The Greenbrier Valley Bicycle Club is excited to announce the installation of a Bike Repair Fix-It Station at the Caldwell trailhead on the Greenbrier River Trail (GRT). The Fix-It Stand includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat tire to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making needed adjustments using the tools attached to the stand by steel cables. Low tire pressure? No problem! There is a separate bike pump on the Fix-It Station pad that will take care of that!
During a 2015 cycling trip along the Katy Trail in Missouri, members of the GVBC had their first experience with Bike Repair Fix-It Stands. Delighted in the unexpected finding of these stands at nearly every trailhead along that 239 mile trek, and with their hands-on experience of just how useful these stations were to tail riders, GVBC members knew instantly that they wanted to explore ways to raise money to secure this handy asset and bring it home to our beloved and highly used Greenbrier River Trail.
Upon their return from that trip, GVBC members Karen Wines and Don Mohler researched Bike Repair Stations and contacted distributors for information and pricing with the hope of a potential future purchase.
Five years later, thanks to bike club fundraising monies and the generous help of Fred Doss (who provided the materials and labor for the concrete pad at no charge to the club), our long-held goal has been achieved. Additionally, GVBC extends a special thank you to bike club members Peter Lawson, Terry Casey, Danny Harper, and Bobby Guet for donations of their time, energy, and combined skills in completing the installation, and Jody Spencer of WV State Parks for supporting and approving this endeavor.
So, the next time you find yourself for for a trail ride, check out the new Fix-It Station at mile marker #3. You can’t miss it- it’s a brightly colored orange stand against the green backdrop of our beautiful river trail.