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Old 02-29-08, 12:14 PM   #1
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What is the best bike parking rack design?

We have just moved to a new office location that is now close enough to commute by bicycle. The office environment is not such as to accommodate bringing a bicycle inside. However, there is a small covered parking area that I may be able to talk management into installing a bike parking rack. I have seen various designs of such racks and was interested in what designs are easier to use, provide best security, minimize damage to bike/accesories, etc.

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I like these. They're stable, offer a lot of area to lock to (for different frame types/sizes), and they're secure as heck if they're the ones which are laid right into the concrete instead of just bolted down to it.
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The Sheffield Rack made of stainless steel tubing is hard to beat so long as the spacing meets accepted standards.
The plastic coated ones eventually crack and split and the zinc galvanised ones look horrible and have a surface rough enough to scratch paintwork.
This example is located too close to the wall, a common mistake.

Other mistakes include placing the stand right next to a lamnp post, or sufficient space for 2 bikes but not enough for an additional person, placing th horizontal too high or low, or replacing the horizontal section with an "attractive" but less useful curve.
You can buy sets of racks welded with the correct spacing.
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I like the ones with multiple points to support the frame because I'm usually carrying a ton of stuff.

http://home.swbell.net/mpion/BIKEparking.html
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sheffield stand in stainless or painted steel



http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/tpm/...pro4085?page=2

http://www.google.com/search?num=100...tand+standards
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The thrid one down, it has a built in pump:

http://weekendcycling.com/2007/01/in...ng-bike-racks/
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The best ones are the simplest ones - the upside-down steel U, for example.
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I like these. They're stable, offer a lot of area to lock to (for different frame types/sizes), and they're secure as heck if they're the ones which are laid right into the concrete instead of just bolted down to it.
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This is the one I like best. You can get 4 bikes locked to each of the racks (the set up in the picture will hold 8 bikes).
http://www.dero.com/bike_bike.html
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I believe that the London Cycling Campaign actually has a best practice document for installation of bike racks in commercial/industrial spaces. Obviously some of the references will be UK standards but I'd imagine most of it is just as good for over here.
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A DERO Bike Hitch works well (www.dero.com).
It is the post type with a large ring.
They are inexpensive ($125), easy for your company to install, don't take up much space and look different- all elements that may help entice an employer to install a couple.
The City of Toronto has a number of this style of rack installed in a lot of locations.
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Old 02-29-08, 04:40 PM   #12
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This design works well here in the Windy City.

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We have just moved to a new office location that is now close enough to commute by bicycle. The office environment is not such as to accommodate bringing a bicycle inside. However, there is a small covered parking area that I may be able to talk management into installing a bike parking rack. I have seen various designs of such racks and was interested in what designs are easier to use, provide best security, minimize damage to bike/accesories, etc.

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I was put in charge with finding a bike rack for our company. I did a lot of research and found the style that CliftonGK1 posted was the best.
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Old 02-29-08, 05:36 PM   #14
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Everyone,
Thanks for all of your responses. Hopefully, I will find a receptive audience.
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I lke the traditional schoolyard rack.

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The only type absolutely not to get is the "wheelbender" rack - google for images if you don't know what I mean. http://www.vtpi.org/tdm/tdm85.htm might be useful too.
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I have seen various designs of such racks and was interested in what designs are easier to use, provide best security, minimize damage to bike/accesories, etc.

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The Bike Rack by itself provides minimal security for your bicycle. In other words, the safty of your bike will be determine by those who use it or walk past. If those cyclists want to damage your bike and steal your accesories, there's not much you can do for the bike rack cannot provide any protection. If someone who uses your bike rack likes your ride, it could take about 5 minutes with power tools to break your U-Lock or chain. Use at your own risk.
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I like these. They're stable, offer a lot of area to lock to (for different frame types/sizes), and they're secure as heck if they're the ones which are laid right into the concrete instead of just bolted down to it.
We call these "ribbon racks" in Portland. They're my favorite, as the part closest to the ground is perfect for locking my U-frame.

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sheffield stand in stainless or painted steel

We call these "staple racks". They are also a fine choice.

Personally, I think these are the best 2 designs.
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Wow, what timing. I was looking at racks last night for the same purpose. Hopefully I can persuade my company to install a rack. Since I began bike commuting again, two others have also begun cycling to work. Maybe if there was a decent place to lock up our bikes, more might ride. At this point, I am taking advantage of the best place to lock up a bike and the other two have been leaving their bikes unlocked behind a wall outside.

I inquired about bike parking when I interviewed for the job and was told that they didn't allow bikes in the building. Yes, I took the job anyway. The company uses reserved parking spaces to reward workers for attendance and years of service. My goal is to get one of those reserved parking spaces and lock my bike up to the sign with my name on it. To top that, I would love to make someone move their car from my space if they parked there without authorization.

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When in UPS our student union building had some of the most secure racks I have used. Imagine a clam style rack. Open it, place your bike an close it...1 prong through each wheel and another through the main triangle. A pad lock locked the clam together via the center prong. The lock was shielded by a mesh to deter bolt cutters. Doesn't work for all frame styles, but it was solid.
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I like these. They're stable, offer a lot of area to lock to (for different frame types/sizes), and they're secure as heck if they're the ones which are laid right into the concrete instead of just bolted down to it.
Although I've certainly seen worse racks out there, I'm not a big fan of this type. If you park the bike in the intended direction, it's only supported on one point and likely to fall. You can park the bike the other way, but then you become a "rack hog".

There are some bicycle parking guidelines here: http://www.apbp.org/pdfsanddocs/Reso...Guidelines.pdf
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I like these. T
That's actually my least favorite, whenever the space is available I tens to lock parallel to the rack for good support. My workplace recently installed some of these: http://www.ameribike.com/catalog/rac...ace-saver.html

The hanging design is nice, but not optimal for bikes with fenders.
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The rack below has been designed not to be a "wheel-bender" and fit more bikes in a smaller space (using a vertical stagger). The rack offers a locking bar for each bike slot that allows a U-Style lock to lock the frame and the front wheel, and allows each slot to be used without tangling handlebars with the bike next to it. The rack was designed even down to the hardware not to corrode.
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Inverted U's are my favorite, such as those Denver has everywhere.

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