FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - There's an old saying that goes something like, "necessity is the mother of invention." And that can certainly be said of Bikefixtation, a repair-it-yourself bicycle service station.
Chad DeBaker, one of the founders of Bikefixtation, says the idea for his service was hatched following a bachelor party pub crawl when he got a flat tire. "It was a Saturday evening around 7 p.m. in Minneapolis, but no one had a patch kit and no bike shops were open," DeBaker recalls. "Talking about that experience got us talking about how much infrastructure is available for cars, but not nothing like that was available for cyclists."
While it is not a unique idea, there are other bike service stations around the country, DeBaker says Bikefixtation offers cyclists better access to the parts they need any time of day. "We designed our own public use work stand with tethered tools, rugged public use bike pumps and a vending machine suitable for vending bike products while also being very durable and vandal resistant for our first self-service kiosk."
There are currently two Minneapolis Bikefixtation locations: the Uptown Transit station and the Lake Street LRT station.
You can find out more about the Bikefixtation station at the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair or at bikefixtation.com.
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