Thinking of buying a new bicycle? One of your first choices, and not necessarily an easy one, will be where to shop.
It can be a challenge because there are a myriad of stores that carry two-wheelers, from specialty retailers, to giant department stores, to backyard garage operations. Where you buy, however, has everything to do with what you get. You see, bicycles aren’t like toasters or suitcases. Bikes are shipped in boxes and they must be assembled and tuned.
There are many types, too, and you should never buy until you’ve figured out which is right for you. Measurements and adjustments are required to ensure the frame is the correct size and that the seat and handlebars are properly positioned. And, every new bicycle will need a minor tune-up after several weeks of use.
What’s more, modern road and mountain bikes can travel at high speeds and carry you over demanding terrain where the machine’s materials and construction get tested. A quality two-wheeler, carefully assembled and fit to you, will be the safest, most durable and fun bicycle to ride.
For these reasons, we strongly recommend shopping at a good specialty bicycle store in our area. For instance, we hire competent salespeople and expert mechanics who’ll ensure that you get the right bike and a quality machine. Look for a store that’s clean, has helpful personnel, offers a good selection, and an on-site repair department.
Meet the Staff
Head Bicycle Mechanic, Head of Sales, Oversees all departments within Out. Mot. Corp., Head Honcho.
Chad graduated with honors and a B.S. of Social Science Education from THE University of North Dakota in 2003. In November 2008, he was elected to the Hutchinson City Council. In 2012 and 2016 Chad won re-election for his seat in City Council. Chad also is currently sitting on the EDA Board and Parks Board. Chad is also involved with the Hutchinson Jaycees and Jaycee Water Carnival as the current Vice Commodore.
In his spare time, he enjoys philanthropy by giving back to the community that has given him so much. Chad enjoys spending time with his wife Betsy and son, Ben. His family is eagerly anticipating a new addition of another son in September. Now that he is a family man, Chad spends countless hours biking with his family, kayaking, and XC skiing.
Bikes Chad Owns
- Salsa El Mariachi Ti
- Rivendell Atlantis
- Rivendell Romulus
- Rivendell Quickbeam
- 1984 Trek 520
- Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike
- Ritchey Commando
- Salsa Deadwood
- Santana Tandem
- Salsa Powderkeg Tandem
- Ritchey Skyliner Tandem
- Land Shark Road Tandem
- Trek Superfly SS
- Salsa Fargo Ti
- GT Talera
- Trek Full Stache
- Surly 1×1
- All City Nature Boy Zona
- Salsa Gen 1 Fargo
Best Wheel Builder in Upper Midwest
Wheel Building, Help catch up on repairs when swamped, providing witty banter.
Craig has 20 years of bike shop experience. He previously ran A1 Bicycle Shop in Hutchinson. In his free time he enjoys being a realtor, rearing his children, going to the lake, and motorcycling. Craig is the current head coach of the Hutchinson High School Cycling Team.
Bikes Craig Owns
- Salsa Fargo
- KHS Tandem
- All City Mr. Pink
- Surly Karate Monkey
- Salsa El Mariachi
Bike Polo Team Captain/Men’s Tank Top Department Coordinator/Head of the “Getting Rad” Department
Being Indie, bike assembly, bike repair, overall sales, monitors bicycle industry blogs, and replacing tubes in the blink of an eye.
Luke is a graduate of Hutchinson High School. He attended the University of Manitoba… I mean the University of Wisconsin Stout.. I mean Northland University. He was the captain of the Hutchinson High School Mountain Bike Racing team his senior and junior years. In Luke’s spare time he enjoys collecting vinyl records, doing fixie skids, sipping espressos, and attempting to grow impressive facial hair. Over the years he has also conveyed interest in updating his super hip cycling blog, making coffee outside, and camping via bike or van. Luke is currently an arborist in Minneapolis.
Bikes Luke Owns
- KHS Flite 100
- Surly Pugsley
- Salsa Timberjack
- 1984 Trek 420
- 1959 Schwinn Tornado
Trevor Roen aka “Trevronious Maximus, Franklin the Turtle, and Snakes”
Head shop monkey.
Trevor currently attends the University of Minnesota Duluth. He raced on the Hutchinson High School Mountain Bike Team and is much faster than he looks. During his senior year he was the 5th fastest high school mountain biker in the state of Minnesota. He claims he is fast due to the fact that he enjoys a “Quarter Chicken Dark” from the Hutch Cafe before each and every one of his races. His hobbies include taking selfies with Luke Myers, grillin’ weenies, listening to Michael Jackson songs, and studying physics with Arlyn DeBruyckere. Trevor also enjoys skiing, listening to the B-52’s (a band that includes one of his distant relatives), and doing karate.
Bikes Trevor Owns
- Crust Scapegoat
- All City Gorilla Monsoon
- All City Log Lady
- Salsa Ti Timberjack
Learning on the job. Bike Building. Cleaning tuneups.
Jim is 50% of our new retiree employment program. He comes to us after a long, illustrious career at Goebel Fixture Company. Jim is a dedicated family man and enjoys spending time with his grandkids. You can often find him at the lake enjoying his cabin with his wife, Brenda.
Bikes Jim Owns
- Trek Navigator 200
Low man on the totem pole
Bike Building, General repairs. Washing coffee cups.
Sam is the tallest person to have ever worked at Outdoor Motion. He stands at a towering 6’4” tall. Sam enjoys youth group activities at his church, ripping around on his Yamaha Zuma scooter, high jumping, and working towards becoming an Eagle Scout.
Bikes Sam Owns
- Sam does not currently own a bicycle but we are really excited at the prospect of him buying one.
