At Handy Bikes, sunlight pours through floor-to-ceiling windows, ricocheting between the glistening spokes, frames, and handlebars that hang suspended in neatly aligned rows. For the past 30 years, the privately owned bicycle shop has helped bikers keep on bikin’, filling its racks and display cases with everything from new parts to hard-to-find accessories. Brands such as Raleigh, Haro, and Torker stand out from the store's extensive inventory, which cycles through a variety of interests with kids' bikes, tandems, unicycles, and more. While riders graze the healthy harvest of wheeled products, Handy Bikes' friendly, knowledge-packed staff chomps at the bit to answer questions and demonstrate the proper technique for feeding oats to baby mountain bikes.
Owner Jared Cavileer and his crew roll a cherry-red Leader 722TS outside the shop, lean it against a brick pillar, and snap a picture. The keepsake signals the end of another bike restoration, but serves as a tangible memento for another job well done. Technicians repeat this process every day at Revolution Cycles, where their bike tune-ups help to keep two-wheelers from being ridden by the Grim Reaper. Their shop's exposed-brick walls backdrop a selection of stylish parts and accessories, including Gorilla frames, Soma Major Taylor track bars, and Brooks saddles and cycling bags.
roll: was founded on a very simple idea. Riding a bike is fun, exciting, inspiring, and even life changing. Shopping for a bike isn’t. We were left asking, how could something that inspires so much passion and enjoyment, be so complicated, confusing and difficult. We just didn’t get it. So we did something about it!
The top three most efficient modes of human-powered transportation are (in no particular order): Flintstone cars, bicycles, and a palanquin carried by the various monarchs you've conquered and overthrown. Make sure the most feasible of these is in perfect working order with today's deal: for $20, you get a total bike tune-up ($65 value) at Paradise Garage. This urban cycling shop in the Short North Arts District is a solid place to find or refine a hot two-wheeler, stock up on essential riding gear, or meet your next tandem bike partner.
Biking is only a healthy alternative to driving a car if your pedal machine is prepared to receive the road. To avoid a discordant collision course, bicycles need a proper tuning that wipes the sleep crust from their eyes. B1 Bicycles' overhaul begins with a thorough frame inspection and cleaning to ensure a structurally sound and shiny ride for the season. Next, the skilled bicycle caretakers at B1 will clean and lubricate the cable and drive-chain to detoxify your bike's insides while wobbly wheels undergo a truing process to increase pedal-pumping efficiency and ease momentum retention. Finally, surgical adjustments are made to the tension of the brakes, ensuring riders can stop on a dime, pick it up, and buy a Chiclet without ever dismounting.
Having baked its delicate desserts of destiny for the celebrity likes of Oprah, Jackie Chan, and others, Fancy Fortune Cookies offers a handsome array of crack-openable creations like the chocolate-covered-raspberry fortune cookie ($1.10 each), chocolate-covered cookie ($1.05 each), and cherry-flavored cookie ($0.65 each). You can also make yourself feel tiny by ordering one-pound gigantic fortune cookies ($29.95) and much more. Check out Fancy Fortune Cookies' larger-than-normal-fortune-cookie-sized selection of flavors here.