Cycling has been a constant in the Dutton family for four generations.
Albert Dutton, rode Track competitively in the 1930’s, racing in Brisbane’s top category and he was actively involved in various clubs around Brisbane. He took two of his sons, Ron (Kurt's dad) and Allan to the old Hawthorn Velodrome one Sunday, where the organisers called for entrants in an impromptu school boy’s race. Despite never racing before, Ron won that race, and caught the cycling bug.
Ron raced competitively, taking out a State Road Title, and being selected to represent Queensland for Track at the Nationals. He was a Team Manager for the visiting Japanese SunTour team in the Commonwealth Bank Classic and many people in the industry will remember Ron as their local rep, working with brands such as Malvern Star. Ron actively contributed to the growth and development of the sport and was President of Hamilton Pine Rivers Wheelers, was a Club Representative to Cycling Queensland, was a Commissaire, and regularly coached riders in both Road and Track.
Ron passed on his passion for cycling and the industry to his family, with all the kids racing and riding from a young age. His wife Grace was also a volunteer at many of the events and races, and was constantly involved behind the scenes supporting her boys in their cycling. Grace’s untiring efforts at cycling events over 15 years, was a catalyst in shaping our belief in giving back to the sport.
It was also from a young age that Ron taught the kids about building and maintaining bikes, and the importance of doing it properly. The learning experience even became a family event with the kitchen table being commandeered when there was a pre-race service required, or if someone was lucky enough to get a new bike.
While Dutton Cycles may seem an obvious choice for the name of the shop, we hope this shop will maintain the standard and commitment to the sport and industry of the Dutton’s before us, while providing an avenue for us to share our knowledge and experience with our customers and staff.