Cycle Rack / July 20, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
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.
What youll be left with will be a great bike rack that will satisfy your demands for aesthetics. Load - Are you likely to need to carry more bikes in the future? If your family is going to grow or youre likely to get friends involved in biking and will need to transport more than you do presently be sure to select a model with a flexible carry-load. Durability - Spend money based on how long you want it to last quality racks will last years but if you only want it for a few one-off trips then buy in the lower price-range. Vehicle-rear racks: The most common form of rack used you can normally carry about 3 bikes and the rack is attached using straps and metal hooks.
Finishes and Materials Most good bike racks today are available in a variety of finishes. Paint - Racks that are painted chip and rust. Stay clear. Colour coatings - High density colour powder coatings can produce an attractive colourful product that is scratch and corrosion resistant. Colour powder coatings applied directly to a steel frame will rust while colour powder coatings on a galvanised frame will chip very easily. If you want a colour finish ask for powder coatings on a zinc electroplated frame. Not recommended for areas within 2km from salt water. Galvanised steel - Virtually maintenance free and weather resistant.