Much like robots, children, and robotic children, bikes need to be regularly recalibrated to keep them from developing human emotions. Keep your bike performing at its functional, unfeeling best with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of bicycle gear and services at Peloton Cyclery in St. Charles.
Peloton Cyclery's credentialed technicians treat clients' wheels with care and proffer pieces to keep two-wheelers running smoothly. During a tune-up, technicians adjust stubborn shifters and brakes, true and straighten wobbly wheels, and lubricate sticky chains and cables, all to make the relationship between rider and velocipede smoother and sweeter ($60). Bi-wheeled perambulators can get individual parts adjusted, such as shifters and brakes ($10–$15), or scrub out crunchy bearings with an in-depth overhaul of any ball-bearinged parts ($20). Meld both mind and body with your steed using one of several custom fittings, which link limbs in perfect synchronicity with saddle, pedals, and more. Fitting specialist Sam Markovich aligns bike buffs' bodies with their existing cycles in a 90-minute comprehensive fitting ($50) or runs cyclists through a one-hour CompuTrainer session designed to analyze and improve their pedal strokes ($35).
The shop also kindles enthusiasm for bi-circular transit with handy gear and accessories. Tires shield rims from the vagaries of the street ($20–$60), Recoverite’s strengthening cocktail sluices through weary muscles ($45), and cyclists can race Segways more accurately using CatEye computers ($20–$50). Peloton Cyclery is located in St. Charles near the Katy Trail, so pedalers can confirm their commitment with an après-tune-up spin on the trails.
Wielding certifications as a wheel builder, race mechanic, and suspension technician, owner Sam Markovich heads up Peloton Cyclery's service department with a deep passion for all things cycling. After growing weary of businesses that hawked bikes without singing lullabies to them or servicing their parts efficiently, Sam decided to captain his own cyclery where tune-ups, fittings, and classes take priority over inventory. Sam personally presides over fittings, determining the specific needs of athletes atop a fitting cycle or adjusting bikes while mounted in the trainer to enhance safety and riding comfort. Patrons interested in at-home adjustments can attend a wheel-building course or free maintenance class that demystifies two-wheelers and separates them from their single-wheeled ancestors.
Though its main focus is service, Peloton Cyclery does outfit budding exercisers with a huge selection of rides from top industry manufacturers. Cycles by Bianchi, an Italian company more than a century old, cater to specific types of excursions, and affordable KHS bikes tackle myriad terrain.