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Express Biker

expressbikerWhen I lived in Portland back in ’01 I thought I had entered some sort of cycling utopia and found myself daydreaming about opening a chain of kiosks called Tubes and Tires, thinking there were so many cyclists on the roads that it would actually be a viable business. I wanted to believe the demand was so great that Tubes and Tires would be the equivalent of gas stations for cars. Of course, we aren’t there YET, but this fellow dreamer in NYC has started towards that goal with his Express Biker vending machines.

Express Biker vending machines work just like traditional vending machines, but instead of dropping out sugary, fatty food and drink, they deliver tubes, cO2 cartridges, patch kits, lights and more. There are only two of these machines in the NYC area, but they hope to continue to expand, even customizing each machine towards the cycling needs of the area.

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About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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2 Comments

  1. JeroenJune 6, 2013 at 3:47 am

    These are all over the Netherlands. Although with fewer choices of tyres (judging by the pic, at least). Pretty neat indeed. Especially when stranded on a Sunday in some remote village.

  2. kristinJune 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Sweet. But I’d name it Lube & Tube.

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