Archer Bicycle is a bike shop whose main focus is NOT selling you a bike (although we are happy to do so). We want you, and whatever bike you own, to be well cared for. We want to make sure that the bike runs as well as it can, and that you understand its ins and outs. As a bonus, we have an art gallery upstairs!
Q. What inspired you to start your business?
When I opened Archer Bicycle, the goal was to have a “service station” for bikes. I wanted to have a place where no matter what you rode, you’d get great service at a reasonable price. Basically, our philosophy is that any bike you use and enjoy is a GOOD bike.
Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Customers love the business because they get an excellent mechanic, awesome customer service, and reasonable prices. (Check out Yelp; it must be working!)
Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Downtown Oakland was a gamble for me. I was relatively new to the area and there were no other bike shops nearby. I didn’t know if the location would support a good bike shop I figured it would either turn out to be a really good, or a really bad, decision. I started suspecting it was going to work out, when, within the first few days of signing a lease, people walking by stopped and said, “A bike shop is coming? Great!”
Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
I have the good fortune of having a number of great shops in my neighborhood. My little slice of downtown has a barber/hair salon(“Blade the Barber/Drastic Changes”), a bookstore (“Wolfman Books”), a coffee shop (“Modern Coffee”), a bar dating back to the 1920’s (“Radio”), the “Tribune Tavern” (good eats, nice bar), and for those with a vegetarian persuasion, the “Golden Lotus.” The newest addition to our block is “CamBurger,” and the “Mockingbird” restaurant is due to open this summer. In addition, along with our art gallery, there is another art venue across the street, “Good Mother.” We also have the absolutely gorgeous Tribune Tower anchoring the block.