North Central Cyclery is locally owned and family operated by Paul Family Cyclery, LLC which includes Lyle, Marty, Michael and Justeen Paul. The business was purchased on 10/29/15. Lyle and Marty, Michael's parents, have lived in DeKalb County for 40 years. Michael and Justeen were raised in this area and are graduates of Sycamore High School. Their daughters, Thalia and Corinn, are also Sycamore High School graduates, with Corinn attending NIU, and Justeen and Thalia NIU Alumni.
Both Michael and Justeen are both avid cyclists and triathletes and Ironman finishers, and Michael has a history in BMX racing. The family has strong ties to the community as a whole, as well as to the local running, cycling and triathlon community. The Paul family opened this business that would fit their combined strengths, passion and match their activity, and at the same time benefit others, individually and community wide. As cyclists, and multisport athletes, Michael and Justeen understand the needs of the athlete, as well as the benefit of activity in general for the person as a whole. The entire Paul family is excited and committed to serving their hometown DeKalb County with the best service possible.
Michael Paul - Owner/General Manager
Mike practiced as a Chiropractor in Central Illinois for over 10 years. He opened his solo practice in January 1998 and built it to one of the busiest practices in central Illinois. He retired from Chiropractic in February 2008. Since that time he has worked in local and independent regional sales markets for Medical Sales as well as independent sales rep for soft goods to bicycle stores in the Chicagoland area as well as most recently had managerial and training experience in the running specialty field, managing floor sales, employee training, and general management of multiple retail locations. Michael manages the store and uses his education and experience as Chiropractor to benefit customers with proper bicycle fitting. Mike is one of our Trek Precision Fit experts certified by Trek and is also a member of the Sycamore Sunrise Rotary.
Justeen Paul - Owner/Marketing/Sales
Justeen is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and CADC with a specialty in women specific treatment. Her professional background spans 27 years of social work, clinical supervision, and program administration in the fields of Child Welfare, Substance Abuse Treatment, and Mental Health. Justeen continues her full time position outside of NCC but is in the store daily to help on the floor, manage displays and proper branding, working with clothing and other accessories, and media/marketing manager. She is also active forming connections with programs and community projects that benefit the health and human spirit through cycling and outdoor physical activity., and sits on the local Active Transportation Committee a sub committee of Live Healthy DeKalb County.
Chris B - Mechanic
Chris is our head mechanic with advanced certification with Trek Certified Service and Bosch. He is a full time firefighter in Elgin, working his "off days" at the shop. Chris is a triathlete and mountain bike enthusiast, riding year round. Chris is also an Ironman, as well as a competitor is several 70.3 Ironman competitions and Olympic distance triathlons. Chris spent 3 days in Greensboro, AL building his own single speed bamboo bike (pictured). Chris is one of our Trek Precision Fit experts certified by Trek.
Thalia S - Sales
Thalia is our oldest daughter and is an English Literature / Secondary Education Teacher and Graduate from NIU who LOVES to sing. Thalia is a commuting and fitness cyclist and currently is working at NCC part time on the sales floor.
Danny S - Mechanic
Danny is an Army Specialist that served our country in Afghanistan with the 4th Infantry Division. He is also red belt in Tae Kwon Do. Danny grew up in the area riding and working on bikes, riding mostly road and cyclocross. Danny is quiet and tells us, "I'll let my wrench skills do the talking."
Corinn S - Sales
Corinn is our youngest daughter and is a Senior at Sycamore High School. She hopes to study Zoology or teach H.S. Math in the future. Corinn enjoys casual cycling and helping others. She is active in the school choir and LOVES to sing all day at work! Corinn works part time on the sales floor.