Monday, September 23, 2013

Bicycle Safety 101: How to Use a Bicycle Repair Station

Earlier this year, Clemson University installed a bicycle repair station on campus. The university decided to install a Dero Fix-It station after reviewing several other comparable fixtures. In agreement with purchasing done by the Clemson University Undergraduate Student Government, and general upkeep and maintenance be undertaken by the University Cycling Club, the project was completed late summer 2013.

Clemson University's Bike Repair Station
If you've never seen or used a bike repair stand, they look pretty intriguing - and a bit mystifying. Good thing we'll take you through a step by step guide on how to use one of these babies.

Step 1:  Have your bike in hand, and approach.

If Your Bike Needs Air.  Step 2.  Lean the bike up against the fixture or a near-by object. Unscrew the bike tire cover, set it aside - and make a note where you put it. (It seems I'm always trying to remember where I placed that sucker!) 
Nice work!

Step 3:  Note the PSI needed for your bike tire/tube. To find it, look on the outside of the bike tire. The PSI is noted by the text followed by a number range. (For example:  "PSI 35 - 60".)

Step 4:  Place the hose on the bike valve. If it doesn't fit, try toggling the air lever up or down. (Bike tubes have one of two types of valves. This pump accommodates both.)

Step 5:  Pump up the tire/tube until the maximum PSI level is attained.

Step 6:  Put the air hose back over the pump.

Step 7:  Ride off into a beautiful sunset! Or to your next destination.

If Your Bike Has Minor Maintenance or Repair Issues.  Step 2:  Pick up your bike and place the seat between the two bars parallel with the ground.

Bike properly placed on the stand.

Step 3:  Select the appropriate tool(s).

Tools available at the stand.

Step 4:  Fix your bike, according to your amazing wisdom and experience...or, if you have a smart phone use the QR Code to check out some simple "how to" videos. (Or do some research on the internet ahead of time.)
QR Code Sticker.
 Step 5:  Place the tools back. Take the bike off the stand.

Step 6:  Ride off into a beautiful sunset! Or to your next destination.

These babies are popping up around campuses and in cities across the country - and they are getting used and noticed. They started out in Europe, and have successfully made their way across the pond. Next time you see one, take some time to tinker and check one out. They're pretty cool and easy to use.

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