Everyone benefits from good bike racks: They reduce the chance of theft and damage to bikes, and make it easier for people on bikes to visit your business.
Cyclists: When you arrive at your destination by bicycle, take a second to scan the area so you can choose the best parking option. Being strategic about where you lock your bike can reduce the chance of theft or damage.
Business owners: Choosing the right kind of rack can make it more likely that people who bike will use it and patronize your business. If you’re looking for a rack, check out the list of suppliers at the end of this post.
Let’s explore the characteristics of a good bicycle rack and what to look out for the next time you park your bicycle or buy a rack.
What makes a bicycle rack good?
- It’s intuitive to use: It supports a variety of bicycles/accessories and doesn’t require lifting the bike.
- It supports the bicycle in two places horizontally so the bike doesn’t fall over.
- It allows at least one wheel and the frame to be locked.
- It’s securely attached to the ground so it can’t be moved. Bolted racks should be firm and not wobble. Racks anchored into the concrete are best.
- It’s in a visible location and not tucked at the side or back of a building.
Recommended bicycle racks
These bicycle racks are recommended because they are easy to use, support a bicycle upright without putting stress on the wheels, accommodate a variety of bicycles, and enable locking both the frame and at least one wheel with a U-lock.