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Cycling services you need — for free

Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky (Sept. 29, 2022) — Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library (WWBL) is University of Kentucky’s own bicycle shop, offering free bike repair services for students, staff and faculty.

Wildcat Wheels is located on north campus on the first floor of Blazer Dining. Fall semester hours are 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with morning services available by appointment. The shop is manned by knowledgeable students who can assist and teach bicycle maintenance and repair. Gently used parts are available in exchange for volunteer time.

If you didn’t bring a bike to campus this fall, but think you could benefit from one, consider the shop’s free bike check-out options for both short and long-term use. While many of the long-term rental options are now full for this semester, you could still take advantage of weekly check-outs or departmental bikes.

If you have your own personal bike on campus but are having maintenance problems, Wildcat Wheels student mechanics can assist while you learn to fix your bike. 

Individuals who wish to work on their own bikes can also do so by utilizing the university’s numerous DIY Fix-It stations, located throughout campus. These stations offer a variety of basic bike tools and air pumps. See this page for a list of DIY Fix-It locations.

If you need to purchase bike parts in a pinch, take advantage of a bike parts vending machine located just inside the entrance to Wildcat Wheels. The machine is stocked with brake pads, shift cables, road caliper pads, bike chains, brake cables, bicycle tubes and bar tape, among other cycling essentials. The vending machine accepts all major credit cards and is accessible from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

“Wildcat Wheels is our legacy bicycle program at UK,” said Sandra Broadwill, alternative transportation manager for UK Transportation Services. “This fall is the 18-year anniversary of the program and providing access to free transportation for the campus community. We’re excited to see it continue to grow and serve a new generation of students.”

For more details about Wildcat Wheels and UK’s bicycle programs, visit the Transportation Services website and sign up for Bicycle e-news. You can also follow Wildcat Wheels on Facebook.

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