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Aaron, Princess, 'lil Aaron, Alex-Chaun

530.750.APEX

Their Bike Shop moved to 912 5th street in November, 2012.

Happy, go Lucky... Always willing to help.

Email Aaron with any Bicycle related questions. aaron@apex-cycles.com.

Aaron came to Davis in 1997 to attend UC Davis on a full scholarship from The Buck Foundation. During college, Aaron worked at a few of the downtown Bike Shops in addition to The Paint Chip, Mobile Connections, Jamba Juice, Cafe Roma, The Logical Learning Center, D-M Information Systems, Inc., and Pak Mail. Aaron is very proud to say that he has never been unemployed for longer than 3 days (one time in 2004) since he was 14yrs old and that many of his jobs overlapped one another.

When he's not at his Bike Shop, he can be found riding bikes with his kids around town.

Aaron and his boys train in Brazilian JiuJitsu, KaJuKenpo and Escrima.

Aaron prizes above all else, proper communication and respect. A little known fact is that Aaron was adopted from Cambodia (even though everyone asumes he's from the Philippines) at the age of 3 by a retired Catholic Priest, and raised Jewish.

Aaron and his family are active members of the Davis community and can be found at most local functions especially if bikes are involved. Aaron usually donates his time whenever a bike race or school bike safety rodeo needs a mechanic. Aaron also works for the North Natomas TMA and is an outside sales rep for various brands in the bicycle industry for Hawaii.

If you happen to get a bike flat somewhere in town and happen to see his silver Honda Ridgeline or white Honda minivan with APEX stickers, he always carries tools, a pump and spare tubes. He'll even give you a lift if needed.

Favorite Foods:

Sushi - Zen Toro hands down. Go 1-2 times a week
Indian - Kathmandu Kitchen, Raja's Owners are so genuinely nice, best nann bread ever
Thai - Thai Nakorn Nicest people around, Thai Canteen Cheap and good
Chinese - Shanghai Town Most authentic I've found in town, Hunan One of the best lunch deals in town, Davis Noodle City Love the chicken chowmien and 5 spice beef noodle soup
Sandwich - Zia's Delicatessen Meatball on a soft roll w/ $1 worth of pastrami, Beach Hut Deli North shore minus the ham
Brunch - Konditorei, Cafe Bernardo, Crepeville
Burger - In-N-Out Cheeseburger, animals style, protein style with fry light french fries, Burgers and Brew Spicy Guacamole Burger
Pizza - Village Bakery Veggie
Gelato/Yogurt - Icekrimski Cafe Coconut macadamia nut, Swirl I know its Cultivé Frozen Yogurt now, but it will always be Swirls to me. Try the Taro flavor, reminds me of Ubi ice cream. If you know what that is, you get a brownie point.

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70810692007-09-26 21:21:382014-09-15 20:29:54APEX Cycles & Service

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2008-07-06 21:57:19   What was objectionable about [WWW]this edit? If I'm reading it right he gave reference to a nearby landmark. —JasonAller


2008-07-06 22:00:12   Sorry, figured it out. I'll invite him to create a page for the new business. You only removed his second comment and I missed his first. —JasonAller


2008-08-20 21:40:16   Jason and I both fixed it at the same time. There was a bold in the very top announcement that wasn't closed. —JabberWokky


2008-10-08 09:06:59   Sagat has yet to acknowledge the existence of her own page, perhaps you could clue her in that she can click her name and voila? Uni does need some color!

Hey, want a challenge you won't be able to fix (no shop in Northern California has been able to help me, including all the usual suspects in Davis bike church,bike exchange, places in sac, etc)? I have a 4 speed sturmey archer from a moulten that is from early 60's and has working full suspension, the piece that goes in the center of the sturmey (axle thingy) snapped... I really want to get this bike working again cause it's just awesome and utterly classic... —StevenDaubert


2008-10-08 19:26:12   Heya, is there a fee to get an appointment on Sunday? My back wheel bearings are shot and need to be replaced. I might even need a red tuning (or at the least a yellow) once you see how bad the wheels are. —SunjeetBaadkar


2008-10-09 10:41:57   What sunny warrants a response but I don't? —StevenDaubert


2008-10-20 10:34:51   What up Aaron, I talked with Sagat yesterday and apparently she is having one of her buddies who is an artist come in from Japan! Like I said sagat wasn't aware of the personal page, but I told her how to peep scene!

