In 1976 I got a job at the Village Pedaler in Crystal Lake. The shop was under new ownership and in the process of being renovated. It was my first summer back from college. I worked for Mr. Wallace summers and breaks till 1979 when he decided he wanted to move to AZ. With the help of my parents (I was a college senior) I purchased the Crystal Lake store.
My mom actually ran the shop for the first 5 months until I graduated. In 1981 I purchased the St, Charles location. Eventually we had stores in W. Dundee and Hanover Park. In 1984 we closed the W. Dundee location when we bought Chuck's Cycle shop in South Elgin.
We ran 4 locations until the early 90's when we sold off the St. Charles and Hanover Park locations. Finally sold the Crystal lake location to Karrie (employee/mgr) in 2010.
So, now I'm back down to one location, and I actually have time to ride my bike!!