Commercial bike racks keep bicycles secure
Most people use commercial bike racks and outdoor bike racks to keep their bikes secure. However, both the bike and the rack are subject to theft if the bike parking rack isn’t properly mounted.
The rising value of scrap metal, mixed with the nation’s continuing job crisis, has caused some desperate thieves to start stealing bike racks right off the corners of many American sidewalks. Outdoor bike racks that are not mounted are the easiest targets for obvious reasons. But if improperly mounted they can also be dislodged or removed. Because most stolen commercial bike racks are sold for scrap, the thieves don’t worry about damaging the bike rack itself. This means they will often simply back their car into the outdoor bike rack to quickly free the poorly-mounted bike rack from the ground.
Because of this, it is important for any bike rack owner, especially if the bike racks are in a commercial or public location, to ensure that their bike racks are mounted properly and securely.How do I know which mounting option to choose?
There are three common mounting options industry wide for outdoor bike racks: portable, surface mount and in-ground mount. Each mounting option satisfies a specific requirement:Portable
- A portable mount is required if you would like to move the bike parking rack from one location to another. This is a non-permanent mount that will just allow the product to rest on a flat level surface independently without anchoring. Surface Mount
- The surface mount option is meant for the customer that wants to anchor the bike rack down so it is semi-permanent. This mounting option requires a concrete or asphalt surface in order to anchor bolts into the mounting surface. The surface mount option is one that can be flexible. If you want to relocate an outdoor bike rack, you just need to remove the anchor bolts and relocate the product to the location of choice. In-Ground
-This mounting option is the most permanent of the three mounting options. The most common placement for an in-ground mount is in a grassy area or in an area the will have a future concrete pad. This mounting option requires more labor than the other two mounting options since a predetermined number of holes must be drilled a minimum of 16” below grade, then concrete must be poured in each hole and the frame must be set in the concrete overnight for curing. Once the concrete has cured overnight, then the rest of the components can be attached to the already installed frame. This is a permanent mounting option and cannot be relocated once installed. There is a word of caution when utilizing in-ground mount. If the bike parking rack is not at the proper depth below grade, then thaw and freezing conditions can boost the product out of the ground.What is the best surface to install an outdoor bike rack?Concrete
is the best and least expensive surface material for a variety of rack types and installation methods. Both in-ground and surface mounts work well on concrete and are easy to install.
Other hard surfaces such as asphalt, pavers or tile may or may not be suitable for a surface mounted option. Factors affecting the suitability of these materials include the thickness of the surface material, the makeup of the below grade material, and climate.
For organic materials such as mulch, dirt and grass, you will need a bike rack with a freestanding option, or you may decide to pour concrete.
How much space should I provide to allow enough room for easy access to bicycles?
A typical bike requires a 1’ x 6’ area to park efficiently and still allow easy access to each bike. Some municipalities are now making room for bicycle racks by taking one or two parking spaces downtown. Experts from the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals say replacing an auto parking space with a bike corral can accommodate from eight to 12 bicycles, reducing congestion and pollution.
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