Cycle Rack / July 19, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin
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.
Sometimes companies will release codes that if you enter then in when making an online purchase you will get your product for a reduced price. When looking for bike racks for cars you will need to think about how often you will plan on using it. If you plan on using it a lot a more permanent rack might be a better solution. If your use will be infrequent a removable trunk rack might be the best solution. You will also need to consider how many bicycles you want to transport most trunk mounted bike racks will only hold two or three bikes. Do you want to be able to use the rack on several different vehicles or will the rack be used on one vehicle only? If the answer is more than one vehicle the trunk mounted rack is probably the best option because of the ease of taking it on and off a vehicle.
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.