About Roscoe Village Bikes


   

R oscoe Village Bikes is a neighborhood bike shop that sells bicycles and accessories for kids, recreational riders, urban commuters and competitive cyclists.  Our mechanics service all makes and models of bikes.  We give free estimates for repair work and guarantee our labor for 30 days. Our goal is to help you enjoy your bike as much as possible.  We strive to offer nice bikes from nice people. The National Bicycle Dealer's Association recognized Roscoe Village Bikes as one of "America's Best Bike Shops" in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.  We're very grateful for the kind words from customers that you can find on Yelp. You can also purchase gift certificates on our Yelp page.

2017 Ten-Year Anniversary Highlights

We are a full service bike shop but there might be a few things you didn't know we do.  Are you looking to rent a bike in Chicago? We now offer bike rental through Spinlister.com.  Have a look at the rides we have available or call us for more information.  We offer a pack and ship service for $135. Learn more on our Service page.   We assemble all new bikes and, if it's more convenient for you, you can ever have it shipped directly to us.  Just email or call to make the arrangements.  We work on electronic shifting, build wheels, glue tires and more.  Stop by or reach out to discuss custom options and upgrades.  We sell handmade caps, Chicago socks, Roscoe Village Bikes T-shirts & jerseys and other unique gifts.  We also have a great selection of bags, locks, lights and helmets.  We've now expanded into corporate services including fleet assembly, on-site repair services & workshops.  Contact us to learn more.  We're excited to celebrate our ten-year anniversary and thank you for all your support! 

History

Roscoe Village Bikes opened 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 met at Evanston Township High School in 1996. They married in September 2006. Alex 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.

We have grown and changed over the years but the focus on customer experience and friendly, knowledgeable service remains the same.  Our staff are passionate about bikes and are always striving to learn more.  We all try to listen to what our customers are looking for when we choose what bikes and accessories to stock.  We hope to continue to serve the neighborhood for years to come.