Did you get a flat, forget your snacks, or break a light while tooling down the Greenway in bike-friendly Minneapolis? No worries — just stop by the Bike Fixtation, a one-stop bike-shopping outpost. You can buy a patch kit or some trail mix from the vending machine, pump up your tires with the air pump, and do minor repairs on the work stand.
Right now Bike Fixtation is a real small operation — under "About Us" on the website, it says the "owned and operated by Brad and Alex." There are only two locations, one open and one forthcoming, both in Minneapolis. But surely this is an idea whose time has come. Wouldn't biking have more mass appeal if bikers who were stranded by malfunctions (or merely in need of sunscreen) could just pull up to a bike repair vending machine, like a driver buying motor oil at a gas station convenience store?