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Bike repair across the road from our classrooms.  Low overhead.  Low cost.  Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China

The World's Most Convenient Bike Repair
originally posted May 4, 2010

On my way to class this morning I noticed that my front tire was going bump with each revolution.  Bump bump bump.  At first I thought I had something stuck to the tire, but when I stopped to look I realized that my tire had an aneurism and was threatening to burst. 

An alarmingly sick tire on my front wheel. Bike repair in the parking lot across from Teaching Building 2, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China

The tire in question.

Our busy repairman.

  Spare parts storage for the bike repair guy, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China  The tool room for the bike repair guy.  Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China
It's a low overhead operation, with spare parts stored in the van across the street and a funky toolbox
discretely out of the way in the parking lot.

I dropped the bike in to the repair guy who has set up shop in the parking lot across from Teaching Building 2, wherein are my classrooms, and by the time my morning classes were finished I had a new tire.  Total cost including labor: 45 RMB ($6.70 Canadian).  What a service.

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