Cycle Bike Shop

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Average rating: 3.5/5 from 32 comments.   - Comment-on/Rate this shop.

1465 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL  60605-2810
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Mon - Fri: 10am - 7pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm
Sun: 12noon - 4pm

sells used bikes?: yes
sells used parts?: no
offers Active Transportation Alliance discount?: no
offers rentals?: yes

Also known as "Recycle Cycle".

Does repairs, rentals, bike boxing for shipping, bike storage and bicycle/apparel sales.

Brands Sold:
KHS, Jamis, Kona

Great "Museum Collection" hanging from the ceiling.

This shop last sent us information (unsolicited) on October 11, 2011.



Honest American small biz - from: '' - Rating: 4/5 - 26-May-15
I like Carmichael and frequent his shop. He knows me and doesn't over charge for service. He will likely give you exactly what you ask for and not a bit more. Which means if you don't know what to ask for you probably already shop at Kozy or the like. If you do know what to ask for and how much it costs in Chi then come on down. He's been around for ever like a Yojimbo's for example. I'm still not sure he likes me or my bike but I've seen him smile a few times and he lets me watch.
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The best - from: '' - Rating: 5/5 - 29-May-12
This place is the best. I have rented a bike here, I have gotten my bikes fixed and tuned up here and I have personally purchased two bikes here, not to mention bike helmets, lights, locks and other excessories. Carmichael is EXCELLENT as is the rest of his staff. I am a female and I have never been offended by ANYONE at this shop. They have always been helpful, knowledgeable, polite, friendly and funny. I brought my sister in to buy a bike any Carmichael took the time to let her try 5 different types of bikes to ensure she purchased the right bike that fit her and then completely outfitted it for her to take her kids out for bike rides after school. I sent a friend in to buy a bike last year and he was so pleased he went back and purchased another. I'm taking a girlfriend today in to buy a bike and another girlfriend in later this week. I have been to Kozy's, Village Cyclery AND the Trek store on Michigan in the past, and I even own a Trek bike, but, since finding this cycle shop I haven't been back.
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Bike shopts - from: '' - Rating: 5/5 - 20-Nov-11
Great bike shop, for purchasing and/or repairs. Carmicheael & company do the job. I've been to many shops over many years, he's tops.
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Good Shop - from: '' - Rating: 5/5 - 01-Jul-11
This shop does good work at fair prices and several times has made adjustments for me free of charge. Like when I got my "free tune up" for a bike I bought at Kozy's and they buggered up the shifting; the Cycle Shop properly adjusted the shifter for no charge.

So I gave the mechanic a fin and told him to have a beer on me at lunch.

This place is "old school" and blue collar, not a hoity-toity place. Which is aces with me; I like it when blue collar work is done in blue collar surroundings.
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Rentals yes - from: '' - no rating given - 08-Jun-11
They rent bikes also!
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great shop and great people - from: '' - Rating: 5/5 - 27-Aug-10
I'm on the third year of my life without car experiment. I got hurt at work and went three months without a paycheck. These guys took care of me when I was broke and had to keep patching together my piece of crap grocery-getter. They've got my business forever.
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Great Shop, Great People - from: '' - Rating: 5/5 - 01-Jun-10
Cycle bike shop has been so helpful and friendly. They are highly skilled, knowledgeable, and willing to help. They are my first choice over other snooty north-side shops. If you live anywhere near the loop or south, this is the shop to use.
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Service@Cycle Shop on 12th & Michigan - from: '' - Rating: 5/5 - 10-Apr-10
5 STARS! Older guy really knows his stuff. Lots of bikes for sale too. I had a slight repair and was in and out in a FLASH! Very Happy! When U don't need all the glitz & glamour & superficial trends (along with the extra fees that come with that, lol) and want an honest 2 goodness job done on your bike, go to this place. Also, go if you're bike shopping he has everything from vintage to current!
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stop in once a year - from: '' - Rating: 5/5 - 19-Feb-10
If you want someone to kiss your ass, then this is not the shop for you. If you want to support an independent who has been in the business for ages, then hit them up. My bike, that takes me all over the city year round, gets a tune-up there once a year. A few times I've dropped by with a question or a quick fix, and they have taken care of things with ease. Also, there is a great dog named W there. Cheers!
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He put a cheap used part on my bike too! - from: '' - Rating: 1/5 - 29-Nov-09
I had the same experience with them selling me a USED part. I took my 4 month old $1500 road bike there a couple of weeks ago because I somehow managed to break a spoke. The owner of the shop replaced it with some junk alloy spoke that was obviously a used part from some piece of s--- wheel that they probably disarded. He lied and said the spoke was stainless steel, but when I took it to the shop I bought if from, they confirmed that it was not and was a piece of crap. They replaced it for free, and so I only lost the few dollars that the guy at this Cycle Shop charged for the part and labor. I would have been better off hopping on the CTA with my bike and the broken spoke than going to the Cycle Shop in the first place though.
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Used parts on your bike? I doubt it - from: 'Ron R' - Rating: 5/5 - 20-Sep-09
Looks like some astroturfing by the Trek shop on Michigan again.

