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* Sorry for all the problems with your bike, but my $70 RED tune does not include me fixing a broken hub or axle. If the spoke broke, thats another story, but usually we don't charge for follow up labor if you had a tune up recently. Honestly, I don't remember repairing any hubs in the past few weeks. But I'll be happy to look at it personally. We don't try to get extra $$$ off of you by not fixing things that need to be fixed. Most of the time, I'll just include it at no charge with a tune up if it really needs it. Feel free to give me a call or swing by to talk to me in person. The only repeat business we want is happy return customers. You say you've been coming here for years, so you should know that I am a very accommodating person. I will do what ever I can to make things right for you.--["Users/Aaron.Curtin"]
338 G Street Downtown Davis, Ca 95616Aaron & PrincessBasso ConversionAaron Chase w/ 'lil Aaron & Alex '08Aaron, 'lil Aaron & Alex w/ Jeff Lenosky '08'lil Aaron's first race... He got 4th place in a field of 40+ on his FIXED GEAR!!!
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APEX Cycles & Service is a locally owned bike shop with the goal of keeping your bike on the road while saving you money. They offer Student Discounts, Team Discounts, and additional promotions. APEX Cycles is a proud sponsor of davisfixed, the Davis Bike Club and the Cal Aggie Cycling Team.
If you can't get your bike downtown, they provide Mobile Service & BIKE PICK-UP/DROP OFF.
Don't let our small size fool you. We fix just about anything from old 3spd cruisers to full carbon TT bikes. We can get everything from 8spd freewheels to Zipp carbon wheels. If you need threads cut or chased, we are one of only 2 shops in town that have the proper tools to do the work... but at least we'll do it right the first time... Guaranteed. - Aaron
They will work with almost any budget, to get you riding. If lack of money is a problem, they have lots of USED parts available or you can volunteer your time in the shop in exchange for labor credits.
They have all kinds of goodies for your bike. If you don't see it there, just ask, and Aaron will be happy to find it for you.
They stock and order Complete Bikes along with Aluminum, Steel & Full Carbon Race frames from:
Van Dessel Bikes - Innovative Track, Road, and Urban Bikes
IRO Cycles - Inexpensive Steel Track frames
Terry Dolan Bikes - Beautiful Track, Road and TT bikes used by many of the European National Teams
Torelli Bikes - Handmade frames built in ITALY, semi and fully custom options, Road & Track
Norco Bikes - Full line of bikes from Canada, Some of the best riders in the world ride Norco Bikes
Vellum Cycles USA - Full Carbon Road, Mtn. & Time Trial frames
Leader Bike USA - Inexpensive Aluminum Road, Mtn., Time Trial & Track
Genius Bikes - Full Carbon, Aluminum, and Multi-material Road, Time Trial & Track
Pake Bikes - Inexpensive Steel Track & CX frames
SOMA Fabrications - Road and Track frames
Biria Bicycles - Easy "Step Through" hybrid cruisers and comfort bikes
Versus Cycles - Mtn. bikes & frames
Orange Bikes - Mtn. Bikes
All frames can be custom built into the bike of your dreams or ordered with OEM specs.
The APEX "Family"
Aaron (Head Mechanic) - USAC Licensed Pro Mechanic - Experience: 10+ years - Aaron specializes in Custom Builds & Advanced Repair on all makes and models
Princess (Reception) - Princess is in charge of bookkeeping & customer files. She is usually the voice on the line when you call. She enjoys riding around town with Aaron & the kids.
'lil Aaron & Alex (Aaron & Princess's boys) - Once in a while, you'll see the boys hanging out in the shop before their Karate classes at Baciarini's Martial ArtsDon't mess with us 'cause 'lil Aaron can kick you in the head!!!
