Buying a bike

Over the years, we've definitely found some bikes we like, but we try not to get too hung up on brands and components. The kind of bike you ride does not make you a cyclist. It's the act of riding that does. Therefore, we care a little less about particular bikes, and a whole lot more about what bikes do for people, and about what they can do for our communities.

 But there are different types of bikes, and before you buy one, take the time to honestly and thoroughly evaluate your cycling needs: the frequency and distance of your ride, the importance of comfort versus speed, potential savings over other transit options, other ways you may use the bike over time, items or passengers you might carry, maintenance costs, accessories, to name a few.

We have a lot more tips on buying a new bike here, here and here.

Because we want the bike to serve you well, we are discriminating in our choice of quality products, and you should be too. Ask lots of questions and expect straight answers. Buy a bike that suits your body and your riding needs.

We're here to help you find what you need.

Our bike selection

Assembling an inventory of bikes is never a finished project. It is a process, constantly changing, balancing market offerings, vendor availability and customer demand. We endeavor to represent a wide selection of popular and niche categories in the store, however we cannot possibly stock all that our vendors offer. Many of their offerings will be part of our regular store inventory, but we and the vendors do sometimes run out.

We are not an online store, pulling bikes from an in-the-middle-of-nowhere warehouse, sending them to you sight-unseen. Unlike an online store, we have limited storefront space.

However, our real brick and mortar Chicago neighborhood store is staffed with caring and experienced staff, who perform the assembly, fitting, consulting and repair services to make sure you get the most out of your bike long after you've completed your purchase.

When you have your heart set on something, call us to make sure we have it. If it's in the store, come in and test ride it to make sure it's exactly what you want. If not, we will be glad to either suggest alternatives, or special order the product for you, taking the risk and the guesswork out of the process for you.

Choosing a Bike

Many bikes available today either cross categories or defy categorization altogether. A Brompton folder can be used for touring, a comfort cruiser for commuting, and what kids' bike isn't an adventure? So treat these headings with a grain of salt. And check out the ...Imagine category, where you'll find some bikes that we may not stock (yet!) but can get for you now or in the near future.

Urban & Commuting

Step-thru or not, drop bar or straight bar, geared or single-speed? We'll help you find the best option for getting around the city.


Some bikes are highly adaptable, and can turn any of your urban riding into an adventure, and make a worthy companion for when you really get away.


Unbeatable for use with transit, storing in small apartments or offices, and international travel. Bring it with you anywhere!

Family & Kids

From child-seats, balance bikes and tag-alongs, to that first small-human-powered vehicle, we'll help you make your child's riding safe and unforgettable.

Recreation (coming soon!)

Whether that means a fast paced ride on a trail, or a leisurely neighborhood outing with friends, the right bike will make the most of your down-time.


We love the potential of recumbents, trikes, fat bikes, cargo bikes, tandems, electric bikes, trailers!