Mountain View Voice

News - April 18, 2014

Library bike repair station opens to the public

by Daniel DeBolt

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 library director Roseanne Macek 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.

Email Daniel DeBolt at ddebolt@mv-voice.com

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