When you visit our store, what you see as a customer is only about 1/4 of what makes Village Cycle Center Chicago’s largest bike shop. We have about 300 bikes displayed on our sales floor, but stock about 10,000 more in the rest of our building. Along with over 200 helmets, 1000’s of pairs of shoes, 2000 plus locks, and so much more. Part of what makes us unique is our ability to stock loads of gear on site to make sure we have something for everyone. Below is a tiny little bit of what you don’t see from the sales floor. Aisles and aisles of bikes, stacks of shoes, and racks of accessories, all ready for you.
Lets start off with shoes. We stock Sidi, Bontrager, and Chrome foot wear. We believe in order to sell you the right size shoe, we have to have it in stock, so we stock all the sizes of each model we carry to ensure the right shoes get on the right ( and left) feet.
|Wall of Sidi shoes.|
|Bontager foot wear. Just a tiny bit of what we carry from them.|
|Sidi closeouts, and Chrome kicks.|
|Fiz:k saddles waiting to make someones butt happy.|
Don’t forget to lock your wheels as well as your bike when you leave it unattended. The number one reason people buy new wheels from us is theft. We stock loads of new wheels for replacement as well as upgrades.
|Couple racks full of replacement wheels. We have another room full of Easton & Bontrager wheels too.|
|Just a couple Trek Streetwise by Kryptonite.|
“I gotta flat.” Heard at the back counter several thousand times a year. Over 5000 tubes a year pass through these doors. We save old tubes to donate to local artists, manufactures of bike tube gear, and for use in sports rehabilitation in youth programs. If you have a need for old tubes, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Incoming pile of tubes.|
On our sales floor we have about 100 helmets, upstairs we have over 1000 in back stock.
Bikes. The heart of our business. And to make sure we have a bike for everyone, even on those busy, busy, summer Saturdays, we stock LOTS of bikes. Here are a some pics of bikes in stock, there are 3 floors of them, so you only get to see a couple of them.
|Road bikes in boxes and out.|
|Aisle of bikes.|
|Bikes leading into our tire room. Yes, we have a room full of tires.|
|Bikes! You can see rooms of more bikes in the distance.|
|Even more bikes.|
|Road bikes built & ready to get sized, then go riding.|
|You want speed? We got TT bikes ready for you.|
This concludes our little trip up into the Village Cycle Center warehouse. Look for more adventures upstairs and behind the scenes to come.