Saturday, September 1, 2012

Idea - Bike repair station

We keep saying there are simple, and cheap ways that we can make Mound a destination. On street parking  by Surfside has to be one of the easiest and cheapest solutions out there, but here's one that was seen at the Minnesota State Fair last week in the Eco building....

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A public bike stand with tools to make bike repairs on the road.

The idea is simple. Create a durable and useful tool for trail users. The stand has all the useful tools for most bike repairs including allen wrenches, screwdriver, and pry tools for tire tube changes.

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Public bike pump when you got a slow leak. To be bolted  down to cement.

Perhaps the bike just has a slow leak... most bicyclist hate to be slowed down by a semi flattened tire. This would give one of those folks a reason to stop and take advantage of the conveniences Mound has to offer.


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The whole system - 1 - Bike repair supplies, 2 - Bike stand,  3 - Electric air pump
A great idea for Mound along the Dakota Trail. I could imagine this being a city investment, or perhaps a local business would love to invite bikers under their roof for a chance to connect.

This is one idea of many that would be cheap and easy to implement, and give people a reason to stop in Mound. What ideas do you have so that Mound can be a place to drive to, and not drive through?

http://www.bikefixtation.com/

12 comments:

  1. If a business was interested in sponsoring this sort of station, I could see a "collection box" being put near a cash register for some time to jump-start the funds to do it. Just an idea.

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  2. Definitely lots of possibilities. Mound True Value is an obvious choice for this sort of thing, but there are other possibilities too.

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  3. I think a coffee shop/cafe near the bike trial with a bike station like you mention in this post would be a great idea to attract visitors. This could server as the start/finish point for peoples day trips on their bikes. Pick up a few provisions for the trip, make sure the bike is in tip top shape and have a coffee while waiting for the rest of your biking party to get their rides ready. Does Mound have any bicycle clubs? This could be a good project for a bike club to get started on or a boy/girl scout troop to take on as a community service project.

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  4. Great ideas JDub. There is plans of a small restaurant being built on the trail next to the Walgreens, but we'll have to wait and see if that actually happens.

    I have no idea if there is a bike club. After Dog Days, it seems to me some people should organize a "Bike Expo" or something. It could have a bike rodeo for kids, bike/trail exhibits... lots of possibilities is seems.

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