Ready to deal and wheel? Here are 15 mighty independent bike shops you should explore in Chicago

by Carrie Bradon | Jan. 1, 2018, 11:04pm |

Bicycles are one of the best modes of transportation when it comes to getting to move quickly and still embrace a location.

Modern transportation can be a great way to get to see the world, yet some modes of transportation are too far removed from the actual location to allow the traveler a real experience of a place. Flying, for example, leaves you thousands of feet above the ground in a metal container, with the only recognizable shapes being those of clouds, and trains move far too quickly to allow you to savor the landscapes around you. Cars, though better for sightseeing than trains and planes, still remove you from the place due to the enclosed nature of them.

Bicycles may be one of the best modes of transportation when it comes to getting to move quickly and still embrace a location for its beauty and culture. Faster than walking but slower than a car, bikes provide a sweet spot of comfort and intimacy with a new or familiar location.

If you're a biker, or want to become one, here are 15 mighty independent bike shops in Chicago that are eager to get your wheels spinning.

What makes an independent business "mighty"? Click here to find out more.

Comrade Cycles

1908 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 292-2522
Comrade Cycles is great for new bikes or repairs.

Let's Roast Cycles

1116 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 278-7820
Let's Roast Cycles boasts incredible experts who know how to work with bikes of all models.

Quick Release Bike Shop

1527 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 871-3110
Quick Release does, indeed, offer quick turnaround times for many fixes and maintenance jobs on bikes.

Blue City Cycles

3201 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 225-3780
Blue City's prices are reasonable and they offer many different options for their customers when it comes to repairs.

West Town Bikes

2459 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-6523
West Town Bikes truly is a gem in Chicago, offering top-notch work for only a small price.

Cycle Smithy

2468 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 281-0444
Bikes, gear, repairs... Cycle Smithy does it all.

A Nearly New Shop

4075 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 525-0692
A Nearly New Shop offers great care and stands behind their work with a 60-day warranty for any part malfunction.

The Bike Lane

2130 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 888-2453
The Bike Lane has earned itself many loyal customers, thanks to the great service and good prices

Village Cycle Center

1337 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 751-2488
Village Cycle Center always has countless bikes in stock, making it a great choice if you're in the market for a new ride.

Uptown Bikes

4653 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 728-5212
Uptown Bikes has a crew that is honest and hardworking, a great combo for customers.

BFF Bikes

2113 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 666-5153
BFF Bikes are the nicest team in the business of bikes.

Chicago Bicycle

728 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 588-1050
Chicago Bicycle is happy to work within the budget of customers without skimping of quality.

Roscoe Village Bikes

2016 W. Roscoe St., Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 477-7550
Roscoe Village holds regular hours and has everything that you could possibly need for your bike.

Cycle Bike Shop

1465 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 987-1080
Cycle Bike Shop is a great resource for those in the South Loop.

Irv's Bike Shop

1725 S. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 226-6330
Irv's does quick work for a great price.

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