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Old 05-31-23, 07:45 AM
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Blue Moon bikes in Sycamore IL.

I just bought a Triumph bike at Blue Moon. Cool shop with a huge Schwinn collection.


I watched the Capt as a child.

The second floor is all vintage Schwinn. Below is Cindy Crawford's Letour!

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I've driven through there a couple of times heading from O'Hare to my sister's place further west, and it looks like the kind of town that might have a shop like that.
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Originally Posted by thumpism
I've driven through there a couple of times heading from O'Hare to my sister's place further west, and it looks like the kind of town that might have a shop like that.
They have collected no end of crate bikes!
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Sycamore is just on the north side of Dekalb, IL, or just west-ish of the Chicago metro area (I had to check google maps...)

Sounds interesting! There's a trail that runs through Dekalb to the Fox river in the Chicago area too, based on riding with a friend many years ago (so things could have changed since then).

That LeTour is intriguing, partly because of the Cindy Crawford link, but also for being a mixte sort of frame. I didn't know those were offered.

Steve in Peoria (remembering the red LeTour I had in college)
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I rode to Wisconsin a couple of years ago from Peoria, might have to see if I can use the fox river trail next time.
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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy
Sycamore is just on the north side of Dekalb, IL, or just west-ish of the Chicago metro area (I had to check google maps...)

Sounds interesting! There's a trail that runs through Dekalb to the Fox river in the Chicago area too, based on riding with a friend many years ago (so things could have changed since then).

That LeTour is intriguing, partly because of the Cindy Crawford link, but also for being a mixte sort of frame. I didn't know those were offered.

Steve in Peoria (remembering the red LeTour I had in college)
Friend of mine had a ride there a while back. Flat as a pancake but a lovely area.
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster
I just bought a Triumph bike at Blue Moon. Cool shop with a huge Schwinn collection.


I watched the Capt as a child.

The second floor is all vintage Schwinn. Below is Cindy Crawford's Letour!
Really cool. There are no independent shops close to me anymore. All are Trek or Specialized only shops. Most of the employees are nice and love bikes. When I ride there for small stuff on a steel bike and look at $8500+, battery operated bikes, it makes me realize what wierdo I must look like to them!
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Originally Posted by fender1
Really cool. There are no independent shops close to me anymore. All are Trek or Specialized only shops. Most of the employees are nice and love bikes. When I ride there for small stuff on a steel bike and look at $8500+, battery operated bikes, it makes me realize what wierdo I must look like to them!
I wonder about that...
I stopped into the Bushwhacker shop (where Russell's son works, or worked) recently to check on some spd shoes I'd ordered. I was on the return leg of a ride, riding my Raleigh International and wearing some vintage leather shoes, complete with perforated uppers (as in this photo)...



On the first visit to check on the shoes, no one even commented on the bike.
On the second visit (the shoes were taking a long time to show up), someone did eventually notice the bike and comment. Do chromed Nervex lugs show up every day, or did they just think it was some old crusty Schwinn Varsity?
Or are they just focused on their work and not picking up on the unusual stuff around them?
Beats me.

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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy
I wonder about that...
I stopped into the Bushwhacker shop (where Russell's son works, or worked) recently to check on some spd shoes I'd ordered. I was on the return leg of a ride, riding my Raleigh International and wearing some vintage leather shoes, complete with perforated uppers (as in this photo)...



On the first visit to check on the shoes, no one even commented on the bike.
On the second visit (the shoes were taking a long time to show up), someone did eventually notice the bike and comment. Do chromed Nervex lugs show up every day, or did they just think it was some old crusty Schwinn Varsity?
Or are they just focused on their work and not picking up on the unusual stuff around them?
Beats me.

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I ride in there on old steel a lot. A few employees have old bikes as well. I have been known to donate a frameset or parts to some employees. Also Aaron still works there. Usually three days a week. He gigs too much to be there more often.
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Jeez, I'm only 15 miles from Sycamore and usually don't get any closer to Blue Moon than the Farm & Fleet.
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Jeez, I'm only 15 miles from Sycamore and usually don't get any closer to Blue Moon than the Farm & Fleet.
One of the best comments on BF in awhile.
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Thank you for posting those pictures. Growing up, we had a bike shop not far from my house that was a Schwinn dealer. In the 1980s, they started branching out more into exercise equipment to supplement the bikes. For many years it had a mint Black Phantom in its window as a display item. I have no clue what happened to it when they closed. The Phantom was an impressive bike and occupied the upper floor window there.

Until about a year ago, we had no more independent bike shops (at least the traditional kind) near me. A one-man shop, which is kind of a boutique thing, opened up the road from me about a year ago. It's all e-bikes and mountain type bikes (increasingly e-bike heavy). I hope it is able to survive and sell at least some regular bikes, but the history for bike shops around here has not been good in the past 20 years.
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster
The second floor is all vintage Schwinn. Below is Cindy Crawford's Letour!
I'm going to to say it in my best Caveman way.

Did you sniff the saddle?

lol
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Originally Posted by Mr. 66
I'm going to to say it in my best Caveman way.

Did you sniff the saddle?

lol
I did not. Frankly I never understood the super model thing. I can't tell one from another but show me a woman who bikes and will sleep in a tent and now we are talking!
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Looks like a pretty cool shop just to stop and browse for a while. Maybe, unexpectedly, find something you want.
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Originally Posted by delbiker1
Looks like a pretty cool shop just to stop and browse for a while. Maybe, unexpectedly, find something you want.
The triumph gran course was the reason I went and while it wasn't well appointed I did get it for 150$. Frameset has a big scratch but it rolls true and with a little massage takes 650bx42. Excellent ride!

just experimenting here but I will eventually be riding this a lot I think. Someone had a 26.8 seat post tightened real tight in it. Fortunately it opened back up. I have been fortunate to ride many nice 531 frames and the last couple of years and honestly I don't feel a huge difference in most of them but this one is pretty darn good.
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I should photograph a framed print of a super model next to the bike I'm selling. Maybe I'll get some saddle sniffers with $400 in their pocket.
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I should photograph a framed print of a super model next to the bike I'm selling. Maybe I'll get some saddle sniffers with $400 in their pocket.
Excellent idea.
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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy
Sycamore is just on the north side of Dekalb, IL, or just west-ish of the Chicago metro area (I had to check google maps...)

Sounds interesting! There's a trail that runs through Dekalb to the Fox river in the Chicago area too, based on riding with a friend many years ago (so things could have changed since then).

That LeTour is intriguing, partly because of the Cindy Crawford link, but also for being a mixte sort of frame. I didn't know those were offered.

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I've taken that trail from Chicago out to Dekalb a couple times and stopped in Sycamore. Didn't realize there was a bike shop in Sycamore. Have to stop by next time.
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster
I did not. Frankly I never understood the super model thing. I can't tell one from another but show me a woman who bikes and will sleep in a tent and now we are talking!
I happily settle for a woman who likes biking OR sleeping in a tent.
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Originally Posted by Sedgemop
I happily settle for a woman who likes biking OR sleeping in a tent.
A more realistic goal for sure.
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Further jacking around. Is it sacrilege to use a triumph to go to the grocery? I mean spitfires did that really well.
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A more realistic goal for sure.
Yeah man, you got unicorns over there.
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Yeah man, you got unicorns over there.
She used to tour with me but nowadays it's car tent camping with lots of hiking involved. She can usually outhike me if she wants but is kind. I can outride her but usually bike riding together involves a restaurant or grocery or going to friends houses. Really and truly I am the luckiest guy I know.
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