With all of these crazy potholes in the roads you might need to know this: There is a little spot down in the West Loop where you can fix your bike on the go. If you have the know how to do repairs on your bike and just need a station to do it this is a great spot. They have all sorts of tools to help you out, all of which are connected to the station via wire. They have a hose to fill up air and even a rack to place your bicycle while you get down and dirty with whatever needs a tweak or a full on recovery. Obviously you need to supply your own parts and they don’t have convenient yet unnecessary tools like tensioner but this spot is great if you find yourself in a pinch.
I ride by here with my motorcycle often enough although I’ve never found the need to use it. I’m sure one day I’ll break down and have to use the screwdriver for something on my old machine. But, the best part is the free air. It’s hard to argue with free. Also, it’s right next to a great little cocktail bar called the Paramount Room so you can grab a drink before or after the fixing.