Market need in the bike repair space
It strikes me as odd that in a city as wholly dependent on bikes to commute to and from work, there’s so little innovation in the bike repair space.
First, any decent car repair shop will loan you a car that you can drive while yours is getting fixed. Not so with bike repairs. You’re supposed to just live without, and, I don’t know, take the bus or something. Personally I never use buses, the investment to figure out which lines go where and when is too much work to be worth my while, given the limited use I make of them. (Trains are easier to figure out because they need rails, not roads, and there are less of them, so keeping track of various lines is much easier.)
Why not offer me use of a bike for a nominal fee? I know there’s going to be wear and tear and the risk of breakage, but you’re a bike repair shop, you should be able to deal with that, no?
Next, or alternatively, opening hours from 10 AM to 5.30 PM don’t do me much good. How about accepting my bike for repair at 8 AM and fix it the same day, so I can do hand it in as I get to work, and then have it back in time to ride back.
Or if you’re in a residential area, accept it in the evening, fix it during the evening and night, and have it ready for me from 7 AM the next morning.
I know that we live in an expensive labor country, and that’s why this will probably never happen, but I’d really like to see this happen.
Does any of you know what the situation is like in other bike-intensive cities like Amsterdam? Do Stockholmers ride their bikes a lot? Helsinkians? How has your city tackled this, if at all? I’m sure in Beijing they’ve gotten this down a long time ago. Guan, you’ve just been there, did you see anything like this?