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Bike pump & repair stations – What to look for

Bike pump & repair stations – What to look for

Public bike pumps and repair stations are a common installation in new developments and public spaces. Designed to provide opportunity for on the go repairs, these cyclist-friendly stations are suitable for continuous public use. Before selecting a station to install or specify, consider the following features.

Pressure gauge

Not all pumps will include a pressure gauge as standard, this is an important feature to ensure cyclists do not over or under inflate their tires.

Steel pump piston

Steel pump pistons are far less vulnerable to vandalism or damage than plastic alternatives, we recommend looking for this as a standard feature.

Steel cables for repair station tools

A concern for repair stations in public spaces is theft of the tools. Steel cables, ideally plastic coated is a simple solution to this. For additionally security a lockable door can be included to limit access out of hours.

How-to guides

A simple guide, QR code or link to youtube videos is a great help to cyclists looking to make simple repairs on the move. Repair stations in particular require simple instruction or guidance for first time users to ensure proper use.

Branding

Branding a station is important, to first identify the purpose of the unit, which may not be clear to all members of the public. Branding can also be used to communicate the brand or identity of a building, or where funding for a repair station may have come from.

Folding bike lockers

Folding bike lockers provide a purpose designed compartment for the storage of Brompton and folding style bicycles. It is reported that 15% of cycle traffic during peak times in the City of London is now on folding bicycles, and we look to incorporate this into the design of our bike parking facilities.

The lockers only occupy a small footprint of 410mm x 645mm, and we supply them in stacks of two or three units, providing a highly space efficient method of bike storage. Currently these lockers are only permissible as a parking space by planning in commercial buildings, however at Turvec we believe these should also satisfy the requirement for residential developments.

Turvec bike lockers are available in a range of colours and finishes, and we can incorporate custom branding, keycard locks and electric charging points within our design. Contact our team with any questions.

 

IBOMBO visit the UK!

Turvec are the exclusive distributor for IBOMBO’s product range in the UK & Ireland. IBOMBO manufacture a range of bike repair stations, pumps and maintenance products, supplied across Europe.

IBOMBO visited Turvec’s London HQ in June this summer to extend our partnership by a further 3 years and visit some of our UK installations and a bike tour of London. Paulina Nowicka, Operations Director at IBOMBO said the following ‘we are very pleased to extend our partnership with Turvec in the UK market, we have a number of exciting products in development and look forward to continuing to supply our quality bike maintenance solutions through Turvec Solutions’.

 

 

What Does a Cycle Repair Station Include?

Public bike pumps and repair stations are a common installation in new developments and public spaces. Designed to provide the opportunity for on-the-go repairs, these cyclist-friendly stations are suitable for continuous public use. Before selecting a station to install or specify, consider the following features.

The Swiss Army Knife of Cycle maintenance

Here’s what’s included in your cycle repair stations:

As standard, we include:

• A Phillips screwdriver
• A flat screwdriver
• A T25 Torx – screwdriver
• An adjustable spanner
• Skateboard tools
• A flat wrench 8×10 mm & 13×15 mm
• A hex key set
• Tyre levers.

Pairing a maintenance station with a public bicycle pump is always a good idea.

A Pressure gauge

Not all pumps will include a pressure gauge as standard; this is an important feature to ensure cyclists do not over or under inflate their tires.

Steel pump piston

Steel pump pistons are far less vulnerable to vandalism or damage than plastic alternatives; we recommend looking for this as a standard feature.

Steel cables for repair station tools

A concern for repair stations in public spaces is theft of the tools. Steel cables, ideally plastic coated, is a simple solution to this. For added security, a lockable door can be included to limit access out of hours.

How-to guides

Make sure you’re getting the most out of the repair and pump cycle stations by knowing how to use them. Here’s a quick how-to guide:

Your Branding Can Be Included

Branding a station is important, to first identify the purpose of the unit, which may not be clear to all members of the public. Branding can also be used to communicate building identity or information on the funding for a repair station.

If you’re looking for your closest bike pump, we’ve created a resource that can help. Scroll down the product page to find the repair stand and pumps map.