New Toronto bike repair shop comes to your door
Toronto's got a new bike repair shop, but one that lacks an actual storefront. Instead of opening a bricks and mortar space, Zach Tatem decided to operate a repair service that comes direct to customers' doors. Formerly a manager with Trek Canada's mountain bike team, the cycling enthusiast and mechanic already knows what it's like to be what he calls "a rolling bike shop," having traveled across the country with catering to the team's various technical needs.
"I had always dreamt of having my own bike shop, but Toronto already has so many, so I put two and two together and thought of having a fully mobile service, the bike shop that comes to you," Tatem tells me.
The shop is unsurprisingly repair-focused, offering a variety of maintenance scenarios. There are on-the-spot appointments, day repairs (the bike is picked up the bike in the morning and dropped it off at the end of the work day), as well as on-site repairs at a customer's place of work. According to Tatem, he does everything from changing a tube to full suspension overhauls. In other words, it's an all-service shop.
Rates wise, the Bicycle Repair Company appears competitive. The basic tuneup is $60, which is a tad higher than most Toronto bike shops ($50 would be the average), but obviously there's an added level of convenience on offer here. It's hard to put an exact price on the kind of a premium front door service is worth, but if you're the type who's too busy to make it out to the bike store, mobile service might be very appealing.