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.
Since 1935, Roberts Cycle has been peddling cycles and enhancing rides with professional repairs and accessories. The friendly staff stocks the shop with accessories and bicycles from renowned brands such as Raleigh, Diamond Back, and KHS for novice and advanced cyclists alike. The expert technicians specialize in every type of cycle, servicing BMX bikes alongside racing and mountain bikes, with fixes including tune-ups and tightening brakes. To help customers learn to maintain their cycles themselves, the knowledgeable staff doles out tips for problems such as flat tires, squealing brakes, and pessimistic, unmotivated chains.
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.
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.
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.
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.