Just in time for biking weather, a new cycling store has opened on Randall Road.
Cycling Republic opened March 9 at 2397 S. Randall in Algonquin, near the intersection of Broadsmore and Randall Road.
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Cycling Republic carries bikes, as well as anything you might need for biking, such as clothes and accessories.
Inside, you'll find Trek bikes and Ridley bikes, and plenty of them. There are bikes for the little kids in your family, as well as bikes for professionals, and everything in between.
Cycling Republic also carries custom handmade in the USA bikes that sell for up to $12,000, said Rob Sanders, who owns the business with his wife Amanda.
Sanders said while the store is new, its employees have many years of experience to help you find the perfect bike -- whether you're looking for family riding or something more.
Sanders himself has been in the cycling business since 1993, but this is his first business venture on his own.
"We've got the experience here to be able to assist people," Sanders said. "It's something we're all very passionate about -- just to put people on bikes in general and get them riding.
"We don't care if they spend $200 or $10,000. We just want to help you get your bike and anything you need for it," he said.
Sanders said opening his own cycling store has been a dream, and he feels he's found the perfect spot along the Randall Road corridor.
"It's a lifelong desire," he said. "It's something that I felt a need for in this particular area, and I really felt it was something I've been wanting to do for a long time."
He narrowed in on his spot along Randall Road about a year ago, liking the exposure right on the corridor to all of the cars driving by daily.
He is hoping to become a part of the community, and be the go-to store for people and families as they buy bikes, accessories and even get their bikes fixed.
Cycling Republic does full-service maintenance on any brand of bike.
"It doesn't matter if you bought it here or at Walmart or wherever, we work on any brand," he said.
The store is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.
Come September, though, the business will close on Sundays as it gets involved in Cyclocross, by going to races and supporting other racers and more.
This summer, Sanders added, he hopes to start adding community bike rides that will begin at Cycling Republic on Saturdays.
"I want to get involved as much as possible in the community," he said. "I'm very enthusiastic about that."
For information on the business, call (224) 699-9589.
More for Mom: You have a chance to get Mom an extra free gift this Mother's Day if you shop at Geneva Commons.
From April 27 to May 12, or while supplies last, you can get a free box of chocolates from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
All you'll need to do is collect your receipts totaling $100 or more, and dated April 27 or later, from any stores or restaurants at Geneva Commons.
If you bring them into Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory between those dates, you'll get the free box of chocolates, valued at $19.95. The business is located next to Noodles and Company.
There are 250 chocolate box sets available for shoppers.
• Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 894-5036.