Mountain Biking in the Chicago area

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.
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, where you can find trail maps, conditions, directions, and more. Also check out the mountain biking at Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin!
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.


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. 


Spring and Summer Hours

Tuesday March 1st marks our 4 year anniversary of opening! It also marks our annual change to spring and summer hours until October. Starting March 1st our hours will be:

Mon-Thurs  10:00 AM-7:00 PM

Fri-Sat   10:00 AM-6:00 PM

Sun  11:00 AM-5:00 PM

We are aware that the 60 degree weekend weather will probably not hold but we will be here for when it does.

In other news, we have shop top caps for your bikes in stock! Here’s an example. Stop in to pick one up. And finally our wheelbuilding special ends February 29th (LEAP YEAR) so if you were sleeping on it you still have eight business hours to get on that ;).

We’ve added a resources page to the website as well. There you can find some quick links for mountain biking, what to do and who to call in the event of a bicycle crash, and help finding used bikes if new bikes aren’t what you’re looking for. See ya’ll soon!

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