Dawnory (Assistant Mechanic) - UCD Student - General Repairs
Simion (Assistant Mechanic) - UCD GRADUATE - General Repairs
Shop Interns & Volunteers - Come in and help clean the shop while earning Discounts
Bicycle Shops — other bike shops in Davis
Bicycling — a good starting point for your bike-related inquiries
Comments about APEX Cycles on other sites
Great bike shop; saw my bike when other shop said they couldn't take it for a month, and fixed it on the spot. Fantastic service, knowledgeable, good prices - highly recommend! - Ellen
After getting the run around at other shops, a friend of mine told me about this place. Not very big, but best service around by far. Prices are better than most places in town, and what they lack in stock on hand, they make up in customer service. They took my bike in and got it back to me within a few days as promised. Way faster than everyone else. They have lots of cool road and "fixie" parts that other shops don't stock. Totally recommended!!! - Chris
In my quest to be hip I have started a fixed gear bicycle project. It's what all the cool kids are doing these days. I've not sworn allegiance to any one bike shop lately and have visited about six or so. Apex is in a back alley garage and looks just like that... a back alley garage. They do stock merchandise but the rest of the shop looks like they're working on bikes. Every time I go into a bike shop to ask questions I have usually already researched it on the Internet so that I won't sound stupid when I go in. Here at Apex, the owner was very knowledgeable and prevented me from buying some stuff I didn't need.
Prices are on par with other shops but this guy had time to talk to me and give me suggestions. I liked that attention and his honesty. It was a place that I felt I could go in and hang out and chat and compare bikes and ideas, sort of like a bike gang, er... I mean club. - Hunter G.
Emailed the owner after hours and received a quick reply back that I could bring my bike in the next day, after a comparable shop had claimed they couldn't see me for a month. Took it in and Aaron fixed it right on the spot; took it for a test ride and when it still felt shaky, he and the volunteers took a look at it again and now it rides better than when I first got it! Amazing service, friendly, knowledgeable, and reasonable prices. Will definitely take my bike here again if it needs it. - Anonymous
I love Apex Cycles, they are so helpful in there. Numerous times have I dropped by to get my tires pumped up or my seat adjusted - they'll do it for you with a smile. The staff are friendly and professional, and I particularly appreciate that they always give you good and honest advice - no bullshit just to try and make you buy things you don't need or go for the more expensive option for no reason. Though I haven't inspected their selection of bikes very carefully, they seem to have a good range of different kinds of bikes, new as well as second-hand. They also stock all kinds of equipment and accessories, anything you'll ever need. You'll sometimes be able to get second-hand parts as well (though I don't think they stock them specifically); they were happy to sell me a second-hand wheel once, as they happened to have one lying around. Their repair service is quick and very reasonable. Normally you have to book a slot beforehand, I think, but they also do repairs on a drop-by basis on the weekends - so if you get there early you'll get your bike back within hours unless it's complicated. I couldn't say whether bike shops vary hugely, but I have no doubt that Apex beats them all in virtue of their fantastic service alone. - Walker D.
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2007-10-24 15:28:35 I bought a nice used road bike it was in perfect condition i got a great deal after my wifes was stolen, This place is awesome and free tune-ups if buy a bike there very cool and excellent costumer service i will be back often. Thank you very much From Brian & Diane —Brians
2007-11-02 15:03:21 Excellent service and adorable family. Aaron fixed my flat tire in minutes (unlike other shops that wanted me to wait 1-2 hours). Unbeatable prices as well- 10% discount for students! I would highly recommend it and will go back there every time. —Nicole1985
2007-11-20 16:43:19 Just brought in my flat tire to get repaired. Aaron (I presume), deftly fixed it within minutes and was very friendly. Prices are competitive so I definitely recommend this place to anybody with need of bike services. —egyan
2008-02-03 15:51:33 Aaron rebuilt the drive train (new bottom bracket, cranks chain ring and back cog) on my early 1970's red fixed gear Peugeot and it runs great. I couldn't be any happier with it. Before I found Apex Cycles (I am new to Davis as of the Summer of 07) I had a few other bike shops try to fix my broken chain ring, bottom bracket and cranks. They all gave up and told me to scrap my beloved frame and get a new bike. Aaron was able to remove the old French bottom bracket and cut new threads for a more modern external barring type bottom bracket. He then put new Shimano cranks, chain ring and a quality Soma back cog on my bike and it is awesome. I always make sure to go to Aaron for any repairs work I need done on my fixed gear Peugeot. —albertobob
