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''2011-08-08 23:14:46'' [[nbsp]] In response to all the recent questions and concerns about the shop. I have to say that this is still one of the best little bike shops around. They are going through some tough times right now as it is a family business and I overheard one of the volunteers mentioning that Aaron has been dealing with his mother's Alzheimers and has had to close the shop periodically to deal with that. I rolled past tonight, and there he was working late into the night to try and make up for not being open during the day. He said he won't be around again tomorrow since he has to follow up with doctors and find an assisted living facility for his mother. If you need to get something done with your bike, he's still one of the best local resources. He hopes that all his loyal customers understand and that he will try to have the shop up and running regular hours by the middle of the week. Feel free to call him or shoot him an email with any questions. --["Users/Your2Cents"]

Store Front.jpg338 G Street Downtown Davis, Ca 95616apex1.jpgCurtin Family 2010.jpgAaron, Princess, 'lil Aaron & AlexLeader 735TR.JPGJeff's Converted Basso.JPGBasso ConversionPrecursa build.jpgDolan PreCursa 2010Aaron, Aaron & Alex '08.JPGAaron Chase w/ 'lil Aaron & Alex '08Aaron, Aaron & Alex w_ Jeff.JPGAaron, 'lil Aaron & Alex w/ Jeff Lenosky '081st Race.JPG'lil Aaron's first race... He got 4th place in a field of 40+ on his FIXED GEAR!!!

Location
338 G Street
Tucked away between Little Prague and Davis Academy Driving School
Summer Hours Winter Hours
Feb - Oct Nov - Jan
Monday - Friday Monday - Friday
11:00am - 6:00pm 11:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday Saturday
12:00pm - 5:00pm 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday Sunday
By Appointment By Appointment
Mobile Service and other times are available by appointment.
CALL OR EMAIL TO SCHEDULE
Phone
(530)750-2739
(530)475-2739 After Hours
(530)750-2453 Fax
Web Site
[WWW]http://www.apex-cycles.com
Blog
[WWW]http://apexbikes.blogspot.com
E-Mail
<info AT apex-cycles DOT com>
Owner(s)
Aaron.Curtin and Family (Princess, 'lil Aaron & Alex)
Established
Home Business 2004, Shop 2006
Payment Method
Cash, Check, Visa, Master Card
Services Offered
[WWW]Tune Up Price Chart

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 are the ONLY [WWW]AEROSPOKE dealer in the area and a great local source for [WWW]Chrome Bags. Almost all of the guys who work or hang out there have at least one of the bags or backpacks. So if you want to get some real world feedback on these great bags, this is the place to go.

There is a bike pump hose connected to a compressor in the shop available at all times (even when they are closed) sticking out the front door for anyone to use. Someone stole the compressor chuck so it no longer is usable. If someone would like to return it or buy one at ACE, I'll consider putting it back. - Aaron

They stock and order Complete Bikes along with Aluminum, Steel & Full Carbon Race frames from:

[WWW]Argon18 Bikes - Full Carbon, Aluminum, and Multi-material Road, Track, Cross & Time Trial
[WWW]Biria Bicycles - Easy "Step Through" hybrid cruisers and comfort bikes
[WWW]Cinelli USA - Classic and modern Road and Track Frames
[WWW]De Rosa - Boutique bikes to say the least, when you want the very best
[WWW]Dolan Bikes - Beautiful Track, Road and TT bikes used by many of the European National Teams
[WWW]IRO Cycles - Inexpensive Steel Track frames
[WWW]Kona Bikes - Full line of bikes from road to mountain to hybrids and kids bikes
[WWW]Lapierre Bikes - Tour proven frames ridden by the Francaise des Jeux Pro Team, Road & Mountain
[WWW]Lynskey Titanium Bikes - Hand made Titanium bikes for all disciplines
[WWW]Pake Bikes - Inexpensive Steel Track & CX frames
[WWW]Redline Bicycles - BMX, Cyclo-Cross and unique Mtn, Commute and Fitness Bikes
[WWW]Ritte Racing - Strikingly beautiful Road, TT and Cyclo-Cross bikes
[WWW]SOMA Fabrications - Quality Steel frames
[WWW]Stevens Bikes - Quality Road, TT & Cross bikes with full custom options
[WWW]Torelli Bikes - Handmade frames built in ITALY, semi and fully custom options, Road & Track
[WWW]Van Dessel Bikes - Innovative Track, Road, and Urban Bikes
[WWW]Torker Bikes USA Inexpensive commuting and recreational bikes
[WWW]Vellum Cycles USA - Full Carbon Road, Mtn. & Time Trial frames

All frames can be custom built into the bike of your dreams or ordered with OEM specs.

Aaron's bike 2010.JPGAaron's BikeSales Floor.JPGLots of goodies!!!.Front Window.jpgMore goodies!!!Repair Shop.jpgEven more bicycle goodness!!!

The APEX "Family"

[WWW]Click for Youtube video of 'lil Aaron
lance & me.jpg

See Also

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.

