As popular as bicycles are in Davis, a certain number of them are going to be constantly breaking down. Davis and the local region has many Bicycle Shops, both for profit and non-profit, that will get you back up and bicycling as soon as possible. Heck, some people even get religious about fixing bikes.
There is also information on Buying a Bike or Renting a Bike.
Bicycle Shops in Davis
Most of these bike shops are in downtown Davis, and one of them is in North Davis.
- APEX Cycles — the biggest little bike shop in town, mobile service available too
- B&L Bike Shop — the oldest bike shop in town
- Bike Barn — the on-campus bike shop run by the ASUCD
- Blisworks Bikes — now merged into Ken's Bike-Ski-Board.
- Davis Bike Collective — the non-profit knowledge, tool, and part repository (was the Bike Church)
- Davis Bike Exchange — an irregular bike shop specializing in used bikes. The owner has a penchant for changing prices on customers and asking them to leave, a big guy, he is a troubled character who likes to intimidate. He is known by long time bike people from all over Davis as a guy to just avoid..
- Freewheeler — family owned shop for bikes, equipment, and repairs.
- Green Bicycle Depot — largest selection of recycled bikes and parts.
- Ken's Bike-Ski-Board — we won't hold the "Ski" and "Board" parts against them
- Sangha Cycling Mobile Repair
- T&M Bike Shop
Davis Custom frames, repair, and builders
- Bicycle Engineering - Rick the one-man show. Knows his stuff and helps you help yourself.
- Innerlight Cycles — custom bike frames
- Toby's Mobile Workshop — bicycle repair and handyman services all from his pedal powered workshop
Bicycle Shops in Winters
- VeloCity Bicycle Center — a new(er), fairly large bicycle shop in downtown Winters. Myke's the man.
Bicycle Shops in Sacramento
- The Bike Business — the place for track or fixed-gear bicycles in Sacramento
- City Bicycle Company - Designs and builds fixed-gear bikes. Founded by UCD grads Ary Ashoor '12 and Vince Vu '12.
- Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen — a community-centered bike shop run by volunteers - Similar to the Bike Church in Davis
- Mad Cat Bicycles — A locally owned and operated bike shop supporting all genres of riders including cyclocross, mountain, road and more
Bicycle Shop Comparison
|Bicycle Brands Sold & Price Range|
|$65/$95/$145 ($20 discount for students)|
|Argon18, Biria, Cinelli, De Rosa, Dolan, Kona, Lapierre, Low, Merckx, Pake, Redline, Ritchey, Soma, Stevens, Torelli & USED ($100-$9,500)|
|Kona, Intense Cycles, Masi, Norco, Nirve Cruisers, Redline, Surly, Voodoo, Torker, Sun Cruisers, Innerlight Cycles (local frame builder), Quality Used Bikes ($150-$4000)|
|B&L Bike Shop|
|Breezer, Calfee, Co-Motion, Electra, Fuji, Free Agent, Jamis, KHS, Redline, SE Racing($200-$4,000)|
|Davis Bike Collective|
|Build or repair your own bike: they have used bike parts as a by-product of teaching people how to work on their bikes, but adamantly don't fix your bike for you.|
|Davis Bike Exchange|
|custom recycled bikes, of all recyclable brands|
|Trek, Gary Fisher, Giant ($200-$3,500)|
$10.43 flat repair (tube and labor)
specializes in affordable new and used bicycles
|Specialized, Marin, Haro, Raleigh, Fuji, Burley, Electra, Diamond Back, Torker($219-$2,299)|
|Mobile Flat Tire Repair|
|Cannondale, Cervélo, Colnago, De Rosa, Felt, Kestrel, Look, Merckx, Opera, Pegoretti, Pinarello, Ridley, Ritchey, Seven, Specialized ($200-$11,000|
(Note: Tune-Up prices don't include parts; flat repair prices include schrader valve tube (Mtn. Bikes/Hybrids), tax and labor, prices for presta valve tubes (Most Road Bikes) is usually $1-4 more based on the length of valve.)
Bicycle Shop Alternatives
Finding a Used Bicycle
- Twice a year, TAPS holds a bike auction to get rid of all the old bikes that were abandoned on campus.
- There are several bike swaps in and around Davis throughout the year.
- The Bike Collective has some used bikes in need of repair. The volunteers will show you how to fix it yourself. Sliding scale donations are requested for parts.
- Yard sales typically have one or two bikes that people are looking to offload.
- Keep your eyes open on moving day. You will be amazed at how many decent bikes get abandoned all over the city.
- Check classifieds like Craigslist or the new contender DavisPost
- Join The Freecycle Network and post a wanted ad.
- Check the Davis Food Co-op bulletin board.
- Blisworks Bikes, APEX Cycles & Service, Green Bicycle Depot, T&M Bike Shop and Davis Bike Exchange sell used bikes, if you want to use a bike shop.
Fixing Your Bicycle
- All of the bike shops in town have willing and able mechanics to fix your bicycle. Check out the rates and decide for yourself which fits your budget.
- If you're mechanically inclined but without the requisite tools, the Davis Bike Collective, APEX Cycles & Service and the ASUCD Bike Barn all lend tools. You can also use a Bicycle Repair Station.
- If you don't have a good way to get your bike to the bike shop, APEX Cycles & Service will come to you to fix flats and any other bike issues.
- Have your bicycle's tires exhaled? Learn how to repair a tire without patronizing a bike shop.
- If you want to learn to fix your bike, APEX Cycles & Service, the Bike Barn, and the Davis Bike Collective all offer lessons. At the Davis Bike Collective and APEX Cycles & Service, you can learn while volunteering in the shop.
Former Bicycle Shops
Some of the bikes on the road right now are thanks to these places.
- Bike Garage — on-campus loaned tools and supervised repair
- Bicycle Medic, LLC. — travelling tri-county bike repair truck
- Davis Bike Repair — a small business that brought the shop to your bike.
- Davis Mobile Bike Repair — Professional bicycle repair service offering free pickup and delivery. Perfect for students with odd hours or people without a car.
- The Bike People — new shop, 45 years professional experience.
- Mobile Flat Tire Repair — student-run business that only repairs flat tires
- Real Bicycles — CLOSED !
Choosing The Right Bicycle For You
- Check out the Bicycles pages.
- Keep in mind that expensive bikes are targets for thieves.