Bicycle Maintenance

General Diagnostics & Maintenance Skills

Outdoor Adventures hosts a variety of pop-up events around campus offering diagnostics for bicycle issues, basic maintenance workshops, and once in a great while has been known to offer free tune-ups. Please check the RecWell Events Calendar for any upcoming programs.


Self-Service Maintenance Area

A well maintained bicycle is not only safer, more reliable, & longer lasting. It's more fun to ride! 

Outdoor Adventures oversees a self-service maintenance area at the Ravines Center with 2 bike stands and an assortment of tools for making most minor repairs. 

How to Get Started

Step 1
Check-In

We love to know that the extent to which the space is being used. Scan the QR code on the table to tell us what brought you in.

Step 2
Access the Tools

Tools are stored in a locker located in the maintenance room. How to access them is explained on the Thank You page of the Check-In form.

Step 3
Do the Work

Feel free to utilize the maintenance books or online videos to diagnose and repair your bike. Help yourself to the assortment of used parts available. Additional tools and a variety of new parts (for purchase) are available when our office is open (it's across the hall).

Step 4
Clean Up

Please pickup after yourself when you are done with your work. This includes recycling old parts and wiping down your work area. Place the tools back in the locker to help prevent them from growing legs. 

Maintenance Area Expectations

  1. Sign-in on the check-in form before using the space.
  2. Return the tools and unused parts to their appropriate home before leaving.
  3. Recycle as much as possible.
  4. Sharing is caring.
  5. Leave your work area at least as clean as you found it.
  6. Your bike leaves when you do, whether you're done with it or not.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When can I work on my bike?
    A: The space is available any time the Mail/ Package operation is open. Please be mindful of their closing times.
  2. I'm not a mechanic, how will I know what to do?
    A: In the maintenance area there are 2 bicycle maintenance guides. There are also a variety of good step-by-step videos online which we hope to compile into a convenient webpage in the near future.
  3. Where are the tools?
    A: 
    The tool kit and air pump are stored in a locker within the maintenance area. Instructions for accessing them is given on the Thank You page of our online check-in form.
  4. What do I do if the building closes or I need to leave before I'm done working on my bike?
    A: Unfortunately, your bike needs to leave when you do. It doesn't need to go home but it can't stay here. We recommend locking it to the rack on the side of the building.
  5. My tires have a presta valve. Can the air pump accommodate that? 
    A: Yes! the pump available with the basic tool kit is adaptable. The rubber insert in the nozzle's head must be flipped over for presta valve use.
Tool Kit List

Adjustable Wrench
Air Pump
Combination Wrench - 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, & 15mm
Chain Breaker Tool
Hex Wrenches - 1.5mm - 8mm
Pliers
Screwdriver, Phillips Head (X)
Spoke Wrench - sizes 0, 1, 2
Tire Levers (2)

The Allendale & Pew Campuses have a variety of amenities to support your biking needs.

  • Allendale Campus Dero Fixit Station - Located at the covered bike racks between Stafford & Swanson Living Centers. Each station contains basic tools, repair stand, air pump, & QR code that will open a series of instructional maintenance videos on your phone!
  • Pew Campus Dero Fixit Stations - Each station contains basic tools, repair stand, air pump, & QR code that will open a series of instructional maintenance videos on your phone!
  • Compressed Air - The Connection (east side of building) & South Utilities Building (north side of building). 
    Note: Pumps provide pressure up to 80 psi and do not have a gauge. This pressure will over-inflate most bike's tires and can lead to ruptured tubes (i.e. flats). Pumps require an adapter for Presta valves which can be purchased at any local bike shop.
  • Showers - Located inside the Recreation Center

Bike Maintenance at Farmers Market 2019


Local Bike Repair

There are many stellar bike shops in the Grand Rapids area. However there are two that standout near campus for your bike repair needs.

Village Bike & Fitness

  • Located ~8 miles SE from campus in Jenison. 
  • This is the closest option to campus but only practical if you have access to a personal vehicle to transport your bike. 

Freewheeler Bike Shop

  • Located ~12.5 miles East of campus in Grand Rapids. 
  • This is an ideal option if traveling by bus is your only option. By bus from Allendale, take the 50 to the Standale Meijer.
  • Transfer to the 7 (West Leonard) and get off at either the Tamarack or Fremont stops.
  • Freewheeler will be on the north side of the road between the two stops.

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