing customer base.


In 2002 the National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA) rated bicycle parts and accessory distributors throughout the country. Criteria included availability/timeliness, accuracy of order, warranty service, sales rep support, loyalty to IBD's, profitability to store, marketing support and depth of product line. Out of 21 national and regional distributors, Downeast had the highest average score. Check out the complete results at the NBDA's web site, www.nbda.com. We are proud of this achievement and are dedicated to continuing our focus on outstanding customer service to the independent bicycle dealer.

64 Hobbs Street | Conway, NH 03818 | Customer Service: (207)-935-4242 / (800)-242-1043
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