Local bike shop installs bike repair stations at parks

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published November 29, 2016

 Sean Shantry, of Royal Oak, raises his bike to adjust his seat using tools at a new bike repair station, donated by Metro Bike, at River Bends Park in Shelby Township Nov. 27.

Sean Shantry, of Royal Oak, raises his bike to adjust his seat using tools at a new bike repair station, donated by Metro Bike, at River Bends Park in Shelby Township Nov. 27.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — River Bends Park in Shelby Township and Memorial Park in Utica both recently received a bike repair station along the new paved hike-and-bike trail that connects the two.

A Shelby Township bike shop, Metro Bike, donated the stations as an act of goodwill.

“Metro Bike extended some generosity to the city in building a very well-constructed, handy bicycle repair station in Memorial Park,” Utica Department of Public Works Superintendent Bill Lang said. “The donation of that also comes with a maintenance agreement that they intend to maintain and take care of it, which is really great.”

Lang said the bike repair station cost more than $4,500.

Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department Director Joe Youngblood said the bike repair station at River Bends Park is located behind the Hickory Grove Pavilion, near the asphalt hike-and-bike trail and the entrance to the unpaved mountain bike trail.

“It’s a great location for the use of bike riders at that intersection there,” Youngblood said. “A lot of people are very excited about it. If you’re out for a long bike ride and get a flat tire, it has all the tools required to make repairs.”

Youngblood said he is thankful to Metro Bike for the donation.

“Anytime we get donations like this from the community, it definitely helps to improve the quality of life of residents just being out on the bike trail,” he said.

Joe Cronk, manager of Metro Bike, said owner Donald Clapp decided to install the repair stations to give back to the community, as well as to publicize the business’s name.

“The community has been so supportive of us. It’s just been great, so we wanted to do something to give back and show that we appreciate all their support,” Clapp said.

The stations, Cronk said, include a set of arms to allow bicyclists to lift their bikes off the ground and observe them at eye level; common tools, such as wrenches and pliers, attached to the unit with cables; and a tire-filling station to add air to bike tires.

“They have only been out there for a short period of time, but we’ve had probably half a dozen calls from people just calling to say thank you,” Cronk said. “The biggest thing people have made mention of is having the tire-filling station out there.”

He said Metro Bike plans to install more bike repair stations at locations such as Dodge Park and Stony Creek Metropark.

“We like to be able to help out so somebody doesn’t have to rush into a bike shop late on a weeknight or on a weekend and can fix things while still on the trail,” he said. “That way, they’re not stranded.”

River Bends Park is located at 5700 22 Mile Road, west of Shelby Road. Memorial Park is located across the street from the Utica Public Library, 7530 Auburn Road, west of Van Dyke Avenue.

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