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Cycling in Chicago, IL

Photo by Christine Feffers
Photo by Christine Jeffers

The Windy City has a history of cycling and bicycle advocating that spans over more than 150 years. People have started joining into cycling clubs in Chicago as early as the late 19th century, and the city has stayed true to its cycling roots to this day. Chicago had more than 21,000 cyclists in 2014, or 1.7% of its population. Cyclists in Chicago can ride their bikes on more than 200 miles of on-road bicycle lanes, and by 2020, the city should have 445 miles of lanes and paths more, as well as the appropriate infrastructure.

Best Bicycle shops in Chicago

At one point in history, more than 60% of bikes and accessories for bikes were made with 150 miles of Chicago. People living in the Windy City know their bikes, and a fair share of them has taken that knowledge to a professional level. Hence, there’s no lack of bike shops in the city.

These are only some of the bicycle shops in and around Chicago – the full list would be too long to read. So, we’ve decided to list only the shops which have the best reviews. That way, we are sure that the shops we recommend to you are the shops that provide quality service and provide the best service to their customers and their bikes.

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Company Name Address Score
Comrade Cycles 1908 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60622 4,97
Roscoe Village Bikes 2016 W Roscoe St Chicago, IL 60618 4,92
Bobby’s Bike Hike Tours & Rentals 540 N Lake Shore Dr Chicago, IL 60611 4,90
Smart Bike Parts 3031 W Armitage Ave Chicago, IL 60647 4,54
Heritage Bicycles General Store 2959 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60657 4,54
Uptown Bikes 4653 N Broadway St Chicago, IL 60640 4,54
The Bike Lane 2130 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647 4,52
Cycle Smithy 2468 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60614 4,49
A Nearly New Shop 4075 N Broadway St Chicago, IL 60613 4,49
Lakeshore Bike 3650 N Recreation Dr Chicago, IL 60613 4,47
Johnny Sprockets 3001 N Broadway St Chicago, IL 60657 4,29
Working Bikes 2434 S Western Ave Chicago, IL 60608 4,27
On The Route Bicycles 3144 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60657 4,18
Kozy’s Cyclery 219 W Erie St Chicago, IL 60654 4,14
Village Cycle Center 1337 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60610 4,06
Boulevard Bikes 2535 N Kedzie Blvd Chicago, IL 60647 3,99
Performance Bicycle 2720 N Halsted St Chicago, IL 60614 3,78

Chicago Cycling News

'Biking while black': Chicago minority areas see the most bike tickets ...

Chicago Tribune - 1 week ago
The Chicago Tribune found police wrote more than twice as many citations for bike-related infractions in majority black community areas than white areas.and...

Ride On: Bike Traffic Lights & the Most Cycling-Friendly Cities

Quoted - 9 hours ago
As cities and towns across the country are bolstering their efforts to reduce traffic congestion and pollution by becoming more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, new initiatives and policies like...

The CPD's “Biking While Black” Enforcement Practices Have Got to Stop

Streetsblog Chicago (blog) - 3 days ago
Whatever the reasons are for police writing far more tickets to African-American cyclists than others who break rules on bikes, the Chicago Police Department needs to be held accountable for stopping...

Chicago PD Issues More Than Twice as Many Bike Tickets In Black Neighborhoods as In White Ones

Atlanta Black Star - 12 hours ago
“Biking while Black” is an all-too-real phenomenon for residents of Chicago's predominately African-American neighborhoods, according to a new report. A Chicago Tribune review of the ... “I...

5 Steps to Landing a Bike Shop Job this Season

Momentum Mag (blog) - 1 day ago
Evan Holmes is a musician, writer, and everyday cyclist from Chicago, Illinois. He's worked seasonally at Chicago's vibrant Village Cycle Center for the last ten years, and is a co-founder of...

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