GENEVA – For the past 20 years, Geneva firefighter-paramedic Michael Palombi has had a part-time career as a bike repair man.
But he does not have a shop where you bring your broken bike. Instead, he is a traveling bike repairman whose business is called The Bike Medic.
Palombi, 59, said he probably has repaired thousands of bikes from all around the area, covering a territory from the middle of Elgin to the middle of Aurora, Maple Park to Wheaton.
“Bicycling and bike repair is something I’ve loved for a long time,” Palombi said. “It’s been my hobby for years.”
Palombi said he researched a Southern California person who did this work full time and adapted it to his situation.
“Most fire guys’ schedules allow for part-time jobs and part-time businesses,” Palombi said. “This is a great part-time job for someone in my position.”
Every spring, he mails out some 800 postcards reminding regular customers of the need to have their bikes tuned up for the season.
“I go over the bike with a fine-tooth comb, from top to bottom, adjust the brakes and shifters and pump up the tires,” Palombi said. “I am an extremely good value. My rates are less. My overhead is less, and I come to you.”
And he is available to fix broken bikes as well, he said.
“I can fix anything, and I can get any part you would need to fix a bike,” he said.
Information is available online at www.thebikemedic.com or by calling 630-232-8251.