Who is this Leo guy anyway?
Like any kid growing up in the 70s, my bike was essential transportation. But what I liked most about it was how it worked. In fifth grade a friend showed me how to take apart a coaster brake hub. Why stop there? I decided to take my trusty yellow Schwinn apart, and much to my mom’s relief, I put it back together with no leftover parts. It’s safe to say, I haven’t stopped wrenching since. I learned everything I could and when I was older got a summer job at the local bike shop.
I graduated from VHS in 1984 and was part of their state championship cross country team. I completed my first marathon before I turned 18 and kept running for Valparaiso University. (Let’s just say when I find something I like, I stick with it.) While long-distance running is my competitive passion, taking apart bikes and making them ride like new is always a welcome challenge. I graduated from VU in 1989 and that same year opened my first bike shop (Leo’s Hobart Schwinn/Leo’s Bicycle Works), which I owned and operated for 12 years. During that time I got married, had a family, bought a house and things like insurance and stability took on new meaning. I traded in my tools for a timecard. It paid the bills, but there wasn’t a week that went by after the original Leo’s closed where I didn’t get someone asking “Do you still work on bikes?” The answer was always “yes” but there had to be better way than having people bring their bikes over to my basement. In 2011, I bought a van, filled it with tools, and took my show on the road.
Leo’s was Northwest Indiana’s first mobile bicycle repair, and the response has been tremendous. “You mean I don’t have to load my bike up and bring it to the shop?” Let me bring the bike shop to you! The same quality and personal service that made Leo’s Bicycle Works a local leader in the bike business, now in a convenient, mobile unit! I’m looking forward to providing you quality products and exceptional service at the most convenient location of all: anywhere you are.
Leo’s Mobile Bicycle Service
Meet Our Mechanic, Jay
Jay is currently a sophomore at VHS, but he's an advanced scholar when it comes to anything with wheels. He's been holding as wrench as long as he can remember and is currently restoring a sweet 1972 Ford F100 in his spare time. We are grateful to have his skills and smiling face in the shop!
Meet Leo's Sister, Ann
Leo needed someone to mind the shop while he was out mobile appointments, so like any big brother he twisted his sister's arm till she said yes. Ann, a.k.a. "Leo's sister" checks in new inventory, rings up sales, handles social media posts, and tries to keep things organized in the wake of Leo. Most recently Ann was in real estate but she truly enjoys helping out with the family business and spending some quality time with Leo.