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Old 07-09-09, 09:05 PM   #1
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My local grocery store just gained more of my business

Because they installed ....you guessed it.. BIKE RACKS. Bran spanking new racks and my bike fits beautifully inside. You see pictures and read about it at

http://mississauga-cyclist.blogspot.com

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Old 07-09-09, 11:45 PM   #2
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kewl. I always assumed shopping areas have bike racks. I used to live in Mississauga. What a boring suburbia. It's called Toronto's bedroom for a reason. Is Mayor Hazel still running the town? She's gotta be older than Gandalf.
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Awesome. I wish our Price Chopper and HyVee had bike racks. I couldn't tell by the pic, do you lock your bike at the grocery store?

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How does that style of rack work? Do you have to hang your stem on the bar to lock your bike? Is it better to back in?

I'm just curious. I've seen photos of that style of rack before, but I've never used one.
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Good that you like the racks. I personaly do not carry a lock, incentive never to leave it unattended.

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I personaly do not carry a lock, incentive never to leave it unattended.
Sounds like you are the ball and chain; or the bike is yours.
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Sounds like you are the ball and chain; or the bike is yours.
The bike is his. Even A to B tourers that lock their loaded bikes, are chained to the bikes.
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Good that you like the racks. I personaly do not carry a lock, incentive never to leave it unattended.
So, what do you crack ahole road ragers upside the head with?

Actually, I haven't even taken my ulock out of it's packaging yet. Got enough junk weighing the bike down already. I will probably start carrying it soon though as I would like to add utility biking to commuter biking. I have stopped at a convenience store for a gallon of milk on the bike. I can do that without locking up. I'd rather not do that for a run into the grocery store.
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I don't use a lock, but that's because, as others here have pointed out, apparently I live in Mayberry, RFC. Only about half the bikes around here get locked up, and I don't think I've heard of one being stolen. I do have a lock in case I ride over to a bigger city, but it only gets used maybe 3 or 4 times a year.
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How does that style of rack work? Do you have to hang your stem on the bar to lock your bike? Is it better to back in?

I'm just curious. I've seen photos of that style of rack before, but I've never used one.
Front goes in first. The stem and bars should be above the rack with both wheels on the ground. A standard size U-lock can go through one of the hanging triangles, the front wheel, and the frame.

There are a few racks like that in my area--however, many of them have advertising panels (for a local bike shop!) above the horizontal bar, in the space the handlebars should occupy.
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Front goes in first. The stem and bars should be above the rack with both wheels on the ground. A standard size U-lock can go through one of the hanging triangles, the front wheel, and the frame.

There are a few racks like that in my area--however, many of them have advertising panels (for a local bike shop!) above the horizontal bar, in the space the handlebars should occupy.
To me, that rack looks like a back it in. Hence the Advert. Back in and lock through the rear triangle. I'd rather take my chances with losing a front wheel over an expensive rear wheel replacement.

Thats just me.
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I don't use a lock, but that's because, as others here have pointed out, apparently I live in Mayberry, RFC. Only about half the bikes around here get locked up, and I don't think I've heard of one being stolen. I do have a lock in case I ride over to a bigger city, but it only gets used maybe 3 or 4 times a year.
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To me, that rack looks like a back it in. Hence the Advert. Back in and lock through the rear triangle. I'd rather take my chances with losing a front wheel over an expensive rear wheel replacement.

Thats just me.
Noted, although the photo on the rack manufacturer's website is of a bike locked as I described.
http://www.cora.com/corabikerack.htm

It's been a long time since I've tried to lock to one of those racks I was complaining about. I believe I tried backing in but there were some issues with rear rack clearance. I just went to the railing on the far side of the building instead.
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It looks as if you can only put bikes on one side of that rack. It should be further out from the wall or turned 90 degrees.
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it'll be nice if they made bike parking racks a mandatory feature for all business
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My local Stop and Shop grocery store has a bike rack. It's a nice perk, but their produce sucks.
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My grocery store has an even better deal! Just bring it inside, and lock it up behind the service counter.
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How does that style of rack work? Do you have to hang your stem on the bar to lock your bike? Is it better to back in?

I'm just curious. I've seen photos of that style of rack before, but I've never used one.
No. It's a bit hard to see, but that's one of the nicer styles of rack. The things that appear to be bars of metal hanging down in the photograph are actually loops of heavy pipe. While it's not fun, each loop can take 4 bicycles, and each bike can be securely locked around part of the frame and your choice of the front or rear wheel. Further, each end of the rack can take an additional bicycle. It's a very nice style of rack due to the high density of bikes and good locking options.
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Huh, I can't think of any big stores that DON'T have racks here. Even the Walmarts have racks.

The Second cup down by the lake doesn't, but has a nice big area of sidewalk/patio where you can lock the bikes.
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Because they installed ....you guessed it.. BIKE RACKS. Bran spanking new racks and my bike fits beautifully inside. You see pictures and read about it at

http://mississauga-cyclist.blogspot.com

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Meadowvale Towncentre has some realy nice bike racks , it's a steel post with a hoop ,very solid and secure. I've seen some bike racks around Mississauga that are absolute joke. Most of the time I prefer to use a lamp post or a sign post or some type of steel railing. Some bike racks are not even bolted to the ground all it takes is two strong guys to lift the whole thing and throw it at the back of a pick up. Most bike racks I've seen around here are easily deafeated with a hacksaw, that's why I prefer a lamp post or sign posts ( try sawing through a lampost)= electrocution, ha ha ha ! MEC has some awsome bikeracks.
I've looked at the pictures of your bike , I guess it ok for just doing shopping , after all shopping doesn't take that long. Oh and what type of a lock are you using ?
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Cool, I now know where to get 2 PlanetBike Superflash's from, a Mars 3.0 it looks like, and a Princeton Tec Swerve (/kidding, though if you were just a little closer to me... ).

I've never seen a rack like that before. It's good to see your local store being proactive. I don't know what that other cyclist was doing. It looks like you could just lift the bike up over those shopping cart barriers and walk away.
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Meadowvale Towncentre has some realy nice bike racks , it's a steel post with a hoop ,very solid and secure. I've seen some bike racks around Mississauga that are absolute joke. Most of the time I prefer to use a lamp post or a sign post or some type of steel railing. Some bike racks are not even bolted to the ground all it takes is two strong guys to lift the whole thing and throw it at the back of a pick up. Most bike racks I've seen around here are easily deafeated with a hacksaw, that's why I prefer a lamp post or sign posts ( try sawing through a lampost)= electrocution, ha ha ha ! MEC has some awsome bikeracks.
I've looked at the pictures of your bike , I guess it ok for just doing shopping , after all shopping doesn't take that long. Oh and what type of a lock are you using ?

Hi Wolfchild. Mississauga is lacking bike racks in general. Therefore any business that can get the ball rolling now are one step ahead of the game.

I am using a Kryptonite New York lock.
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Wow.

2 PB Superflashes.

Nice rack btw.
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Hi Wolfchild. Mississauga is lacking bike racks in general. Therefore any business that can get the ball rolling now are one step ahead of the game.

I am using a Kryptonite New York lock.
Yep, I agree most shopping plazas, malls, lack bike racks. I shop at loblaws and the only racks they have are the ones very low on the ground where you just lock your wheel( very bad design). Sometimes it's a bit of a challenge to find a solid object for locking a bike. I also use NY Krypto U lock.
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