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Bob Hansing's Montrose Bike Shop

Old 12-30-23, 07:12 PM
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Bob Hansing's Montrose Bike Shop

Bought a couple pairs of front dropouts on eBay. Received today, seller included an early 70s (?) advert from Bob Hansing's Montrose Bike Shop of Montrose California? Cool stuff. The shop looks to be still operational on the original premises.

Never seent a cleaner service area myself but maybe the boys prepped it special for the photoshoot.



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That was the packing materials? Attention to detail! Very cool!
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Same stuff in the package of lever covers I got from them. Looks like a nice shop. Smiles, MH
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what is the ebay seller name please ?

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I visited that shop once in about 1971. Lots of stuff, I did not have enough money yet.
This was before the 210 freeway, it was very isolated to get there.
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I remember that this was the West Coast importer for Mondia and perhaps also for the "sister" brand Juvela.
I was last on that street in maybe 2016 or '17 and the shop was still there but it was after business hours so didn't set foot inside
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Very cool, I got one several years ago.
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Originally Posted by mpetry912
what is the ebay seller name please ?

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Bob Hansing owned Montrose Bike Shop and Euro-Asia Imports from their beginnings to his passing in 2001. He was also a president of Shimano America in the 70s.

https://encinovelodrome.wordpress.co...t/bob-hansing/

I worked at Euro-Asia Imports in the late 80s, when he was running the business. He was hands-on to a fault. At that time his son, Dennis, ran Montrose Bike Shop. When I last visited Euro-Asia a couple years ago, his daughter Deedee was running the business.
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Jon Livesay took over Montrose Bike Shop ownership ten years or so back.
Layout looks the same. No surfing stuff these days.
Even twenty years ago, they displayed some vintage NOS Mondias.
Over the years, I sometimes came across rare components there.
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one item recalled at Montrose was that as late as the early 1980's they still had some NITOR flat rail saddles and pillars available

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as remembered, at launch they were located in Carpinteria for a number of years

be that correct or are me "mind" playing tricks on me again?

have a faint memory of the track rider Bruce Schottmeier being a salesman for them in the later seventies


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Originally Posted by Jeff Wills
At that time his son, Dennis, ran Montrose Bike Shop. When I last visited Euro-Asia a couple years ago, his daughter Deedee was running the business.
Looks like I bought these dropouts from Dennis, as his name is in the eBay seller username "dennishchico"

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Gotta like the mechanics all in matching uniforms. Nice touch!
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread
Looks like I bought these dropouts from Dennis, as his name is in the eBay seller username "dennishchico"
IIRC, Dennis moved to Chico, CA, decades ago so you may be right.
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That's Dennis Hansing. We raced ABL around the same time. He has quite a trove left over from the family shop.
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Looks like it started life as a Jetsons pancake house. Nothing like that where I grew up, to be sure.
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Originally Posted by Rick_D
Looks like it started life as a Jetsons pancake house. Nothing like that where I grew up, to be sure.
it certainly does have the look of a defunct Space-age Chalet pancake house (ala IHOP) but given the info on back of the postcard (no zipcode and no areacode or 3-digit-4-digit phone number) my guess is it was not built as a restaurant that failed really quick.
That style of retailer architecture was very popular all over SoCal, Montrose Bike Shop might just have been on the cutting edge (and in so many ways: note the blatant adopting of a Hanna-Barbara-esque Flintstones character!)
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I’ve purchased from the same seller (Dennis) as well. I was happy to get the bonus Montrose Bike Shop postcard. There was also a pretty good amateur cycling club/race team based out of Montrose. Do you know if the shop was affiliated or a sponsor? I hung my card in my garage.

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Montrose Cycle Club annual race, 1985. Photo by Robert Franklin.
(Source: https://digital-collections.csun.edu...on/SFVH/id/913)
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the roof on that building is sick
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Originally Posted by drpaddle
That's Dennis Hansing. We raced ABL around the same time. He has quite a trove left over from the family shop.

Ummm, Errrr,

He has some cool stuff for sure. Sweetie and I picked up some cute cycling shoes from him on our way home from Eroica. Gotta say, its pretty picked over at this point.
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Must have a gross or so, of those cards, I got one from an eBay purchase Dennis posted several years back. Good seller, had some nice stuff when I looked his eBay listings over. Looks like a well run place in the images shown, clean and orderly like the local Schwinn dealer back in the day.

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