Outdoor Recreation provides Bike Shop services to all University of South Carolina students, faculty, and staff. Come gain the knowledge to maintain and repair your bike at home or on the trail, learn how to ride confidently and safely. Services are FREE with your valid Carolina Card.
Location: The Bike Shop is located at the Blatt PE Center and can be accessed from the parking lot side of the facility.
Register your bike
- flat repair*
- bike cleaning
- complete tune-ups
- complete overhauls**
- parts replacement*
- assembly of new bikes*
*We do not stock any bike-specific parts at this time. Once the problem has been diagnosed by our mechanic, you will be contacted. Replacement parts need to be purchased from any of the local bike shops.
**We currently do not service suspension systems.
Bike Commuting is about the bike and the rider, but it is also about being aware of others on the road. First, you need to select a bike that fits what kind of riding you will be doing (road or off-road). Then you will want to select a bike that fits you (you can go to your local bike shop and they can give you the measurements that you will need). When you are buying a bike, look to see if it has any damage like dents, cracks, bends, discoloration, and rust that is more than surface rust (bubbling or corrosion). If you purchase a used bike you should take it to a bike shop to be looked over before you start riding. You should always wear a helmet that fits and does not have any damage like dents or cracks in it. Wear clothes that are comfortable, functional, and visible. You should also have a saddle bag to carry tools in or a bigger bag for extra clothes if you need them. You should familiarize yourself with how to fix a flat by replacing the tube, fix a chain, checking your brake pads for wear and other minor repairs.
Tools you should have in your saddle bag:
• Multi Tool
• Chain Tool
• Tire Levers
• Patch Kit
• Spoke wrench
• Spare tube
More information about commuting:
• SC Laws on Bike Commuting Website
• Commuting Checklist
• Resource Guide
• Bike Commuter Calculator
• Commuter/Bike Maintenance Quizzes
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How to buy a bike:
1. Find a bike that fits your needs.
From mountain bikes to multi-speed road bikes (great for commuting around Columbia due to the steep hills), consider how your bike will be used. Outdoor Recreation favors the cyclocross bike as it can be used on-road, off-road, as a commuter and for touring.
2. Find a bike that fits you.
Visit Sheldon Brown’s page to learn more about finding the right size bike for you.
3. Beware of stolen goods.
If the person selling the bike can’t give you a good story for why they’re getting rid of it or if something just feels fishy, walk away and notify the police (they can reference the bike against filed police reports). To avoid having your bike stolen we highly recommend using a U-Lock. This allows you to capture both wheels and the frame. Be sure to lock it to a secure structure, and ” target=”_blank”>register your bike with parking services.
4. Get the bike checked out.
Swing by the Outdoor Recreation Bike Shop during scheduled hours for a FREE tune up.
5. Make sure that the asking price is reasonable.
Visit http://www.bicyclebluebook.com/Default.aspx to get an idea of what is a reasonable price based on the condition of the bike.