Bike Fixation’s Public Toolbox Keeps Tools from Walking Away
- Oct 07, 2014
By Mike Ratliff, Senior Associate Editor
Commuters in the United States are starting to catch on to what is a transportation staple across the globe. Gas prices, trendiness, better infrastructure and the fun factor have more people biking in major cities across the country. According to ACS Census data, the number of U.S. workers who traveled to work on a bicycle increased from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 in 2008-2012. That is a larger percent increase than any other transportation mode.
And the cyclist demographic is pretty much exactly the same as the demographic you should be targeting apartments towards—Millennials and Gen-Xers (who secretly wish they were Millennials) bent on living in a happening urban area. Developers have taken note, and bicycle shares, bike storage and bicycle repair rooms have become popular amenity choices in projects targeting younger cohorts in denser areas.
One problem with the public bike repair shop is sticky fingers. As any home bike mechanic knows, these tools aren’t cheap. While it is not enough to thwart someone hell-bent on commandeering an Allen-key set, the new Public Toolbox from Bike Fixation makes a handy addition to a bike repair room that will prevent your tools from walking off.
The wall-mounted tool kit features eight tools for basic bicycle repair (i.e. changing pedals, adjusting your seat, changing out a punctured tube, adjusting derailleur alignment or opening up your wheel hubs to clean and grease the bearings). If those last two jobs had your eyes glassing over, there is a QR code on the face-plate that will direct any smart phone or tablet to online repair tips. The faceplate can also be customized with your own company or community branding.
Be sure to check out Bike Fixation to see how you can make your community more bike-friendly.