Sorry for being a little late with this.
I visited Chuck Hoefer's shop down in Oceanside July 17th, 2010 having detached
myself from the family stuff to do some little sub-travelling of my own.
Chuck stuck his head up - hence the visit. Gotta say that while I'm used to most shops having maybe 2-3 classic/vintage bikes or parts lying around in a corner somewhere - quite frankly I wasn't prepared for what Chuck has.
Quite simply - 1/4-1/3 of his shop is literally a museum of bikes from way back - including an old Olmo. He has a strong bias toward Masi - nothing wrong
with that. As a matter of fact - in passing - I mentioned to Chuck that if he doesn't have the reputation already, he'll be remembered as the guy to drop off
lonely, neglected and abandoned Masi's with for a rescue of the religious sorts.
(The nun handles the register and is quite nice...didn't get her name Chuck!)
He's got a couple Masi's he's working on - they're without doubt in the right hands.
His collection of bikes are right out there on the sales floor with his contemporary for-sale bikes so getting up close and checking his collection out
while he is busy with customers is quite easy.
If you folks are ever in the larger San Diego / Los Angeles area and looking for a shop you've never visited - put Pacific Coast Cycles at the top of your visit list. Plan to stay a couple hours - and grab a shirt while you are at it. It's a great way to keep a record of where you have been.
Robert Shackelford San Jose, CA USA
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