Meet the Crew

This is who we are, plain and simple.

Q&A with Jake

  • Bikes I own: Too many to list, but I've never owned a bad one.
  • Favorite kind of riding: Riding with new people, no matter what style of riding.
  • Best place to ride: Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trails in Crosby, MN.
  • Music I like: Anything but Country.
  • Go-to beer: Any hoppy IPA will do. Always in the fridge is Minnesota's own Summit Pale Ale.
  • I dream of someday: Riding across the country with my family.
  • I get stoked when: I sell a bike to a kid.

Jake Capistrant

Owns the place, keeps everything running

Jake’s experience in bike sales and service goes back to when he was thirteen years old and began working in a local bike shop. He's been in bike sales and service ever since. In April of 2009, Jake decided to open his own shop to offer only the best in service to every customer. Today, Jake's emphasis is still on the customer: he puts time into each interaction to make sure you leave as satisfied as can be.

Jake is married to Tracy and has two children, Mariah and Jackson. He studied marketing and sales at Alexandria Technical College. Jake has over fifteen years of experience in the cycling industry, including a five year stint at Penn Cycle in the Twin Cities.

Q&A with Troy

  • Bikes I own: Scott SUB 40 commuter "Alfred"; Gary Fischer Big Sur mountain bike "Frakensur"; 1952 Schwinn Phantom "Smokey"; 1933 Schwinn Wasp "Wasporino"; 1967 Schwinn Fastback "Petey";
  • Favorite kind of riding: Self-supported, commuting, old bike cruising
  • Best place to ride: Cuyuna and on gravel
  • Music I like: Rock, Indie, and folk - basically everything no one else listens to
  • Go-to beer: COLD Hopslam; Standard in the fridge: Grainbelt or Summit
  • I dream of someday: Finishing the Jake's Bikes vintage bike collection
  • I get stoked when: Old bikes come into the shop, a good hunt, and skydiving
  • Best place to eat in town: Bella's on Broadyway and Zorbaz

Troy Pauly

Wrenches on bikes, sells stuff to customers

Having joined Jake’s Bikes in the spring of 2010, Troy Pauly - the guy in the big red truck - can do just about anything! Originally from Willmar, Minnesota, Troy attended Alexandria Technical College. While studying carpentry, masonry and small business, he fell in love with the Alexandria area and decided to stick around.

Troy says he’s been into bikes as long as he can remember. Commuting by bicycle and restoring old bikes are his particular interests. He enjoys both bike restoration and customizing – ask him about “Ol’ Smokey”. Don’t let his wild and crazy manner fool you - he provides you with personable sales and excellent service. If Troy can’t get you back out on the trail in a jiffy, nobody can!