Thanks for visiting! Here’s a little bit about me, why I write this blog, and what you might find here.
I’ve been involved in the bike industry as an advocate and retailer since 1993, when together with my husband I opened Chicago's first (now closed) transportation oriented bicycle store in Wicker Park. Chicago Bike Blog has been around since 2007, when it was originally conceived as the online journal for that store, and an extension of its newsletter, previously published in hard copy.
The blog sat semi-dormant for a few seasons, while I was involved in many things, chief among them starting up a new bike business, Cosmic Bikes on the NW side of the city. In addition to simply selling bicycles, I was looking for a way I could use my two decades of of experience to contribute something that would make a difference in the Chicago biking scene. Specifically, I was thinking about how to mobilize those reluctant Chicagoans who remember biking from their youth as being fun and carefree, but who are now put off from enjoying biking either by traffic and safety concerns, lack of time and leisure, feeling out of shape, not knowing where to go, or just not knowing where and how to begin.
Those who are already cycling enthusiasts have many online resources to consult on racing, training, technical issues, gear and how-to's. However, for the beginner cyclist, there has been no centralized place for comprehensive, reliable, tested, basic information on how to get started biking, and how to keep going! So I set out to turn Chicago Bike Blog into such a place. I supplement biking basics, guides, how-to’s and gear recommendations, with ideas for great local adventures —as well as inspiration and support for undertaking more ambitious trips and challenges— making CBB a definitive source on who, what, where, when, how and why of biking in Chicago.
I look forward to hearing suggestions, comments, and even contributions from readers and fellow cyclists. If you'd like to meet me in person, I can be found at Cosmic Bikes in Jefferson Park, Chicago. —Justyna Frank