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.
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.
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.
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.
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.