As a bike delivery business, keeping our fleet tuned up is critical.
From the start, we've been fortunate to partner with Jesse Angelo and Andy Graef from Mobile Bike Rescue. They do a great job keeping our bikes running smooth.
And check this out. Not only do they have a bike repair shop downtown (Stewart & 9th), but they also provide mobile service where they'll come to you! They service bikes regularly at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Premera, Amazon.com & more.
There's a bit of info from Jesse below, and their contact info. Need a tune up? Give them a buzz!
Dan Kohler - Freewheel co-founder & ceo
When did you start Mobile Bike Repair and what was it like to start your own business?
I started the business in October of 2011. Starting a business can be a scary and exciting thing at the same time. It's growing steadily and we have 2 employees plus myself and my business partner.
What’s unique about what you guys do?
We are unique because we are very fluid with our daily operations. We have 16 "mobile locations" around Seattle as well as our downtown service hub. We offer valet options and on-site repair as well. Basically, we make it very easy to get your bike tuned without being away from it very long. Same day service in most cases.
After such an amazing summer, what tips do you have for folks preparing to commute through the winter?
The two biggest things are getting your bike set up with lights and fenders. Fenders can really reduce the amount of water that gets sprayed all over your feet and pants and also keeps the water from spraying on other riders behind you. We have both fenders and lights in stock at our downtown service center.
Favorite rides around Seattle? Favorite ride all time?
One of my favorite rides in Seattle is the Lake Washington loop. It's about 55 miles and offers great views, some nice hill climbs and lots of flat ridding as well (which can be nice with all the hills we have). My favorite ride of all time has to be the RAMROD. (Ride around Mount Rainier in One Day) amazing views, grueling climbs, exciting downhills, and a nice little coffee spot in Greenwater that helps you pedal the last 40 miles or so. :)
How can folks get it touch with you?
We can be reached at 206.745.550. Our email address is email@example.com. Our downtown service center is open Monday - Friday 9am-5pm.
Freewheel's partnership with Victrola is perfect. They roast amazing coffee on Capitol Hill and care deeply about having a positive impact on the community and the environment. So choosing to partner with us for delivery is a natural fit.
Each Tuesday and Friday, we cruise over to their roaster on Pike, pick up still-warm fresh roasted coffee and deliver it to shops throughout Downtown and Capitol Hill.
I asked Joshua Boyt, Director of Sales and Marketing to tells us a little more about Victrola.
Dan Kohler - Freewheel co-founder & ceo
How long has Victrola been roasting coffee on Capitol Hill?
We have been roasting since 2003 on Capitol Hill.
What do you think makes Victrola special?
We approach our coffee as a market fresh item. We want to not only source the most amazing coffees the world has to offer, we want to present it to the world at it peak freshness. Most of our coffees you will only find on the menu for a month or two at a time. We also commit ourselves to engage every person in the supply chain with intention. Making sure we are not only a daily asset to our customers but to the producers we have partnered with.
How do you source coffee beans? Do you travel to the farms where the beans are grown?
We source beans by all methods possible. Some we buy direct from farms we visit, some from import partners, some the farmers come to us because of our reputation. We always let the coffee speak for itself. If it shows up on the cupping table, we do whatever we have to in order to get it and share it with our customers..
I know sustainability is really important to Victrola. What specifically are you doing to reduce your footprint environmentally?
We partner with companies like Freewheel every chance we get. One of our core values is to be sustainable in every way we can, even if it isn't the cheapest method. Our coffee bags and cups are recyclable. We actually spend more money to make sure the air coming out of our roasters are the cleanest possible than actually roasting our beans!
What kind of coffee is your personal favorite - bean, roast, drink?
Currently I am loving our new Kenyan. It is so unique for a Kenya! Not your usual intense citrus acidity it carries a much more complex fruit acidity like mountain blackberry or currant. Roast is always on the light side to just caramelize the sugars and showcase the awesome bean flavor. My favorite drink is just coffee with nothing in it. Naked and unashamed.
In addition to deliveries, Freewheel partners with local and national companies for street level, interactive advertising and promotions with our staff serving as brand ambassadors.
The photos below show us in action at Bumbershoot, where we generated hundreds of impressions for John Fluevog (the unofficial shoe of Bumbershoot) and handed out concert guides.
Let us know if we can help your brand connect with urban consumers.
Dan Kohler - Freewheel co-founder and ceo
Photo credit: Olli Tumelius - http://halfaframe.com