Fall/Winter hours: Closed Wednesdays November-March
||Roscoe Village Bikes
2016 W. Roscoe St., Chicago, IL 60618
Email Us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roscoe Village Bikes is a neighborhood bike shop that sells bicycles and accessories for kids, recreational riders, urban commuters and competitive cyclists. Free estimates are given for repair work and all work is guaranteed for 30 days. Roscoe Village Bikes strives to provide exceptional customer service to everyone who walks in. Customers have had really nice things to say which you can read about on Yelp as well as the Chicago Bike Shop Directory.
Roscoe Village Bikes opened late in March of 2007. Owners Alex and Lesley Tweedie and countless friends and family members painted, cleaned, and remade an old storefront into a unique space for bicycle retail and repair. The building was built in 1890 and a tailor shop operated out of the space for many years. Alex and Lesley like the idea of adaptive reuse so they tried to keep as many of the original fixtures as possible. The union made cabinetry that used to hold men’s suits now showcases bikes and the counters and workbenches are original to the storefront. The before and after pictures of the space tell the story well.
Alex and Lesley Tweedie met at Evanston Township High School in 1996. They married in September 2006. Alex had worked in bike shops in Evanston and in Eugene, Oregon where Lesley majored in Spanish and Public Policy at the University of Oregon. Alex, who took his first bike apart and put it back together when he was eight years old, worked hard and learned from experts the skills needed to repair all types of bicycles. After college Lesley taught English to nature guides in Mexico and went on to manage the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Children’s Programs.
Lesley and Alex had been interested in starting their own business so they took some classes at SCORE and put together a business plan. Longtime residents of Roscoe Village, they had a feeling that the neighborhood would be a great place for a bike shop. Alex was walking their dog, Buddy, in November 2006 when he saw the for rent sign at 2016 W. Roscoe. The plan was put into action and when the space was ready, Roscoe Village Bikes opened.