2008-02-11 08:53:42 Very highly recommended. The owner, Aaron, was kind enough to set up a Sunday appointment for me, even though it wasn't a huge job. This is a smaller bike shop than the others, and you feel more like a personal client than just a customer: they give you and your bike their 100% undivided attention and are super-focused on getting your bike exactly the way you want it to be. —bikelover
2008-04-04 19:56:42 I had a wonderful experience at this store. I took in a couple of beach cruisers earlier this week to fix some small things and add some accessories. He told me the bikes would be ready today and they were. I first came to this store and asked a million questions and got them all answered with a patient attitude. I walked around to 3 other bike stores located downtown and got very similar price quotes from all of them. I decided to get the work done here because of the helpfulness of the owner (who does most of the sales and work himself) and because of the 10% student discount. He fixed a flat, aligned a tire, added a kickstand, added a rack and two rear baskets, added a front basket, added two front lights, modified the handles, cleaned the bikes, and oiled my chain. He did all of this and charged me only 40 dollars for 40 minutes of labor. I thought this was a very fair price. After the sale he even lowered the seat on one of the bikes with a smile. The only downside about this store is that it is very small and does not have a huge stock of parts/accessories. If you need to buy something and have it installed same-day, this may not be the place for you. If you're willing to wait, then he can order just about anything and have it within a day or two. All in all this guy charges fair prices (especially for students), does good/fast work, and will give you straight answers without any BS trying to get you to buy stuff you don't need. Thanks Aaron! We love our bikes and will definitely return for future cycling needs. —BlairGoss
2008-04-18 21:43:09 owner is friendly. bought some bike supplies today. i will be back for any bike related needs. —kelvinkay
2008-06-09 08:11:40 Aaron did a great job resurrecting my 20 year-old Trek road bike. He did a great job replacing and adding what we discussed. I felt he made a conscious effort to steer me toward what I needed and what was most cost-efficient. He picked it up on a Friday and dropped it off the next Tuesday. I was very happy with the service and the cost was reasonable. —BigGuy
2008-06-27 Aaron did a good job building an older Bridgestone frame into a finished fixed gear/single speed bike. He answered all my questions, and built the bike in only a few days (talked with him Saturday, it was ready on Tuesday). He even gave a student discount on the lock and lights that I bought separately. I really like riding this bike around town, and will go back to APEX Cycles in the future. —JohnCAnderson
2008-06-28 00:24:55 Aaron sold me a fixed gear road bike and he changed it to a single speed road bike as I requested. He didn't charge me any money except for the parts :D. He worked quite fast and very promising. I am very happy with my purchase. Great guy to talk to :D. He gave me discounts. Ask if you want a discount, he is willing to give you a discount if you just ask. —phuneverdie
2008-07-17 18:56:06 I just called Aaron and the same day, he came over and fixed my flat tire within minutes. He was very friendly and did an awesome job! I recommend him to everyone!! —akwiat11
2008-08-09 21:00:35 Definitely better than all the other bike stores around Davis. Nice and timely. —dbrand
2008-08-20 15:27:34 Just bought a couple things off Aaron (store owner), I actually got a really good deal comparable to the other stores in Davis and even online. If anybody rides a fixed gear, you should go to him and talk to him about it. I got a new tire and at Freewheeler it was 39.99 + Tax, Wheelworks it was around the same but at APEX, I got for 29 including tax. He has student discounts so word. —btt
2008-08-20 18:05:46 Really awesome place to go get your bike fixed or just to buy parts. The owner is really nice and knows his bikes very well. The service is also very fast and students get a discount! —Ray916
2008-08-22 12:11:42 Took my old piece of crap in, and Aaron was really helpful, getting my wheel back in true in about 15 minutes. Really nice guy, too. —JoshuaSchraiber
2008-09-09 21:14:03 YAAAA grand re opening
do you do work on old ass moultens? specifically a 4 speed sturmey where I broke the little axle thingy... I have a moulten from the early 60's with full suspension that actually works great. —StevenDaubert
