The mobile bike mechanic
07/30/2012 8:20 PM
Picture yourself out on a bike ride on a Sunday afternoon and you suddenly hear an alarming CLANG. The chain goes all cattywampus and you don’t possess the skill to get it back meshed with the gears.
The answer: call Adam Clark. He can usually be seen tooling around the West Loop and surrounding neighborhoods on his mobile bicycle repair shop. The bike shop weighs roughly 250 pounds. And fittingly, he hauls the whole rig around with a bike.
His shop may be small, but it’s definitely full-service, offering everything from fabrication for bent rims to fixing flat tires.
Clark has been at it for about three years, and business is booming. So much so that he had to hire a secretary. Pricing and information is available at his website – pedaltothepeople.com – or you can call 773-355-0882 to make an appointment.
“I’d worked as a bike mechanic before I started the business,” Clark said. “One day I was talking to a friend about schemes to financially survive in the city and I came up with this idea.
“I made the trailer frame from recycled material I found in a dumpster. Then I read a book called ‘Cycling For Profit.’ I told the owner of the shop where I worked what I was planning and he didn’t think it would work. Neither did the other mechanics—they thought it was a hair-brained idea. But here I am, making a living!”