Wicker Park has intermittently had an official unofficial critical mass for many years, historically from Polish Triangle on first Fridays. To the best of my knowledge though, this hasn't gelled in sizeable form in many months.Now living for foreseeable months in Bucktown, I'd like to reboot WPCM immediately. With years of experience creating the magical north side critical mass on Second Fridays from Senn Park, I've got reason to believe we can make something great happen in hipsterville.I've…See More
"Comparing that piece of crap to a decent used bike for 200-250 is like apples to oranges. Only a sucker buys one of those chunks of feces and tries to ride it as transportation; it'll implode in no time.
"No, Chicago is fortunate to have a strong enough demand for used bikes that it's worthwhile to fix and sell them. The reason that there are good working condition bikes is because there's money to made from selling them. If a used bike…"
Working Bikes, Blackstone, Recyclery, West Town Bikes shop...
I have never bought from there, but I have heard decent things about Nearly New.
Also, really depends on what your looking for...cruiser, mixte, load bearing work horse, 10 speed…"
"Maybe Blackstone or Working bikes would be a good place for you to look?
Wait til winter if you want a deal.
Most folks dont ride if it's below 75degrees, so the demand goes down as the temperature drops.
"I've actually never bought a bike in the summer - only fall and winter. My singlespeed Miyata that I'm currently riding was originally purchased for $100 a few days before Christmas in 2009. The guy even threw in a new kryptonite ulock,…"
"Yep. Supply and demand. Plus, Chicago is a huge city with an ever expanding bike culture.
If you have a car, you may want to check out Milwaukee's craigslist. I routinely see some pretty good deals pop up now and again. They've got…"
"Plus you have to consider the cost of putting most used bikes on the market. A portable grinder costs something. The grinding wheels have to be replaced. The cost of the van and the gas to drive around looking for…"