When it comes to deciding how to get from Point A to Point B in Chicago, there are so many reasons to love biking: you can get some exercise, you’re not adding to air pollution by driving a car (not to mention the money you save by not buying gasoline), and it’s often a lot easier to find a spot to lock up your bike than to find a parking space. For those of us who haven’t yet been introduced to the world of road biking, your local used bike shop can be a great place to start; check out these used bike shops in Chicago shops to find your future ride!
Irv’s Bike Shop
1725 S Racine Ave, Chicago IL 60608
Family-owned and -operated since 1972, Irv’s is dedicated to serving and contributing to the Pilsen community through bike repairs, as well as the sale of bikes and accessories. Henry Ortiz, an experienced bike mechanic, is at the helm of this shop.
Blackstone Bicycle Works
6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago IL 60637
Right out of Experimental Station on the South Side, Blackstone Bicycle Works is more than just a used bike shop in Chicago. It encompasses a youth program that provides “education and vocational opportunities to youth from some of Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods.”
2434 S Western Ave, Chicago IL 60608
Working Bikes is a community-minded used bike shop in Chicago that accepts hundreds of donated bicycles and repairs them as part of its overall effort to get transportation to those who need it, both locally and globally. According to its website, Working Bike’s “retail store and service department support our nonprofit programs. These include our local donation programs, international donation program, and volunteer program.”
3437 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60641
Irving Park-based Bacardi Bikes has a wide variety of bikes for sale— not just road and mountain types, but also BMX and children’s bikes. In addition to bike sales, Bacardi also handles repairs.
4653 N Broadway, Chicago IL 60640
When supporting Uptown Bikes in Chicago, you’re also supporting a woman-owned and managed business! This lakeshore shop handles bike repairs as well as the sale of used bikes.
The Recyclery Collective
7628 N Paulina St, Chicago IL 60626
In addition to being a purveyor of “upcycled” bikes, Recyclery is a 501c3 non-profit that also provides bike repair, bike-related education, and other opportunities to participate in a welcoming and inclusive bike-culture experience.