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California Sunshine? part two

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2007 at 2:31 AM

The coastal village of Half Moon Bay is our base for the last three days of our stay. All the rides can be accessed by bike, so it isn’t necessary to get in the car if you don’t wish. Restaurants abound in town, however Palo Alto is only a half-hour away and Santa Cruz is just an hour. The Half Moon Bay Lodge provides breakfast and has an excellent outdoor spa tub overlooking the golf course behind the property–really nice when you don’t find California sunshine in January. Read the rest of this entry »

California Sunshine?

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2007 at 9:53 PM

Each winter we take a trip to the Bay Area in search of better weather and new roads to ride. Leaving Eugene at five in the morning will get us across the Golden Gate and to our hotel by one o’clock that afternoon. On the bikes by two, we are shortly over the Bridge and around the Marin headlands, to Sausolito and back before it gets too dark.

We stay in the Marina District as we can just park the car (for free at the hotel!) and then walk or ride for the rest of our stay. Our favorite place for breakfast is Rose’s Cafe, which makes an apple-cinnamon french toast that is like starting your day with Mom’s homemade pie. Across the street is also City Cycle, a small high-end custom bike shop–it doesn’t get much more convenient than that.

The next morning we’re back over the Bridge. A nice long loop around Mt Tamalpais, the route taking us along the coast, over the Panoramic Highway, though the cool towns of Mill Valley and Sausolito, before our return trip with an awesome view of San Fransisco. Ask the front desk for a slightly latter check-out time as it easy to get delayed on this ride. We finish our stay in San Fransisco with a quick lunch, coffee and a little more exploring before heading down Highway One to Half Moon Bay. The part I enjoy the most is watching people live their everyday life right in this densely populated urban area.

Who We Are.

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2007 at 6:39 AM

Hutch’s Bicycle Store was founded by Earl Hutchinson in 1927 in Eugene, Oregon. Earl was famous for keeping the conversation going as he walked the customer out the door to their car with their purchase. Sure he was providing great customer service, but more than anything he enjoyed the company of his customers.

Billy Hutchinson grew up learning these lessons from his father. Born the same year that Hutch’s was opened, Billy worked side by side with his father until he decided, as an adult, that he would stay on to keep his father’s hard work a reality. Hutch’s changed as the times changed and it grew as the bicycle industry grew. Leading that charge from small town repair shop to a nationally recognized bicycle recreation store, the lessons of the father were never forgotten. Treat each person the best that you can. If you fail in a particular instance, do it better next time.

I started at Hutch’s in 1981 and have literally been told thousands of times of the kindness of the Hutchinson family and what that meant to them over the years. Sixty year old men remembering that when they were ten, Earl had let them buy a bike a few dollars a month so they could work their paper route, travel to school and ride with their friends. A bike was and is a powerfully emotional tool. The connection a person feels to their bicycle is strong and this is who we are; bicycle riders.

This blog will chronicle the people that made Hutch’s what it is today and the people that will make Hutch’s what it will be in the future. It was them, it is us and it has always been you. Please feel free to contribute to the story of Hutch’s bicycle store. This is your store and we want everyone to know your experiences as they are added to this blog.

contact us

In Uncategorized on December 15, 2007 at 3:21 AM

our phone: (541) 345-7521

email: hutchslen@clearwire.net

our address: 960 charnelton
eugene, oregon 97401

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In Uncategorized on December 14, 2007 at 10:02 PM

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