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Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

UCF installs DIY bicycle repair stands!

On the path to becoming a more bike friendly university, the University of Central Florida has followed the example of Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, and MIT in installing permanently mounted, Do-It-Yourself repair stands. These stands allow cyclists to raise up their bike and have an integrated pump and tools attached to do many of the most common maintenance tasks. The “Fixit” repair stands are built by Dero, a Minnesota based company that started making functional but artistic bike racks in 1995.

We did it!

Members of Spokescouncil, the bike advocacy club at UCF, began working in September to get the stands placed on campus. Since then we have worked to collect product quotes, contact other universities for testimonials, secure funding, and choose stand locations. Spokescouncil teamed up with the UCF Student Union, which is funded by the Student Government Association (SGA). SGA recognized the opportunity to greatly increase the bike friendliness of campus at relatively low cost. They helped to provide funding and obtain approval of the installations from the University Master Planning Committee. The entire process, from getting the first quote to getting all the approvals and the stands in the ground, took just over 5 months.

One stand has been installed at the Student Union with another ready to be put in the ground at the Recreation and Wellness Center sometime next week. A third stand is planning to be installed near the Arena by the end of the semester. The tools included are philips and flathead screwdrivers, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, and 32 mm wrenches, 2 tire levers, a multitool of metric allen wrenches, and a Torx (star) wrench. Assurance of the durability of the stands came from direct contact with other campuses that have had the stands for several years. MIT, who has had the stands the longest said that they have had no problems with theft or vandalism and that replacement of the pumps (a standard Park Tool model) every six months from wear is the biggest upkeep.

 

7 Comments

  1. Way Cool!

  2. We’ve had these for several months in Champaign, Urbana and few locations on the campus of the University of Illinois. I think they’re great!

    • Good to hear! Really, without the testimonials from other universities it would have been a much tougher sell to UCF administration. I haven’t heard of anyone who has been disappointed with them.

  3. Hi Marcus,

    Congratulations on all of the research, planning, and energy that you put into making this a reality. You saw the benefit of Do-It-Yourself repair stands and demonstrated great leadership in seeing it happen.

    Tailwinds,

    John

  4. This is a great idea. Does anyone know if the repair stands have any sort of roof over them? Tools typically don’t last very long when they’re left out in the rain.

  5. Great idea. Keep up the good work.

  6. Marcus,

    We would have loved to provide the work stands at cost!

    Next time, let me know!

    -Michael

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