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The Orland Park Advantage

Orlando Park CycleryThinking of buying a bicycle? You've come to the right place. Orland Park Cyclery is a full service bike shop that has been in business for more than twenty years. We offer a range of bikes for both adults and children. We carry road bikes, mountain bikes, comfort bikes, children bikes, BMX bikes and Schwinn exercise equipment. Our bicycle brands are Specialized and Giant. We also carry juvenile bicycles in the Haro and Premium lines in addition to Specialized and Giant.  

Jim Saplis

Jim Saplis

I’ve been a competitive cyclist for 25+ years.  I have attained a category 2 status under USA cycling & 1 under ABR.  I raced “semi” professional for 3 seasons, which consisted of over 80 races in each season.  Roughly 10 of these races during these were part of the national pro circuit.  I logged in over 10,000 miles in each of these seasons.  I have raced track, cyclocross, time trials, criteriums, road races & mountain bike races.  Race distances ranging from 1K to 130 miles in 1 day.

Cycling accomplishments:
ABR Pro, 1, 2 Criterium champion & Cat III
2 Time Champion - Tour de Tower
World Champion Master’s 4 man TTT
4 Time Rider of the year – 3 in 30+ & 1 in Pro, 1 2
6 time medal winner in Rider of the Year in 3 different divisions (Pro, 1, 2, III & 30+)
30+ cycling victories to date
Running a racing team for 8 years & assisting for several more
I was certified through Mad Dog as a Johnny G spinning instructor.  Have taught spin @ EAC, So Fun to Do (HR based classes), Gold Coast Multi Plex, East Bank Club, Four Seasons, LifeTime Fitness & The Wheel Thing.  I have taught classes to all levels of cyclists.  My classes are viewed as good but tough.  I have led all levels of road & mountain rides.

I have been a top mechanic for 20 years with over 600 wheel builds & 50+ "pro" frame build ups done to date.  I have been teaching repair class for 15 years.
I have received certifications for bicycle coaching, bicycle fitting & an ACE.  I can do R testing & map HR zones & AT for training.  I have been coaching cyclists & teaching spin for over 15 years.  My coaching philosophy is that form & technique are key components to be developed & refined & that a cyclist’s foundation is leg speed & spin from which everything else can be built.
Coaching accomplishments:
Coached women’s Little 500 for 3 years teaching all team members to ride rollers (most of which who never seriously rode) & having 3 riders awarded rider or rookie of the year.
Coached numerous riders to PR’s in TT distances ranging from 20K-40K
Riders have achieved highest ranking of career in their given discipline while being coached by me.  A Tri-athlete set bike PR’s in Olympic, ½ & full Ironman distances winning age category in 1 distance & podium in other 2.
My coaching techniques have been developed from real world knowledge, application & experience & through picking the brains of many greats over the years such as:
Alexi Grewal
Rebecca Twigg
Greg Lemond
Eddie Borysewicz – AKA Eddie B
Al Gandolfi
Mike Ferrell
Mike Niedepruin
Chris Carmicheal

Eric Vaught

Mountain bike trail

Jim Abenante


Jim Abenante, who has owned his own shop and worked on bicycles for more than twenty-five years heads up the service area. He trains and supervises all of our bicycle mechanics and bicycle assemblers. There isn't any kind of problem concerning bicycles he hasn't seen and fixed.


Bryan Winnan