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2013 August 31

Bike rack FAILs

Filed under: Uncategorized — gasstationwithoutpumps @ 13:15
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For years I’ve been collecting pictures of bike parking (good and bad), but I’ve not written about the racks much.  Recently I came across three excellent reviews of bad bike racks on the One woman. Many Bicycles. blog:

Bike Rack FAIL: The Jaws of Death Torture Rack

Bike Rack FAIL: The Throat Choke Torture Rack

Bike Rack FAIL: The Ankle Biter Torture Rack

Go read her posts about these poor excuses for bike parking devices. Note: none of these work at all with my recumbent bike.

There is an even worse design out there—various versions of the wheel-bender:

Here is a wheel-bender that I photographed at MIT a few years ago.  The main characteristic of a wheel bender is that it holds the bottom of the wheel without supporting the frame.  This maximizes the leverage for bending the wheel if the bike is knocked over.

Here is a wheel-bender that I photographed at MIT a few years ago. The main characteristic of a wheel bender is that it holds the bottom of the wheel without supporting the frame. This maximizes the leverage for bending the wheel if the bike is knocked over.

I see variants of these bike-damaging excuses for bike parking all over the place, but have not taken many pictures of them. The wheel benders are very cheap, can be squeezed into very little space, are visually unobtrusive, and are universally hated by bicyclists—those features make them popular with places that are required to put in bike parking but really want to discourage bicyclists—the nearest MacDonald’s has wheel-benders, for example. I do not patronize businesses that use them (unless forced to do so, and then I try to talk to the manager about their anti-bike design).

If readers of my blog are interested in seeing some of the bike parking pictures I’ve taken, let me know, and I’ll try to do posts of some of the more interesting ones.  Mostly I’ve taken pictures of good (or at least adequate) bike parking, but I do have some photos of common design or installation errors.

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2 Comments »

  1. One of my favorite locally-owned shops, a German meat market, recently moved to a less bike-friendly location and installed concrete wheel benders similar to what you show. And when they have the knife sharpening guy comes once a month, guess where he sets his table up? Right in front of the concrete troughs.

    I asked the woman at the checkout (who I think is a family member) about bike racks and she visually “sighed.” It was obvious she was worn out from the move and didn’t want one more thing–bike racks–to worry about. After all, they had put in some. I must be picky. Sigh.

    Comment by ladyfleur — 2013 September 3 @ 17:53 | Reply

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