Bike fixstation deluxe public work stand (7)

If you live in one of the more progressive cycling cities in the U.S. or the world for that matter, you have probably seen a permanent bike repair station. Chances are good that particular station may have even been built by Bike Fixstation, a public bicycle service company that was born out of necessity. There are a lot of great back stories to bike companies out there, but Bike Fixstation has one of the best. It was during a pub crawl in 2009 that the idea for the public work stations (and vending machines) came about after one of the crew got a flat. No one had a patch kit or tools, and it was after 7 so the bike shops were closed.

Enter the public repair station. With tools and stands at the public’s disposal, plus the availability of tubes through their vending machines, travel by bicycle becomes a lot easier if you run into an issue. Don’t know how to work on bikes? The new Deluxe Public Work Stand includes a QR code so you can download repair instructions on your phone. The new stand is easier to use, capable of servicing 2 bikes at once, and a little more, well, deluxe.

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Changes over the original Bike Repair Station include the new wheel chock which will hold up a bike while you inflate the tires. Combined with the 53″ high repair stand means two people can service their bikes to some degree at once.

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Also, instead of all the tools just dangling and getting tangled up, the Deluxe model uses counter weighted stainless steel aircraft cables that keep the tools tucked up under the stand when not in use. You’ll find 2 steel core tire levers, a Hex key set, 8mm/10mm and 9mm/11mm cone wrenches, a headset/pedal wrench, a Phillips and flat head screwdrivers and a T25 Torx wrench all mounted so they’re easy to use, but hard to steal.

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As you would expect, the Deluxe model is compatible with all three of Bike Fixstation’s super durable manual pumps to give tires a boost. ADA and CE compliant, the stand is a welcome addition to any public space and should help get more people on bikes. Repair stations are offered in galvanized, stainless, or several powdercoat finishes and include a UV resistant front plate that won’t get damaged from pedal strikes. The company is accepting orders now with a few already installed in places like Saint Paul, Two Harbors, and Saint Cloud Minnesota, with lead times running about 3 weeks. For pricing and more information contact Andy Lambert at sales@bikefixtation.com.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Seen them here in SF, but never seen anyone using it….

    I suspect it’s because that people that know how and are willing to DIY have those tools at home already. or carrying it on them commuting/biking…

  2. I use the ones here in Madison often. They’re located along my all my routes leaving town. I can easily make tweaks to a new bike build or dial in tire pressure. Super convenient for many skill/knowledge levels.

  3. Neat. I like the idea. Looks very expensive. Bet the city pays big bucks for these.
    Made me wonder if people would use them. You are either taking care of your rig and don’t need it or don’t care and don’t know what tools are or how to use them.
    I spent some time in Amsterdam this summer and figured more than half of the bikes were ready to fall apart or rolling on nearly flat tires. Asked a few people about it and they just didn’t care.

  4. I think they are a good idea, even if they do not get used much. It removes a barrier to new cyclists who may be worried about getting a puncture or something whilst out.

    It would be smart for a bike store to have one of these outside as the store could get talking to people fixing their bikes and also is a good place to fit new tubes and components. I have lost count of the times I have seen a bike upside down outside of a bike store fitting a tube.

  5. @Rustydog. The City didn’t pay anything for it; HealthPartners did (the reason for the sign). These are usually cost prohibitive for a local government to install, so where you see them, it’s usually because a private party purchased it. They probably get LEED points for it. In the case of HealthPartners they either did it to be good citizens or it counts towards their community benefit. Under Obamacare (ACA) non profit hospitals must demonstrate they are providing a benefit to the community. Some fund community health fairs, some handout pedometers, some fund bike infrastructure.

  6. A pair of bolt cutters burly enough to cut the cables on these would likely cost more than the resale value of the tools stolen. Not a huge R.O.I.

  7. My employer has an older version of these in our bike cages in the parking garages. I’ve used them several times to do small repairs on the work end of my commute.

    Most of the pumps are reversed so they actually pull air out of tires. I’m not sure if that’s an issue with the installation or the result of some d-bag purposely flipping a valve around.

  8. Whole Foods puts them outside their stores. So far I’ve used the pumps once or twice because a floor pump beats a mini-pump. At work they just put a tool kit a pump and some locks at the guard desk where you can check them out.
    I wonder if there would be a market for bike racks with a coin operated lock for folks who don’t want to carry a heavy lock, or forgot their lock.

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