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Need Info On Local Bike Shops In The Chicago Area(14 posts)

Need Info On Local Bike Shops In The Chicago AreaRadicalRonPruitt
Mar 29, 2002 5:59 AM
Is there a forum that rates local Chicago bike shops?
re: Need Info On Local Bike Shops In The Chicago Areagregdogg62
Mar 29, 2002 6:17 AM
YO missed a discussion a month or so ago on this site. You might be able to search for it. Where are you located? What type of shop are you looking for?

I like
Village Cyclesport in Elk Grove(Good service, good owners)
Chicagoland (High end road stuff)
Higher Gear in Chicago and Highland Park(High end Road Stuff, Usually pretty helpful)
Turin in Evanston (nice road stuff, haven't been there in awhile)
Mission Bay in Elgin and Chicago (they are a triathlon store, but ahave alot of cool bikes)
Stay away from Spokes in Wheaton(rip-off artist) I am sure alot of people will agree with me on that statement

Those are just a few off the top of my head. I am sure you will get alot of replies

Also, has anyone been to Upgrade Cyclery in Chicago, at Chicago and Milwaukee? I have been meaning to go in there, but haven't got a chance.
Cbike, Spokes, and Kozy'sRadicalRonPruitt
Mar 29, 2002 7:42 AM
I am looking to buy a new Colnago. I am considering Cbike, Spokes, and Kozy's. Can anyone give me some advice about Colnagos and these stores.
Go to the shop in D-Grove.Pack Meat
Mar 29, 2002 8:02 AM
It used to be called Bicycle Specialties. Do not go to Spokes, as mentioned above they are con-artists.

Now if I can just piss everybody on this board off by asking why you would want to buy a nag? Colnagos are Itailian Treks. Go with a Merckx or DeRosa.
Go to the shop in D-Grove.RadicalRonPruitt
Mar 29, 2002 8:08 AM
The decision for the Colnago is based off frame geometry and frame properties.

Does Bike Specialties sell Colnagos? They aren't listed on the distributor list. Spokes is and they are close. Why shouldn't I go there. They seem nice.
Go to the shop in D-Grove.Pack Meat
Mar 29, 2002 10:10 AM
This was discussed on this board last month. Basically if you are there to spend a lot of money they kiss your butt. Once the money is spent and you try to get service out of them it's another story. I have also seen them sell people the wrong size bike because it was what they have in stock. A lot of posts said that they are like used car salesmen. I used to ride in that area so I am familiar with the owner and the Sammy. Bottom line is I don't trust them. I went into their Naperville store once to switch some pedals onto my track bike, they said it was a repair and it would take a week, I asked if I could just borrow a pedal wrench, they said absolutely not (I can understand that), then I asked if I could buy a pedal wrench, I swear this is true, the guy tried to sell me a wrench that comes free with a indoor stationary bike for $18s. It was that cheap, punch press looking powedered metal thing. I told him what it was and that there was no way I would buy that he got pissed and yelled at me and told me to get out of his store. These guys are bad news.
Deal on Colnago at Spokes in Wheaton not NapervilleRadicalRonPruitt
Mar 29, 2002 11:13 AM
So you told the guy that you weren't interested in buying the pedal wrench because it didn't meet your needs and he chased you our of the store? You are right, I don't want to do business with a guy like that. That was the Naperville store. I am dealing with the store in Wheaton. They have a Dream Plus GEO that I am dying for for $1850. I really want this bike, and Spokes has it. Is this a good deal?
They are the same people.Pack Meat
Mar 29, 2002 12:03 PM
And it's not that the wrench didn't meet my needs it's that it was a wrench that's included with stationary bikes to set them up. It's not like it was just an overpriced Park wrench. I wouldn't buy a Powerbar from those people because it would probably be expired. I don't think that people should buy from amil-order catalogs but in this case I would say go with Colorado Cyclist over Spokes.
They are the same people.RadicalRonPruitt
Mar 29, 2002 12:12 PM
Got it, they tried to sell you one of those quick to rust one time use wrenches that you are going to lose after you install the pedals on the stationary bike. I still don't understand why he yelled at you? Was this Sammy that did this? He is who I have been talking to. Seems like a nice guy, a bit goofy though.
Spokes...Look at past post about problems with this store.RollinFast
Mar 29, 2002 1:35 PM
Ron you need to scroll through some of the way earlier post about Spokes. They have a really bad reputation. If you are going to be investing in a frame like a Colnago, you definitly want to buy it from a shop with a good reputation, not a shop like Spokes. I think they are way overpriced on that frame in the first place. If you think that is a good deal, you won't have to go far on the internet to find out it isn't.
Now called "Bike Source"MisJG
Mar 29, 2002 11:18 AM
Real nice people there. There is at least one Colnago there (on display in a repair stand by the counter), so I'm pretty sure they sell them too.
Now called "Bike Source"RadicalRonPruitt
Mar 29, 2002 11:47 AM
Do you know what model it is?
re: Need Info On Local Bike Shops In The Chicago Areadicklynn0585
Mar 29, 2002 2:46 PM
Spokes in Wheaton is very good.
Dicklynn question for youRadicalRonPruitt
Mar 29, 2002 4:08 PM
I like them too. Tell me about some postive things that you have experienced about Spokes.