Bike shops and cycling events in Chicago

Chicago Bike to Work week may officially be over now, but don’t worry! Biking in Chicago is an activity that thrives whenever the weather permits (and even sometimes when it doesn’t.) There are several bicycle-centric events around the city, including the annual charity fundraiser Bike the Drive (when parts of Lakeshore Drive are closed to everything except bicycles), the provocative Naked Bike Ride and the monthly Critical Mass rides.

If you’re in the market for a new bike, or if your old one needs a tune-up, there are several great bike shops in Chicago. Finding a good bike shop is the most important thing you can do to ensure the longevity of your bicycle. Beyond helping you choose the right brand and style of bike for you, a good bike shop will continue to take care of you along the way. They will fit the bike specifically to you, make sure it’s running smoothly, and work with you to ensure the bike’s security wherever you may ride it.

As I mentioned in the last post, I’m in the market for a new bike myself; I’ve made it a priority to ride my bike more often this year. The bike shop that’s making that possible is Kozy Cyclery. They’ve been amazingly helpful and friendly and have given me invaluable advice.  They have three locations in the city, and according to the staff, they’re having one of their busiest years already this year due to the unusually warm spring weather.

Another great Chicago bike shop is Johnny Sprockets. They’re a huge supporter of biking events in the city and recently donated a tune-up mechanic to the Chicago Bike to Work station in front of our office last week. They have two locations on the north side of Chicago and a comprehensive and helpful website that is definitely worth a visit.

Truly, the number of bike shops in Chicago are too numerous to name, and when you add in the suburbs the number multiplies exponentially. For a comprehensive list of bike shops in the Greater Chicagoland area, try this directory. This is certain, however: as parking gets ever more expensive and hard to find, especially dowtown in the Loop, cycling is becoming a more and more attractive, cost-efficient and environmentally gentle transportation option. I hope to show up to a lot more of my showings on bicycle in the near future!

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Payton Chung