About Apex Cycle Shop
Our shop is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which boast some of the best riding roads in the Southeast. The Cartecay River flows alongside our property and we are nearly surrounded by a State wildlife management area. All are welcome – – there is room to camp, relax, and swap stories. We have been told that we’re crazy for having our shop at our home but we wouldn’t have it any other way. The shop, our customers, and even the bikes feel like part of our family. Our customers know that we stand behind our work. When you bring us your motorcycle, we’ll tell you what’s right, what’s wrong, and what it’s going to take to fix it. We’ll do whatever it takes to repair, maintain, or restore your bike correctly and we won’t let a bike go until it’s right. That applies to new ones, old ones, and everything in between. Often the whole family, even our 5 year old son, is out in the shop evenings or on days off, cleaning and working. Our son gets excited every time an engine starts or a customer shows up. We all love the stories that come with the bikes, the slices of history that each holds. We feel honored that people trust us to work on their much loved rides.
No mention of our shop is complete without thanks to Rachel’s parents, Tim and Joan Hill. When we first opened in 2002, Rachel’s father moved everything out of the woodworking shop at his house and parked his truck in the driveway for years so that we could have two garage bays from which to operate Apex Cycle. Half of their kitchen became our office with no complaint. Tim graciously shared everything including his tools which he started collecting when he was eight years old and still uses today. We happily worked out of Tim’s place for more than 7 years saving every dime we could to one day build our own shop at our house. Those were lean years, but we kept to our vision. Years of savings and contributions of all kinds from friends and family culminated on a day in 2010 when we began to carve out a space in the woods on our property for the building that is now our shop.
You will still find Tim at the shop most days generously donating his time, and still many of his tools, to our “mom and pop” shop. Joan has been known to assist with many pickups and deliveries, all of our motorcycle events and, of course, watching our son at all hours when motorcycle deadlines loom. We are a small shop but we have a big heart. We use the latest diagnostic and repair equipment as well as many old family hand tools and tools which came to us from Dennis Kanderis’ family. In some ways, these tools have as much history as the bikes on which we work. Apex Cycle has continued to thrive and grow through the word-of-mouth recommendations from our loyal customers, and we still get excited when we think about the possibilities in the days to come.