Kicking the tires at Chicago’s newest bike shop
We?re not that biker, the one yelling at children as we whiz down the lakefront path at 30 miles per hour. Nor are we that biker, the one dodging car doors on Milwaukee Avenue from atop a well-worn fixie.
But even our low-key cruisers could benefit from an equipment upgrade, and a just-opened Lincoln Park bike shop, Roll, offers a new way to get ready to ride. The Ohio-based chain?s laser scanner captures 3-D images of customers? bodies to help match them with just the right bikes.
All it takes is a quick (fully clothed) pose in front of the machine--we know what you?re thinking, and yes, it?s just like at airport security--to map your height, the location of your pelvic bone and arm length. After a scan and a chat about our cycling habits, we were shown a lightweight aluminum Giant Avail 3 women?s road bike ($899) with an extra-small frame and a sweet white-and-teal paint job.
Then we shopped Roll?s clothing section and found an ingenious black cycling dress by Pearl Izumi with padded, detachable shorts underneath its pedal-friendly slit-thigh skirt ($80).
Now we can take a comfortable spin to lunch at The Dock and be stylish on arrival.
Roll, 2163 N. Clybourn Ave.; 773-697-3920 or roll-online.com