These guys are the best, hands down. They take their repairs very seriously, so I doubt they would put in "used" parts without checking with you. I've given them some truly bad wheels that they were able to get straight as an arrow again, after quite a bit of effort. They also repaired a jammed cable in my 105 shifters without charge. This is why I keep going back to them, they don't rip you off.

By the way, real workshops are not clean. If you spend more time cleaning your workshop than working in it, there's a problem there...
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The put used parts on your bike!! - from: '' - Rating: 1/5 - 14-Sep-09
Not impressed at all. While it's nice to have a bike shop in the south loop, I'd much rather go to the Trek Store or Kozy's than this place. If you go there for parts or to have repairs made on your bike, they will sell you or install USED parts. After going there to have a part replaced, I ended up going to another shop because I didn't want to have to live with the cheap, crappy used part they put on my bike. Total waste of money and time. As others have pointed out, the shop isn't very organized or clean.
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BIKE TIRES - from: '' - no rating given - 24-Jun-09
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re:cycle - from: '' - Rating: 5/5 - 25-May-09
the place is genius. the guy is genius. of course i used to work there in 1998-99. i've worked in shops all over the country and worked for one of the highest of high end bike manufacturers ever. when i read these posts i was mostly happy that my friend was still alive! the dude knows how to fix a bike. he's been doing it for decades, he's sarcastic and if you get upset by that then you might want to think about your interpretation of things.
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Got Ripped - from: '' - Rating: 1/5 - 28-Oct-08
A while ago, actually like two years, I got a bike from my cousin. It was Bianchi and in pretty bad shape. So i went to this bike shop and have them fix it. He changed my tire, tubes, and cranks. And he charged me $200. Knowing what I know now about bikes and bike parts, I think I was ripped off. Bike parts he put in wasn't the top of the line, they were all Chinese made regular parts. And the place is pretty shaddy also, not very friendly.
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ireprehansable - from: '' - Rating: 1/5 - 12-Oct-08
I was in the shop last year to have my deralure hanger fixed and saw the most irreprehensable display of sexual harrasment. He (the owner) asked the girl he was working with to hand him a reamer. She very politely responded that she'd love to but wasn't sure what one looked like. He then looked her and said "Why don't you bend over I'll show what a reamer looks like." I have never been so unconfortable in my life. I felt so bad for her. Needless to say I never went back.
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Ecletic Paradise - from: '' - Rating: 5/5 - 26-Sep-08
I've patronized this excellent shop and owner since 1990 at this location and his work for other shops near DT.

The negative expressions are from folks looking for flash and high end retailers. This shop is not selling $5-15k Maseratti's.
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nice people - from: '' - Rating: 3/5 - 17-Aug-08
Good shop, nice people - I do not understand the negative comments about any of the employees. In my first visit ever to the shop they treated me as if I have been going there for years.
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Excellent - from: '' - Rating: 5/5 - 17-Jul-08
This is not the biggest, cleanest, or most organized shop in town but it is the best. The owner is the ONLY person in this city that I will allow to work on our fairly unusual tandem -- he's brilliant. I can see how his sense of humor might come come off wrong, but he really cares about bikes and getting things right. He also completely stands behind everything he sells.

Contrast to Trek (which Niels mentions) nearby. I completely disagree about their competence. I picked up a sale bike from them and *I* had to educate their mechanics on how to install a pair of SKS fenders, plus they failed to detension the spokes after truing a wheel, resulting in a broken spoke. Places like Trek or Kozy (now that they moved) are nicely lit and make you feel good. But Cycle bike shop has a far superior selection and smarter people.
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no good - from: '' - Rating: 1/5 - 04-Jul-08
i had a used trek that had a shifting problem - i took the bike in for a standard tune up and he didn't fix it- then he hit on me. i took it out to check on it and the gears did not shift- which was why i took it in in the first place- he rode it and started making excuses about it. LAZY. never again.

i took my bike to the bike doctor awhile ago- the bike doctor was very good. i will not go back here
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Good Experience - from: '' - Rating: 4/5 - 23-May-08
I live in Pilsen and have gone there at least 6 times. One time, this gorgeous day off, I started on a bike ride with a friend only to realize I had a flat. We went over to cycle, pulling the van in to the parking lot as the Cycle crew was pulling in to have a barbecue, not to open the shop. I saw that they weren't open and was ready to leave but they asked what was wrong and volunteered to fix my flat even though they weren't open. I went on to have a lovely day riding around with my friend. The Cycle crew couldn't have been nicer. Thanks guys!
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Fast order - from: '' - Rating: 5/5 - 09-Apr-08
I went to five other shops trying to order a special part. Every shop told me that the item could not be ordered because of its exclusivity. Mike was able to get one right away for me. Now I'm the proud owner of a VanGough Skid Plate with full Titanium hardware. Thanks Mike. CT
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best place - from: 'KYLE' - Rating: 5/5 - 22-Mar-08
Dude rules and is really funny. Pretty much the exact way I'd run a shop if I had one.

