Bike travel is independent travel.
Not to mention a ton of fun.
We offer bikes that will take you downtown, and out of town; around the neighborhood, or around the world; bikes you can fold up in a suitcase, and take on the plane.
But we don't just want to sell you stuff. Whether you're looking for an urban ride, a family vehicle, a long-distance recumbent, or a packable folder, we want to help you find a bicycle that will fit your body and your lifestyle, delight you, offer you years of enjoyment, and fulfill your dream of independent travel!...
Rapid Transit Cycleshop. Chicago's Transportation Alternative since 1994.
20 Years in Your Community
Rapid Transit Cycleshop has been serving Chicago's riders from our North Avenue storefront for 20 years. Although today urban cycling is widely accepted and continually growing in popularity, in 1994 we were Chicago's first and only store that welcomed the urban cyclist.
What is a cyclist? You tell us. A kid with her first training wheels, a student on a single-speed, a dad running errands with baby in tow, a mom getting on the train with her folding bike, a person rediscovering the joys of cycling on a trike. We have bikes for all of them, and more.
Quality Local Service
Instead of hiding our most skilled technicians in the back of the shop, we put them front and center to showcase their craft and let the work of their hands define our shop and its culture. Our mechanics, and the work that they do every day, are rooted in our local community.
Our Customers Inspire
Our customers are the heart and soul of our business. Even on a slow day in the bike shop, the amount of goodwill we experience from new and long-time customers is nothing short of breathtaking. Folks come in and share stories of personal triumphs, small victories, wishes on their way to fulfillment. It doesn't get any better than this. This is what we live for, and if you ever wanted to feel inspired to change your life, even in a small way, read on!
The UIC store is moving!
We are getting ready to relocate! Our 1305 S. Halsted location will remain open through September 30, 2014.
On October 1, we will reopen one block south and across the street, at 1344 S. Halsted.
Same great service, same friendly staff, now with eastern exposure.
From our blog, and other things you might want to know
UIC Back to School Specials
Overcome Riding Obstacles
50 Ways To Leave You Car
Avoiding Bike Theft
The second Rapid Transit store, opened in 2009, serves the largest university campus in the Chicago area. We have a special program to make it convenient and affordable for students to use their bikes on campus and explore the best that Chicago has to offer.
For many people it's a challenge just getting the bike out of the garage. You can’t travel independently on flat tires. And, as bicycle people, we often forget that bicycle tires can be a total mystery, and quite an intimidating one, to non-bicycle people. Which is a lot of people.
Get out there, and make your corner of the world a little more livable. Ride a bike. It doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. Use your bike when convenient and enjoyable. With this approach, biking may become your preferred transportation alternative.
Whether you are riding an expensive bike or a garage-sale model, having your bike stolen is expensive, inconvenient and downright maddening. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make your bicycle a less likely target.