The Bike Cave History
Texas State's bicycle cooperative, (The Bike Cave), began in 2007 as a collaboration between Auxiliary Services; proactive members of NAEP (now ECO); members of the community, and ESC. Student staff and volunteers began constructing bicycle work stations and organizing The Cave space for bicycles and parts storage. They stripped bicycle parts from donated bicycles to provide low-cost bicycle parts for customers. To better serve the students, The Bike Cave employees set up shop in the Quad once a week for minor repairs.
The location of the first “Cave” was the Thornton House garage and basement. This location, plus additional storage at the University Print Shop, made up about 1000 square feet of crammed space which soon proved too small the meet the growing demand for bicycle repairs by Texas State students, faculty and staff.
The original Cave location at Thornton House garage closed at the beginning of December 2008 to allow
The newest location, (Room 100 of the Colorado building), opened on February 1, 2010 with just under 1200 square feet of work space and on-site storage. This location is a tight fit, but still provides all the basic repair equipment. We have added a new air compressor allowing students to easily air their tires at all five work stations; an outside air hose was added for after-hours availability. The Bike Cave offers low cost tubes and patch kits to allow for on-site tire and tube repairs; work stands for easy bicycle maintenance and repair; basic and specialized bike tools; knowledgeable staff, and training opportunities for those who want to learn how to maintain and repair their bicycles.
A Good Reason to Support a Bicycle Cooperative.
The following philosophies and guiding principles are part of the current Campus Master Plan and support development of Alternative Transportation; many of which directly or indirectly address and/or support bicycling. They include:
Alternative Transportation in San Marcos, Edible San Marcos put an article we wrote in their February newsletter.
Re-Build A Bike, go to The Bike Cave Website for details.
Bike! Bike!, is an international annual conference organized by and for not-for-profit bike projects. Come join us next summer, to move forward with that Bicycle Coopertive project you have been thinking about for your community.
This is a pilot project for a Bike Rental at Texas State University‐ SM. We are starting this project off by supplying the Texas State International Students who may be transit‐dependent here in San Marcos with a bike. Our hope is to create new bike riders and provide a service to a growing trend in the area, sustainability. This project may help us kick off a bigger rental program in the future at Texas State University‐SM.
Getting around the Texas State campus and the City of San Marcos by bike is economical and eco friendly. For a one time membership fee, International students can apply to rent a bike from The Bike Cave for the entire semester. Our rental fleet consists of reused bicycles from The Bike Cave; a bike lock comes with every bike rented. This program is available on a first-come first-serve basis, although we will do our best to accommodate all International students who apply. Our bikes are recycled bikes that get donated to us by the San Marcos and the Texas State University community in various states of disrepair. Our volunteers and staff then restore them and fix them up so that they can be ridden once again. For any further question email us at email@example.com
History of the Bike Racks on the Bobcat Tram
How to load your bike on the Bobcat Tram
Re-Build a Bike -offers participants the opportunity to learn basic bicycle maintenance and repair. You’ll learn proper bicycle fit, and have the opportunity to build a bicycle from the ground up.
2012 Bike Cave T-shirt
Front and Back Design
Purchase at The Bike Cave for $10
Men and Women sizes available, while supplies last.