P.S. give the students there fixie fix and when it slows down and you want a real challenge I will bring my moulten thru. I honestly don't expect you to succeed where every bike shop for 50 miles hasn't, but it's still worth a shot! —StevenDaubert


2008-10-20 21:05:49   Hello Aaron. Thank you very much for your offer! Actually we have been working with a couple artists about showcasing their work in our shop. However, nothing will be confirmed until November. I shall let you know as soon as I find out! —Sagat


2008-12-09 19:18:28   sounds great! —StevenDaubert


2008-12-13 07:38:46   No problem. I've been meaning to mention that there are some issues with that layout on smaller monitors, with the images on the left and right top pinching the text. You might want to move the ones on the left down to the text. It's not a tremendously big deal, but if you have your browser window sized certain ways (or have certain resolution screens), it can look odd and hard to read (the table gets squeezed). I think I fixed it awhile back, and you migrated the photos back up over time, but I never bothered to fix it again, as it's not a terrible problem. When it gets really small, the table pops to below the photos. —JabberWokky


2008-12-24 12:47:06   Did you ever get a chance to visit Konditorei at it's old location? —StevenDaubert


2008-12-24 12:54:19   ¬_¬

So yeah, scratch trying to fix the moulten, my dad would rather throw away history then have it take up a small small spot of his garage... —StevenDaubert


2009-04-23 02:15:34   you should try thai dynamite —StevenDaubert


2009-07-25 17:18:32   Thanks. I already got my current issues resolved but maybe next time. —RealComputers


2009-07-31 10:07:57   Well, the first thing that comes to mind when setting any event up is the audience. First off, what kind of crowds it brings. Understandably that would be the biking community. However, there is that secondary issue of the money-making community. My worry is the legitimacy of this sort of event. There would have to be a way to make sure that parts being traded and sold are not illegally obtained. What is to stop someone from stealing a random bike earlier in the day, breaking it apart, and then selling the non-licensed parts? When a bike is licensed via TAPS or whatnot, it is licensed as a whole. That is just a random thought that comes to mind (evil minds aren't necessarily evil themselves). Reputable vendors would need to be contacted and non-reputable vendors would need to be verified. However, the perfect venue would be Central Park. It is close to most places people bike near/to so that works out pretty well for the people who somehow aren't reached by advertising methods. As far as advertising, that is the easy part. With enough time (but not too much time), the internet, flyers, word of mouth, and calling in favors is how it is done (at least in my world). I could easily help with that part if you need. But frankly, I think it is a great idea if only the people buying and selling were people at manned booths with a background that is traceable. I think the idea that someone can walk up off the street and sell something to someone other person off the street is a bit tricky if there is an altercation. Otherwise, great idea. It would need to be brainstormed more, but yeah. Let me know if you want my help. —SunjeetBaadkar


2009-09-14 14:58:00   Hey Aaron, I have a cheap mountain bike, the pedals have some movement that they shouldn't have (it's kinda up and down, as if they aren't seated with the axle or whatnot) I have another exact copy of the same cheap bike that doesn't have the problem... How do I swap / repair? —StevenDaubert


2009-09-22 08:51:57   Others might disagree, but I think the reason to keep those brief is because the page is a directory pointing people to the more detailed entries about each shop or resource. The text should be however long it takes to distinguish each for somebody scanning over the list looking for something particular. —JabberWokky


2009-12-12 11:36:28   I went and asked for [wikispotNo Interwiki entry for: wikispot"community. Hopefully the answer will make things clearer for everyone. Despite any issues that arise the good news that comes with this change is that the way is cleared to now make some improvements to the software that hosts Davis Wiki and the other Wiki Spot wikis. —JasonAller


2010-02-01 19:03:03   regarding your bizarro votes: reread question #2 — thats not a direct link, its a general link. the text was a link to comics and to roleplaying. Just like every thai place links to thai restaurants and every barber shop links back to stylist places, etc. question #1 is about the direct link. —EdWins


2010-04-14 14:13:05   I will bring you an abalone to the bbq, bring a cooler or a bucket that can hold some water to put it in. —DagonJones


2010-05-29 18:40:12   Hey Aaron, I missed you at the bbq, I had your abalone. I am in Fort Bragg right now and will be bring back a few abalone. If your shop is open on monday I will gladly bring by one or two to give to you. Otherwise, I can bring one by to another location if you like. I will likely have more than I can eat. Just let me know. —DagonJones


2010-06-03 22:17:03   your welcome. I am glad you enjoyed it, I will have to try it that way some time. someone told me it is good to steam it with sake. your kids seemed to enjoy poking at it when I brought it over. —DagonJones


2010-06-28 22:55:29   bike is working great, thanks for the help. It is nice to not have my chain skipping all the time. —DagonJones


2010-07-12 10:12:53   Ugh, sorry to hear about your experience at Bistro. I despise that place. —TomGarberson


2010-07-12 10:22:22   What a great family portrait!! —CovertProfessor


2010-08-07 15:18:24   It was nice running into you today!

