Some people really look forward to the holidays, and everyone has their own reason. Maybe you just love to drink eggnog. Or maybe your favorite meal is slightly-too-dry turkey. And maybe you are one of the good people in the world and you really just look forward to spending quality time with your family. There is one huge sub-section of American that looks forward to the holidays for one thing – Black Friday. Let me tell you why this Friday after Thanksgiving I will be Black Friday Bicycling.
You see, my sister loves to get up super early the morning and go hit up all the classic stores. You know, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Sports –Mart – pretty much any place that has the word “Mart” in it is on her radar. And a long time ago I lost a bet, which we definitely don’t have time to go into right now, and I have been forced to go with her on her Black Friday shopping spree. I am 4 years into a 10 year sentence.
And every year it gets worse and worse. Stores open earlier, more people line up beforehand. There are more and more “Mart” stores every year! The only way for me to maintain my sanity is to go Black Friday Bicycling.
Instead of driving with my sister and listening to her gloat about her victory a little under 5 years ago, I will ride my bike from store to store. And knowing how ridiculous traffic gets on Black Friday around these parts, I fully expect to beat her to every store. Maybe this Black Friday Bicycling will show her how awesome riding is. Maybe she’ll even buy me something while she is out shopping – maybe something like the Pablo Two Bike Rack with Shelf. It would look great in my closet and maybe numb the sting of defeat just a little bit.
I know it is only mid-November, but I think it couldn’t hurt to take a look at some great holiday gift ideas. There is nowhere that is safe from the Christmas creep, and that even includes us here at Bike Racks Blog. So we will take a look at bike rack gift or two that will brighten the faces of all the little boys and girls that are special to you. And despite what you may believe, finding the perfect bike rack does not have to cost you an arm and a leg!
Believe it or not, there are quite a few amazing items that make for the perfect bike rack gift. If that special rider in your life is clamoring for a new car mounted bike rack – we have the right choice. Or if that person is looking for something to store their bike in the off-season – I can help you out with that. There is a bike rack gift for every single kid.
The first bike rack gift is the Glideaway Advantage Sportsrack, which provides storage and organization for your bikes when you are on the road. This rack is a very durable and a great choice for any adventurous bike rider that really wants to get to those hard-to-reach locales. Of course, at over 200 dollars, this is not a rack for those with shallow pockets.
If you are looking for a more inexpensive bike rack gift option, simply look this way. The most inexpensive rack currently on the market this holiday season is the Hoist Monster Bicycle Rack. At fewer than 20 dollars, the value this bicycle rack provides is incredible. Not only does it have a very low price-point, it has garnered a perfect 5 star rating on Stacks and Stacks!
So whether you are looking for a bike rack gift expensive or inexpensive, big or small, know that there is something perfect out there for you.
The other day I was looking on the internet at my favorite bike rack sites, looking for a bike rack to feature this week. Mostly I was not finding anything that stuck out to me – you typical wall racks, ceiling racks, car racks. You know, the types of bike racks that are really not worthy for a specific mention on this blog. But then, when I figured I would just have to write about something else, an incredible rack caught my eye. This rack seemed to defy the very essence of our universe – this was a gravity defying bike rack!
What do I mean when I say it is a gravity defying bike rack? I mean that it literally seems to be floating without any aid. Here, take a look at it for yourself:
That is pretty incredible, right? I mean, how does it work? It’s like gravity doesn’t even exist to this storage device.
Okay, so I’ll admit that it isn’t literally a gravity defying bike rack. But the Lean Machine Gravity Bike Rack is still a pretty incredible device. The way this bicycle storage rack works is that it holds two bicycles on little arms. Then it is simply leaned up against the wall, requiring no installation. This is really great for those that are on the go and need a bike rack in a variety of locations. What good is a bicycle rack if it is bolted down to your wall?
The fact that it needs no installation makes this gravity defying bike rack perfect for those that live in an apartment. Some apartments don’t mind if you install a bike rack inside, but they almost always leave huge holes in the wall, which ends up costing you on your security deposit. Instead of going through all of that hassle and loss of money, just get this gravity defying bike rack.
Last week we talked about the best bike racks for those that are on a budget. These were the simples of the simple – the bike racks for the bachelor, organization for the unemployed. However, this week we are going to take a 180 and discuss the other end of the spectrum: top bike racks. These are the biggest and the best bike racks that you can find. Whether you want to show off to your friends, or just have a whole bunch of bikes to store, this is the post for you.
There are many top bike racks, and people purchase them for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are a die-hard bicycle enthusiast, and want to have top of the line equipment. Others just like to show off their wealth and have premium everything. Still others have a lot of bicycles they need to have stored, and when you need to organize more than two bicycles, it can get pricey.
