DIY bike fixit vending machine located on popular rail trail
I just read about this in a local Entrepreneurial magazine.
It's a vending machine that has tubes, patch kits, batteries, lights, hand warmers, snacks, etc along with a set of tools tethered to it. Included is a kind of basic bike stand and an air compressor.
It's from a pair of guys that came up with the idea when one of their group had a flat on a late night ride. No one had patches or a suitable tube with them. Their hoping to sell these "kiosks" for use in other places.
I'm not affiliated with them in anyway and I've never even seen one in person. Just thought it was a cool idea. Not much help though unless you happen to flat somewhere near one and don't already have your own patches or tube.
Yeah, I saw this the other day at the transit hub on Hennepin just north of Lagoon. It's pretty neat inside. Free air, tools, and even a couple of beams to hoist your horizontal top-tube bike up on for some fixin'.