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These Bike Mechanics Do House Calls, Even For Entire Bike Rooms

Adam Clark rides through Chicago for Pedal To The People. [Alyce Henson]

DOWNTOWN — Adam Clark's daily challenge is to make Chicago more accessible to cyclists.

The owner of Bridgeport- and West Town-based Pedal To The People — which sends mechanics to bike owners' homes for on-site repairs — has added some additional facets to the company he founded in 2009.

Pedal To The People now provides bike valet services at festivals throughout the city, including five last weekend and the Green Music Fest in Wicker Park this weekend. Cyclists, for free, can park their bikes at the Pedal To The People racks during the events.

"It's another way of making the city more bike accessible," Clark said. "It encourages people to bike to the event and eliminates problems of finding places to park the bikes. Now you don't have to worry about where to lock your bike. We're alleviating a lot of problems, just by having that space."

Clark and his team of six mechanics also will bike to your house, pick up your bike and take it to get fixed, then return it to you. That service costs $20 in addition to the cost of the repair.

The company also recently decided to allow apartment and condo building companies to schedule free service calls where cycles in entire bike rooms are checked for problems. The bike owners can then decide if they want their repairs done.

Clark said appointments can be booked online 24/7.

A new bike valet service offered by Pedal To The People. [Adam Clark]

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