Bike Fixation, a Minneapolis-based company, is now providing cyclists in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area with access to bike-part vending machines.
You can buy a tube or patch kit, pump up your tires for free, and make simple adjustments using supplied tools.
These “bike repair kiosks” are not meant to replace the need for a bike shop’s repair department, but instead can act as a low-cost extension of a bike shop.
The Bike Fixation sales pitch goes a little something like this:
Do you want a way to expand your bike shop’s reach without the expense of a new store location? Do you want to offer something new and innovative to your local cycling community while helping promote your shop’s image? Want to start a small business and support bicycle infrastructure at the same time? Bike Fixtation can help! Bike Fixtation can supply you a complete self-service bicycle repair kiosk using our in-house designed quality components that are tested and proven.
I can’t image that a bike-part vending machine would be cheap, but it would be awesome to setup an Ice Tubes branded one along The Wiggle. I’d buy a new color handlebar tape every week!