A Travelogue of Our Adventures

Worldwide bike shortage :(

22 May. 2020



We have a very limited inventory of bikes under $1,000. Please EMAIL us to see what we have in stock (DO NOT CALL). Let us know what type of bike you are looking for, your height, and your price range, and we will let you know what we've got. We will aim to respond within 24 hours.

We are actively working with distributors to get more bikes in stock ASAP. Unfortunately, many of them don't currently have bikes to ship us.

See this NYTimes article for more information about the worldwide shortage and this article about the impact locally.



by Alex 23 Mar. 2020



SCROLL to the end of this post for phone/email order information. 


Given Gov. Dewine's 3.22.20 order, Joy Machines Bike Shop will be open for ESSENTIAL PURCHASES & REPAIRS ONLY. We ask that you not browse (unless you need to buy something), and we will limit the number of customers in the shop to one per employee only, maintaining a six-feet distance from one another. No waiting inside during repairs. And please, by all means: stay home if you are feeling ill! We remain open as an essential transportation business under the state order, but we are taking our status as an "essential" service seriously. "Curbside pick-up" is available. See below for more details. Thank you for understanding. 

We at the shop are not taking this situation lightly and recognize the importance of being careful and sensitive to the most vulnerable people among us. 

With so many workplaces, schools, and other gathering places closed, it's only natural to feel stir-crazy and restless. I know that for me personally, sitting at home thinking about the problems in the world around me only heightens any anxiety that I may already be feeling. At times like these, going outside and being active is, I believe, truly one of the very best and healthiest things we can choose to do. That could be simply taking your dog for a walk around the block, doing yard work, or riding your bike around the city or through a nearby park. If you're feeling at a loss for what to do with yourself, grab your bike and go for a ride! I doubt you'll regret it!

If your bike needs any work done on it before you feel ready to take it for a spin, but you're trying to keep interpersonal contact to a minimum, we now have the option of curbside bike drop-off. During off-hours (if you're not able to get here between 11A-7P) we have a combination bike lock that you can use to lock your bike to the rack on the sidewalk in front of the shop (give us a call to arrange drop off and to get the code). Or, if you're dropping off during open hours, you can simply give us a call to make sure someone is available, and leave the bike on the rack and one of us will come out and snag it--no locking required. After being worked on, all bikes will be thoroughly wiped down with disinfectant spray.



SHIPPING: We are shipping in-stock and special order items as well as gift certificates. Email us at or call us at 216-394-0230 to order. Also,  for the first time in history, we able to ship Surly and All-City complete bikes or frame-sets to you at home. We have quite a few in-stock but are also happy to special order anything you might need during this time. If you've been thinking about getting a sweet new steel bike, now would be a great time to get one while supporting your local bike shop.


Hey-hey. We got an Instagram.

by Alex 26 Mar. 2015

Tags: social media, the 21st century


So it's no secret that the social medias are not my strongest of suits. In fact, the world of social media marketing is actually pretty freakin' over-the-top if you ask me. 

BUT! In spite of my general ineptitude with technology and any misgivings I may feel about our world's oversaturation with various forms of media, I've gotta admit I love scrolling through a nice Insta-G feed as much as the next guy or gal.

So if you wanna keep up with the things we are seeing and doing over here at the bike shop, give us a follow @joymachines. Another fun thing to know is that if you do the old #joymachines tag, your Insta-G pics will show up in the collage at the bottom of our website's homepage. So that's fun too. Honestly, when it comes down to it, fun is good. So yeah. See you on the internet ;)


COMING SOON: "Shralp'it Mondays"

by Alex 16 Mar. 2015



People often ask us if we (the shop) organize any group rides. Sometimes we'll put an event on here and there, but to be honest we've never gotten our acts together enough to actually host a regular, weekly-ish ride. Wellllll.... come this Spring, THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE.

Yes, that's right. I'm excited to announce the creation of Joy Machines Shralp'it Mondays! The ride basics (at least at first) will be as follows: leave Joy Machines just after closing time (a little after 7), bike down to the Metroparks' Canalway Visitors' Center trailhead (just off the Towpath Trail), ride the mountain bike trail for a spell, and then ride back (or do whatever you want, really; presumably you are an adult with sound-enough decision making skillz so have at it).

I decided to make this an off-road ride (er, well, I suppose it'll actually be a "mixed terrain ride") for a couple reasons. First of all, there are a number of existing group rides around the city that do a good job of showcasing our neighborhoods, watering holes, and whatnots/what-have-yous. I feel like that side of things is already pretty decently taken care of. Second of all, I absolutely love the off-road cyclings and want the opportunity to introduce more people to it. I feel like there are some pretty legit barriers to entry when it comes to real live dirt-bikin', and I'd like to make those barriers a little easier to clear for some folks. I actually even have a coupla spare off-road-capable cycles and will be more than happy to loan those out to people. If you might be interested in a loaner, please inquire here at the shop.

The trails are still thawing/drying out after this difficult winter that's just passed, so these rides will not be starting for at least another coupla weeks. However, I wanted to take this opportunity to at least announce the creation of the idea of this ride. My initial vision of what Shralp'it Mondays will ultimately be is just that--an initial vision. Things will certainly evolve as we see how this goes. Nothing is truly decided and definitely not set in stone. I just wanna go have fun on bikes with people. Stay tuned for more details as Spring really gets in gear. PEACE!



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