Library bike repair station opens to the public

Stuck without tools and need to fix your bike? Lucky for you the city's efforts to be bike friendly now include a free bike repair station in front of the city library.

Now fixed to the cement in front of the library is the "Fixit" station, made by a Minneapolis-based company called Dero. It allows cyclists to hang their bike from the seat post while using various common bike tools that are -- hopefully -- permanently fixed to the station with steel cables. There is also a heavy-duty bike pump for both types of common inner-tube valves.

"One of our community's top priorities is to improve bicycle and pedestrian mobility, and the Mountain View Library is pleased to have received a grant to support this effort," said Roseanne Macek, library director, in an email. "We hope our new Bike Fixit Station will provide a useful service for our community and help establish the Library as a bike-friendly destination. We will also be offering a variety of bike-related programs throughout the summer to educate the public about bike safety."

For smart phone users, a web address on the station links to Youtube videos with instructions on simple jobs, such as how to remove a wheel and repair a flat tire, adjust your brakes, or get your gears to shift properly.

According to the company's website, the station costs $940.


Posted by Flat Phil, a resident of Bailey Park
on Apr 15, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Sweet! What a great idea :) Thank you.

Posted by RecreationalCycler, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I think this is great, but it's not clear - is this 100Z% free (other than tax dollar paid) and all self-service as far as bike repair goes?

Posted by Jay Park, a resident of Jackson Park
on Apr 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm

That's what it looks like. Notably, the station does not stock parts, it's just a spot to do self-service repairs with the attached tools. Hopefully those will stay in decent condition over time.

Posted by Mtn View Library patron, a resident of another community
on Apr 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Great! Love the bike safety programs coming this summer too. Maybe Mtn. View Lib. will start a trend for the rest of Santa Clara County's libraries.

Posted by Wrenched Ankle, a resident of Bailey Park
on Apr 15, 2014 at 4:43 pm

The library could then bring in some of the local bike shop mechanics to do quick fix/common maintenance classes so people know what those tools are for and how to use them.

Posted by What a waste of money, a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

What a waste of money.

How about a place where we can fix our cars?

Posted by Shonda Ranson, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm


Using the station is 100% free and was paid for by grant funds. If you use it, take a pic and send it to us on or


Shonda Ranson
Communications Coordinator
City of Mountain View

Posted by Mr DePorto, a resident of Bailey Park
on Apr 15, 2014 at 6:40 pm

What a splendid idea.

Posted by parent, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 15, 2014 at 7:03 pm

@Wrenched Ankle - the library does have free bicycle maintenance and bicycle safety classes. I believe the next class is May 3.

Posted by Elaine, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 15, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Super idea!

Now let's get some infrastructure going so the cyclists (and pedestrians) can be safe around town. Either that, or let's talk about feral cats until we're engulfed in cobwebs and the cats elect themselves to City Council ;-)

Posted by Mr. Immigrant, a resident of Bailey Park
on Apr 16, 2014 at 9:42 am

Sometimes the most simple ideas are the most elegant. Muy Bueno!

Posted by Full of Air, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm

I used the station yesterday to fill my tires with air. The pump had a nice in-line gauge, the nozzle worked on my presta values perfectly, but the handle was a bit stiff... hopefully that will work loose as more people use it.

I tried placing my bike frame on the rubber pads but it would not stay still; now I know it was intended to hang by the bike seat.

Great idea!

Posted by Well Played MV, a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm


Posted by Janet Lafleur, a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 17, 2014 at 11:03 am

Janet Lafleur is a registered user.

The library also has sewing machines available for use during certain hours. So you can fix your bike and fix your pants in one trip!

Posted by Garrett83, a resident of another community
on Apr 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Garrett83 is a registered user.

This is why Mountain View is the greatest, way to go MV.

Posted by Nacho, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Awesome ! Can't wait to use it this weekend.

Posted by DC, a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 19, 2014 at 3:14 pm

A glorified tire pump. Yes it is nice if I need air and I am at the library it will be handy. How about the rest of the city and parks? Thus eery rider should have their own set of tools and pump.

Posted by Gift Horse, a resident of Bailey Park
on Apr 19, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Perfect for the downtown area cyclist that might be caught out without his tools or pump.
DC, speaking of too easy.
On your left.

Posted by Janet Lafleur, a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 22, 2014 at 10:59 am

Janet Lafleur is a registered user.

I went by the library to check the station out yesterday. I was impressed by the range of tools and that they were quality tools made by Park Tools. I have most of my own tools now, but the pedal wrench is probably one most people don't have that they might need occasionally.

Here's a photo of my bike with the pump. Web Link

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