• Jul 21st 2011 at 10:58AM
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Bicycles are incredibly efficient transportation tools, right? They're also a blast to ride. Well, they're a blast unless you get a flat tire and realize you've forgotten your repair kit. That's where Bike Fixtation comes in. If you happen to "break down" close to one of these, you'll be all set no matter what time it is.

Bike Fixtation offers self-service kiosks on an extended-hours basis. The vending machines offer tubes, patch kits, use of adjustment tools and even access to a pump to fill up your tires. Each self-service Bike Fixtation kiosk features:
  • Universal bike mounting system for on-site repairs
  • Aircraft cable tethered bicycle repair tools
  • Self-contained tire-inflation system compatible with presta and schrader valves
  • Snacks and beverages
Bike Fixtation kiosks are rare. In fact, they're so rare that only one (located in the Uptown Transit Station in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN metropolitan area) exists in the U.S. However, Bike Fixtation inventors Chad De Baker and Alex Anderson are trying to pitch the cyclists' dream vending machine to cities, organizations and individuals across the nation. Pair these up with some carsharing and public transportation offerings, and you've got yourself quite the non-traditional mobility options.

[Source: Gizmag, Bike Fixtation]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Justin Forposting
      • 4 Years Ago
      A bike shop near me has re-purposed an old wall mount cigarette machine (the kind that are incredibly common here in Germany) to dispense most of these emergency parts. I would suppose that it is much cheaper than this giant machine, which would make it more likely to catch on.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Justin Forposting
        That's a good idea! And at least it won't distribute those noxious beverages and snacks...
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could use one of those. The eBike seems to eat parts for breakfast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The beverages should be in a separate vending machine to keep them cold. My commute is not on a route popular enough for something like this, and I usually carry all the tools I need, but I could see something like this being successful as long as the location was perfect. I could see a kiosk like this being popular with college kids who often bike around campus and don't have a place to repair their bikes or access to tool and are willing to wrench on their own bikes to save a few dollars. It would be interesting to see if a homeless guy or street urchin with bike repair skills would hang out at the location and offer to do the repairs for a few extra dollars. Often repairing a bike only requires access to tools which this station offers for free.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I carry parts (tube), and tools (wrench, air pump, tire remover) to change a tire, and make minor adjustments while I cycle around town. Anything more serious, and I usually just walk the bike to the nearest bike shop, or walk it home, if the walk is not too long. All my friends that I know who have bikes, absolutely need to take it to a bike shop to have even a flat repaired, as they are incapable of changing it themselves, so this vending machine would not be of much use to them. I guess, the main issue, is access. They would have to be conveniently located. The only place I can think of, is at the local colleges and universities.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love it. I'd love to see some numbers from their business model. Seems like a tough road, but I wish them luck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great idea. We need one of these around here. I do all my own repairs, at home but I have had to help other people at my house because they do not have the tools and such to do the work themselves.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could see it being useful in a Student Union on campus, train stations that are close to bike paths, and some malls.
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