17312 Foothill Blvd Suite C Fontana, CA 92335
A faded black-and-white picture next to the Quetzal shows Cabrera racing around a sharp corner, other riders peddling furiously to catch him. From 1975 to 1982 he rode for his native country, the El Salvador National Bicycle Racing Team. He placed as high as 10th in international competition.
But then in 1983, he moved to the U.S., and his racing career ended. But not his bicycling career. He's gone on to become a master bicycle mechanic, and in May opened his own bike shop. The shop is filled with professional and high quality bicycles that can't be found in the big "box" stores, he said. There are kid's tricycles, adult mountain and beach cruisers, road bikes, and sleek and slim professional racing models. "The quality is 100 percent better than what you would find in (box) stores," said Cabrera. "It's like (comparing) a Geo Metro to a Lexus."
Lined up on both sides of the store are Nirve Cruisers, the Torker models for kids, KHS, and racing bikes such a Olmo, Moser is the leading bicycle manufacturer in the world, said Luis Ledesma, the sales representative for Cabrera's shop.
khs makes more than six million bicycles yearly, and was the first to come out with the carbon produced bicycle," he said.
Carbon is a smoother and better ride, typically, than aluminum bikes, added Cabrera. With each sale comes a lifetime warranty.
If the bike needs repair, adjustment, lubricating, or brakes, bring the bike in, advises Cabrera. But along with sales, Cabrera labors behind the back counter repairing bikes. And he's good at it, said Rancho Cucamonga resident John Anderson. "He's been known for a lot of years," said Anderson. "He's a great mechanic. He maintains my bike, a road bike." As Cabrera moves about the shop answering questions and helping customers select the right size and style bicycle, his wife, Milena, daughters Melissa, 21, Michelle, 22, son, Michael, 23, and
step daughters azalia 17 sheyla 13, pitch in to help. It's a family-run business. And no youngsters' frowns tell of a dislike for working with dad. "We help get people in the right fitting bike and help them with parts and information on different brands of bikes," said Michelle, while behind her Michael fixed a flat tire for a customer. Soon to come, the Cabrera family will have a computer software program, "Fit Kit," which will "put a person in a bicycle at the right, comfortable positioning, length, and size bike (based) on a person's height," said Cabrera.
ALL OF HIS children ride, but only his son, Hector Jr., 32, followed
dad into professional racing. Hector Jr. also raced for the El Salvador
national team in 2000. Who's the better racer? "It was different times
and different style bikes, but we're at the same level," said the senior
Cabrera with a chuckle. Though he no longer races, he still has a
passion for racing. He rates Eddie Merckx of Belgium and America's
Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong as the three best professional
riders of all time. His voice rises and his eyes sparkle as he unrolls
large posters of racing legends on his glass-topped counter. Faded
black and whites date back to the 1930s and '40s. He points to Italian
legends Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi. He spreads out a LeMond,
bent over his bike in a yellow jersey, peddling furiously as if he's
about to explode off the poster.His biggest thrill was meeting and
riding with LeMond. "I got to ride recreationally with him when he
visited a bicycle store I was working in," said Cabrera. "It was like
riding with a legend." Better put: Two legends riding side by side.
(In the photo above, Hector Cabrera poses next to the first bicycle he bought in 1970 (which he used to race professionally) along with a picture of himself racing. Photo by Bob Otto.)
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by BOB OTTO Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2007
An old orange-colored racing bicycle hangs high on the front wall of Hector Cabrera's
bike shop on 17312 foothill blvd # C Fontana CA. 92335. It towers over a couple
of hundred shiny new bicycles below, no amount of money will take that bicycle off that wall,
or out of Cabrera's hands.The racing bicycle — an English made Quetzal — has sped Cabrera
over thousands of miles in professional races since he first bought the bike in 1970 when he
Now, 44 years later, the bike commands a special place in Cabrera's bike shop. "When I was
eight years old, I wanted to race," said Cabrera. "I asked my mom if she would buy me a bike,
but she said she couldn't afford it." But to appease her dejected son, Marta Cabrera bought
him a horse instead. No, he laughs, he had no desire to become a jockey. So, for eight years
he worked and saved to buy his first bike, the Quetzal. And the two of them became quite a
and it shows. Our first-time customers continually become our long term customers time and time again, choosing us for all their auto needs.
We’re committed to bicycle repair and to serving you with quality and value. Bring your bike in today for an inspection, and see what our commitment to quality is all about! We may not be related, but you’ll feel like a part of the family.
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