Wobbly wheels? You need them trued. Sticky chain? You need it greased. And what about all the other miscellaneous bike parts that we don’t know what to call? There’s just one simple word to remember to help you make sure all those bike parts are in tip-top shape: tune-up. Groupon has you covered, with 50% off a deluxe tune-up at Kozy’s Cyclery that usually costs $100. This is not some ho-hum, run-of-the-mill tune-up, but the creme de la creme. It’s more than open heart surgery on your bike - it’s like an even more comprehensive surgery in which a team of Swiss doctors applies fresh grease all over your veins and arteries and recalibrates all your tendons, too. Wouldn’t that feel nice? Well then do unto your bike as you would do unto yourself.
Here’s what you get with Kozy’s deluxe tune-up:
- Adjust brakes
- Adjust headset
- Adjust cranks and hubs
- Adjust derailleurs and lubricate derailleurs, chain and brakes
- True wheels (on truing stand)
- Safety inspection and tightening of all nuts and bolts
- Check for proper tire pressure
- Wipe down bike (bike cleaning is not included)
- Clean, degrease, and lubricate chain and sprocket
- Clean, degrease, lubricate and adjust front and rear derailleurs
- Install new brake pads (cost of brake pads is not included)
People like Kozy’s: The Erie Location has a four out of five-star rating on Yelp, including multiple reviews mentioning that Kozy’s is extremely helpful for people who aren’t experts at biking. That’s Kozy’s reputation -so, if you’re intimidated by bike shop snobs, Kozy’s may be perfect for you. They’ll answer your questions respectfully, and teach you what you need to know about maintaining your bike. For those of you who prefer the monocle-wearing bikeristocrats who smarmily mock your bike ignorance and laugh you out of the store, then you’ll have to go elsewhere. Listen to the Yelpers:
- “Great service and helpful employees who are not at all pretentious.” - Brandi S.
- “I’ve always gotten excellent service here.” - Eric M. “From the initial purchase of my bike and the tools that make riding in the city more pleasant, the staff here bent over backwards to help me out. A first class store with employees that really care about whether you enjoy your purchase. Very satisfied and Kozy’s keeps me rolling!” - Wendell R.
- “This place rocks! Highly recommended! I live near smaller bikeshops that are on clark or broadway.” - James C.
Even if you have to walk Ol’ Rusty Chains into Kozy’s to get this tune-up, redeeming this Groupon will be still be exceedingly easy - you can do it at any of their four locations:
> * 3255 N. Milwaukee
> * 219 W. Erie
> * 3712 N. Halsted
> * 811 S. DesPlaines
At least once a year, and probably twice, you should get a bike tune-up. The constant wear and tear of the Chicago streets takes a toll on a bike that hasn’t been tuned up in a while. The street gunk that gets in your chain will accumulate and deteriorate the chain and gears over time, requiring you to bike harder to ride slower. Your spokes get tighter or looser and throw the true out, causing a slight wobble that slows your bike and makes it harder to control. Aimlessly weebly-wobbling across Western Avenue at a snail’s pace, you’re not just slow, you’re a hazard to society - and to yourself.
We hope you’ll get today’s Groupon. But if you don’t, at least start wearing a Groupon interlocator beacon. Groupon interlocator beacons are most commonly used for Groupon lovers to identify each other as they simultaneously redeem their Groupons in restaurants, theaters and elsewhere. Everyone looks good wearing a headband decorated with pipe cleaners and a dangling Groupon logo in front of their face. As it turns out, interlocator beacons work quite well as protective headgear devices. In fact, we were ranked by Headworn Protective Devices Weekly as the #2 Best Head-Protecting Device That Is Worn On the Head. Our beacons were second only to helmets, which everybody knows look LAME. So get a Beacon and ride safe, but get your Groupon and ride safer and faster. Of course, you’re welcome to get both.
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Originating as a bicycle-repair shop on Chicago's South Side in 1944; with the addition of their new South Side Mega Store, Kozy's Cyclery now consists of five store locations across Chicago, helping make it the city's premier bike store for the past 70-plus years. Along with a complete stock of bicycle clothing, accessories, parts—and, of course, bikes—the four-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 385 bikes for each rider's unique needs, from mountain bikes, cruisers, and road bikes to fixed gears and multispeed commuter bikes to electric bikes.