First bike wash station opened in France

Just roll your bike into the wash.

Exciting news for cyclists in France. In Lyon the first automated bike wash has opened its doors. For the price of 10 euro’s, the Lavovélo takes good care of your two wheeled beauty. The washing only takes five minutes.

Head to Place Bellecour in Lyon with your bike. The clean machine stands in front of the Fix&Move workshop. It’s basically self-service, though employees tend to show up to give a little assistance.

The bike washing solution is designed by Rémi Hingrai, who describes his machine as “innovative and ecological”.
The machine uses a water jet and soft brushes, in order not to damage the small parts and paintwork of the bike. Just like his bigger brothers for cars, the Lavovélo preserves and recycles water for several dozen bike washes. The company has also promised to use biodegradable detergents.

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A bike wash takes several steps. The user must first insert the front wheel into the Lavovélo. The water jets remove all the dirt encrusted on the two wheels. Just like at the rollover car wash, the bicycle passes between two brush rollers.

If and when the Lavovélo will also make an entrance at the Tour de France in the future, is not yet known. The Tour the France is the biggest bicycle race in the world and takes place in July.

Hingrai has several more Lavovélo stations planned throughout France. Follow him on Instagram to keep updated.

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Author: Rene Passet

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