West Town Bikes: News and Updates


The over-arching goals of West Town Bikes are to promote bicycling in the city of Chicago, to educate youth with a focus on under-served populations, and to foster and serve Chicago's growing bicycling community. While maintaining headquarters and a workspace in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, WTB is a city-wide service provider for youth programs in the city of Chicago.

Check out this great video of us on YouTube Access: West Town Bikes. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thanks for your interest. If you want to contact us, email info@westtownbikes.org, call 773-772-6523 or stop by. Note that we do not put our youth programs on the calendar but you can find events, donation based classes and workshops there.

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West Town Bikes' 2nd Annual Bikecitement!

Tuesday, October 28th from 6PM - 8

Please join the West Town Bikes board, staff, and youth in honoring our partners and celebrating 10 years of educating youth and fostering Chicago's bicycling community. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and craft beer at The Revolution Brewery Brewpub. Support us by purchasing tickets ($50 each) or a sponsorship level. All proceeds go to support the youth and community work of West Town Bikes!

We'll be auctioning off this Electra Tandem along with tickets for local entertainment by The Blue Man Group, Chicago Lyric.....Timbuk2, Bern, and many more ... STAY TUNED!!!"

Must be 21 or older to attend.

Consider becoming a sponsor at the following levels with benefits:
• Apprentice - $150: Includes 2 tickets to the event and your name in the program.
• Junior Mechanic - $250: Includes 4 tickets to the event, your name and company logo in the program and on the website.
• Mechanic - $500: Includes 6 tickets to the event, your name and company logo in the program, displayed at the event and on the website.
• Master Mechanic - $1000: Includes 10 tickets to the event, your name and company logo in the program, displayed at the event, on the website, and acknowledgement the night of the event.

Register now!

Facebook event here.

The Chainlink "Featured Rides and Events" here.

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Photo courtesy of SnowyMountain Photography.

Cyclocross!!!

The race season has started and WTB had a great showing at the first Chicago Cyclocross Cup race. Here is our schedule for the season. Practice and meetings happen every Wednesday. These are the races we are trying to attend or have attended this season. Juniors age 15-18 race at 10:20AM and 9-14 at 11:12AM. Participants meet at the shop and travel as a group. All races on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

September
9/28 Caldwell Woods hosted by xXx Racing in Chicago

October
10/12 Dan Ryan Woods hosted by Beverly Bike Vee-Pak in Chicago
10/18 SATURDAY The Big Marsh Mashdown hosted by SRAM and The Bonebell. This is not a traditional Cyclocross race. It’s an event to help raise awareness for Big Marsh. We will be racing on single speed mountain bikes.
Possible - 10/25/14 – The Rhythm and Blues Revue Cyclocross Race in Evanston
10/26 ABD Sunrise Park hosted by Athletes By Design in Bartlett

November
11/15 SATURDAY Hilton Indian Lakes Resort (day 1) hosted by the South Chicago Wheelman in Bloomingdale
11/16 Hilton Indian Lakes Resort (day 2) hosted by the South Chicago Wheelman in Bloomingdale
11/23 Melas Park Basin Racin’ hosted by Northbrook Garner Bicycle Club in Mt. Prospect

December
12/7 Montrose Harbor – The Illinois State Championship hosted by Ten27 Cycles and Spidermonkey at Montrose Harbor
Possible but not likely 12/14/2014 – Midwest Regional CX Championships hosted by Tailwind Racing at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan
12/20 SATURDAY –The Afterglow hosted by Chicago Cuttin Crew and Robots <3 in Douglas Park

January
Possible but not likely 1/9/15 – 1/12/15 – US CX National Championships in Austin, Texas

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Tour de Fat raised $30,000 for West Town Bikes!

New Belgium put on our favorite festival and raised a bunch of money for West Town Bikes. Thanks to everyone, especially the hundreds of volunteers, that joined us in Palmer Square for music, bikes, beer, local food and bemusement. The event started off with a torrential downpour that flooded a lot of the park but at 12:30 the skies cleared and people started coming out.

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Bike Mechanics classes and Open Shops

Bikes that work correctly are more fun to ride. Keep your bike tuned up! Check out our Calendar filled with classes. Open Shop is every Tuesday and Saturday. Every Wednesday from 7PM-10 is Women and Trans Night. Contact Michael Young at 312-656-1953 or michael@westtownbikes.org if you have any questions about our classes.