Drawing on an inventive business model that captured the attentions of Fox Chicago and CBS Chicago, Pedal to the People's master pedaler Adam Clark tows a mobile workshop to cyclists' homes to keep two-wheeled steeds safely and reliably rolling down the road. During the course of a complete tune-up, novice and experienced riders are welcome to watch the repairs and to ask questions about mechanics, components, or Victorian table etiquette.
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.
The team of avid golfers at Chicago Style Golf invites golfers of all stripes into its pro shop to check out the industry's newest equipment, take a lesson, or have a broken club repaired. The shop buys, sells, and trades used equipment. Customers can upgrade their driver or trade in their putter after that black cat crossed their putting line. If patrons cannot find the specific club or specs they need, the staff can custom fit and order what they are looking for. Customers also can search for the right putter on the shop's synthetic putting green and test out clubs in one of their three hitting bays, complete with a launch monitor that assists with in-house swing lessons.
Apart from selling bikes and the gear to go with them, Cycle Bike Shop’s savvy technicians cull parts and accessories from their shelves to heal and enhance cycles. They expertly steer patrons through a smorgasbord of two-wheelers, helmets, and gloves from brands such as Biria USA, Jamis, and KHS. During tune-ups, employees tweak brakes, hubs, and wheels before lubing cables to guarantee commutes are smoother and safer than a traffic cone sculpted from marshmallows.
Since 1946, years before the Interstate Highway System was built and decades before teleportation became popular, Art's Cycling has helped its community enjoy two-wheeled transport. Now managed by Art's son Barry, the shop continues to thrive well into the 21st century, stocking bikes from brands such as Schwinn, Trek, GT, and Mongoose and performing repairs on cycles of all makes and models. The shop's mechanics also outfit lowrider bikes for cyclists who want to look their dogs in the eyes when riding.
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.