J.C. Lind Bike Co. and Pilen Preview

I know I’m spoiled by Chicago’s collection of bike shops and unique bicycles. The least I can do is take full advantage and share my experiences through this blog.

In that spirit, below is a photo of me saying goodbye to a Pilen this afternoon, after a three day test ride. I’ll provide a full review here soon, but spoiler alert: I loved it!

(As an aside, today was 90 degrees and a black t-shirt is great for disguising sweat spots. I’m going to regret saying this in a few months, but – damn, who else is ready for fall? I’m so tired of sweating.)

Anyway, back to the Pilen. It’s a Swedish bike, the newest addition to J.C. Lind Bike Co.

J.C. Lind is a sponsor of LGRAB, but I’m saying this as a friend and bike-lover: any bicyclist in Chicago who has not visited the shop and gotten to know Jon Lind is missing out.

If you’re in the city, you really should stop by and chat with Jon, test ride some bikes, and check out the cool accessories. People always ask where they can buy a Nutcase helmet or Basil pannier like mine – that’s where! The shop is in Old Town, on Wells Ave between North and Division. If you’re far from Chicago but looking for a cargo bike or unique city bike, you can visit his shop virtually. The impressive list of bikes includes Christiana, Batavus, Gazelle, Linus, Civia, Golden Lion, Kangaroo, Yuba and Pilen.

Jon is so friendly and he’s in this business for the love of bikes and bike culture. He really cares about bringing the best cargo and city bikes to Chicago – just what our city needs!

If you stop by, tell him Dottie says hi. :)

I’m glad this blog gives me an excuse to try out bikes. Someone tell me I’m not the only one who lusts after new bikes, knowing full well that I have neither the money nor the space for any more.

  • http://www.bikeskirt.com elisa m

    Nope, you are not the only one! I need to get up the nerve to ask my LBS if I can test ride bikes for write ups….they still don’t all even know I have a website! I second the wish for fall; we had 92 degrees today and it was cooler than normal. Ugh.

    *that bike/outfit combo is so cute.

  • Kara Hallstrom

    Oh, that Pilen. Ever since I saw it on Lovely Bicycle, it has intrigued me. Look forward to the review!

    Maybe I need to tell more bike shops that I have a blog so I can test ride some fun bikes too!

  • becky

    I just rented a Pilen while on vacation in Portland! At first I was convinced that it was the SLOWEST BIKE IN THE WORLD, but then my sweetie reminded me that, unlike Chicago, Portland has hills like woah. Once I figured that out, I started to love the Pilen. What fun!

    Here’s to fall weather, layers, and fun scarves.

  • http://bobbinandsprocket.blogspot.com/ Amy

    Yeah, I’m jealous. But I’ll test ride vicariously through all of you more fortunate bloggers. ;)

    I agree, bring on fall! I’ve gotten the knitting bug and have already turned out 3 sweaters in the last month. Can’t wait to wear them!

  • Lauren Dirgo

    Oh yay! I can’t wait to read the Pilen review! I’ve also been very intrigued by this bike since Veloria gave it away to a lucky gal. I feel like my two contentions with it would be the non-full chaincase and the more agressive/mountain bike-y/not fully upright handlebars. I’ll be interested to hear how you felt about those things, and how it compares to your other bikes (especially your Dutch bike).
    Also, cute outfit!

  • http://www.anniebikes.blogspot.com anniebikes

    The Pilen is very rugged yet stylish too. Lovely Bicycle did a nice review a couple months ago. I’ll be interested in your take on the bike.

    I have to admit that I drool over these lovely women’s bikes. Not that I need one, mind you. I find that the rugged Ross Mount Saint women’s frame that I own and use around town is fitting this same niche nicely for me.

  • http://twitter.com/lovelybicycle Lovely Bicycle!

    I really enjoyed my time with the Pilen, looking forward to reading your impressions!

  • http://twitter.com/inspiredcyclist maureen

    The Pilen looks beautiful, stylish, and practical too! And I’m guessing she rides great as well! Looking forward to hearing/reading more about it!

  • Rcglavind

    So, I took the Pilen Lyx (Men’s Black) for a ride today…I am hooked and trying to figure out how I may afford one!!!!

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  • dc

    Where’s the Pilen review?

  • 1x8Mikkelsen

    You’re not the only one that lusts after new bikes despite not having the money or space for them. Discovered y’all’s blog vie ATL Bicycle Chic. Great read, keep up the great work, and pedal on.