I bought the stickers [WWW]here and bought 500 of the 4.25" x 1.38" ones. The file I sent them is [WWW]here. It took me about a week to get them! —WilliamLewis


2010-09-02 08:48:40   Hey Aaron, thanks so much for the auction donation! I think my wife may be bidding on the tune-up, since she's headed back to school next week. Her poor bike has been largely neglected over the summer. (Don't tell her I said that, she'll feel guilty) —TomGarberson


2010-09-22 23:14:14   Good man on the bike pump —StevenDaubert


2010-10-13 21:33:57   Good luck with the possible expansion! —WilliamLewis


2010-12-01 10:17:31   Bad luck about the chuck... I hope it was a case of somebody pocketing it while they were working on their bike and forgetting or some similar case of neglect rather than malice. —JabberWokky


2011-02-16 20:48:02   I probably wont swing by anytime soon, so why don't you email me at dagonjones at gmail.com I am happy to answer any questions you have. —DagonJones


2011-04-15 13:45:51   Hey Aaron, I noticed the $15 off any tune-up for students—is the $25/45/75/105 set of figures listed on Bicycle Shops still current? If so, what's actually included in the $10 (with discount for students) tune-up? That's an impressive price! —TomGarberson


2011-08-28 20:21:15   Just wanted to say that I hope all is well with the family. Saw the message on the door of your shop during my shift. My prayers are with you. —Wes-P


2011-10-13 16:24:02   Thanks for the info Aaron. I'll probably check with Freewheeler first since that's where I got my bike, but you're my backup =) —MeggoWaffle


2011-10-22 10:25:18   how was your tenure at DM info? Ever run into Scott there? Also I saw the APEX name on one of those Taco bell one dollar to charity cards! Props for donating to charity, unprops for eating TB ^__~ I still remember when I thought fast food was a treat ugh —StevenDaubert

Verily, all fast food is gnar-bar... Daubert


2011-11-05 04:28:07   goodbye and good riddance?

now we just have to get the alley un painted from that stupid shade of green —StevenDaubert


2012-03-29 10:22:27   I just bought the groupon for a tune-up at APEX. My poor bike is sadly neglected, looking forward to getting it fixed up a bit. I know I'm going to need a new tube, and I'm guessing new brake cables as well. —TomGarberson


2012-06-24 15:26:48   tell me a little more about your experience with Ally if you please —StevenDaubert


2012-07-11 16:02:27   Hey Aaron, I'm inheriting an old-ish road bike my dad doesn't ride anymore. It's been hanging in his garage for a decade or two, so it may need some wheel work. Also, his old biking shoes won't fit me... do you carry various types of shoes? I have no idea what kind of pedals are on the bike (and if I did I wouldn't know what it meant). Am I likely to need to get new pedals, along with shoes? If so, any recommendations on how to go about selecting something suitable for me? —TomGarberson


2013-05-22 17:46:10   Sinish has the manager make orders from classico (the distributor), talk to them or just tell them you want to order one of the I think 5 liter tubs if you really really want it back... —StevenDaubert


2013-06-25 11:14:44   Aaron, I see that [WWW]this negative comment was left from the same IP address that you yourself used, just minutes before, to make edits on the same page, a competitor's page. I don't think of you as the sort of businessman who would engage in that sort of sockpuppeting against a potential competitor. Can you clarify? —CovertProfessor


2013-06-25 13:48:45   Not trying to air your personal business, but that comment reads very differently coming from you vs. a customer. —CovertProfessor

And vise versa - Aaron


2013-06-25 15:48:20   First edit with the other account was three years ago... Outside of [WWW]this which is technically sockpuppety but is of a much lesser degree (compared to examples like [WWW]these with attacks on competitors)... Pretty long con to attack a new used bike store when there are stronger competitors in town, and it didn't even seem like much of an attack. I feel like there was either a huge amount of malice that required serious long-term planning and slightly negative remarks to eventually ruin someone's business (a plan that was ruined by not using a proxy) or maybe a person genuinely curious about another business who wanted to share his experience with another shop, but figured he would be burned alive if people found out he owned a bike shop. I can definitely understand why someone might want to review anonymously (business owners, professors, celebrities), and it might even be positive to the community if someone with a strong following (like a celebrity) would prefer their words be taken because of their previous contribution to the site rather than their status in the real world. If the anonymous account consistently provides good contributions, I don't think it would be a terrible idea if some people decided to have a separate anonymous account to review things. For example on a forum, if a popular moderator were to say something positive about something, you're most likely going to get a circle-jerk just due to that moderator's status, so if the moderator wanted his or her words taken seriously, posting on a regular account might be beneficial for the community. —hankim

This isn't that big a deal. I'd just suggest the problem go away: [WWW]http://daviswiki.org/T%26M_Bike_Shop/TalkDonShor

What did I say specifically warrants that the comment should go away? - Aaron

@Don, Are we not all friends and here for the benefit of the wiki? If I were looking at a garden center, I'd want your opinion, because I respect it because I know that you know gardening. Wether it be in a public forum or in private. Who knows a field better than one's own?

