Cycle Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
Capacity - If a specification says a rack will hold ten bikes and knowing what you know now check it. Where some rack designs are misused the stated capacity may be reduced by as much as 90%.* Look Around - See how some rack owners have wasted their money. Cyclists wont used devices that dont secure or support their bike by its frame. Examples of Good Bicycle Parking Facilities * Bike parking racks that provide secure spaces for multiple bikes can offer a great solution to maximize capacity in a given area. Make sure the bike rack design supports the bike frame (not wheel) and encourages locking of the wheel and frame to the rack.
The rack can also provide a surface for attaching a roof-box which can carry luggage sports equipment and your bikes under cover. This method of carrying can also prevent damage to the bikes with the upright clamped position. Youll pay slightly more for the benefits of this bike-rack and may have to use a small ladder to actually get your bikes off and on to the set-up. Hitch mount bike racks: Typically offer from two to five bike capacities. Some racks offer the ability to add additional bike capacity at a later time. Make sure you hitch is capable of supporting the weight of the bikes.
Make sure the rack design supports the bike by its frame (not wheel) and allows easy locking. Other Parking Devices * Bicycle Lockers - These enclosed units can offer a deluxe storage system. Each unit should have a door for single bike access. These units are expensive and usually require ongoing maintenance and inspection due to vandalism and security concerns. * Bicycle Rooms & Compounds - Secure grounds are a deterrent to theft but unsecured bikes in a bike room or compound are an invitation for theft. A room alone isnt enough - place high quality bicycle racks in the room for the security of each bike.