2 Wheelin in Tucson

Dec 8, 2011 9:31 AM

2 Wheelin' in Tucson: do it yourself bike repair stations

TUCSON - Cyclists riding around or through the University of Arizona have a new tool for do it yourself bike repairs.

A few months ago the school bought 2 bike repair stations that come fully equipped with tools and a tire pump.

Mark Napier, with the University of Arizona's Department of Transportation, says so far they've been a success.

"They're accessible, they're free, and they allow people to make minor adjustments and repairs to their bicycle."

Repairs ranging from fixing a flat to bike seat adjustments, which means you're no longer stranded if you have a bicycle mishap.

One student who used the station wrote an email to Mark Napier saying in part, "Today I got to use the new station for fixing bikes. I had a loose axel nut that caused my rear wheel to shift...thanks to the station, I was able to ride home instead of searching for a ride or walking."

Other students I interviewed felt the same way.

One said that he thinks it's great because prior to the station, he "had to run to the bike shop which was far away."

Another student Derek Groendyk, said "I think it's really handy because a lot of students may not have the tools or the equipment to do that type of thing."

For more information, please go to: http://parking.arizona.edu/alternative/bike.php

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