(Via Vancouver Sun, March 26, 2014 by Yvonne Zacharias)
On a quiet residential street in an upscale west-side Vancouver neighbourhood, a van painted in blaring red and white colours sits parked with the back open. Inside, a man in coveralls works on a bicycle mounted on a stand.
The van’s walls are lined with tools, bolts, screws and assorted paraphernalia used to fix and tune up bikes. Every inch of space is occupied.
Like big incongruous pieces in an intricate puzzle of tiny parts, there is an espresso coffee machine on one side, a flatscreen television mounted near the top and skylights in the ceiling as a crowning touch.
A new fixture on city streets, Velofix is a mobile bicycle repair shop, a bicycle mechanic’s paradise on wheels that brings service to your doorstep rather than forcing you to go out and find it.
After rolling out just over a year ago in January of 2013, co-owners Boris Martin and Chris Guillemet say their mobile fix-it shop has been doing a booming business.