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Happy New Year!
Thank you for your overwhelming support through 2017. We can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us!
Something you may not realize is the fall and winter are a perfect time to bring your bike in for a Tune Up or repair!
Installing and re-packing bottom bracket
Multi Speed bike $ 49.95
Single Speed Bike $ 29.00 to $ 39.00
Installing and re-packing headset
Any bike $ 39.95
On bike (entire bike present)
Front $ 22.50
Rear $ 29.95
On bike (entire bike present)
Front $ 15.50 to $ 22.50
Rear $ 17.50 to 29.50
Off bike (Just wheel)
Front $ 12.50 to $ 17.50
Rear $ 15.50 to 22.50
Adjust shifters $ 29.95
Adjust brakes $ 29.95
Tubes, Tires and Liners
On bike (entire bike present)
Front $ 10.50
Rear $ 12.50
Off bike (Just wheel)
Front or Rear $ 6.50
*beaded tires with high pressure
tubes will be subject to extra charge*
Remove and Installation of freewheel
On bike (entire bike present) $ 15.50
Off bike (Just wheel) $ 7.50
Installation of Cycle Computer $ 20.00 to $30.00
Installation of handle bar tape $ 29.95
Installation of grips $ 6.50
Installation of chain $ 12.50
Installation of baby seat $ 20.00 to $ 39.00
Misc. installation $ 5.50
Tune Up #1
True (F) and (R) wheels on truing stand, adjust (F) and (R) brakes and shifters, tighten all loose parts, lubricate chain and shifters, air up tires, wipe down bike, and check bike over.
Tune Up #2
True (F) and (R) wheels on truing stand, adjust (F) and (R) brakes and shifters, tighten all loose parts, lubricate chain and shifters, air up tires, wipe down bike, and check bike over. Includes installation and thorough cleaning of drive train
Tune Up #3
True (F) and (R) wheels on truing stand, adjust (F) and (R) brakes and shifters, tighten all loose parts, lubricate chain and shifters, air up tires, wipe down bike, and check bikes over. This includes the installation of brake and or cables, brake pads, tire and tubes, liners, grips, etc. This also includes re-packing and cleaning bottom bracket, both wheels, and the headset. Complete Tune Up.
What is bike fitting?
The answer to this could and does occupy many web pages, blog posts, books, manuals, workshops and verbal discourse. Let’s keep it very simple to start with:
Bike Fitting is a process of adjusting a bicycle to best suit a rider.
The end result is a bike fit, and a satisfied cyclist.
Note that it is called a bike fit, not a body fit. It’s about fitting the bike to the rider, not fitting the rider to the bike.
Fit Kit Systems offer educational workshops and materials teaching a bike fitting process. Instruction in the use of Fit Kit measuring tools and Fit Kit System is included, but this is only a small part of the overall bike fitting process.
Why is bike fitting important?
• To reduce the occurrence or severity of repetitive strain aches and injury
• To reduce direct contact point (feet, butt, hands) irritation
• Improve bike handling and responsiveness
• Increase sustainable power output
• Decrease fatigue
• To be “at one” with the machine
How important? Opinions vary:
• The best “accessory” you can buy for a new bike
• More important than the bike itself
• Unquantifiable and unnecessary
How important it is for the rider really depends on:
• How much they ride
• How hard they ride
• How their body feels on their bike
• What their cycling intentions and expectations are
• How much they really care about optimizing their bike-body relationship
Are all bike fits the same?
No. There is a lot of variation in what a bike fit is, and in some cases a bike sizing is being misrepresented as a bike fit.
A bike fit is a process, and a good definition of the process can be found in:
This document is a highly recommended read.
Many factors affect both the process and outcome of a bike fit, including:
• The riding experience, training load and goals of the cyclist
• The issues (physical, comfort, performance) being experienced by the cyclist
• The skill and experience of the fitter
• The time invested in the fitting process
• The tools and technologies employed in the fitting process
• If the cyclist is a “micro adjuster” (very sensitive) or a macro-absorber (highly tolerant) of a change in bike setup
A bike fit may take place on the cyclist’s own bike, or on an adjustable size (fit) cycle. If the fitting takes place on a size cycle, the resultant fit co-ordinates still have to be transferred to the cyclists bike. In either case, the fitting is done in a controlled environment with the cyclist pedaling for a limited amount of time in a stationary situation.
