Vending Machine for Bike Parts Introduced by Trek

When we wrote that Bike Mechanics are the New Doctors commenter Nate suggested that "bikes are remarkably simple machines to work on," who needs a mechanic?. In Madison, Wisconsin, you get your choice; James of BicycleDesign tells us of the Trek Stop- a vending machine where you can "stop by anytime to put air in your tires or buy basic small items like a tube, patch kit, water bottle, energy bar, chain lube, etc." According to Olive on Flickr, "contains items for doing minor repairs (like bike tire inner tubes.) Air hose, maps, message board, a bike stand, and a kiosk with video instructions on how to do various repairs. (see picture here)

It is in front of a bike shop, which doesn't sound like a good business plan (to those of us who try to support our local bike mechanic); I would love to see these in the heart of downtown where the bike shops can't afford the rent. ::Bicycle Design
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