Best Of 2004

Best Bike Shop: BicycleWORKS

The BicycleWorks concept is simple but brilliant: Herd in old, rusty bikes that have been donated or left for dead, let an energetic pack of neighborhood kids nurture them back into working condition and then sell 'em to the pedal-pushing public for low, low prices. For their trouble, the tykes around Tower Grove Park get free bikes they wouldn't otherwise be able to afford and area hipsters get vintage Schwinns that'd run them a C-note or more on one of the coasts for the price of a large Chicago-style pie at the Black Thorn Pub down the street. Come to think of it, regular Black Thorn patrons should probably be sent directly to BicycleWORKS upon finishing. That'd take care of any neighborhood obesity problem.