Even at the peak of Chicago’s hottest summers and meanest winters, the Johnny Sprockets team can be seen riding on the lakefront path or dodging cabs in the bike lanes. Owner Manuel Tenorio makes it clear that the staff members are cyclists and not just salespeople. They learn about their inventory first-hand, and they outfit their customers with equipment that they themselves endorse.
The team also services and repairs all types of cycles. With each visit, they perform a free, no-obligation estimate to assess cycle health and suss out any potential troubles. They can perform minor repairs on the spot, and they also accept appointments for tune-ups, overhauls, or a bike’s first haircut.
Bike and Roll Chicago's staff dispatches clients on wheel-based expeditions throughout Chicago. Guides—several of whom are Chicagoland natives—can lead informative and entertaining tours in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and semaphores.
"Pump Pedals, Not Gas" goes the motto for On the Route Bicycles, a thoroughly modern bike shop committed to swift travel by eco-friendly means. Like any good bike shop, the unmistakable scent of tires drifts down thoroughfares lined with all manner of biking accessories, from lights and helmets to locks and biking bags. All of this in addition to the latest bike models from the likes of Trek, Cannondale, Bianchi, Electra, Handsome, and Raleigh, who provide a selection of city bikes, road bikes, and performance models. As a bonus to their community, On the Route even includes an air pump outside the store, where passing bikers can juice up their tires or blow those pecking birds from their head.
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. Kozy's sells more than 250 bikes for each rider's unique needs, from mountain bikes and cruisers to fixed gears and multispeed commuter bikes to electric bikes.
Lakeshore Bike's crew of passionate cyclists embodies more than 45 years of combined experience pedaling and rehabilitating bicycles. Riders can bring home a new bike from such brands as Argon, Fuji, and KHS, or rent a two-wheeled steed for a jaunt on Chicago's lakefront. Lakeshore Bike's tune-up packages may include drivetrain lubrication, brake tightening, and an attitude adjustment—a boon for cyclists out of mouth soap.
When fitting athletic shoes, the technicians at Universal Sole go above and beyond simple foot measuring. The knowledgeable staff uses Video Gate Analysis to customers find the most fitted and comfortable shoe. They watch you walk and jog on a treadmill to determine your foot's specific biomechanics, then they select which shoe will keep your feet stable and supported during workouts. The store's footwear brands, such as Nike and Adidas, are built for workouts of all kind, but Universal Sole puts particular emphasis on running. The site lists neighborhood run routes and training plans to get customers ready for their first 5K or 10K. Store hours are Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free parking is available at the Village Market Place.