Need to patch a tube as you blowout riding back from Hipster Central? Now you can with a 24 hour bike shop…in a vending machine. Practical necessity or Practical joke?
Find out in this NY Time’s article about Traif Bike Gesheft, an eccentric Williamsburg bicycle shop owner, and his wacky invention.
24-Hour Bike Shop (Bring Plenty of Quarters)
By COLIN MOYNIHAN
The squat black vending machine sits on the sidewalk on South Sixth Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, outside Traif Bike Gesheft, eliciting curious glances from passers-by and occasionally a more thorough visual inspection.
Six feet tall and three feet wide, the machine features nine rows of plastic windows housing rotating trays. At the click of a button, the trays spin to display the items inside: bicycle tire patch kits, pumps, brake pads and other objects that are neither edible nor potable, but which might come in handy for a quick repair.
The contraption, says Baruch Herzfeld, the owner of Traif Bike Gesheft â€” Yiddish for â€œnon-kosher bike shopâ€ â€” is the first vending machine for cyclists in the city.
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