Perhaps Cross Never Left

 

We will be closed this Sunday the 28th for an important landmark in the Chicago cycling scene. After a wonderful summer of road biking, muggy commuting, and mountain biking we are welcoming the arrival of cyclocross season with its unofficial #crossishere race Relay Cross this Sunday (8/28/16) in Jackson Park! There are still a few weeks before the Chicago Cross Cup kicks into full swing but Relay Cross is an absolute blast and a fun way to shake off the cobwebs of this particular racing discipline with the help of a teammate.

We will be CLOSED ON SUNDAYS from now until March.

8/28- Relay Cross

9/11- LaBagh Woods CX

10/2- Hopkins Park CX (We throw this one!)

Thank you guys! If you have any questions about cyclocross, racing, or how to get started please don’t hesitate to ask us!

Mountain Biking in the Chicago area

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So far this season, you’ve ridden the lakefront trail from bottom to top countless times, been on an overnight to Starved Rock State Park, gotten dusty on the Des Plaines River trail, and stopped in Highland Park for coffee on a road ride, but have you gotten rad on a mountain bike lately? Chicago’s flat as a pancake grid of streets doesn’t scream out “MOUNTAIN BIKES,” but if you’re in the know, you can easily find some dirt to rip. Have you been by the shop lately and seen some wider than average Chicago tires? We’re keeping a selection of mountain bikes in stock to slake the thirst of folks who are looking to get a little more variety into their riding menu. The Honzo AL is a great bike to handle the local terrain, and we’re keeping a size run in stock.
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Chicago’s closest local treasure is the trail system at Palos Forest Preserve in Willow Springs, IL. Palos offers a robust 50+ miles of singletrack and widetrack trails to explore. The area boasts elevation not seen in Chicago proper, which means you’ll be climbing and descending on tight twisty sections, hammering up long rolling widetrack, and navigating rocky technical sections. Your guide to adventure comes from the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers at CAMBr.org, where you can find trail maps, conditions, directions, and more. Also check out the mountain biking at Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin!
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Be sure and check the trail conditions before heading out, as riding on a muddy trail can damage them and make the trails unusable for others.

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May Day 2016

Hello Comrades,

The shop will be closed Sunday May 1st for International Worker’s Day (May Day). Our regular hours will resume on Monday May 2nd.

If you wanted to celebrate the sacrifices workers have made for the 8 hour day, child labor restrictions, weekends, etc, in good company and support a wonderful non-for-profit we suggest swinging by the National Lawyers Guild‘s fundraiser party Saturday April 30th.

I’d also suggest stopping by the library in search of Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems. 1916. 

 

The Afterglow

Hello friends,
We wanted to give an early warning that we will be closed this Saturday 12/19/2015 (as well as our regular winter Sunday closing) for the Afterglow cyclocross race in Douglas Park. Please consider racing with us and the Chicago Cutting Crew and raising some money for Blackstone Bicycle Works and West Town Bikes!

The Afterglow