Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Between the mountains and the lake.
Bikes: 8 bikes - one for each day of the week!
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How many times do you take off with nothing more than a $10 note and your mobile phone? I've considered this too, but I would only do it as a goodwill thing off the back of my truck. I used to carry spare tubes, a few cables, 2 extra sets of cleats and hardware in my hydration pack. I'd fix things trailside or give the tubes away. If someone insisted on paying, I'd kindly ask them to pack an extra tube next time, and be prepared to give it away in exchange for nothing more than karma.
Not to shoot you down, but what's the marketing plan here? If they're heading out for a ride, and forgot something (other than a bike, which in the groups I rode with, has happened) do you think they're going to buy it at the trailhead? I'd say anything purchased would be pretty small. Again, tubes, bottles, maybe cables or pumps and patches. If I broke something on a ride, I'm not going to sit around in my sweaty clothes waiting for someone to fix it. You can do a few trial runs with a tool kit and stand and a heap of spares in a truck, but I don't like your odds.
My suggestion? A taco cart with cold margaritas has a much better chance of making a profit.