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.
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1908 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Comrade Cycles is great for new bikes or repairs.
1116 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
Let's Roast Cycles boasts incredible experts who know how to work with bikes of all models.
1527 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Quick Release does, indeed, offer quick turnaround times for many fixes and maintenance jobs on bikes.
3201 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60608
Blue City's prices are reasonable and they offer many different options for their customers when it comes to repairs.
2459 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622
West Town Bikes truly is a gem in Chicago, offering top-notch work for only a small price.
2468 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614
Bikes, gear, repairs... Cycle Smithy does it all.
4075 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60613
A Nearly New Shop offers great care and stands behind their work with a 60-day warranty for any part malfunction.
2130 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
The Bike Lane has earned itself many loyal customers, thanks to the great service and good prices
1337 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610
Village Cycle Center always has countless bikes in stock, making it a great choice if you're in the market for a new ride.
4653 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640
Uptown Bikes has a crew that is honest and hardworking, a great combo for customers.
2113 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
BFF Bikes are the nicest team in the business of bikes.
728 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60605
Chicago Bicycle is happy to work within the budget of customers without skimping of quality.
2016 W. Roscoe St., Chicago, IL 60618
Roscoe Village holds regular hours and has everything that you could possibly need for your bike.
1465 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
Cycle Bike Shop is a great resource for those in the South Loop.
1725 S. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL 60608
Irv's does quick work for a great price.