NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Cyclists who get caught with a flat tire and can’t get to a bike shop now have a new option.
Cyclist Shimon Kivman has set up two new Express Biker vending machines in Brooklyn, with everything the avid rider needs to fix a broken bike – and more.
“Tubes, lights, patch kits, tire levers, even oil for the bike; we even have an iPhone dry bag, where if it’s raining, they can just throw their iPhone in it and attach it to their bike. We have speedometers, and we also have nutrition,” Kivman told 1010 WINS on Monday.
Kivman said the vending machines will help fill the gaps that exist when it comes to services for cyclists.
“People are cycling more hours of the day; more time – especially through the winter, where a lot of bike shops close for the winter and they just open for a few hours a day,” Kivman said. “Now, there’s an opportunity for something for the cyclists that want to push it out; want to stay out there.”
Kivman said the goal of his company is to help as many bikers as possible, and to make the ride easier for cyclists.
“If you to get a flat tire, a lot of people would carry a tube with them. Some would have to either lock up their bike, take a train, take a taxi, or walk and haul their bike over home or to the nearest bike shop, versus changing on the spot and keeping going,” Kivman said.
The kiosks accept credit cards, and the items cost between $5 and $30, according to a DNAInfo report. They have been set up on the border of South Williamsburg and Bedford-Styuvesant at the Emporium Gas Station on Flushing Avenue, and at the Mobil gas station at 415 Empire Blvd. a few blocks from Prospect Park, the publication reported.
Kivman said he wants to expand and partner with local businesses that want to become more bicycle friendly.
“We have them in Brooklyn. We’re looking to expand, and we’re looking for people to partner with throughout any congested bike area where there are a lot of cyclists,” Kivman said.
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