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New repair stations keep bikers moving on the Loop

Whether it is a flat tire or a loose screw, bikers on the Loop can use one of the six new “Fixit” stands to make on-the-go bike adjustments. Over Memorial Day weekend, bike ambassadors with Pima County showed people how to use the stations to make minor repairs to their bicycles.

About 3,300 people daily use the shared-use trail along the Rillito and Santa Cruz rivers, said Pima County spokeswoman Mary Reynolds.

The six stations cost the county $16,000, or just over $2,600 per station, and are similar to those around the University of Arizona campus. Although they've only been installed for a week, one station has already been vandalized, with the cables attaching tools to the stand cut and the tools stolen. There was an estimated $100 in damages, Reynolds said.

“The Fixit repair stand provides tools people need to fix their bikes just in case they have a problem on their bike ride along the Loop,” said Matt Zoll, manager of the county's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. “It’s quick and easy to give your tires a little more air, adjust a bolt with an Allen wrench, or use a screwdriver to tighten a screw,” Zoll said in a news release.

At the top of the stand is a place to hang a bike while making repairs. Screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, and other tools are provided along with a tire pump. A gauge on the pump will help riders inflate their tires correctly. 

A QR code on the front of the stand will help provide instructions on minor repairs to anyone who scans it with a smartphone.

The county plans to install more Fixit stands as the Loop is expanded, Reynolds said.

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