Winter Biking Chicago

Retro Schwinn

by Douglas Black, enerficiency OnTheRoad, November 6, 2012

Bicycling in Detroit is insane.  Mine was stolen along with the wrought iron railing to which it was securely chained.   SOB took the whole railing with a Sawzall.

Now that I am in Chicago a bike is not only a convenient way to get around cheaply, but also a joy to ride.  And in my neighborhood there are a couple of great bike shops. So I have been checking them out.

Johnny Sprockets is on Broadway and the window piece is an awesome looking contraption called the Pugsly Necromancer.  Huge tires for mud , snow and slush make this bike stand out as a four season winner.

I want one for Christmas.

Black Phantom

Up the street on Halsted is Kozy’s.  They specialize in Scwhinn, like my late father’s cousin Clyde, the founder  of Pierce Cycle Supply in Detroit, did way back in the day.  Kozy’s Cyclery in Chicago has the most retro looking bikes, which are also the most practical. 

Schwinn is a brand that signifies quality” says A.J.Fioritto of Kozy’s .  “Heritage is what Schwinn is all about” ,  A. J. adds.

Baskets where you need them; only the essential gears; tires that last; breaks that work.  What the hell else does one need?


D.Black, aka Duke Pierce


Having more than 30 years experience in the green and sustainable building field, Douglas Black has dedicated the past 20 years to energy efficiency in the built environment.

Mr. Black is a high performance car enthusiast, always with an ear to the pavement for what’s fast and new.  He began blogging enerficiency On The Road in 2001, and now continues reporting from Auto Shows and Swap Meets at his Hot Flying Rats! blog –

He also uses his MagicEightBall to predict sporting outcomes and shares on his blog

Photography is a lifelong passion for Douglas Black, and while not capturing enthusiastic smiles at Wrigley Field and other sports venues around Chicago, he captures moments in the built environment.

And in his spare time, he works on getting that Captains License, expecting to retire on the water one day, taking photos.


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