"The Ark in Wicker Park regularly has used cashmere sweaters for $5-10. The ideal insulating layer plus they look great! The Army Navy surplus on Lincoln has new synthetic base layers around $8 and wool for $15. Not as form fitted or refined as…"
"Mike, this can on occasion occur. It's possible that you simply got a bad tube/batch. I'd certainly return it to the shop for a replacement/refund. Fwiw there are boutique tubes on the market, but the main difference vs others isn't…"
"Agree with Kevin on both points and I'd add that factory threaded spokes are much preferred over custom cut and rolled. Although several local shops have the Phil Wood spoke tool and can say with first hand knowledge that the dies in several…"
"Sarah, as much as I believe in my own little brand's bikes, I will say that they are very much designed for folks with extremely specific ideas about what their needs are, and maybe at this point not ideal for your search."
"Yes, Velosmith is in Wilmette. And while shops might focus on specific types of customers and bikes, good fitters work with basic principles of bicycle geometry, human physiology, and their interaction. We are not talking about physical therapy or…"
"FWIW those are *extremely* well made and also the worst of both worlds, ie not small enough to easily carry with you on the bike and yet also a really poorly operating traditional floor pump because (1) it's very short and you have to lean over…"