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Old 01-25-06, 10:13 PM
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looking for a chicago bike shop

I'm going to be in Chicago this Friday for Critical Mass. I would like to go check out a few cool shops in Chicago during the day. What I'm specifically looking for is a shop that can work something out for a bolt for a Syncros Revolution crank. You know a shop that has a really big parts bin. That's what I'm looking for in specific, in general, I'm looking for a cool shop.

If anyone has some reccomendations, I'd appreciate them. If you could tell me where they are located in general, it would help as I don't know the city. I.E. The shop is 4 miles NW of Daley plaza (where Critical Mass begins).

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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The only store I know of with a parts bin is Performance. There are plenty of cool stores, but if you're just looking for cheap stuff, go to Performance. If you want a store with ambiance, then I would suggest Yojimbo's Garage on N. Clybourn, Rapid Transit on North Avenue, or Higher Gear way up north in Highland Park. There's another place out on West Randolph called Mission Bay Multisport. The guy there is pretty cool. Citybikes may have something- they are out west Chicago Ave (Milwaukee/Chicago/Division.

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Try Uptown Bikes -4653 N Broadway -773-728-5212. Lots of boxes of mostly retro parts, a great resource if you are trying to fix up an old bike.

Cycle Smithy - 2468 N Clark St. 773-281-0444. Mostly high end bikes with a really great and unusual collection of bikes hanging from the ceiling. Top notch bike mechanics. http://www.cyclesmithy.com/
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you should definitely check out Yojimbos if you can- it's a Chicago institution.
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Lickton's is in Chicago. I've found them to very helpful when trying to locate obscure items.
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Lickton's is in Chicago. I've found them to very helpful when trying to locate obscure items.
But Lickton's is all the way out in Oak Park, which is kind of far. But if you feel like taking the El, it's not far from the Austin stop on the Green Line. There's a Higher Gear on Fullerton, south of 90/94, in Lincoln Park, considerably closer than Highland Park. But for a bargain bin, I think I would either go to Performance, Yojimbo's, or Cycle Smithy.
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Hey folks, thanks for your suggestions. I got into town later than I intended, but did get to three shops. I went to Cycle Smithy, Uptown Cycles, and Yojimbos. Uptown handed me a big box of parts and said, "Go nuts". The other two spent some time looking for what I needed. I especially liked Yojimbos.

Thanks for your help. I didn't get exactly what I wanted, but I'm not surprised as it's a hard to find part, but I did get something that I can cut to length and make work (hopefully).

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