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Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
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I have a carbon road bike with a carbon fork by Giant.  The handlebars seem to keep coming loose. I a looking for a mechanic to check things out. I think the fork is all carbon even up into the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hey! Bike Shop Guy Apr 2.

Metal or Plastic Fenders for Touring/Commuting?
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I have been fender shopping and going crazy.  One day I want hammered Velo Orange metal fenders and the next day I want SKS Plastic Longboards. I have read many of the blogs. Some say metal keeps you…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Duppie Feb 3, 2013.

Touring Crank Upgrade Necessary?
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Hello:My touring/gravel road bike came stock with 11/32 9-speed cassette Shimano LX in the rear and a Sora Derailleur with Sora 52-42-30 Triple Crank up front and bar end shifters (one side friction…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Schneider Jan 26, 2013.

Re: Anybody use a Brooks Saddle for long distance touring?
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Hello:I am interested in getting into touring this summer. I need a new saddle for my touring bike. I have heard good things about Brooks, but when I look at them in the store they seem pretty hard.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lee Roy Carrier Jan 21, 2013.

 

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Dave D replied to J.A.W.'s discussion Tubeless On My Touring Bike?
"I run my Salsa Vaya with regular tubes 700 by 38 tires and have no problems with flats. On my Salsa Fargo I have Stans No Tubes rims and I am thinking of running those big 29er tires tubeless to get low pressure for comfy off-road riding. Plus…"
Apr 4
Hey! Bike Shop Guy replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"Don't be.  Carbon is much, mush stronger and much less sensitive than I think many people give it credit for.  As long as you are conscious of torque specs and how you clamp it in a stand you should have no issues with basic…"
Apr 2
Self-sealing Stembolt replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"I'm shy about wrenching on carbon without a torque wrench too, and I work on a lot of bikes, motorcycles, and cars. The toque keys are pretty cheap and foolproof these days. If you accidentally bust one thing you could have paid for the key ten…"
Apr 2
Yasmeen replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"We are lucky - lots of great options...  Comrade is great. Ben at Heritage. Steven and Lauren at BFF Bikes. Steve is also fantastic with bike fit."
Apr 2
Dave D replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"Thanks for all the great advice. I do plan on getting a torque wrench too. Just a little shy about working on carbon."
Apr 2
Jose Fonseca replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"Comrade Cycles on Chicago have great customer service and dedicated to cycling."
Apr 1
Hey! Bike Shop Guy replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"Any shop should be able to do that for you but if you have a carbon bike James is right, you really should invest in a torque wrench or torque key at the very least.   Even adjusting your saddle really should involve a torque wrench because you…"
Apr 1
Adam Z replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"I've had nothing but good luck with Kozy's on Milwaukee, just north of Belmont."
Apr 1
Self-sealing Stembolt replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"If you own a carbon bike, or even just a carbon fork, seatpost, stem, and/or bars you really should have a simple torque wrench unless you never ever want to make any minor adjustments yourself.  Going to your LBS is great but there are just…"
Apr 1
Tominator replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"I know, big bad chain, internet store, but I like Performance on Diversey/Halsted. The new bike prices are pretty good if you know what you're doing and I've had good luck with the mechanics as well."
Apr 1
Lisa Curcio 6.6mi replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"All of the Comrades at Comrade Cycles on Chicago just east of Damen."
Apr 1
Julie Hochstadter replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"Last night someone recommended we take my mother in laws hopefully soon to be bike there for a fitting.   "
Apr 1
Katie replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"Steve at BFF Bikes on Armitage is great."
Apr 1
Dave D replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"North side and north west. But will go anywhere in city."
Apr 1
Lisa Curcio 6.6mi replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"Dave, there are a lot of good mechanics in the city, and everyone here will have an opinion.  But if you have a preference as to what part of the city, it would help narrow things down."
Apr 1
jolondon30 replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"Can't say enough good things about the bike mechanics John and Nora at Uptown Bikes.  Extremely competent."
Apr 1

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What I ride:
Road, Mountain
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Commuting, Distance, Around Town

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