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Best LBS in Chicago is?(7 posts)

Best LBS in Chicago is?Bikee
May 22, 2001 8:26 PM
Who's the best bike shop in Chicago for quality of service (ie repairs)? Prices? Gear?
re: Best LBS in Chicago is?Zinhead
May 22, 2001 8:49 PM
It's hard to say. Turin has great service with poor prices. Lickton's has poor service with good prices. The others, like Chicagoland, RBR, Higher Gear etc. offer both mediocre service combined with mediocre prices. Just stay away from Kozy's.
re: Best LBS in Chicago is?Danish-Man
May 23, 2001 6:02 AM
Mission Bay Downtown & Elgin
Albertos', Hubbard Woods (biased opinion!) nmrollo tommassi
May 23, 2001 8:17 AM
Turin in Evanston, Alberto's in WinnetkaAlex R
May 23, 2001 8:19 AM
Prices at both are full on retail, but nobody does more for the cycling community around here. They both sponsor races (Turin sponsors cross, Alberto's sponsors track) and a team, hold rides all year round (Turin has hot chocolate in the winter) and have tent sales and stuff with company reps. Both have nice folks and impeccable service departments. Turin, my local shop, has mechanics who are knowledgeable in the more specialized areas such as loaded touring, track racing, single speeding, etc., which I find to be extremely useful. Alberto's is like a Ferrari dealership. Polished wood floors, high rent district, big Serotta dearler. I would wear a tie to go bye a bike there (just kidding).

Alex
Turin in Evanston?Tom C
May 23, 2001 8:51 AM
I remember buying a 1996 lower end Bianchi road bike from Turin on closeout in 1997. They had swapped out many of the components DT shifters, crankset, among others, for 1993 components. I can walk through Turin today and still see stuff on bikes that is not manufacturers spec. e.g. Mirage, when Veloce is specified or 105 for Ultegra. Maybe it's bad luck but in 1983 I bought a high end Italian frame and got the requisite Super Record reduced group with it. Years later I figured out that Turin had given me mismatched crank arms i.e. 1978 left arm with 1982 right arm. In every case of mechanical prep I have always had to recheck bolts when getting something back from their service dept. On the other hand I saw a service employee once filling the tires for a customer who stopped in with his Colnago C-40 so their ass kissing quotient is spot on.
re: Best LBS in Chicago is?EW
May 23, 2001 11:50 AM
Brought my bike to Higher Gear to have an STI lever replaced, the eyelet washers for the top tube internally routed brake cable were pulled out and the eyelet paint scratched both at entry and exit sites.