Fantastic Service!
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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2011-01-04 16:36:45   I've been to APEX thrice, once just to look ("oh, there's a bike shop here! neat!"), once to buy a lock, and this time to get a tune-up. I don't know ANYTHING about bikes, I walk into a store and buy the one that looks pretty and is in my price range. Because of this I have felt like a complete dumbass at some shops ("uhhh... yeah... you know... that thingie, that goes into the other thingie... and um, how do I put this on the bike?") and like I was invisible at some, (B&L, I'm lookin' atchu and your crappy customer service) while all of my experiences at APEX have been 100% comfortable. I've dealt with the owner and with the "others" and they all have the same friendly, non-judgmental of us more ignorant types, open demeanor which I think is a testament to what is probably really great employee training, or maybe awesome owners just attract awesome employees. And I took in my bike to get tuned up at like, 11, 12 o'clock today? I get a call at 2:30ish saying it's ready. Whuuuuuut. I was unprepared for such quick service. Badass as always. —rrenati


2011-04-26 16:39:46   I took my old, beat up, craigslist purchase here for a full tune up. After looking at the bike, Aaron said that his $90 option would be the best choice for my situation, so I agreed since I don't know a whole lot about bikes. I returned for my bike when he called, and it seemed to be in good shape. After riding it around for a day or two, I noticed a few things that I wasn't 100% satisfied with, my brakes weren't adjusted as well as they could have been. My gears shifted OK, but they didn't seem perfect. I would of graded the repair as OK, not good, but not bad either. Then, 9 days after this tune up, a weld on my frame broke. I'm not sure if this is one of those things that can be seen prior to it happening, but I decided to take it to another bike shop. At this bike shop, the workers there were talking to me as if I hadn't serviced my bike in years. When I told them I had it tuned up a couple weeks prior, they laughed and said hopefully it wasn't a bike shop in town that had done this. Apparently, there were some very simple things that Aaron didn't care of, such as greasing various parts on the bike. This ticked me off, I don't think I'll return to the shop again. Later that same day, my roommate took his bike back into APEX to get a rear wheel put on that Aaron suggested after a tuneup. Aaron told him to return in ~20 minutes, so he did and Aaron told him he put a different wheel on, not the one he ordered and this one would cost $40. So, my roommate agreed, and it turns out, Aaron put on the different wheel, along with a different tire, and the wheel he put on had a different gear set. My roommate was pretty angry that Aaron didn't tell him about all the differences between the two wheels. We're still not sure why he put on a different tire, apparently, he said it was 'easier.' I'm pretty unhappy with both our experiences here, and I feel like he took advantage of both of us. Certainly will not return. —rcrane


2011-05-08 18:11:11   Just wanna say, I LOVE THIS PLACE. I've only been here once, but the demeanor of the owner and the concern he took for me and my bike was awesome. Most places are trying to sell me a new bike, but here he comes telling me how to get integrated shifters onto my old Trek 1220 and offering me what I think is a REALLY reasonable price. Definitely coming back here in the future for all my bicycle needs. —JonathanHong


2011-06-20 17:18:15   At first, the owner of APEX impressed me with his friendliness. I asked for a custom build, and he gave me more options than I could choose from. Upon placing my order, I was satisfied. However, my experience went downhill from there.

First, the open hours are pretty inconvenient so going early in the morning or later in the evenings were not an option. Upon receiving my order, there were multiple problems and the build was not to my specifications; and the quality of several parts were seriously lacking. The guy who was there could fix one issue, but I didn't have any more time to sit around for them to redo the build. Finally, the price that I was quoted was seriously low-balled; about 50% less than what they handed me the invoice for. The employee there at the time basically gave me the 'I can't do anything about it' attitude.

I wholeheartedly support small businesses like this, but I'm sorry to say I will not be going here again because of their poor service. —BreadBaron


2011-08-03 16:13:07   This place seems really hit or miss. I went in because I had a Groupon for a bike tune-up and I needed a part on the back of my bike replaced. It took them a while to get the parts in which is understandable, but they could have done a better job communicating with me. They would tell me to come pick it on a certain day, so I would leave work early to come in before they closed at 6, and then I'd get there and they would tell me it wasn't ready yet and they forgot to call me. Annoying, but understandable. When I went to pick it up I was told they replaced the chain which would cost me $10, even though I just had a new chain put on a few weeks earlier. When I told the guy working that I didn't need a new chain, he offered to replace it with one of the old ones from behind the counter. After I told him mine was pretty new and I'd like it back he remembered where he put it and put it back on my bike. Annoying, but understandable. I spend the next day thinking I was really out of shape from not riding my bike in a week before I realized the brake was rubbing against the back tire the whole time. I had to bring it back and have it fixed again which was done pretty quickly at no cost, and the guy even offered to stay late in case I didn't make it before closing. I guess he didn't tighten something enough when putting on the new tire. Annoying, but understandable. On my way out I accidentally left my bike lock in the shop and did not realize this until I got home. I tried to call the shop but no one answered (understandable since it was after closing), but the phone never went to voicemail. I sent an email saying I would stop by in the morning, a Saturday morning, and pick it up. I showed up at 12 on Saturday, since that is when they are supposed to open, waited for 15 minutes and had to leave. Someone else was waiting outside also. When I came back later around closing time, the store was still not open and there was a note on the door from the other guy waiting that said "I waited for you until 1pm, where were you?" I guess the shop just didn't open up at all on Saturday even though the hours are posted on the door as 12-5. This part I don't understand. It's not the worst place ever, but there are definitely better places to take your bike for tune-ups in Davis. —jlbernst


2011-08-08 23:14:46   In response to all the recent questions and concerns about the shop. I have to say that this is still one of the best little bike shops around. They are going through some tough times right now as it is a family business and I overheard one of the volunteers mentioning that Aaron has been dealing with his mother's Alzheimers and has had to close the shop periodically to deal with that. I rolled past tonight, and there he was working late into the night to try and make up for not being open during the day. He said he won't be around again tomorrow since he has to follow up with doctors and find an assisted living facility for his mother. If you need to get something done with your bike, he's still one of the best local resources. He hopes that all his loyal customers understand and that he will try to have the shop up and running regular hours by the middle of the week. Feel free to call him or shoot him an email with any questions. —Your2Cents

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