Seven years ago, Comrade Cycles was little more than a twinkle in the eyes of three scraggly Chicago guys furtively discussing our grand plans in cafés and bars around town. Now, seven years later, spring is in the air, and tomorrow is Comrade’s 6 year anniversary. It doesn’t exactly feel like it was only yesterday that we were patching up the last holes in the drywall before our first day open six years ago, but it’s hard to believe that we’ve been here as long as we have. When we first opened up, Jesse, Bailey and Steve were Comrade’s only staff. We quickly realized we would need more hands if we were going to keep up with the fantastic response we immediately received. Over the years we’ve grown to a staff of seven full timers, and the hustle and bustle in season is difficult to miss.
We have grown a lot in the last six years, but our mission has stayed the same since we opened up. Our commitment to every cyclist, from the newbie to the racer, has brought out the best in our staff and shows in our customers’ satisfaction. It’s hard to believe we just hugged our goodbyes to Bailey as he makes his way out west to train for another go at the Tour Divide this year, and eventually, to a new home at a new shop that he will pioneer out west. Earlier this winter, we also bid farewell to Aaron, our longtime friend and comrade, who made his way out west with his partner, Cauleen, to L.A. for their new adventures after six seasons lending a hand at the shop. And, finally, we bid farewell to Jason, who made his way back to Grand Rapids, MI after two seasons in Chicago.
You will undoubtedly recognize the same faces of Jesse, Steve, and Scott from seasons past. Scott has been a Comrade for four years now, and is now full time year round at the shop. In addition, we have some new arrivals, and we’re beyond stoked with the new Comrades on board for the 2018 season. We look forward to introducing you to Beth, Lauren, Max and José. You’ll likely recognize them from the other shops where they’ve worked around town, or from the races and rides where you’ve seen them, but please introduce yourself and get to know them the next time you’re in.
Farewell, and Godspeed Comrades!
Speaking of the next time you’re in, we’re officially back to regular season hours and open seven days a week.
Monday 10 – 7
Tuesday 10 – 7
Wednesday 10 – 7
Thursday 10 – 7
Friday 10 – 6
Saturday 10 – 6
Sunday 11 – 5
Special thanks to Tony Favarula for taking these amazing photos for us this winter! <3