2008-09-10 08:03:48 This place is awesome the owner is a class act! He the owner has a great worker named Simon great mechanic and darn good person, If you want a great fixie or just a repair this place is second to no one!! —Brians
2008-09-13 15:52:30 Apex does a great job with repairs and tune-ups. They really work with you to make sure that you are satisfied with the result. If you need any major repairs done, this is definitely the place to go. If you are just looking for parts, on the other hand, some of the prices here are high ($6.99 for a set of two plastic tire levers). —CameronTracy
Just a note about the tire levers... If you ever break one of the Pedro's levers mentioned above, we will replace the lever for free for life (No other shop does that.). Also, a portion of the profits goes to Breast Cancer research, hence the Pink color, the Yellow ones go to Lance Armstrong's Livestrong foundation, Orange goes to Davis Community Meals, and the green ones go to IMBA (International Mtn. Bike Association) to improve local riding trails. We do have cheaper levers (Black) for $2.99 to $4.99 based on quality. Just ask. Thanks for stopping by. —Aaron.Curtin
Oh, that explains it. Also, I forgot to mention how fast the repairs are. The last time I took my bike in a tune-up, derailleur adjustment, rear brake assembly replacement, and tire change took a single day. This is much faster than some of the other options in Davis. Also, the shop recently moved and the new location is a bit difficult to find, but I would highly recommend checking it out.—CameronTracy
2008-09-17 14:29:39 Late last night, I was searching for a good reliable bike repair place in town and found all these nice reviews for Apex. I emailed them a question last night and this morning (before 8am), I got a prompt email response. I brought the bike in this morning and Aaron fixed it while I waited (the chain needed adjustment) and he didn't charge me anything for this! This is clearly the bike shop that I will recommend to everyone I know (starting with this post on daviswiki)! Thanks Aaron! —joonglee
2008-09-19 22:21:09 Don't shop around — just go see Aaron. Friendly, knowledgeable, and reliable... I'm bicycle repair impaired, and it is very obvious... I asked about a million questions Aaron was happy to answer all of them. Princess is super nice, too. —MichellePalmer
2008-09-29 12:22:28 I purchased a bike here a few weeks ago and had a great experience. Super nice staff, great local business. I wont use another bike shop again!! —AshleyTeodorsonVau
2008-10-08 12:46:58 Great service, super-fast, emailed the night before and Aaron took my bike in the next day when the Bike Barn said they wouldn't take it for a month. Friendly, knowledgeable, good price - definitely the first place I'll take my bike in the future! —evureyday
2008-11-03 18:03:03 Best mechanics out there. Simion is the man when it comes to precise repairs. You don't need to go anywhere else! —KateKat
2008-11-07 16:48:43 apex is legit. that's all i have to say. —MiranPark
2008-11-30 19:17:12 Are you slowing down? Feel like peeping the moulten? —StevenDaubert
2008-12-09 13:38:57 The Bike Barn has more fixie stuff and at better prices!! —shorty
In response to this comment... I have the best prices in town on Fixed Gear stuff, no shop in Davis or Sac comes close (Especially the Bike Barn). As for having more stuff, I believe in quality over quantity... where else can you get Toshi straps, MKS GR9 pedals, Phil Wood hubs or EAI Super Star "Gold Medal" Cogs in town and not get ripped off. If you really need good parts and accessories, I can't be beat. I'll always match a price on the same part from a local shop, but I've NEVER had to do that in over 2 years in business. I will match prices with Sac shops to save you a drive to Sacramento. To the poster using the name "shorty", I would ask you to come in and try to do a price comparison and see for yourself.—Aaron.Curtin
2008-12-30 20:29:53 Apex is a wonderful resource for anyone trying to learn more about their bicycle, regardless of its variety. I was interested in buying a fixed gear for campus/local use and Aaron and some of the fixed gearheads that hang out there have really helped me a lot. Aaron cators to the needs of students of all price ranges and provides a super comfortable environment for you to ask questions and learn more about your gear. I am endlessly appreciative for the assistance that Aaron has given me in ordering and building my Leader, Thanks :D —Deuces
2009-01-17 00:46:59 Got some parts for my fixie today... very knowledgeable and good service. The shop was a bit messy, hard to move around, but I will definitely give them my business. They gave me a student discount, which is something I have not seen from any of the other shops... I will definitely return! —BrandonBarrette
