A Free Resource For Students
By Britney Munguia
Whether you walk, skip, run or bike to campus, as a Bobcat you can enjoy a plethora of free resources, like the Bike Cave. Located in the Colorado building on Pleasant Street, the Bike Cave is an on-campus cooperative that provides free repairs, affordable recycled bicycles and classes for those interested in learning about bike maintenance.
Jeremy Logan, a senior at Texas State, is a mechanic at the Bike Cave. Before joining the staff six months ago, Logan volunteered as a Bike Cave mechanic.
“I truly enjoy putting bicycles into the hands of students,” Logan says. “It’s satisfying knowing that I can help turn elementary riders into more efficient cyclists.”
The University Police department is a primary source of spare parts for the Bike Cave.
“If a bike is left on campus unattended for 120 days, and is not registered, UPD scoops it up,” says Logan. Bikes that are not claimed by their owners are eventually donated to the Bike Cave, and are either recycled or sold as-is.
Bicycles sold by the Bike Cave can cost between $35 and $200, depending on rarity and durability. All bicycles purchased from the Bike Cave come with a seven-day warranty to ensure that you’re happy with your purchase.
Each semester the Bike Cave offers a training course called, “Re-Build a Bike,” which teaches students how to perform basic bicycle maintenance, such as changing flat tires and adjusting handlebars. The course costs $5 and will be offered Feb. 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“I would definitely recommend the Re-Build a Bike program to anyone that is interested,” says Logan. “You’ll learn a great deal from Sean, the gentleman running the program, and I guarantee you’ll have tons of fun.”
The Bike Cave officially re-opened on Jan-24, and the spring semester hours are:
Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Check out the Bike Cave’s website for more information.