The first top bike rack is for those that have a lot of bicycles to store. Perhaps you have a family of four, and want to store all of their bicycles in one easy to maintain location. The Indoor Outdoor Poly Lumber Bike Rack is ideal for this situation. This rack is made from a unique poly material that makes it resistant to the elements. With space to store up to 8 bicycles, you have plenty of room for the family and maybe even some friends too!
Next is the top bike rack for road warriors. This car-mounted bicycle rack is perfect for finding that remote locale for your next ride. The Advantage Sports Rack GlideAway2 provides incredible storage for any journey. It is made by Heininger, one of the top names in car bicycle racks. This is certainly a top bike rack if I have ever seen one.
Lastly, you have the fancy bike rack for those that love to show off. The Garage Gator Motorized System is a great way to show your friends how cool you are. This top bike rack is able to hold up to 220 pounds. What is especially cool about this rack is that it can store items other than bicycles as well.
There you have it, three of the top bike racks available today!
For the last few months I have been using a jerry-rigged “bike rack” to store my ride. While this has been extremely cost effective, I worry that my bicycle will get stolen at some point. The bicycle is simply tied up to a truss in the parking garage below my building. While this basement garage is fairly well-secured, it is not particularly difficult for an intruder to get into if he or she so desired. So I started to research an appropriate bicycle rack for my storage needs and came across and (perhaps not so surprising) revelation: bicycle racks are expensive! Here are a couple suggestions for affordable bike racks.
While you may not want to blow your money on a bike rack, it is important to not be penny-wise and pound-foolish. If your bicycle is not secured properly, you could end up spending hundreds or thousands to replace your bicycle or its parts when you could have just parted with 50 bucks or so to keep it properly stored. While it may seem like an unnecessary expense at the time, you will be extremely happy with your decision when you realize the garage has been raided but your bicycle was left untouched.
So let’s go onto the affordable bicycle racks so you can find the proper storage for your ride. While you can definitely spend some big bucks on a rack, there are plenty that are sturdy, secure and low-cost.
Two great affordable bike racks
The Lean Machine Gravity Bike Rack has a very fitting name – it is both extremely durable and lightweight, making it perfect for those that need to store their bicycle on the go. The rack can hold up to two bicycles, and with a price tag under 60 dollars, is certainly a great affordable bike rack choice.
For those that are a little more tight on space, the Platinum One Bike Adjustable Wall Mount is a great affordable bike rack option. This rack can be installed onto the wall and takes up next to no space! The rack can hold one bicycle at a time and comes in at a price under $40! This is one of the most simple affordable bike racks available today.
As you can see, there are plenty of affordable bike racks available for any situation and need. With so many options available, there really is no excuse for you to keep tying your bike up to trees and stops signs in your front yard!
I am sure most Bike Racks blog readers are like me, and would not really mind seeing all cars wiped off the face of the earth. Cars, ugh, why – am I right? However, I will admit that the self-propelled automobile is here to stay, and is an important cog in the transportation equation. Plus, you need a vehicle to get you to some of those amazing rides that are not within bicycling distance. Even though I despise automobiles, I have a truck and a truck bed bike rack to get to those far-off riding locations.
I feel a little pang of guilt every time I fire up the old F-150, but I know that pretty soon I’ll be blissfully riding along paths that are free from the stresses of cars. What is great about using a truck bed bike rack to transport your ride is that they are totally safe from other cars on the road. There is a saying that a rear-mounted bike rack basically turns your bicycle into a $1000 bumper. Even the slightest fender bender means ruin for your state of the art bicycle.
What to look for in a truck bed bike rack
So when looking for a truck bed bike rack, there are only a few things you need to keep in mind. First of all it is important to look for a rack that is fairly light weight. This is important because you need to lift that sucker up into the bed – if it weighs over 100 pounds that is going to be a difficult task that requires more than one person.
Another important factor is that it can be secured to the bed of the truck. You can use a regular bike rack as your truck bed bike rack, but if it cannot get properly attached to the vehicle, you are going to have some bikes in the middle of the interstate.
With these factors in mind, I would recommend the Advantage BedRack by Heininger. This brand is very well known for their high-quality bike racks, which are durable and very easy to use. This rack is relatively light weight at less than 50 pounds. This is a perfect choice for those truck-driving bicycle enthusiasts like me.
Last week I discussed the smallest bike rack, which is a great option for those that are on the go or live alone. There is no need to take up a ton of space when it is just you and your bicycle. However, this is not the situation for most of my readers. Today we head to the opposite end of the spectrum – we will look into the ultimate family bike rack!
When searching for the ultimate family bike rack, it is important to find a product that can accommodate all of your bicycles at once. I will assume that the average American family is about four people, so we will focus on bike racks that are able to accommodate up to four bicycles.
This pretty much limits us to just a couple of choices when searching for the ultimate family bike rack. It seems that most bike racks are designed to hold two bicycles at a time. If you find one that you absolutely love, then I would recommend getting a pair of two-bicycle racks. But this can waste valuable space in the garage or shed.
