A new Bike Centre opened in the eastern Helsinki district of Herttoniemi in June. The Bike Centre operates indoors in a building adjacent to the Herttoniemi Metro station. The building is a former bus drivers’ lounge. The first Bike Centre operates at the Narikka square in Kamppi.
The Bike Centres assist and advise cyclists from the beginning of summer to the end of October, allowing cyclists to maintain their bikes by themselves under the guidance of professionals. In addition, the Bike Centres offer quick bike servicing for a fee.
“The Bike Centres help people to cycle. You can borrow the necessary tools for small-scale maintenance, buy supplies and get advice. The new Herttoniemi Bike Centre will be provided with bike racks that allow the bike frame to be locked to the rack,” says project engineer Samuli Mäkinen of Helsinki City Transport HKL, which owns and organizes the centres.
The Bike Centres can lend you the main tools from chain whips to spoke keys. You can tighten bolts, pump your tyres and buy bike supplies. The staff can give you a cycling map and suggestions for bikes and cycling. The Bike Centres also offer information about the City Bikes bike-sharing system and guide you in the use of the system. However, any feedback concerning City Bikes and fault reports should be submitted to the CityBike Finland customer service.
The Herttoniemi and Narinkka square Bike Centres serve from Monday to Saturday, 10–18. The Centres are operated by the Velo & Oxygen bike store.
Check the latest news on the Bike Centre Facebook page and website. Find Velo & Oxygen on Facebook at facebook.com/VeloOxygenFI and on the internet at velo-oxygen.fi (webpage in Finnish only).
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