Public bike repair station installed in Hamilton, wayfinding system in final stages

ByShannon J. Cortes

Sep 24, 2022

City of Hamilton cyclists have a new option when it comes to minor bike repairs.

The City of Hamilton has partnered with Bike Walk Bitterroot, the Rapp Family Foundation and the Bitterroot Public Library to fund, install and maintain a public bicycle repair station outside the Bitterroot Public Library.

The repair station is equipped with a bicycle pump, as well as spanners, Allen keys and screwdrivers of various sizes. Tools are attached to cables to prevent them from being stolen. There’s also a QR code that directs users to videos covering a range of common bike repair topics, from fixing a puncture or removing a wheel, to adjusting gears, v-brakes or of a front derailleur.

“You can hang your bike on the rack, there’s a pump to inflate your tires — all that stuff,” Hamilton Mayor Dominic Farrenkopf said. “So you could be a kid in this town and say, ‘Oh, my bike’s broken,’ and go to the library, haul your bike, fix it, and bring it home. Or if you’re traveling across town or anything like, ‘Hey, I need to do some repairs on my bike.’ They follow the orientation panel. He takes them to the library. It’s free of course.

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As the number of commuters using bicycles has increased over the years, so has bicycle tourism in the state of Montana. The Bitterroot Trail, with 50 miles of paved trail stretching from Hamilton to Missoula, provides recreation opportunities for locals and serves as a destination for cyclists seeking Montana’s scenic views. The new bicycle wayfinding system, currently in its final stages, will provide signage that will guide cyclists off the trail and into downtown Hamilton.

“We are almost done with the bike orientation. This will direct people on the Bitterroot Trail through the city,” said Matthew Rohrbach, Hamilton City Planner and Bike Walk Bitterroot Board Member. “He will direct people to the library, to the bicycle repair station, all the cycle tourists who pass. This should be installed before the end of the year. It’ll get them off Highway 93, and then it’ll bring them right next to it and let them know it’s a place they can go fix their bikes.”






The repair station is equipped with a bicycle pump, as well as spanners, Allen keys and screwdrivers of various sizes.


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The bicycle repair station is located outside, so it is accessible to users at all times, even if the library is closed.

“You know, other towns in Montana have them. I saw one at Bigfork, they are great. said Mayor Farrenkopf. “So I’m really glad the city has one now.”

Bike Walk Bitterroot is a local organization made up of cyclists, elected officials, business owners and community members working to promote and improve cycling and walking in Bitterroot. In addition to the bike repair station and wayfinding system, Bike Walk Bitterroot is also working in partnership with downtown businesses on a bike rack program.

“We partnered with the city and downtown to get these new Hamilton bike racks, and we’re just trying to focus on some of these smaller projects,” Rohrbach said. “One of the things we’re looking at doing is a bike rack program with businesses. So if businesses want to install bike racks, Bike Walk Bitterroot would split the cost with them and kind of take care of that. order these bike racks. »

“We’re just trying to make this place, to make Hamilton and the Bitterroot more bike-friendly,” Rohrbach said. “And also to get some of those amenities that help people cycle and walk in Hamilton.”

For more information on Bike Walk Bitterroot or to participate in the bike rack program, visit bikewalkbitterroot.org or email [email protected]







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A QR code on the repair station leads users to videos on a range of common bike repair topics, from fixing a puncture or removing a wheel to adjusting gears, v-brakes or of a front derailleur.


Jessica Abel



Jessica Abell is the editor-in-chief of Ravalli Republic.