Crain's - A bicycle built for you: Chicago's hand-built bike movement

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At Heritage Bicycles in Lincoln Park, Michael Salvatore, a New York transplant who co-owned Bowery Bicycles there, builds stylish, affordable bicycles with retro appeal. They show less attention to some of the fine points of fabrication and more attention to fine accessories, such as Brooks leather saddles and cork handle grips. Prices start at $695.

Suzanne Fox, who lives near the shop, doesn't own a car and wanted a bike to haul groceries home. She bought a $795 Heritage bike with a deep front basket, a rack in back and a set of Brooks pannier bags in waxed canvas. “I liked the idea that the bikes are locally made,” she says.

Heritage opened its doors in January, and Mr. Salvatore says he expected to sell at least 10 bikes over the course of the year. By early August, he had sold 80 and is working on his own line of pannier bags.


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