Bike Maintenance

On-Campus Resources

Bike Fix-It Stations

Bike Fix-It stationWhether your bike is in need of repairs or you simply want to keep it in good condition, you can find the tools for the job right on campus. In the spring of 2013, a Bike Fix-It station was installed near the bike racks on the southeast side of the Arkansas Union. Bike Fix-it stations are compact installations that include a bike hanger, air pump, three wrenches in various sizes, two screwdrivers, a set of folding hex keys, tire lever, and a QR code that links to detailed repair instructions.

University Bike Shop

If you need help from an expert, take your bike over to the University Bike Shop, located at UREC Outdoors, in Room 102 of the HPER building. Their hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12 Pm – 6 Pm. Not only is this a full service bike repair shop, but you can also rent work stations, complete with tools, to work on your own bike with experts close at hand. This is a great way to learn more about bike repair and maintenance.

Learning to Maintain Your Bike

Bike maintenance is an important and multifaceted endeavor. We will only offer a few general tips here, but there is a wealth of informationn available on the web in the form of how-to guides and videos. We highly recommend gaining a general familiarity with bike maintenance, as it can save you time and money down the road and give you more confidence in your riding.

General Tips

  • Normal wear and tear will cause your bike to need periodic adjustements. A little maintenance now and then will save you time and money on repairs down the road.
  • If you hear creaking or rattling noises, don't ignore them. They are a sign that something on your bike needs attention.
  • For cleaning and lubricating bike parts, be sure to use a biodegradable degreaser and biodegradable lubricant.
  • Learn how to fix a flat tire and always carry a flat tire repair kit with you on longer rides.
  • Take the time to talk to your bike mechanic and get their advice on what you should be doing regularly to care for your bike.

Bicycle Parts Diagram

Bicycle diagram