2009-01-23 09:04:18 A friend who rides a fixie recommended Aaron. I called and was able to take my beater commuter bike in the next day. Aaron was great - he actually worked around my class schedule so that I could have my bike back right away, which is a major benefit over other shops. I think the student discount is awesome and my bike rides much much better now. I'll definitely be going back for anything else I need. Thanks Aaron! —Ratatat
2009-02-01 13:02:24 the only bike store i go to. —pol
2009-03-19 02:20:17 best bike shop in davis! owner is friendly and extremely knowledgeable! —wizz
2009-03-25 23:24:26 I went there today to pick up a few parts, and got great help and advice. Plus, they have parts that nobody else does, and the prices are great. I wish I had heard about this place sooner. It is the only bike shop in Davis that I will go to anymore. —twblalock
2009-04-22 23:45:05 The owner is knowledgeable and comes off as friendly, but he will rip you off. He takes advantage of customers who are unfamiliar with bikes; he charged my roommate's girlfriend $55 for alloy riser bars and bar tape! I've been in his shop one too many times, and he's shady in my book. —TylerSe
Alloy Risers run $29.99 for the cheapest ones I sell and $39.99-$69.99 for good ones and $100+ for Carbon. Cork & Gel bar tape generally is about $12-$15 while Cinelli Gel w/ fancy colors, including glow in the dark, being about $20-$25. So spending $55 is pretty easy, but I'd be happy to look over your receipt to make sure your friend was charged correctly. And as for the comment that I rip people off, and take advantage of customers who are unfamiliar with bikes, that is entirely untrue, I have the best prices in town and treat customers better than any shop that I've been to (and I've been to a lot)... just look at all the comments above. In all actuality, I do a lot of hand holding with customers and really try to educate them before they make a purchase with me or anywhere else. I'll even go with you to look over bikes in other shops or online to compare. And being called shady bothers me... yes I do business in a rented garage, but I am one of the most legit business in town. How many shady business donate to Davis Community Meals (Financial), The Willow Project ($300 Frameset & Gift Certificate), Camp Kessem (Financial), Ceasar Chavez Elementary (Bike and Gift Certificates), Birch Lane Elementary (Bike and Gift Certificates), Habitat for Humanity (Gift Certificates), Relay for Life (Financial) along with numerous clubs on Campus (Financial)... I'm not saying I'm a "Saint" or anything, but far from what I would describe as "shady".—Aaron.Curtin
2009-04-23 07:42:58 I've never bought anything from Aaron, but I've been into his shop a number of times to consider some purchases. I never felt that he was anything less than a hardworking, honest businessman with a passion for bikes. Even though I didn't buy anything, he spent a long time explaining to me the details about the bikes and parts I was looking at, and the pricing that would go with the parts and service. "Shady"? Give me a break. —TheAmazingLarry
2009-04-23 09:08:32 I've been to the shop a few times and bought a track cog for a bike I was building at one point. Even though that was the only part I needed from there, Aaron still gave me a ton of advice regarding things I should watch out for while building it (my first fixie), as well as a few shop tricks he'd use on my particular project to keep it from falling apart while riding (and it hasn't yet!). —KevinChin
2009-04-23 10:52:26 The idea that Aaron is "shady" as the quasi-anonymous "TylerSe" asserts in his comment of 22 April 2009 is ludicrous. I know Aaron through his work as NeighborWoods coordinator for Tree Davis in the fall of 2007 and all I can say is he is whatever the opposite of "shady" is. Try hard-working, honest, diligent, thorough, and great with people. —DavidRobinson
2009-04-24 14:27:40 Aaron is the boss; end of story. He has helped me a ton with building my fixed gear and educated me from ignorance to being able to strip my bike down and put it back together myself. He is always willing to meet whatever parts need you may have, and has an eye for adding style points to any fixie. I won't be going anywhere else for my fixed gear needs again.
2009-04-29 00:02:28 I think the near unanimous positive reviews speak for themselves, but I'd like to add my own experience with Apex.
Aaron recently built a wheelset for me, and when he went to order the spokes from the distributor, they were out of the size I needed. With any other bike shop, I would have received a call telling me that the spokes were out and it would be "x" amount of time before they were in stock and delivered. Aaron however, without any prompting, went around to all the bike shops in Davis and Sacramento and rounded up the exact spokes needed for my wheel-build, and had the wheels ready for me when I showed up.
