Trent Newcomer, left, of Fort Collins bought a franchise from Velofix, a franchisor of mobile bike-repair services based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Newcomer and mechanics Brandon Taylor and Adam Gipril stand in front of the franchise’s two Mercedes Sprinter vans that are equipped with tools a bike parts. Courtesy Velofix.

Fort Collins veterinarian launches Velofix mobile bike-repair service

FORT COLLINS —  Trent Newcomer, a veterinarian and owner of Front Range Veterinary Clinic in Fort Collins, has launched Velofix Colorado, a mobile bike-repair service in Fort Collins and Boulder.

Newcomer has bought a franchise from Velofix, a franchisor of mobile bike-repair services based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Newcomer began offering service in Fort Collins and Boulder in February, and he hopes to have service up and running in Denver by April.

Mechanics Brandon Taylor and Adam Gipril will use Mercedes Sprinter vans equipped with tools and bicycle parts enabling them to provide repair services to customers at their homes and businesses.

“I have loved riding and racing bikes for as long as I can remember. When I discovered Velofix, it seemed like the perfect fit for me — not only as a franchise partner, but also as a customer,” Newcomer said in a prepared statement.

The mobile bike shop provides services for road, mountain and commuter bikes. Customers can book appointments online.

Velofix was launched during 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, by Chris Guillemet, Boris Martin and Davide Xausa. Entrepreneur Magazine recently recognized Velofix as “one of the most impressive mobile franchises.”

A Velofix one-time franchise fee is $25,000. It does not include the cost of the vehicles or tools. The royalty fee is 8 percent of sales, according to Velofix’s website.

Velofix is the second mobile bike-service franchise to enter the Denver/Boulder market this year. In January, Andy Brannon and AJ Kruesel opened Beeline Bikes Colorado Front Range. Beeline Bikes’ headquarters is based in San Carlos., Calif.