OGDEN -- Later this year, Ogden cyclists can cruise through the city with a little more confidence knowing that a flat tire or a slipped chain won't have them walking their bikes home.
By early spring, the Ogden City Public Ways and Parks Division will install six bike repair stations at strategic locations throughout the city.
The repair stations, which are manufactured by DERO Bike Rack Co. based out of Minnesota, will feature self-contained tools and a bike pump so that cyclists can repair their bikes while away from home or the bike shop.
"You'll be able to perform most repairs with the tools these racks will have," said Ogden city project coordinator Josh Jones. "It's a pretty neat little device."
Jones said the city has already ordered the racks, which retail for $1,000 a piece, but were purchased for a total of $4,000, thanks to officials at the Quality Bike Products distribution center in Ogden.
"QBP (which is also headquartered in Minnesota) was able to help us get DERO to lower the rate," Jones said. "They kind of explained the whole project and what we're hoping to do and they got us a pretty great deal."
The stations were paid for by Ogden city, QBP, and Weber County RAMP tax monies.
The stations, which will be green in color, will be installed at trailheads and along Ogden's pathways, although exact locations will be determined later.
"We will go out and analyze several locations," Jones said. "We're looking at places like the River Parkway, the Intermodal Hub, and some other spots where we think they'd work."
Jones, an avid cyclist himself, said the stations will offer a convenience that hasn't yet been available to Ogden-area bikers.
"People will know that they have some support out there if they run into problems on their bike," he said. "You won't have to carry the entire kitchen sink, in terms of repair equipment, every time you go out and ride. It will provide a new level of confidence."
Jones said the idea for the stations was suggested by an Ogden resident who ran into some repair issues miles away from his home.
"The idea was brought to us by a resident and we thought it was great," Jones said. "We figured this was something that a lot of people would like see."
Jones said that if the stations are well received, the city will likely install more of them.
"The hope is that we can put some more up," he said. "They fit with the city's commitment to cycling and it's just another small step towards becoming the kind of city we want to be, which is a bike-friendly place."
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