Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Boise Bicycle Project Mechanic Launches Got Fixed? Mobile Bike Repair

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Little masks a frame for a custom paint job.
  • Andrew Little
  • Andrew Little masks a frame for a custom paint job.

After leaving his post as lead mechanic at Boise Bicycle Project, Andrew Little launched Got Fixed?, a new mobile bike repair service. But while we-come-to-you bike repair isn't new in the Treasure Valley, Little practices what he preaches—he trucks his tools around on two wheels.

"I haven’t owned a car in five years," he said.

Little has tricked out his personal steed with a trailer-full of tools and painting supplies, even a special rig that allows him to pull up to three bikes behind his own.

"If I’m carrying a full set of tools on my bike, it will weigh 80 pounds," Little said. "I’ve carried up to almost 200 pounds at one time. It’s difficult to walk, but once you get up on the bike, it’s easier to ride."

The mobile bike service, pedal-powered by Little himself. He hasn't owned a car in five years.
  • Andrew Little
  • The Got Fixed? mobile bike service is pedal-powered.

Prior to hopping on his bicycle/workshop, Little attended Barnett Bicycle Institute in Colorado Springs, Colo., for more advanced training. The program was spendy, but he said it gave him extensive knowledge of bicycle systems, more than just greasing chains.

Now Little offers bike painting, including pinstriping, alongside full-service bike repair and the occasional run to pick up a bike a tipsy customer left at a downtown venue. He said it's not uncommon for a group to call him over to work on all of its bikes at once.

Little said working in a shop all day made it tough for him to ride. This new business means his work schedule is filled with things he loves.

"I like working on bikes. I’ve been an artist for years, and I like riding bikes. So if I can get all three of them in the same spectrum, I’m a pretty happy guy," he said.

His method is also practical, he added.

"It gives you advantages. Say somebody broke down on a trail up in the Foothills, you could go fix a bike up there. Your response time is generally faster than other people who are mobile," Little said.

For more info on Got Fixed?, call 208-319-4708.

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