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"One of the best bike shops in the Midwest" -- Bicycle Times
Winter hours. Mon., Thurs., Friday 10-5:15. Wednesdays 10-7. Saturday 10-6. Closed Tuesdays and Sundays.
Expanded hours will return in the spring.
We regularly post discount offers on our facebook page. "Like" us on Facebook to stay informed as to what the latest offers look like.
If you are looking for a road bike, be sure to check out the "What's on Sale" page of this site.
We now stock helmets from Vittoria. Great Italian style at a very competitive price.
Shoes are still being blown out! Savings up to $250/pair.
We try to post longer musings on facebook at the Joie De Velo page at least once per week. Most of those posts are informational and they get pretty good feedback from the folks who see them. We try to make the posts informative and of general interest. They are definitely not sales pitches. Check out the facebook page to see some of these posts.
All offers on this site exclude prior sales. All as well as items already on clearence.
We are closed on Tuesdays and on Sundays.
What We Do:
We are a full line bicycle shop in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Check our "Brands List" (below) to see what we've got. We sell and service everything from high-end race bikes to basic cruisers. We special order BMX bikes at major savings off MSRP and we can deliver them in just a couple of days from the day you order.
The answers to the questions we keep hearing, in no particular order, are on the FAQs page.
We are located at 999 Sherwood Drive in Lake Bluff. We are just south of the Corner of Waukegan Rd. and Route 176 at the corner of Sherwood and Waukegan.
Great bikes can be great values--our bikes start below $200!
We service all bicycles.
A full line of clothing, shoes and accessories is available.
The Brands List
Bicycles (partial list):
Argon 18--Tri, TT and road bikes from Quebec.
Baum--We are one of the very few US dealers for these amazing custom titanium and steel road and mountain bikes from Australia's most highly regarded independent bicycle builder.
Calfee--Famous for their great carbon road and cross bikes, Calfee also builds the best bamboo bikes in the business for road or mountain.
Cannondale--classic american style, cutting edge performance, revolutionary designs. Some of the best bikes money can buy.
Frances--Josh Muir's artisanal steel bikes are aesthetic wonders that blend great ride, incredible design and amazing custom details and are some of our favorite road bikes, fixies, tourers and cargo bikes.
GT--Awsome road and mountain bikes from one of the country's fastest growing brands. Great bicycles at tremendous value prices.
Gunnar--Craft built by hand in Wisconsin, these steel bikes are available in standard geometry and custom geometry too. Gunnar's are light, well designed frames that offer a great deal for flexibility and that are available in a tremendous range of colors. This is a great place to start if you are looking for something special but don't want to break the bank in the process.
Independent Fabrication--IF builds awesome custom Road, Cross, Mountain and Touring bikes in the USA. The IF paint shop does a great job finishing these masterworks to an impossibly high standard. If you have never had a chance to ride an IF and you are considering a new custom bike, you owe it to yourself to stop in and demo one.
KHS--well made, affordable bikes with some interesting technology. Their line of 650b mountain bikes makes this exciting new wheel size affordable for folks with tighter budgets, their cruisers have a great retro style and their other bikes offer unique features at great values for road and path riders.
Look--brilliant carbon bicycles from France with state of the art technology, unbeatable style and awsome performance.
Marin--A great value line of bikes with a strong mountain heritage. Marin bikes work really well around here because they are equally at home on road, path or unpaved trail.
Moulton--Iconic small wheel suspension bikes designed by Sir Alex Moulton, the genius who was responsible for the original Mini motorcar. Hand built in England by the Alex Moulton Bicycle Company, they ride with a stability that inspires tremendous confidence. Capable of surprising speed and exhibiting great handling, these bikes also break down to easily fit in even very small cars.
Pashley--Beautifully detailed handmade classics bikes from England that are quite rare in the US and are the original masterpieces that have spawned so very many inferior copies. Yet unlike other works of art, these originals are priced competitively when compared with the knock offs.
