Closed Sundays! As of October 1st, we resume fall/winter hours (11-7 weekdays, Saturday 10-6) and will be closed on Sundays until 2014. This will give us Comrades a chance to get out to Cyclocross races, allow us some quality time together outside of the shop, and give us a break from the 60+ hours a week each of us has been toiling in the shop this past season. 2013 has been an amazing year thus far (it’s still 70 degrees outside and we’re busy as ever), and you’ve outpaced our expectations for a bustling summer season. Thanks for your support and, of course, come out and see us race at this year’s Chi Cross Cup.
With Rusty moving on to mountain biking country in New Mexico, we’ve added Rosanna to the staff at the shop. Not only is she an accomplished bicycle mechanic with nearly a decade of shop experience, she is also a licensed race mechanic and a studied frame builder. So basically, you want her to work on your bike as soon as possible. She has been a great friend of the Comrades for many a year and we’re excited to have her helping out.
Spring is here and we’re swimming in repairs, but we’ve been able to keep the turnaround time to a minimum. We always have time for a same-day quick repair on simpler jobs to get you back on your bike. On bigger jobs like a tune-up or wheel rebuild, we’re never more than a week away from having your bike back to you. You can also schedule a drop off time if you can’t be without your bike for more than a day. Come by for a free assessment and we’ll figure out what you need and get you scheduled for a time.
As always, airing your tires, lubing your chain, and assessing what repairs your bike needs are free services. If you’re not sure if you need a tune up or not, we’re happy to sort out what you need and go over it with you.
We’re extremely excited to have picked up Kona Bikes this spring. The Kona line up of bikes is extremely diverse and has opened up quite a few bike options for us where we wanted to be able to offer more. We’re focusing on their commuter friendly and road line and have a size run of Honky Tonks, Paddy Wagons, and Dews with plans to bring in some of their cyclocross bikes closer to fall. And of course, we can special order any of their bikes, so check out their offerings on the Kona website.
Need some fly kicks but can’t stand the thought of not clipping in? Problem solved, comrades. Giro Republic shoes have a walk friendly sole for looking good, and a recessed cleat area for clipping in. We’ve got a size run of these puppies in the shop, and they’re available in black, gray, and white (our three favorite colors). We also have a good stock of Giro road and mud friendly shoes as well, so come by and have a look.
Gilles Berthoud saddles are another addition to the shop. Berthoud saddles are handmade in France and offer the feel and look of a hand made leather saddle with a few added benefits. The hardware on the Berthoud is recessed into the leather and positioned away from the seating area of the saddle — this can be a great option for riders who ride further back on the saddle and have problems with the rivets on other leather saddles. They are also purportedly waterproof, making them a great option for Chicago’s weather. The saddles are expected in early next week. We have also expanded our stock of Brooks saddles and accessories, if you don’t see it in the shop just ask (we don’t have room to display them all!).
We’re amping up our stock of dynamo lighting components. We’re stocking a few different dynamo hubs including the Schmidt SON hub and the Sanyo H27, and can have a SRAM or Shimano hub in stock within a day. We’re also now stocking the Supernova E3 Pro and Busch & Mueller light sets. Maybe you haven’t heard but we’re pretty geeked on dynamo lighting and we think you should be too. They’re definitely worth the investment — they’re as bright as any battery powered option without the chance of the batteries dying or needing to recharge them.
We continue to increase stock of our gravel tires and accessories. Come on by and check out tires from Challenge, Clement, Continental, and others.
Well, I could almost see my breath at moments yesterday and it is June but that does not stop the stalwart citizens of Chicago from jumping on their bikes and riding.
We will be closed Monday, May 27th 2013 in observation of Memorial Day. Who knows what we’ll do: cut some corn with a hand saw? Perhaps. Ride our bikes together? Perhaps. We will definitely be getting some much needed rest and relaxation.
Hey, thank you all. This has been a beautiful year. The sun was still up when I rode home from work the other day and that can only mean one thing… there’s a better world a’ comin’. Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year. You mean the world to us and we look forward another year of bikes, laughs, hard work, and rides with you.