Cycle Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
Products that have been hot-dipped galvanised post fabrication offer the most durable galvanised finish. Avoid pre-galvanised tube unless using strictly in undercover/underground areas. Stainless steel - Attractive and expensive. Well suited for plazas and for buildings with stainless accessories. Ask for high quality Grade 316 or 304 Stainless Steel. The addition of an electropolish finish increases the shine and adds additional protection. Conclusions * Dont waste your money. Be aware of capacity claims and avoid racks which are misused. * Do not buy products which hold (pinch) wheels.
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.
Price is always an issue when deciding what rack to buy trunk mounted rack tend to be the least expensive ranging in price from about $40 to $300 depending on the quality and options you choose. Most of the good quality racks are priced at $75 and above. Often after a ride I stop somewhere to get something to eat usually with the my fellow riders and when I leave my bike on the rack I want to know its secure. I spent a lot of money on my bicycle and cannot afford to easily replace it. Trunk mounted racks are held onto the vehicle with straps that are not to difficult to cut and security is more difficult.