Regardless of the size or appearance of the shop itself, you should feel safe that Apex will deliver top-quality knowledge and service. They know their stuff and will always greet you with a friendly face. —nwt
2009-05-05 07:29:20 Does APEX repair non-fixie and high dollar bikes? I have my garage sale road bike that I love very dearly, and I like to get it tuned up each spring. Thought I'd go some place else than B&L, especially with all the good comments. —ChristyMarsden
Aaron did a great tune-up job for my road bike. I think APEX has the best deal in terms of tune-ups. —ScottWong
2009-05-06 07:51:05 Had a flat taken care of by Simon a couple of weeks back, he did it right in front and it took about 5 or so minutes before i walked out the door with my fixed bike. Yesterday i also had Aaron look at my loose axle. He went to work on it right away telling me to come back in 20. 20 later, i came back to my bike with a very solid axle. —lesterlowe
2009-05-08 13:16:48 Took my bike in for a tune up the other day. It was pretty good, but a lot of grease was left on the frame and bars. The mechanic was awesome, replace the pedal on my other bike with a used one for free (the pedal had broken off). Aaron is very knowledgeable and helpful. The shop does look like a mess though. —dwikiuser
2009-05-20 08:39:41 I emailed the owner asking about my bike, and within an hour he emailed me and told me to bring it in. I did, and in less than 24 hours it was fixed up like new. I was expecting to have to get the Blue Tune-Up, but the mechanic worked it out so that I only needed the Red with an additional cable replacement package. All in all, it cost me way less than what B&L would have and the turn around was fantastic! My bike rides better than ever before, and if it makes a funny sound or I'm not happy with it, the owner said I could bring it back. I've found a new favorite bike mechanic! —ChristyMarsden
2009-05-25 16:15:00 Off Topic: If anyone sees the bike posted a few comments above, please contact me at 925-998-0345. It has been stolen and I am desperately needing it back. —Deuces
2009-06-02 17:19:02 I spray painted my frame and took him my bike to be converted to fixie. And all i can say is WOW, the price i payed was about 55$ less than expected, and the labor cost was 1/2 of what he previously said. Aaron was super kind, and he even gave me a quick lesson and how to ride it. Highly recommended, if there was anything higher than A+ i would give it to him. —SameerAd
2009-06-25 16:17:54 Aaron thanks for the help with my seat post and saddle you rock! I will be back —Brians
2009-07-12 18:34:25 If Aaron isn't there, do yourself a HUGE favor and just come back later when he is. —OrofinJackson
2009-09-03 18:52:36 I went into the shop looking for a bike that fit me and fit my budget after reading all these positive reviews. Aaron took his time to explain all my options to me, from used frames to new frames, to ways I could cut down on costs. We ended up deciding on putting together a new fixie, and I couldn't be happier with the result. I have nothing but praise for Aaron and Apex. —naturalexponent
2009-09-11 11:00:55 I like Apex, and when I have gone in and talked to Aaron, he's seemed very nice and knowledgeable, and I'm glad they finally got a real shop.
That being said, I've had negative experiences with the other employees at the shop. I suppose I am a slightly unusual customer, I try to do all my own mechanic work, and only go to a shop when I need an unusual part, or need to consult an expert. When I've talked to the other guys (who I assume were either the assistant mechanics or volunteers) I've gotten the sense that they have a good general knowledge about bikes, but don't have in depth specific knowledge, or much experience with unusual problems. They're young though, a few more years on the job, and who knows?
In short, if someone who minimal cycling knowledge asked me to recommend a bike shop for general repairs at a good price, I'd send them to Apex (and especially if they had a fixed gear, since that seems to be their specialty), but if they have a bizarre problem, or high end bike, I would send them to Wheelworks. —KtotheF
Fist off, I would like to apologize on behalf of the entire APEX family. I would hope that everyone has the best experience possible when coming to our shop. If you ever feel the need to want to talk to me in person, feel free to ask whoever is at the shop to contact me directly, and I'll be happy to answer any of your questions via phone, in person or email. I would like to know who you had a negative experience with, as we continually try to train ourselves to be better mechanics and sales people. That being said, I understand that not all of my staff/volunteers knows as much as I do, (that's why they are there, to learn), but I would assume that if you went to any shop in town, their staff's knowledge base as a whole would reflect the same differences in understanding and ability. And I assure you that there are plenty of bizarre problems that I've fixed that other shops, including Wheelworks have turned away. High end bikes are my passion and specialty... not fixed gears, but I work on what ever comes through the door. At times my repair stand will have a $7500+ TT bike hanging next to a 20 year old 3spd cruiser. I never turn anyone away.
