Beeline Bikes expanding its fleet of mobile mechanics to Austin

Beeline Bikes, a fleet of mobile bike mechanics, is expanding to Austin. Photo courtesy Beeline Bikes

Beeline Bikes, a fleet of mobile bike mechanics, is expanding to Austin. Photo courtesy Beeline Bikes

Don’t want to hassle with dropping your bike off at a bike shop for repairs? A California-based fleet of mobile bike shops that’s expanding to Austin will make house calls.

Pete Buhl, a former tech industry executive who likes to cycle, started Beeline Bikes out of frustration. Traditional bike shops either wouldn’t service his brand of bicycle or couldn’t get the job done in a timely manner.

He envisioned an alternative – a van loaded with bike parts that would drive to a bike owner’s home or office to make repairs. In two years, that idea has grown into 15 mobile Beeline Bike shops that serve customers in the San Francisco Bay area.

The vans are stocked with parts and accessories. Photo courtesy Beeline Bikes

The vans are stocked with parts and accessories. Photo courtesy Beeline Bikes

The mobile mechanics offer tune-ups and maintenance for kids’ bikes up to pro level racing bikes. They also sell bicycling accessories.

“Our goal is to get more people riding bikes,” says Peter Small, director of marketing and programs for Beeline. “We’re trying to make that as convenient as possible.”

Company officials are traveling to Austin Monday and Tuesday to meet with people interested in owning one of the mobile shops. For more information email Todd Haavind at todd@beelinebikes.com or go here.

Company officials chose Austin for an expansion because of its population and cycling density. “Austin’s a very fit city and a growing city as well,” Small says. “Austin’s a great cycling community with a really passionate group of cyclists.”

He said he expects the first vans to hit the streets here in early 2016.

For more information about Beeline, go here.

 


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