Bike Fix-It Stations
Whether 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. Click Support Stations map to view enlarged PDF.
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.
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Razorbikes, sponsored by Transit and Parking and the Associated Student Government, is the free campus bike sharing program for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Individuals may sign up for free by visiting the parking office in the Administrative Services building or in the Harmon Avenue Garage. Once you are registered, you will be given a passcode to unlock any Razorbike on campus. Bikes can be used to cover short distances on or around campus; once they are locked up they become available for other users once again.
Each Razorbike is painted black with a yellow fork. Razorbikes are repurposed bicycles that have either been donated or abandoned on campus.
For those wishing to take a longer ride off campus or tackle some mountain trails, UREC Outdoors offers mountain and touring bike rentals for time periods ranging from a half day to a week. Anyone with a valid University or University Recreation (UREC) I.D. may check out bikes, helmets, and bike racks. Reservations can be made in person up to a week in advance. Click here to for general guidelines for equipment rental from UREC Outdoors.
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.
- 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.