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Outside pump and tool station - yes or no ?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Flick of the Elbow, 29 Dec 2016.

  1. Flick of the Elbow

    Flick of the Elbow Wage Slave

    West Lothian
    A non cyclist at work, one of the local bosses, has asked me if I could submit a case for getting a fixed pump and tool station installed near the bike shed. I've seen these occasionally at railway stations, a robust pump fixed in the ground with a variety of allen keys and other tools hanging off on cables.
    Are these a good idea ? Do people actually use them ?
    How much do they cost ? Are they worth it ?
  2. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    Would it encourage more of your colleagues to cycle to work?
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    It's an opportunity I'd grab hold of.

    Google "public bike pump".
  4. rivers

    rivers Senior Member

    There's loads around Bristol and South Gloucestershire. I use them on occasion.
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  5. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming
    There's a good few around London, free standing and those put out by bike shops. Of course the location means they are probrably used quite regularly.

    Having them is far better then not. Though not sure it would encourage more people to get on a bike.
  6. OP
    Flick of the Elbow

    Flick of the Elbow Wage Slave

    West Lothian
    Good question.
  7. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    As said above there are a number in Bristol and I know they occasionally get vandalised but they also subsequently get fixed afterwards. However it's good to know they are there especially for those cyclists who don't carry tools or only a limited supply. Some cyclists don't have a pump etc at home so once the tyre is flat it just languishes in a forgotten corner.
  8. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire Staff Member

    Under the Edge
    Are there already enough secure bike stands (and not of the 'wheel bender' type) - if not, that might be a better use for any money they are willing to stump up for cycling related stuff.
  9. youngoldbloke

    youngoldbloke The older I get, the faster I used to be ...

    Impressed to see tools and pump setup at a new(ish) Waitrose store.
  10. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    got one outside work, and another at the office across the road (co-op head office in manchester). in my experience, you're better off just bringing a decent frame pump with you, and we're lucky that the security lodge has a track pump that can be borrowed in an emergency…
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  11. Drago

    Drago Guru

    I'm presuming you work for a private firm? Before doing anything i'd check the firms insurance liability gives cover for anyone using the tools against injuring themselves or damaging their bikes.

    And because its a workplace and tools have the potential to cause injury PUWER regulations mean people only properly trained and/or competent can lawfully use them.

    It's a great and seemingly simple idea, but I've been in charge of this thing for my ex employer and it's a 'mare when you get into it.
  12. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    Yep, some people can't be trusted with anything,

    View: https://youtu.be/FwBjLCAodLw
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  13. Drago

    Drago Guru