Maplewood Township introduced a new Dero Bike Repair Station in Maplecrest Park on July 18 with an official unveiling.
Tracey Woods, Chair of the Maplewood Green Team, said the station cost $1,186 all in — including shipping and installation. It was funded by the Department of Recreation, Department of Public Works and a Sustainable Jersey grant.
As far as park equipment goes, it’s quite the bargain. According to the Dero website, the “Fixit” station “includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments.”
And it has a tire pump.
On Tuesday, staff from High Gear Cyclery from Millburn were on hand to instruct participants in basic bike repair. Mayor Vic DeLuca got down to business with repair work (see photos below) but said he would not be manning the station to repair bikes for constituents.
In addition, the Maplewood Police and Maplewood Loves Wellness Committee distributed bike helmets for children at the event. When asked how many they had given away, a volunteer responded, “A lot!”