If you want someone to butter you up and sell you something expensive, then go ahead and do that. sometimes [this shop is] out of stock on [product], but whatever. I'm gonna go there right now in fact, BWAHAHAH.
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Cycle - from: '' - Rating: 4/5 - 02-Jan-08
I agree with forefun1969, I'm in there all the time and the owner is a really nice guy once you get to know him, he is just kind of awkward. Bad Attitude? Maybe because he has to deal with a bunch of [disagreeable people] all day that would rather go to [another shop where employees are less talented]. As far as being a bike snob, he has a sarcastic sense of humor and [knows his bikes]. So whatever.
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went in today - from: '' - Rating: 4/5 - 26-Nov-07
The fellow in there today was very nice, and more than happy to give advice on a very ordinary old mountain bike. Additionally, he was knowledgeable enough to know the exact year of the model I brought in, and was familiar with some of its quirks.

Additionally, I find his accessories to be very reasonably priced, even compared to online warehouses.

Nice selection of new bikes as well, particularly for the commuter segment, and even at a budget (e.g., nice new Jamis set up for under $400).

This is based on one visit only, but I was surprised by the negative remarks above, so these are my two cents.
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A Filthy Shop Run By A Foul Little Man - from: '' - Rating: 1/5 - 24-Sep-07
When I moved to the South Loop I thought I'd give this place a try. I wanted a neighborhood alternative to having to go all the way to Turin or Get A Grip. Big mistake! The person who "served" me and who I later found out was the owner provided one of the nastiest customer service experiences in memory. His response to a very reasonable and politely stated need was a snide, sarcastic "well duh".

My wife reported a similar experience. Her opinion of the proprietor is [negative]. Neither of us will be going back.

Fortunately there is now the Trek store on Michigan Avenue and Get A Grip's satellite store on Fulton which can take care of my most of our cycling needs and do so with competent and polite service.
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cyclery - from: '' - Rating: 5/5 - 18-Jul-07
I just dont understand the bad reviews, this is the only shop that hasn't been rude and short with me..The shop is a bit of a mess but pay attention and you can tell that it is "organized chaos". Just looks like they are more worried about fixing your bikes than finding a clever way to display products, which i can appreciate.
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'I like it' - from: '' - no rating given - 18-Jul-07
I go to this shop for everything cause it was the first one i went to that didnt rip me off so i figured i would continue giving them business. They have a great selection of new and some slightly used bikes as well as all the parts you could need. They also will order what they dont have. I was under the impression that the name was "cyclery", at least thats what it says on the sign. Very friendly staff, especially the younger asian kid that is always there. Plus i've never had to wait for anything, they always have time right off to take care of me....RECOMENDED!!!
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"Recycle" or "Cycle" - from: '' - no rating given - 31-May-07
I've been told that this shop may just go by "Cycle Bike Shop". If anyone knows for sure, please contact me.
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Cycle Bike Shop - from: 'josh' - Rating: 4/5 - 31-May-07
To give this shop a 5 would just be disengenuous, because it is a mess. However, you simply have to be daft not to appreciate that the owner is sincerely interested in providing excellent service, great bikes and parts, and awesome prices. I travel from the north side to patronize this place precisely because they are not snobs. Is he distracted at times? Maybe the twelve coffee cups sitting about the place are a clue. Do I double check that I'm leaving with everything I paid for? Yes. Could you pay me to go back to a Village Cycle or a Kozy's? Nope.
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"Re-cycle" his attitude! - from: '' - Rating: 1/5 - 27-Nov-06
I've given the owner of this shop several chances to work on my bike for minor repairs. Once, I had two "gold metal" tire valve caps that were taken and replaced with black plastic.
Against my better judgement, I stopped in recently to get a slow leak fixed on the back tire. The innertube was supposedly replaced, although I had a flat tire again the very next day! So...either he didn't replace the tube or didn't insure that there was nothing in the tire that would repuncture the tube.
Also, this guy is a definite bike snob. His snide attitude always rubs me the wrong way.
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meh - from: '' - Rating: 1/5 - 16-Nov-06
Yea, they have a bad attitude (if you want to experience truly condescending attitude try asking a really inane question like "I need some inner tubes please.") but it doesn't matter. I don't think there's actually any merchandise in that mess of a store so there's no reason to go in there. They've had the some piece of plywood covering a broken window for months. This shop doesn't look like it's going to be around much longer.
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Recycle Cycle - from: '' - Rating: 1/5 - 16-Nov-06
I agree. This shop has an attitude problem. The owner thinks customers are an annoyance. I am very happy to not annoy him.
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meh.. - from: 'biker' - Rating: 2/5 - 20-Sep-06
don't like this shop, they have an attitude problem.
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meh... - from: '' - Rating: 2/5 - 14-Jun-06
alright for basic stuff, locks, lights, tubes, etc... kinda lack anything for people on a budget, or people who just don't need a top of the line felt road bike. the used bike selection is crappy, which dissapointed me as I walked into a store called "recycle cycle"

if you have a lot of money this shop is probably pretty fun, if not stick to uptown or working bikes.
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Recycle Cycle - The Best - from: '' - Rating: 5/5 - 02-Apr-06
Excellent, knowledgeable staff. Great prices on service and new bikes. Cool vintage stuff, but you gotta ask.
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