A new used-bicycle shop opened in Davis Square in late August, but word has already spread quickly about Bike Boom, a small shop tucked away in an alley at 420 Highland Ave.
Last Sunday, two college students from Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood discovered the shop, and each bought road bikes for $275.
The store also stocks vintage and modern three-speed and mountain bicycles. In addition, owner Roy Ornath and his employee Mike Fink tune up and repair bikes, as well as sell parts and gear.
Ornath, 31, used to race long-bikes as a child growing up in Israel. Three years ago he moved to America, where he found a job as a math tutor. After deciding to start a tutoring business of his own, he set aside extra money for the enterprise by repairing used bicycles for friends who had bought them second-hand without realizing the amount of work they needed.
“Bikes are very expensive,” he said. “Fixing them is even more expensive.”
That’s part of the reason he opened the shop: so that people looking to buy used bicycles don’t spend more money repairing them than they did for the bicycle itself. He told the pair of college students that their bikes shouldn’t need a tune up or new parts for 15 months. All the bicycles come with a 30-day warranty for parts and labor.
He said he appreciates that so many Somerville residents ride bicycles and seek out quality ones.
“These days, bikes are cheaply made,” he said. “You have to know a bit about bikes to buy a good one.”
Address: 420 Highland Ave. Davis Square, Somerville.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.