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Bicycles Etc.
When Don and Martha Miller’s sons started BMX racing they opened their own bike store after having trouble sourcing gear. Since then, stock has expanded to include road and mountain bikes, hybrids, and electric options. “We also carry a lot of different accessories,” says Brian Miller, one of the couple’s sons who now helps manage the family business. bicyclesetc-il.com

Good to know The staff also sources tires and brake parts for wheelchairs and walkers. 

Downers Grove
RTT Cycle Shop
Whether you’re shopping for your child’s first bicycle or basic wheels for commuting to and from work, you’ll find a variety of price points at this hidden gem, with an alley entrance off Main Street north of Curtiss. “We do everything from your basic tune-ups to complete overhauls and completely building up a new bike,” says owner Andrew Almazan. rttcycleshop.com

Good to know Almazan carries niche brands like Open Cycle, Scott, All-City, Surly, and Franco.

St. Charles
The Bike Rack
In its 47 years , this retail and service shop has grown from a small strip mall location to a large showroom. “We have a nice array of kids’ bikes,” says co-owner Hal Honeyman. “We also cater to the elite cyclist.” Watching his son with cerebral palsy experience the joy of riding has inspired Honeyman to carry a large inventory of adaptive bikes. thebikerack.com

Good to know Safety gear, such as daytime LED lights with 1.5-mile visibility, is a top seller. 

Endure It!

This retail and service shop, plus triathlon training center, specializes in professional bike fittings for competitive cyclists. “Our business is really a custom model,” says owner Sara Fix, a seasoned ironman participant. “Instead of having a thousand bikes on the wall to sell, we typically have light inventory to give [customers] an idea of the brands that we carry … and give them all sorts of options, looking at their price point and what bike lines are a good fit for their body.” endureitsports.com

Good to know Endure It! also has a training facility in downtown Westmont. 

Photo courtesy Endure it!