1.1 How long has J.C. Lind Bike Co. been around?

J.C. Lind Bike Co. began in 2008 when Jon Lind began importing Dutch bikes to Chicago. He operated the business out of a storage unit for a year before he was able to find the commercial space needed to have a full-fledged retail store. The location at 1311 N Wells st. Chicago, IL 60610 has been home to the business now for ten years.

1.2 Do you ship bikes?

The short answer is yes. However, there are some stipulations and logistics involved that make the true answer longer and more complex than 'yes.' Most of our bikes are listed as only available for in-store pickup. The reason for this is to prompt a conversation between you and us about how to best ship the bike to suit your needs. Bikes can be shipped fully assembled, unassembled, they can be shipped to a bike shop for assembly, or to a residence. The differences between one of these options and the other can mean a couple hundred dollars (depending on the bike). Therefore, it's best to add whatever items you intend to purchase to a cart and then contact us in order to decide the best method of transporting your new bike.

1.3 Why Dutch bikes?

It's our belief that when you're trying to recreate a system where folks of all ages can ride bikes for practical transportation in the city, you should emulate the best. Currently, the best city in the world for city bicycling is Amsterdam, and the best country, the Netherlands. There are lots of reasons for this, many which we have less control over as a business, like city policy and budget for bike lanes or education. But it's not only policy that makes biking so attractive to the Dutch, another reason for the success of the Netherlands has to do with their many practical bicycles, which are designed for daily use and comfort. As such, we took it upon ourselves to import these phenomenally utilitarian machines. For the record, not all of our bikes are Dutch (we have some Danish, English, and Swedish brands, too), but we like to think they're all "dutch" (with a lower-case 'd'), by which we mean, they're designed the way the Dutch would design a bike: practical, durable, comfortable, and endlessly useful.

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