@ Pete, So you're telling me if I were to say, "1st impression's not too great" about any other business then it'd be ok? But since I singled out the new business to which I had yet to formulate an opinion as a consumer or competitor and didn't have a great 1st impression I should have kept it to myself?

My opinion of them stands, its my opinion of Daviswiki that has changed. - Aaron


2013-06-25 18:38:53   "Their Bike Shop is moving to 912 Fifth Street Suite 105 within the next few weeks" hasn't the shop been moved? —StevenDaubert

NITPICK MUCH? - AARON

No not really I just noticed that you have outdated information on your page. I would change it but it's your userpage. Therefore I settled for second best which is telling you. ~SD

Stay out of it Pete. This is between me and SD. - Aaron


2013-06-26 09:17:26   Don't forget places like [WWW]this and [WWW]these. People need to know what kind of phones they can purchase and all the publishers of products the bookstores might sell. —hankim


2013-06-26 09:27:37   Here's a sequence of events that I see. For years, you are considered a valued and productive member of the Davis Wiki. Your business' page is, in fact, a disaster. It's promotional and bolded and over the top. But I think everyone looked the other way because you were one of us. Then you sockpuppeted against a defender. Anyone can make a mistake, but in fact, you've defended your actions when someone as experienced with the wiki as you ought to know that what you did was wrong. Now you're just retaliating by making a mess of the wiki. Basically, your spending all the capital you've built over the years. You no longer come across as a good guy, "happy go lucky," etc. You come across as petty. You might want to rethink your actions. They are not helping you or your business. Some friendly advice. —CovertProfessor

* I've moved pass the sockpuppet debacle, I took my licks like a man and fessed up to it. I updated and took credit for my posts. I am now and still talking about what should be allowed on a business page. If they can do it, so can all other retailers. Do some research on their business, get to work and start editing, fix my sloppy haphazard edits and make the Daviswiki the best it can be. - Aaron


2013-06-26 15:48:37   May be worth stepping back for a bit and letting things cool off. Everyone's already fired up. —jefftolentino


2013-06-26 15:54:51   Not yet-I've had some work issues come up (server moves) and I'm now doing dbl shifts the rest of the week. I promise I'll look into it when I can but work comes first. Will probably be next week at this point.—PeteB


2013-07-02 21:27:44   Aaron-when you asked me to look into Cannondale, I thought to check out some of the authorized dealers you list on the APEX Cycles page. What is concerning is that a few of them-Biria Bicycles, Lynskey Titanium Bikes and Von Dessel (I spoke to 2-Von Dessel emailed me back) have stated you are NOT an authorized dealer for their bikes.

I'm going to be around very sporadically for the next few weeks as my elderly mother is very ill at a local hospital, but I wanted you to have an opportunity at clarifying the issues with these 3 companies. —PeteB


2013-07-16 17:25:30   Terrific! You followed up and corrected the issue-great! That's what we were suggesting. —PeteB


2013-07-16 17:32:33   I restored Biria and Lynskey. I called the #'s on the website and was given to people who I simply asked the question if you were an authorized dealer and was told no. Straight up question and I was put on hold while they researched it and said you weren't an authorized dealer. *shrug*. Maybe they have a staff issue but I am not responsible if they gave me inaccurate info —PeteB


2013-07-16 19:06:53   PB gave you lots of time (two weeks) to respond before editing the page for your business, and then when he did edit the page, merely deleted the claims that were, as best as he could tell, false. That is far more courtesy than you extended to your competitors. You keep trying to act the injured party here, but I am not buying it. —CovertProfessor


2013-07-16 19:43:19   I didn't make that remark about "popular" editors — PB did. I don't know why you keep mixing me up in that. —CovertProfessor

There are a bunch of issues mixed together here, so let me separate them out and respond one at a time.

CovertProfessor


2013-07-16 20:35:20   Thank you for cleaning up the A1 Smog page, Aaron. I hope you don't mind that I'm staying out of this whole thing. After having had to file a lawsuit after bullshit that grew out of wiki drama, I don't have much stomach for it. I'll just note that I think everyone involved seems to be editing angry again, and it doesn't seem very constructive. Calling your vendors did seem a bit retaliatory, and I'm not a fan of that. But I think today's discussion is only making things worse. —TomGarberson

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