Comrade Cycles

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Comrade Cycles
Ukrainian Village

Opened by three guys who collectively worked everywhere from Johnny Sprockets and Blackstone Bikes to Rapid Transit and Recyclery, this Ukrainian Village shop is all about building community: Every employee has the option to buy into ownership after two years. The equal-opportunity ethos extends to the selection of custom-made steel bikes (starting at $700) and, eschewing the stereotypical bike-shop snobbery, these guys will just as happily build a bike from scratch as they will fix up your $5 thrift store find. As for repairs, Comrade offers the hard-to-find service of handling cracked steel frames. A limited clothing and accessories selection is available too.

Venue name: Comrade Cycles
Address: 1908 W Chicago Ave

Cross street: between Wolcott Ave and Winchester Ave
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10am-8pm; Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Transport: El: Blue to Chicago. Bus: 9, 56, 66.
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