Job Duties: Running the shop when Chad is gone. Servicing side by side recumbents in the parking lot.
Bio: Calvin is an ambitious young High School lad. He enjoys volunteering with the Boys Scouts of America, visiting aquariums, and building robots for leisure and sometimes sport. As the legend tells, Calvin called down to the bike shop the day he was born to reserve a spot on the dream team that is the Outdoor Motion bike shop crew. If you see Calvin out and about be sure to ask him about the latest in mountain bike axle standards. Chances are he can provide you with the most up to date information available.
Bikes Calvin Owns:
All City Electric Queen
Shop Girl 4.0
Bio: Brianna is a freshman at the University of Minnesota. Chad says that during the interview process the fact that Brianna attends the U of M was not held against her but, it certainly didn’t improve her chances of getting the job. While in high school Brianna was a mountain bike racer on the Hutchinson High School Mountain Bike Team. Currently, her cycling interests include biking to coffee shops on Minneapolis to buy pumpkin spice lattes and using her road bike to see the countryside.
Bikes Brianna Owns: Vintage Columbia Tourist City Bike (From Olden Times/It has a sweet pizza bell) and a Trek Lexa 1.1 road bike
Job Duties: Jump-starting a Women’s Advocacy Program, bike repair, bike assembly, and pretty much anything that Chad doesn’t want to do.
Bio: Jamie is the newest member of the OutMot team. She is edgy by Hutch standards but not by Uptown Minneapolis standards. She is charged with the task of replacing local cycling legend, Mary Gamradt. Outside of the bike shop (is there such a place?) she enjoys things like acro yoga, tree-hugging, slaughtering zombies via her xbox360, Dungeons and Dragons, and a medium steak.
Bikes Jamie Owns: 1996 Gary Fisher Marlin and a Torker Unicycle (I know what you are thinking, she works at a bike shop and only has two bikes? Take it easy, she just started, alright?)
Head of Skateboard Department
Job Duties: Cleaning the coffee stuff, cleaning bikes, building new bikes.
Bio: Josh has worked at Outdoor Motion for 5 years. He is known best for lighting up the room with his beaming smile. Josh is the 3rd best skateboarder in all of Hutch and wears that title proudly. Josh has been named Employee of the Month 5 times. He can be found wandering around UMD campus in shirts that don’t necessarily match his pants.
Josh is a Junior at UMD.
Bikes Josh Owns: Surly Long Haul Trucker, Trek Mamba
Job Duties: Bicycle Repair, Bicycle Assembly, Most Payroll and Financial Services, Running store in Chad’s absence, Spokes-model, Provide the appropriate amounts of estrogen to curtail excessive levels of testosterone thus gaining gender equality.
Bio: Mary worked at Outdoor Motion for 8 years. She is the career leader in hours worked outside of Chad himself. Some of her awards include 12x Employee of the Month and was also voted the 5th best looking girl in the graduating class of 2008 at Hutchinson High School.
Mary is currently taking classes at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, majoring in Nursing. She thinks that a job in the nursing field will be more rewarding than sticking with the bike industry. Stupid, huh?
Bikes Mary Owns: Trek 7.2 FX aka “Pinky”, Bianchi Eros Donna, Schwinn World Sport, Vintage Ritchey Timbercomp
Captain Enthusiasm/ Sales Associate
Job Duties: Bringing a positive attitude with him everyday to work, reorganizing bikes on the sales floor, web design accountability partner, general sales and repair, Founder of “The Marshall Plan” which was instituted in the hopes that Marshall when working would take care of all customers so that Chad could continue working on repairs without interruption, provide a comfortable sales environment for customers of all age, gender, race, shape, and size.
Bio: Marshall worked at Outdoor Motion for 3 years. Chad has touted Marshall as the fastest learning shop kid of all time. He also is an 8x Employee of the Month. Marshall enjoys working on and repairing bikes so continue to bring in any repairs you need to be done!
Marshall graduated from South Dakota State University, majoring in Pharmacy. He also participates on the SDSU Women’s Basketball practice squad and loves to cheer on his Jackrabbits. Go Big! Go Blue! Go Jacks!
Bikes Marshall Owns: Trek 3rd District
Job Duties: Making the store spotless, general sales and repair, eating any leftover food at lunchtime.
Bio: Lukus worked at Outdoor Motion for 4 years. He then took 9 years off and came back for the summer of 2019. He ran track collegiately at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Lukus enjoys spending time outside, be it running or just plain exercising and from time to time has been spotted bike camping, so be on the lookout for Lukus.
Lukus finished his Master’s degree in exercise science at Adams State in Alamosa, CO. He can now be found in Fargo, North Dakota as he is studying for his doctorate degree.
Bikes Lukus Owns: Trek Soho S, Lemond Reno, Trek X-Caliber, Trek T1
Wise Old Bike Shop Guru
Job Duties: Skate Sharpening, talking about the old days, voicing unfounded biases versus modern technology, general sales, and repair.
Bio: Roger worked at Outdoor Motion for 2 years. If you have seen The Mighty Ducks, Roger has been often compared and said to be just like Hans from the movie. Roger is also Mary’s kind, caring, and loving father. Even though Roger doesn’t work at the store on a regular basis, he will still twine your handlebars on special request. The best part of this service it that it is free and comes with an unconditional replacement warranty. If at any time you are not fully satisfied with Roger’s twining job, he will re-do it at no additional cost. This is by far the best value in the entire bicycle industry.
In his free time, Roger enjoys listening to Ham Radio, talking about the good ol’ days, and drinking beer.
Bikes Roger Owns: Rivendell Rambouillet, Surly Long Haul Trucker, Bianchi Grizzly, Schwinn Collegiate 3