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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bike Repair Rack

This new bike rack apparently has just been installed in the city of Asheville, North Carolina (a place that reminds me a lot of Portland Maine, by the way).

Looks like it includes a pump and a string of tools. It sure would be awesome to see a couple of these around Portland, ideally in places where a local business could take care of it. Come to think of it, the current bike racks outside of Gorham Bike and Ski are pretty pathetic... maybe they could use an upgrade?

Seen via Asheville on Bikes.


Scott said...

Neat! I just read about these also being installed at University of Central Florida (http://commuteorlando.com/wordpress/2012/02/09/ucf-installs-diy-bicycle-repair-stands/).

I think it's a great idea, but what about all those tools being left out in the rain? That's usually not very good for them.

C Neal said...

^ I agree, I'd be curious to see how long these tools and the pump last - not only exposed to the elements, but also to vandalism and misuse.

I followed up with Asheville - the racks come from Dero, and cost them $1200 each including shipping. It seems like most of them are installed indoors, either in keyed-access bike parking rooms for large buildings or inside transit stations, where people can keep an eye on them.