Winner of the Best Bike Shop/Tri Shop award in Competitor magazine, Mox Multisport outfits cyclists and triathletes with competitive gear and primes these indefatigable warriors with a finely tuned machine. The basic tune-up runs two-wheeled people-powered machines through a six-point inspection, adjusting brakes, checking torque, and scaring away any hiccups when shifting gears. The techs clean the entire frame and remove the drive train, scouring debris and grease accumulated from treks through fields of bacon. Finally, to eliminate worrisome wobbling, both wheels are trued.
Originating as a bicycle repair shop on Chicago's South Side in 1944, Kozy's Cyclery now consists of four store locations across Chicago, helping make it the city's premier bike store for the past 60-plus years. Along with a complete stock of bicycle clothing, accessories, parts?and, of course, bikes?the three-generation, family-owned store cares for its bicycle-riding customers by offering professional bike fittings, test rides, and two free tune-ups with every new bicycle purchase. In their 70th year of business, Kozy's has more than 350 bikes on display for each rider's unique needs, from mountain bikes and cruisers to fixed gears and multispeed commuter bikes and electric bikes.
In a shop lined with more than 100 bikes models from all around the world, Upgrade Cycle Works' pro mechanics channel their love of cycling whether they are aligning the frame on an old single speed or fitting guests for a brand new road bike. During the fit process, staffers employ the same computerized system used at the Olympic training center as opposed to tracing your body outline on a large piece of construction paper. Next, they’ll help guests choose from bike brands such as Felt, Masi, and Raleigh, and an in-store selection of rides that includes road bikes, single speeds, and hybrids.
In Upgrade's workshop, pro mechanics perform comprehensive tune-ups and repairs, revitalize faded paint jobs, replace punctured wheels, and align frames. The staff also hosts repair clinics to teach cyclists how to fix flat tires and adjust brakes.
Village Cycle Center has more than 10,000 bikes in stock, but it's not the insane inventory that has made the shop a go-to for many of the city's cyclists?it's the service. The expert mechanics here customize every bike to fit each individual rider's comfort and safety. That means picking the correct frame size, adjusting the seat, and calibrating the brakes so they stop the wheels instead of just squealing, "STOP!"
When not readying new rides?or tuning up existing ones?Village Cycle Center's staff doles out plenty of free advice, especially when it comes to accessories, which range from helmets, pumps, and locks to hydration systems and car racks. The shop's passion for bicycles extends into the community, as well, as Village Cycle Center sponsors such popular events as the L.A.T.E. Ride and Bike to Work Week.
Chicago was once synonymous with its gangsters, and on the South Side tour run by Bobby's Bike Hike, cyclists seem to pedal back to those seedy times. The tour stops at Chicago's onetime red light districts and at the haunts of iconic gangsters such as Al Capone, who earned his hardened reputation by having perfectly good hot dogs roughed up at will. Fir more than a decade, the company has been hosting themed tours like these that show off the city's history, traditions, and scenery. Other have participants sampling the city's iconic pizza or rolling through lakefront neighborhoods. And anyone who prefers to create their own tour can rent bikes by the hour in a choice of styles that range from classic road bikes to two-seaters for parents and kids.
MunkyBoards' electronic skateboards carry riders on four-wheeled adventures throughout the city at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour. Available in two sizes with different power capabilities, boards can travel as far as 9 miles before they need to recharge—just like clown cars powered by other drivers' fear. Mushc like the boards themselves, designs draw inspiration from both futuristic imagery and contemporary transportation; decks on the shorter boards feature imagery inspired by the coveted hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II, and larger decks sport a map of the CTA's train system.