Choosing a Bicycle

Bringing your bike from home

Before bringing your bike to Davis, make sure it is in good condition. This means legal brakes, safe tires, lights and reflectors. If you are unsure of your bike's condition, have it checked out by a qualified mechanic. Buy and install fenders before the first rain – believe us, you'll want them! Students who do not wish to transport a bicycle from home or feel that their old bicycle is unsuitable for everyday use can take advantage of local sales, service and repair at one of Davis' many dealers. 

Purchasing a new (to you) bicycle

Davis is a great place to buy a bike. With bike shops conveniently located within a few blocks of each other, variety, selection and competitive prices are ensured. Qualified bicycle shops will be able to outfit anyone with the right size and style of bicycle, as well as the appropriate security devices. See our recommendations for reputable bike shops right here in Davis:

Purchasing a fixer-upper bicycle

Those looking for an inexpensive "fixer-upper" bicycle may find just what they are looking for at the biannual UC Davis Bike Auctions which takes place in the fall and spring quarters. More than 400+ bikes available at these sales! Please call (530) 752-BIKE for more information.

Used bikes are also a great option and are sold at some local bike shops; but the best selection is usually found at the ASUCD Bike Barn on campus. Thrifty shoppers should be weary when checking out local yard sales and on-line classified ads.

Be cautious when purchasing a new "cheap bicycle"

When we say "cheap bicycle" we're talking about more than the price. We're referring to overall quality and value and because of this, each year more than 2,500 bicycles are abandoned on campus. Our advice: avoid department store or "big box" store bikes. You get what you pay for and department store-brand bikes are usually of poor quality, heavy, inefficient, may be improperly assembled, and could rust after the first rain.


Bicycle Parking

With so many bicycles on campus, parking regulations are strictly enforced. Illegally parked bikes create problems and inconvenience for people, damage property, and generally constitute a hazard. Bikes may park only in designated parking areas. Illegally parked bikes are subject to impoundment and fine.

Some residence halls allow students to store bikes in their assigned room. Check with your R.A. staff and faculty members may be able to park their bikes in their office or other assigned workspace with the permission of their department chairperson. Bike lockers are also available for rent in four campus locations. Contact the Transportation Services for information on fees and availability.