Minneapolis cyclists now have a solution for making minor tweaks and fixing flats in a pinch with Bike Fixation kiosks. Open until midnight 365 days a year, this green startup by Alex Anderson and Chad Debaker is clever half vending machine and half repair shop stop that’s and equipped with everything from patch kits, an air pump, tools, and snacks. With the flagship kiosk located along the Midtown Greenway in the city’s Uptown transit station, it is perfectly situated in a city that was recently named the most friendly bike city.
Andersen and Debaker’s Bike Fixation kiosk allows bikers in need to use coins, bills or credit cards to purchase repair items from the vandal proof machine. Next to the kiosk is a bicycle repair stand with tools tethered to it. Also on site is an inflator that is compatible with multiple tire valves.
The service stations have been set up to service the blooming bike culture in Minneapolis, where the city already offers an affordable bike share program, called Nice Ride. This is in addition to offering special bike parking bays along a 5.5 mile riding trail along a former railroad corridor.
Bike Fixation is scouting locations for additional kiosk locations, so check their site to see where you can access one while visiting the Twin Cities!
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