MIKE'S BIKES The bike shop musical chairs in Berkeley continues. After 17 years in business at 2161 University Ave. (at Oxford), Mike's Bikes closed its doors on May 14 and reopened the very next day just a few blocks down the street on University near MLK Jr. Way. The previous location is owned by the Regents of the University of California and the move was prompted by the university's plans to build student housing at that location. The new store is in the former Performance Bike space which closed in November 2018. With several bike stores closing this year in Berkeley, how will Mike's Bikes continue to thrive? "The key to success in the bike biz is just to remember that you can have the coolest stuff in the world, but customer experience is the most important thing," said Mike's Bikes general manager Sam Salzeider. The business has welcomed the opportunity to be in a larger space and is providing off-street parking in its rear lot for customers. Mike's Bikes was founded in San Rafael in 1964 and operates 12 stores around the Bay Area. The original owner was Dave Kaplan who sold his business to his protégé, Ken Martin, in 1998. Martin then partnered with his friend Mike Gabrys to run the business. In 2005, then general manager Matt Adams purchased a stake in the company becoming a third partner. There are no plans for a grand opening, but a 10% discount will be granted to anyone who mentions the move announcement. Mike's Bikes, 1824 University Ave. (near MLK Jr. Way), Berkeley 94703. Tel: 510-845-2453. Open Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. https://www.berkeleyside.com/2019/0...ikes-bikes-sara-lisch-gallery-dopp-city-shoes
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