Pearson--Graeme Pearson does things with carbon that other folks just don't seem to be able to do. That may be why his small shop in Rotura was selected to make bikes for New Zealand's Olympic teams throughout the 1990s.
Pure Fix-- These American designed bikes are single speed and come in an amazing variety of colors. They are a great way to commute, get back and forth to school or show the world you are cool while riding your bike. These bikes feature lots of great accessories and a great price: $349.99! Stop in and check out Pure Fix today.
Schwinn--Iconic Cruisers, Hybrids, Road and Mountain Bikes with great style, Schwinn's are some of the best values in the market today. Don't confuse our "Signature Series" bikes with the stuff you see in the big box stores, these bikes are made with quality parts and feature some great engineering.
Sun--Great looking, great riding cruisers, trikes, tandems and comfort bikes designed in Miami, FL. These bikes are priced so that everyone can afford to ride them.
Velo Orange--Bicycles that, while thoroughly modern, harken back to the golden age of European touring bikes. Check out the details on these beautifully finished lugged steel bikes and you will be pleasantly surprised by their affordable prices.
Waterford--Hand made custom steel bikes from Wisconsin that are beautifully detailed. Waterford's lug work is some of the best in the industry and there frames are both great to ride and wonderful to behold.
Worksman--American designed, New York built classics, cruisers, trikes, tandems and work bikes. Year in and year out, Worksman bikes do jobs that would destroy other products in a few minutes. Own a factory and need an environmentally friendly and economical way for your employees to get around, Worksman industrial bikes are the answer. Ask us about our fleet pricing plans for large orders. For the every day rider, we stock a good selection of popular models and participate in the Worksman customization program that lets you choose unique color schemes, trim options and features for your new cruiser and to have the bike delivered to you in as little as a month after placing your order.
Here's a sampling of some of the pre-built wheelset brands we carry or can order for you (or ask us to custom build wheels for you in house, including with our remarkable wooden rims):
HED.--The manufacturer states that the HED 3 is the most aerodynamically efficient non-disc wheel you can buy and all of their products are brilliant. Moultoneers: We Stock HED 406s and 17" wheels (for those of you lucky enough to own an AM series bicycle). If you are interested in significantly upgrading your Moulton with a great new wheelset, consider these carbon road wheels.
Lightweight--You see the pros riding them, but they're hard to find even on the web. We've got 'em in stock and on bikes so that you can ride these epic carbon masterworks and find out why they are legendary.
Rolf Prima--Not only do they look incredibly cool, these hand built wheel sets from Oregon deliver some of the best performance available today and they do so at prices that make them some of the best values on the market today.
Zipp--Speed Weapons. Stunning craftsmanship, the best components and the look that tells your competition that you mean business. We stock carbon and aluminum wheelsets and race ready discs.
Shoes, Helmets, Accessories, Clothes:
We have worked to bring you a great mix of cycling clothes, shoes and helmets plus quality accessories to enhance your riding experience.
Stop in to check out our shoe department with some of the best footwear for road, race or mountain from Bont, Diadora, Fizik, Time, Louis Garneau and others.
Need a helmet? We have road, mountain and aero helmets from Kask, Uvex, Louis Garneau and others.
Our selection of cycling clothing includes the best in compression clothing and cycle wear from 2XU. We also stock a selection of great stuff from Assos, Louis Garneau and Pearl Izumi & Tyr.
Want to accessorize your bike? Check out some of the amazing fenders, racks, bottle cages, etc. that we stock from Velo Orange (we've got their bikes, too).
Drivetrains & Other Parts:
Of course we have the usual suspects in stock--Campy, Shimano, Sram, King, Phil Wood and the like are all present and accounted for, but we also have some very rare high performance, ultra-lightweight stuff here that you just don't see many places. Check out the incredible bike parts from Loaded Precision, Tune, Lightweight and KCMC that we have in the shop and you might just want to upgrade your current ride or rethink the spec for the custom dream bike you are planning.
We have saddles from Brooks, Selle Italia, Selle SMP, Selle San Marco, ISM and many more. Come check out our great selection of parts for your bike!