One of my perennial complaints about this place is the absence of quality bike shops. I've made peace with the issue, and have embraced our local alternative, which comes in the form of a basement mechanic. My visits to my guru have come to symbolize turning of the season and royal treatment. My guy is an off duty firefighter (so Chicago). In the past few years another guy has opened a back room shop that is closer to home...but, heck, this is Chicago! I have my loyalties and Mike has served me well!