2009-09-12 19:31:40 When are good times to come in just to talk about bikes? I'm looking either to fix up my old one or to buy a new one (possibly even put together one since I love doing that sort of thing), but I sorta know jack about bikes aside from how they work. —SunjeetBaadkar
2009-09-13 19:59:56 Aaron just came by today to fix both mine and my roomate's bikes. He was friendly, helpful, and super convenient. After a terrible experience with the BL bike shop, I was super happy to find a shop that I can trust. I will definitely be bringing all of my bike problems to this shop in the future and recommend it to everyone I know! Thank you so much Apex cycles and Aaron for fixing my bike so quickly:). —jsh314
2009-09-25 20:22:25 So I dropped by the shop because my rear-brake was sticking to my tires... Aaron took a quick look and said he could fix it. Within a few minutes he did, and he was very nice. Watching and hearing his kids play in the shop was also nice—it's a family business.
Noteworthy: While I was there, someone dropped by and asked about the turnaround time for a tune-up... He said next-day, which absolutely BLEW my mind. Remember that this is the first week of classes at UC Davis and there is a huge influx of new students (myself included)... and Apex still offers next day turnaround for tune-ups.
I'm from the SF Bay Area, and all the local bike shops there charge much more for tune-ups, AND they have a backlog of ONE to TWO weeks, AND they treat you like crap and give you a snobby attitude... Apex is the anti-thesis of the normal local bike shop... And that's a rarity... Highly recommended. —H4rry
2009-10-04 20:42:06 EXCELLENT service. I've been hear multiple times and I've never had a bad experience. I've purchased track pedals, an inner tube and had a new headset replaced here on my vintage fixed gear bike. I've NEVER been upsold here and in fact they've saved me money, which is great as a college student with limited funds. I needed a new seatpost binder and a mechanic here even told me how to make one myself on the super cheap. Aaron will answer any question you have super quickly and he isn't pretentious to customers. This is the only bike shop I'll go to. HIGHLY recommended. —tx2009
2009-10-18 19:30:12 Took my bike in a couple days ago because my wheel was rubbing against the brake as I rode. Aaron immediately noticed the wheel was bent and told me to come back later that day to pick it up. After a couple hours, I came back and the bike was already finished. Aaron not only fixed the bent wheel, he also replaced a spoke, and fixed a dent on the body of the bike. He did all this for just $20. I can't see myself ever taking my bike anywhere else. Very happy customer. —trevorchreid
2009-12-17 00:07:26 I don't know if it's bad luck or if my bike is really crappy but after the $70 tune up my bikes been getting worse. Just yesterday, I was riding and the hubs on my back wheel broke and a week later (after bringing it back in) the same problem occured...I've been warned that some bike shops simply tunes up without fixing the actual problem, just to bring in repeated business'...I'm not saying this place does that but I've been bringing my bike in here for years and every time I come here to get my bike tuned I always have to come back for re-adjustments. Will not return again.—AvidSpots
Sorry for all the problems with your bike, but my $70 RED tune does not include me fixing a broken hub or axle. If the spoke broke, thats another story, but usually we don't charge for follow up labor if you had a tune up recently. Honestly, I don't remember repairing any hubs in the past few weeks. But I'll be happy to look at it personally. We don't try to get extra $$$ off of you by not fixing things that need to be fixed. Most of the time, I'll just include it at no charge with a tune up if it really needs it. Feel free to give me a call or swing by to talk to me in person. The only repeat business we want is happy return customers. You say you've been coming here for years, so you should know that I am a very accommodating person. I will do what ever I can to make things right for you.—Aaron.Curtin