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Old 02-14-08, 07:48 PM   #1
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Shops in Chicago

Yo, I'm crossing the border and going to Chicago next weekend, so I figured I'm finally gonna grab a new bike to replace my last one that got ganked.

I'll be around the downtown area, so if anyone can hook me up with some spots to check out, I'd be stoked!

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Old 02-14-08, 08:01 PM   #2
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http://www.chicagobikeshops.info/

yojimbo's is fixed gear central - but he's got funny hours.

i'd tell you the trick to get in... but i think it be funnier to know that you'll spend an hour standing outside the door without any idea how to get in before someone else stops by and shows you how. enjoy!
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Old 02-14-08, 11:19 PM   #3
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yojimbo's is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaawesome.
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I've been to Johnny Sprockets once. It was ok.
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Old 02-14-08, 11:39 PM   #5
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can someone post the address of yojimbo?
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Is the dude (Marcus?) at Yojimbo's gonna kick my ass for not being a messenger?

'cause I'm not going there just to get my ass kicked.
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Old 02-14-08, 11:59 PM   #7
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Yeah, Marcus is a real prick. He will definitely kick your ass for not being a messenger.




(marcus is pretty much the nicest/best bike shop dude ever.)
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Old 02-15-08, 12:02 AM   #8
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aww that sucks

I like when shop owners have a bit of sass.


Naw, I was just reading random reviews on it from that link above, and it seems that some "custies" are frightened of him.
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if you're frightened of him then it's because you don't take the time/balls to actually talk to him.

and the address is on their website http://www.yojimbosgarage.com .
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my second favorite shop other than yojimbo's is tati down in hyde park.

once again, weird hours. don't expect him to do any work on your bike though - he works almost exclusively with locals and i mean local-locals, if you're from a different part of town he'll more or less turn down your money. he stocks some really cool **** and puts together some really cool bikes.

most of the other shops are pretty run of the mill. not that they're bad, but yojimbo's and tati have the most character - they're also the most specialized so perhaps that has something to do with it.
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also, if you are in town and have a bike to ride, the third stage of the tour da chicago is on the 24th.
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also, if you are in town and have a bike to ride, the third stage of the tour da chicago is on the 24th.
don't forget to bring a facewrap. there was a frostbite warning on the last stage.
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damn I better pack my emergency winter kit then (balaclava, doo-rag, wu-tang tee)!
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thanks for all the help!
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