Buying Guide: Choosing commercial bike racks for your apartment complex or public facilityArticle published on Jun 24, 2020
As more and more Americans count on bicycles for their commutes to and from work, it becomes more important for facilities of all kinds to provide sturdy bicycle parking solutions for their patrons, customers, or tenants. Furthermore, each facility has different challenges to consider as they work to keep bicycles safe from theft. Apartment complexes for instance must assume their bike racks will get constant use, sometimes for long periods of time. This means they must focus heavily on providing the top level of security for parking bicycles which may remain stationed for days at a time. At the same time, you must be prepared to accommodate many bicycles at once.
In order to help you find the best bike rack for your apartment complex, here are some things for you to consider:
- Commercial Bike Rack Types: Bike racks are designed in loop style, wave style, grid style, bollard style, and coil style. Each design has different benefits.
- Additional Bike Rack Features: While functionality is the main concern, the color and finish of a bike rack can often be modified to match your landscape or site plan as well as enhance weather durability.
- Mounting Options: The two primary mounting options available for bike racks are surface mounting and in-ground mounting.
- Use Cases: Bike racks are used to provide bicycle parking and security at facilities of every kind.
Quick Guide to Bike Racks
|Loop Style||Loop style bike racks are simple, single loop structures which individually offer minimal capacity but maximum flexibility in terms of locking position, allowing a bicyclist to lock their bicycle by it's frame rather than its wheel. This allows for maximum bicycle security.||Public Business Bicycle Parking: These single loop bike racks are commonly used outside of non-residential public buildings or businesses which may not need to accommodate large amounts of bicycles at a time.|
|Wave Style||Wave style bike racks include multiple loops for a high level of parking flexibility as well as a high capacity of bicycles.||Residential Bicycle Parking: Facilities with a high number of bicyclists like residential buildings or college campuses use these bike racks to fit many parked bicycles at once, while still accommodating secure frame-locking.|
|Grid Style||Grid style bike racks have smaller bars which allow higher bicycle capacities without taking up significantly more space.||Small Parking Lots: These bike racks are convenient for small parking lots which require space efficient designs to fit many bicycles in a small space.|
|These simple, post-style bike racks allow for a double purpose as a security bollard and a bike rack.||Dual Use: These bollard-style bike racks are convenient for storefronts, sidewalks, walkways, and any other parking spot where a security bollard may be of use.|
|Coil Style||Like wave style, coil style bike racks can accommodate high bicycle capacities while maintaining enough room for flexible locking positions, including locking against the bicycle frame.||Large Parking Lots: This style of bike rack is good for schools, universities, or apartment complexes which need to offer high security bicycle locking for a large number of bicycles.|
Our loop style bike racks can be surface mounted or mounted in ground and come in a variety of colors or coating types. The most basic of this style is considered to accommodate up to 3 bicycles, but these simple structures can be organized side by side to accommodate more bicycles. The thick, steel tubing keeps bicycles secure and the broad loop design allows cyclists to arrange their bicycles in a variety of locking positions. For instance with this type of bike rack design, there is plenty of room to fit the bicycle's frame against the bike rack, keeping the bicycle more secure than locking from the wheel.
- Simple design leaves plenty of space for positioning the frame against the bike rack for the most secure locking position.
- Thick steel tubing is very difficult to manipulate, leaving bicycles secure.
- This style tends to have a minimal bicycle capacity.
Wave Style bike racks have a wide variety of styles, many of which maintain the advantages of the loop style bike rack, (with thick steel tubing and spacious design for flexible bike positioning), but with higher bicycle capacities.
- Options with the spacious repeated loop design leave plenty of room for positioning the frame against the bike rack for the most secure locking position.
- Options with thick steel tubing make it very difficult to manipulate, leaving bicycles secure.
- High bicycle capacities.
- Requires ample space.
Like Wave Style bike racks, these grid style bike racks accommodate higher bicycle capacities. Thin bars make this a more lightweight bike rack solution, but this also limits the ways a bicycle can fit into or lock against the bike rack.
- High bicycle capacity
- Limited space for bicycle positioning against the frame.
Additional Bike Rack Features
What other options do I have beyond style and capacity?
While functionality is your main concern, the bike rack's color or finish can help ensure your bike rack looks good and endures outdoor weather conditions.
|Thermoplastic Coating||High quality thermoplastic coating prevents chipping, scratching, or weather-related damage. This is a highly durable coating option, good for tough outdoor environments.|
|Powder Coating||Powder coating is available in more than a dozen colors. This option is ideal for public|
|Galvanized Steel||Galvanized steel is a low cost option for protecting steel, increasing durability without greatly increasing cost.|
What's the difference between surface and inground mounting?
Surface mounting is a simple assembly option which uses a small base to attach the bike rack to the pavement or other surface. This makes set-up very easy.
- Easy set-up
- Less secure
Inground mounting requires preparing a cavity to secure the bottom portion of the bike rack into the ground. This is slightly more complicated than surface mounting, but is also more secure.
- Maximum security
- More set-up preparation required
Bike racks are increasingly necessary for ever parking lot, as bicycle commuters come to expect the same accommodations provided to drivers of cars. Any facility with a parking lot must also consider providing bike locks to keep bicycles secure.
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