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New Toronto bike repair shop comes to your door

Posted by Derek Flack / August 14, 2014

bicycle repair company torontoToronto'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.

Discussion

7 Comments

C. / August 14, 2014 at 02:54 pm
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Bike Pro Service does that already....nothing new.
Robert Bateman / August 14, 2014 at 04:26 pm
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Way to go Zach! Nicely done. Best of luck!



Harry McCallum / August 14, 2014 at 10:38 pm
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The best mechanic in Toronto will now come right to your door, tough to beat that!
Michael / August 14, 2014 at 10:58 pm
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The only mechanic I trust with my bike sleeps with my wife in my bed every night. And he comes through my front door all the time, even in January or February when I haven't ridden in weeks.
Gillian / August 15, 2014 at 07:42 am
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This is great but not the first. Two Wheel Tim has been offering repair services at your door for 3 years.
I'll bet your wife hasn't been ridden in weeks, either replying to a comment from Michael / August 15, 2014 at 09:39 am
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...maybe work on that 'smug prick' vibe, chief.
G / August 18, 2014 at 01:16 am
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Metrocycleto has been a mobile bike shop for the last two years. We welcome the competition though :) Here's to putting an end to week long turn arounds.

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