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Westchase Rec Center Features New Bike Repair Station

Nothing can ruin a bike ride quicker than a flat tire or loose chain.

Dedicated cyclists and occasional bike riders can now easily make basic bike repairs at the new bike repair station located at the Westchase Rec Center at 9791 Westchase Dr.

In November the center became one of 10 Hillsborough County Recreation Centers or parks to have a bike repair station. The station is equipped with tools including screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, a headset wrench, a pedal wrench, box wrenches and tire levers. The screwdrivers and wrenches are on swivel connectors for easier use.

The station also has a heavy-duty universal air pump. The station makes it easy to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes or derailleurs. A bicycle can be suspended from the fix-it station’s hanger arm, allowing pedals and wheels to spin freely while making repairs. The hanger arms can be mounted at 12, 3, 6, or 9 o’clock and are ADA compliant. A QR codes allows smart phone users to access a comprehensive bike repair web site.

The bike repair station is located on the patio behind the Rec Center. “Anyone in the community is welcome to use it,” said Recreation Program Supervisor Dona Smith.

A water bottle filling station is located in the same area. The bike repair station is accessible even when the Rec Center is closed.

Other nearby recreation centers with bike repair stations include Keystone Recreation Center and Northdale Park and Recreation Center.

By Marcy Sanford

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