Touring bike repair business grows in Ann Arbor area

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Touring bike repair business grows in Ann Arbor area

ANN ARBOR, MI – A mobile bike repair service is now stopping in the driveways of Ann Arbor.

Little Bus Bikes, a traveling bike repair company, recently expanded its services to Ann Arbor with the addition of new employee Trevor Delandshire.

“I grew up riding a bike all my life… and I was always my own mechanic, rebuilding my own suspension, my own wheels, my own brakes – whatever I had to do with a bike, I learned to do it myself,” Delandsheer said.

Little Bus Bikes was started in 2020 by Brian Latulippe, who started the business from his 1970s Volkswagen bus. Although the business originally served the Royal Oak area, it quickly grew and now serves the Ferndale, Clawson, Berkeley, Troy, Farmington and Ann Arbor areas.

“I already had a Volkswagen bus, I already had the knowledge to fix bikes, so I started doing it for friends and locals in Royal Oak and it blew up,” Latulip said.

Little Bus Bikes has grown from repairing around 300 bikes in 2020 to more than 1,000 in 2022. While Latulip originally ran the repair service on a Volkswagen bus, DeLandsey said using a large van allowed the pair to fix everything. Time.

At just $60 for a tune-up, Little Bus Bikes aims to get people back on the road, regardless of skill level or brand of bike. A tune-up service includes checking for rusted chains, flat tires, replacing defective tubes, cleaning and lubricating the transmission and adjusting the brakes.

“Our real goal is to find people who could have a bike hanging in their garage for five or 10 years,” Latulip said. “We kind of want to get those people going again, or at least tear those bikes apart and fix them.”

The couple have visited Ann Arbor for about 20 dates so far and offer group date discounts. Little Bus Bikes will also offer a discount for fall repairs, bringing the price down to $50, Latulip said.

“I don’t care what brand you have,” Delandshire said. “I’ll fix it for you.”

Find the small bus bikes on social networks.

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