- Gene Oh

"In an industry known for high turnover rates, we’re proud to have such great staff! We collect them and keep them."

OUR POLICIES

We make every effort to treat every client like family. With that, we decided to institutionalize our beliefs with rock-solid policies:

  • 90-Day Price Protection. You’ll get the lowest price in the Bay Area on every product in our shop, for up to 90 days after purchase. If another Bay Area shop has the same product in-stock at a lower price than what you paid, we'll refund you the difference.
  • Lifetime Free Tune-Ups. Bike purchases include free adjustments, air & lube service, and safety checks as long as the bike’s yours. You pay parts and labor for installations and adjustments outside the scope of our Standard Tune-Up package – an $80 service.
  • Enhanced Lifetime Warranty. We make sure you never pay for a manufacturer’s mistake. We include a comprehensive lifetime warranty on every product we sell in our store, which includes installation and shipping costs.  
  • Kid’s Trade-Up Program. Purchase a kid’s bike and get 50% of what you spent towards the next size bike. 12″, 16″, 20″, and 24″ wheeled bikes are eligible for a trade-up. We regularly donate the old bikes to our favorite non-profit organizations. (If you're with an organization that needs kid's bikes, submit a donation request).  

MEET OUR TEAM

President

Gene

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GENE first wanted to be a garbage man, thinking they only worked the one day they came around. He was wrong. He thought to himself, “Oh well, if I gotta work, it has to be with cool folks doing something I enjoy.” Here he is.

Bikes owned: a Lynskey R230 road bike and a
Specialized Stumpjumper Hardtail 29er Evo.

Bike Fit Specialist

George

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GEORGE is a former Marine, father of two, and a bicycling lifer. He’s ridden since he was 4 years old, and wouldn't know who he was if he didn't.

Bikes owned: '96 Specialized Allez, Surly Long Haul Trucker, VanTuyl TT bike, '91 Specialized Hardrock, Flying Pigeon PA-06, Surly Steamroller.

Service Manager

Chris

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CHRIS has been doing this for some time now. (Since 1988, to be precise). He’d guess it all began by stripping a beat up yellow Schwinn abandoned in the alley by his house as a kid. He ruined his dad's chisels in the process, but taught himself about reverse threading and it turned into a career. Since then he’s been using the proper tools, trying to keep up with the dizzying amount of tooling and new product knowledge while passing his knowledge onto the next generation of mechanics.

Bikes owned: 2019 Surly Midnight Special. I have a 29" wheel full suspension bike that I shortly want to replace with a Specialized Stumpjumper Comp. 1998 Serotta CSI.

General Manager

Scott

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SCOTT rode in circles around the Foster City cul-de-sac he grew up in with his feet on some
pegs that never properly got put to use. While attending college in Santa Cruz, he saw someone pedaling a bike in circles around the quad on campus and thought “hey, I used to love to do that!” With some help, he built up a single speed at the bike co-op in town. The obsession started from there. Besides bikes, Scott spends his time thinking about baseball,
records, buildings, and cameras - not necessarily in that order.

Bikes owned: Falconer road,
Falconer cross, Blue Steel 650b all-road, Surly Krampus, Surly Ogre, ‘96 Salsa Ala
Carte, ‘90 Specialized Stumpjumper.

Service Mechanic

​​​​​​​Cari

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CARI rides dirt but is secretly a roadie. She has never had a drivers’ license. She likes hills and sunsets. Her favorite tools are a mini ratchet and swivel de-burrer. She lives in a trailer with her cat, Brian.

Bikes owned: Ritte road bike, Schwinn High Sierra ATB, Salsa Ala Carte Mountain bike.

Service Mechanic

Guy

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GUY’s first memory of being on a bike involved taking his training wheels off and promptly falling over. His next memory is listening to the Beastie Boys on a Walkman while riding around in the dirt on a construction site. He’s been working on bikes ever since, appreciating how wonderfully efficient and simple they are. Guy likes anything old - whether it’s bicycles, typewriters, records, or straight razors. Originally from Arkansas, he went to college in the midwest. After leaving Ohio, he traveled, worked in fine dining, taught English in Indonesia for several years and finally landed in the Bay Area. Guy rides for transportation and recreation
and has a fondness for steel bikes and hand-built wheels. “If it's good enough for the Amish, it's good enough for me.”

Bikes owned: Lynskey R260, Surly Straggler, Bianchi B.A.S.S., Ciocc road bike, Litespeed mountain bike turned commuter.

Sales Associate/Events Coordinator

Hannah

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HANNAH, the human palindrome, grew up in Chicago where she began working in a bike shop at age 14. She got a degree in Chemistry from Bard College and then moved out to the Bay Area to be closer to family who now live here. She’s really into baking and is a social media savant.

Bikes owned: Surly Krampus, Specialized Allez, and a Raleigh Clubman.

Service Mechanic

Joe

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JOE comes from the Azores. He loves '90s mountain bikes, Manu Chao, white wine, spearfishing, and Octopi.

Sales Associate

Larry

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LARRY is a longtime bike enthusiast and advocate originally from Los Angeles. He spent his college days at UC Santa Cruz commuting around town on cruisers and traversing the Pacific Coast Highway on old aluminum road bikes. Having spent the better part of a decade living in major metropolitan cities across the country, he’s come to appreciate not needing a car to commute to work or to leisure. He’s also appreciative of comfy bikes with plentiful tire volumes that can hold a pack of beer and his groceries for him on his way home. When he’s not out riding or working, you can find Larry outside exploring our state and national parks; playing some pub trivia, or being at home here in Alameda with his partner and ensemble of black-furred pets. Bikes owned: Surly Straggler, Surly Lowside, Specialized Roubaix Sport, 1989 Trek 1000.

Sales Associate

Max

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MAX

Bikes owned: Surly Karate Monkey, All-City Nature Boy

Sales Associate

Jim

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JIM came to the bay area looking for animation work and fell in love with his local bike shops instead. He rides primarily for transportation and manages the Berkeley Bike Station on weekdays. He spends his spare time teaching kids how to ride bikes and working on his photography portfolio.

Bikes owned: Azub Six Recumbent, a small stable of steel bicycles that he hand brazed.

COME WORK WITH US

We're proud to offer some of the best compensation in the industry.

+ Paid Training
+ Full medical & dental benefits
+ Profit sharing
+ Paid vacation days
+ Shop trips
+ Full and part time opportunities

ABOUT ALAMEDA BICYCLE

Alameda Bicycle is a Bay Area bike shop specializing in new bikes, bike repairs, bike gear and bike accessories.

Alameda Bicycle began operations in 1969; my family took over in 1987. I worked weekends and summers starting when I was twelve – apparently labor laws don’t apply to family outfits. I took over full-time and allowed my mom to retire in 2002.

We’ve now got an extended family business – everyone working here is given a voice and is respected for their unique skills. And we work hard!

It’s important to have familiar faces that remember your story, so we go to great lengths to retain our staff. We pay medical insurance and offer generous vacation benefits, because it’s important to keep the vibe genuinely positive.

I’m a believer that small businesses are integral weaves in a strong local community. We donate to all non-profits and public schools in Alameda and Oakland. We visit our elementary schools every year with Books 4 Bikes to stimulate reading and exercise. We operate and manage BART’s bike stations, and offer free classes and rides throughout the year to help you maximize your cycling enjoyment.

Please contact me if you have any concerns at all, and thanks for your time.  

Gene Oh Owner - Alameda Bicycle