Countless students use bicycles to get around campus, but what happens when one has an issue? A flat tire, failing breaks, or broken pedal can make getting around quite difficult.
Luckily, the Student Union offers a free repair service for students every Monday through Thursday.
The service began with the Spokes Council, a student organization for bike advocacy. Spokes Council started a small repair service but aimed to grow it to support the UCF community.
“Their main goal as a club was to have it sponsored and overseen by the Student Union, and that movement was a success,” said Leland Carlson, a bike mechanic at the repair tent.
Spokes Council is still involved with the repair station, and their signs promote their regular group ride and gatherings.
Their main event, the Tuesday Knight Ride, leaves from the Little Econ trail and heads to Lazy Moon on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m.
The repair station sees quite a lot of activity, with anywhere from three to nine bikes an hour, according to mechanic and Spokes Council member Chris Carlson.
“Normally we do 25-40 bikes in a day,” Carlson said.
With the large amount of repairs, the two most common problems involve tires and brakes.
“It’s mostly flat tires though,” said Carlson. “It’s a thing that happens on bikes regularly, and not a lot of people know how to deal with it.”
The bike repair is open Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.