The Public Bike Toolbox Popping Up Around the U.S.
Commuting to work via bicycle is becoming more and more popular with gas prices rising, and more traffic crowding the roads. On top of that, many people cycle for exercise or just for fun. With more bikes come more flat tires, and many gas stations or bicycle shops answered cyclists’ distress with handy air stations years ago.
But, for some reason, air is the only shareable station. It is forgotten how easily a chain can come loose, or how important it is to tighten brakes when need be. And the one downfall of riding a bicycle, is that you don’t exactly have trunk space to carry around tools for a quick and easy fix.
One company saw this problem, and decided it was time for a solution. Bike Fixtation, known throughout the bicycle community for their gear-filled vending machines, has a new product that is popping up throughout the U.S. Their Public Toolbox was released this fall, and it is the perfect solution to tool sharing and bike fixing.
With more bicycle share programs popping up, products like Bike Fixtation Public Toolbox are increasingly important. No one should be deprived of the necessary tools for a safe bike riding experience. But, there are those that would take advantage of the system, and take tools for themselves. Bike Fixtation had a solution for that problem as well though, and attaches the tools to a wall mounted kit with 54-inch braided stainless steel cables.
The Toolbox retails for $445 and includes two steel-core tire levers, 8mm/10mm and 9mm/11mm cone wrenches, Hex key set, 15mm/32mm combo wrench, a T25 Torx wrench, Phillips and flathead screwdrivers. Also, in case you are having issues, the box has a link that you can scan on a phone for online bike repair help.
The box is marketed towards schools, businesses and other institutions with custom branding options. It is a great idea for universities and shops to promote riding by providing easy DIY repair options to the public.