Since we ran a news story on how JE James Cycles had installed inner tube dispensers outside two of their shops, other bike retailers across the land have been 'inundating' Schwalbe to get their hands on their own, the brand told BikeBiz.
The tube vending machines from Schwalbe are thoroughly refurbished cigarette machines that hold 60 tubes in six different sizes. They can be free-standing or wall-mounted and are 102 x 92 x 30 cm.
Schwalbe filled us in on the details: "The cost to Independent Bicycle Dealers is basically free. Dealers pay £690 plus VAT and delivery for the machine but receive 100 free Schwalbe tubes of their choice worth a retail value of ca. £690 so the machine effectively pays for itself.
"Flexible payment terms are available and the Schwalbe Tube Vending Machines are serviced every two years free of charge by Hansen.
"Free tubes are in boxes of 25 pcs."
Interested bike shops should use the following contact details to get in touch:
Dealers in the North of the UK should contact their Schwalbe Sales Promoter Ben Tomkinson email@example.com 07534 601 983
Dealers in Central UK, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should contact their Schwalbe Sales Promoter Tim Ward firstname.lastname@example.org 07540 721 767
Dealers in the South of the UK should contact their Schwalbe Sales Promoter Diego Di Napoli email@example.com 07581 182 173