Biking is a popular activity at Conserve School. Many weekends you will find students heading into town to buy groceries and stop at the Dari-Maid for an ice cream treat, heading west to the Forest Lake Country Store or riding mountain bikes on the adventurous single-track trails on campus. Bikes are one of the most popular pieces of equipment that are borrowed from the Lowenwood Recreation Center during the early fall and late spring. Biking is a great way to get some exercise, reduce our carbon footprint, enjoy the outdoors, and get around the Northwoods.
This summer, Conserve School decided to purchase a Dero fixit bike repair station (http://www.dero.com/products/fixit/index.html) made by Dero Bike Rack Company from Minneapolis, MN. They are a bike company that is dedicated to the environment and being stewards of the earth. Their office and shop buildings run completely from wind power. In addition, over a third of their staff bike or walk to work regularly (http://www.dero.com/about-green.html).
The Fixit repair station is located in the Commons at Conserve so students and staff have easy access from the dorms to do their own basic maintenance on their bikes. The repair station includes a tire pump, a variety of Park tools, and hanger arms to hold the bike and allow the pedals and wheels to spin. Also, if you don’t know how to fix a bike and have a smartphone, no problem! There is a QR (Quick Read) code on the repair station. This allows you to scan it with a smartphone, get easy-to-follow directions on basic maintenance, and repair for your bike.
We are hoping that this new addition will encourage students and staff to get their bikes out more often and provide them with another way to explore the Northwoods.
~Graduate Fellow Laura