The validation of a bike fit can only take place after a fit is over and when the cyclist is out riding and subjecting themselves to their normal level of riding stress (effort, duration, distance). It is normally expected that it will take multiple rides for the cyclist’s body to adapt to changes made in the bike set up, and for the full benefit of the bike fitting to be realized. It is also reasonable to expect that further refinements in the bike set up may be needed in response to the cyclist’s feedback as they accumulate more time in the adjusted position.
Wilson cycle offers bike fits through Bike Fit Kit
call to make an appointment.
Check out our new location!
If you are new to cycling or new to the Central Illinois area, here is a list of great Riding Clubs you may find of interest. Wilson's Cycle is pleased to include links to these local Riding Clubs. We hope this list will be of help to you in your cycling adventures. Your membership in a Riding Club may entitle you to special discounts at Wilson's Cycle (check your local club for details). You will be required to provide proof of membership at the time of purchase in order for discounts to apply. No retroactive discounts will be given.
Kickapoo State Park
Check out some of our favorite trails in the Central Illinois area.
Just scroll over them for more information about the Parks!
Kickapoo State Park
If you are into a challenging ride, try the 12 miles of the best single track trails in Illinois. The trails are rated easy to very technical. Enjoy the wooded hills and ravines of the park as you ride the best mountain bike trails in central Illinois.
The Constitution Trail is a 24+ mile hard surfaced trail running through the Twin Cities that has been developed for walking, hiking, jogging, biking and cross country skiing, providing the community with another leisure use facility for the entire family. Trash receptacles, picnic tables, shelters, port-a-pots, and betnches are available at various locations along the trail. The trail is not cleared of snow/ice.
Comlara Park Mountain
These trails are a fun place to ride close to Bloomington-Normal. The network consists of a wide doubletrack backbone maintained by the McLean County Parks and a number of singletrack loops that shoot off of the county trail. Some people like to make a loop, riding the county trails out and the singletrack back or vice-versa. I sometimes ride out & back both on the singletrack.
There's everything from open fire roads to tight technical singletrack to man made obstacles and stunts. This place rocks. Other trails in this area that are must rides are Independence Park in Marquette Heights and Dirksen Park in Pekin. Jubilee State Park is also worth a visit.
Jubilee State Park
Jubilee State Park has an excellent network of mountain bike only trails which are well maintained by PAMBA - the Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association.
If you asked Jack Wilson 60 years ago what he wanted to do when he grew up, he without a doubt would have said, "own a bicycle shop". Although not all childhood dreams come true, fortunately Jack's did. It took a move from Kentucky to Illinois and the Patience and support of his amazing wife Mary for this dream to come to fruition.
Because of his love for bikes, Jack saved $10,000 then road off with a dream in 1969. He jammed 13 bikes into his 1967 four-door Chevy, hauled them from Champaign and carefully displayed them across the floor of an old Main Street restaurant in Mackinaw that he'd converted into his first bicycle shop. Just a few weeks later- and just three days before his appointment to buy insurance for his new venture- that dream turned to ashes. An overnight fire wiped out everything leaving Jack and Mary with a costly and emotional decision.
Rebuild or Give up ..
Over 45 years and 4 bicycle shop relocations later Jack is still at it and bigger than ever!
The bicycle shop has transformed from Main Street in the small town of Mackinaw to Main Street in Downtown Bloomington boasting the largest selection of bicycles and accessories in the area with over 8000 sq ft to house it.
His contagious passion for bicycles has trickled down to his son Michael who works side by side with Jack. With a combined experience of 84 years working on and selling bicycles, Jack and Michael are the go to guys for bicycle sales and service.
When you visit Wilson Cycle you feel like a part of the family, because it has been owned and operated by the Wilson family since 1969. Jack and Mary raised 4 kids (Leah, Kevin, Ashley, and Michael) and 5 Grandkids (Shevi, Melinda, Levi, Mattea, and Montana) at Wilson Cycle. The Wilson's want you to feel right at home and make sure that you have the best possible experience.
Our commitment is first and foremost to customer satisfaction, we aim to fit every customer with the right bike for your lifestyle at the right price within your budget. We aim to promote and sustain the best cycling community possible whether you are a racer, every day commuter, or a weekend rider.
Come and be part of the Wilson family.
Wilson Cycle is expanding - we need experienced Bike Mechanics, Service Leads, Sales Associates and Sales Leads. If you love bikes and love sharing your passion for riding with others, have experience working in a bicycle retailer and have outstanding customer service skills then Wilson's may be the place for you!
Fill out our form and take your first step in getting hired on as part of our elite team!