Friday, 5 May 2017

Bicycle Parts Vending Machine

Vending machine for bicycle parts?



It's brilliant i think...

Imagine a scenario like this: You ride your lovely bike far away from home at's a good time to traffic, peace and lot of fresh oxygen..and....shit happens...flat tire and you forget to bring spare inner tire. No bicycle shop open at that time and that situation leave you no choice except call a cab or hommies to take you home or waiting at nearest bicycle shop veranda.

Vending machine its the answer of that trouble.

If you google it, there's some bicycle parts vending machine in this world today. Sadly, not anyone of them exist in Indonesia :(

Here's some bicycle parts vending machine and their loaction:
1. Sourland Cycles, New Jersey

100 kilometres from New York City in the small town of Hopewell, New Jersey, Sourland Cycles, had a vending machine in its parking lot replete with multiple small bike shop items. The “24-Hour Bike Shop,” is a visually compelling, could garner some publicity and be a very visible way to support the local community. The machine has been deployed for about two years now.

“Loading it was fairly simple,” says Michael Gray, owner of Sourland Cycles. “But the testing and programming took a few trial runs, to set prices and messages.” The machine is stocked with a variety of small items including chains, master links, tubes, cables, tyre levers, patch kits, multitools and cables. While many items fit within the coils that came with the machines, Gray did have to order some larger coils for certain items. It is set to only be used with credit cards, to avoid the hassles of dealing with change and potential vandalism/theft. This does mean that it costs a small monthly fee for a wireless connection to process card sales.

While the vending machine may look good and prove that Sourland Cycles thinks about its place in the community, Gray says it may never pay for itself. He says it does not really sell a lot of product, averaging less than US$50 per month on average. Given that the cost of the machine was around US$4500, profit is at best a multi-year possibility. “I have more people taking pictures of it than actually using it, but that was kind of the point – it is a definite gesture to the cycling community,” says Gray.

2. Bikestock, New York

Bikestock vending machines offer bicycle accessories and essential products for cyclists and urban dwellers on the go. As an alternative to the traditional bike shop model, Bikestock provides do-it-yourself service around the clock. Bikestock also offers free to use tools and air to ensure you can get back on the road with minimal effort. Products Offered: – Inner Tubes (all sizes) – Patch Kits – Lights – Locks – Brake Pads – Rim Tape – Multi Tool – Tire Boot – Headphones – Phone Chargers – Power Block – Seasonal Items (Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Etc.) – Food and Drink – Many more items. They have 4 vending machine spread in New York, click this link to see the location.

3. Fixtation, Minneapolis

The Fixtation is really just a vending machine, but with bike parts instead of snacks (though there are some snacks in case you’re getting hungry on your ride). What makes it most convenient is the bike mount and tools–attached with aircraft cables to prevent theft–alongside the vending machine. You can replace that flat or adjust your brakes yourself without dealing with the characters who usually are employed at bike shops.

4. University Bicycles, Boulder, Colorado

They sell gels, nutrition bars, CO2 cartridges, tubes, cycling cap, gloves, lights, chain lube, multi-tools, and more. Lester Binegar at University Bicycles says the machine paid for itself in about one year, and they've had almost no problems with it in the three years it's been outside the store.

5. Bike Box, St. Louis, Missouri 

They sell tubes, tires, levers, chamois butter, patch kits, drinks, sunglasses, hand warmers, condoms, cigarettes, candy bars, and more. In summertime, squirt guns are the machine's top seller; at night, it’s cigarettes. A workstand in front of the bar has tools attached to help cyclists with fixes.

6. Tom's Pro Bike, Lancaster, New York

They sell Gatorade, energy bars, tubes, CO2 cartridges, and more. After realizing how upset a cyclist might be if a tube or CO2 cartridge didn't drop out of the machine, owner Tom Lonzi installed a unique feature: guaranteed vend. The vending operation isn't complete until a product reaches the bottom tray, so if an item gets hung up, you can hit the button again until one drops—no need to physically assault the machine over a patch kit.

7. Rebound Cycle, Canmore, Alberta

They sell tubes, food, water, CO2 cartridges, pedals, hand warmers, and more. Rebound says the average user of the machine, which has been outside the shop for three years, buys 2.2 things from it—a rate the inside sales staff tries to beat so they won't be replaced by vending robots. Perhaps driving sales: Many items come with a surprise $5-$10 gift certificate.

8. Green Zebra Grocery, Portland, Oregon 

They sell bike tubes. The Green Zebra Grocery store is like a bike-friendly minimart for health nuts, with a vending machine, bike pump, work stand, and covered bike-rack area.

Bikebiz magazine, April 2017

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