One great family bike rack is the Free Standing Four Bike Rack. This rack has a wide footprint that gives it excellent stability. The rack is made from steel with epoxy coating for a long-lasting quality. One other great benefit of this rack is that it is freestanding. This means it requires no additional mounting, which can be problematic when trying to store large items like bicycles.
Another great choice is the Garage Gator motorized storage system. This system is designed to store just about any item, from kayaks to bicycles. With a capacity of 220 pounds, that should be enough for all of your family’s bicycles.
Lastly, we have the Four Bicycle Hanger. This is a great choice for those that are tight on storage space, because it takes up zero floor space! However, you do need to mount it to a wall, so be sure to get it screwed into the studs.
There you have it – three family bike rack options that are perfect for any situation!
When some people look for the right bicycle storage, they want something that is top of the line. These people are looking for all-in-one storage for multiple bicycles. They typically have plenty of space to store their bikes and are not that concerned with the price point. Others just want a bicycle rack that provides reliable storage for one or two bikes. These folks are usually relatively tight on space and budget, but still don’t mind forking over a few bucks. Lastly, we have people that are tight on space and money, but still need a place to store their bike. These people are looking for the smallest bike rack.
The good news is that there are lots of very small racks that can help you store your bicycle with ease. The Grandstand Single Bike Rack is a great choice for those in the quest for the smallest bike rack. This rack is so simple, it is unbelievable. The rack is made from ABS plastic, so it is lightweight and portable. The rack holds your bike up, keeping it steady no matter what the situation.
Since many people that are on a tight budget and replace their car with a bicycle for commuting, the fact that it is portable is a huge plus. You can bring the smallest bike rack with you to work on your bike, and be able to store your bicycle away from all of those other bikes on the community rack (if you are lucky enough to have one where you work).
The ABS plastic construction of this Grandstand Rack makes it really durable, so it can be used over and over again. Who would have thought such an innovative product could be so darn simple? It’s basically just a piece of hard plastic that you can wheel your bike into, and it holds it upright.
Ladies and gentlemen, the world’s smallest bike rack!
This week came with some very big news for the bicycling community in California. For years cyclists have fought for the “give me three” law to be passed in the state. And for years cyclists have watched in vain as Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the law due to linguistic vagueness. However, the language has finally been specific enough to pass the governor’s desk, and now we have a new measure to ensure our safety while on the road.
Why Give me Three Finally Passed the Governor’s Desk
The major caveat of the law that ended up being passed is that drivers only need to give cyclists three feet when there is room. I suppose this makes sense because how is a driver supposed to move over three feet if there is only a foot of clearance between them and the curb. For the most part I have not heard many complaints about the law as-passed; for the most part cyclists are just relieved that they finally have some sort of protection while commuting.
“Give me three” is a long-overdue law, especially after the rash of hit-and-runs we have been seeing lately in the state of California. The city of Los Angeles sponsored the bill, which makes sense because it seems to be the epicenter of this hit-and-run trend. Hopefully with some new protections in place for cyclists, we can see the number of incidents and hit-and-runs gradually go down.
Of course, getting the law passed was only half of the battle. Now that we have the law in place, it is up to the cycling community to pressure law enforcement and city leadership to actually enforce the ordinance. It’s all well and good to say “give me three”, but if nobody is obeying the law, it might as well have just been vetoed by Jerry Brown a third time.
Next week we will get back to bicycle racks and ways to store bicycles, but I thought I would talk about this important measure that provides protection for all of us riders out there in the great state of California. As the saying goes, “As California goes, so goes the rest of the country” – hopefully with this law passed in California, we will start to see other states follow suit.
This may not come as a surprise to most of you, but storing a bicycle in a small apartment is a very difficult task! Apartments can be quite cramped right off the bat, but adding in a bulky and space-consuming bicycle makes it even more uncomfortable. To truly get apartment bike storage right, you need to have the correct style of bike rack, the right tools and a willingness to try out a few different locations for mounting said bike rack.
The best racks for apartment bike storage are designed to be mounted to the wall. That way you can store the bicycle up out of the way and not lose valuable floor space. These racks can be easily installed – but be sure to mount the rack to the stud so it is strong enough to hold your bicycle in place. When bike racks are mounted to nothing but the drywall, you end up with a disaster.
One of my favorite racks for apartment bike storage is the Single Wall Mounted Bike Rack by Delta Design. This rack is very well made and is perfect for storing your bicycle up and away from the main living areas. The rack allows you to store your bicycle parallel to the wall, so it does not stick way out into the room.
All of the feedback I have received regarding this bike rack by Delta Design is that it is almost as if it was custom-built for apartment dwellers. It is easy to install and does not do much damage to the walls. Another thing that is great about this bike rack is that it includes a tire-tray which prevents your tires from scuffing up the paint on your apartment’s walls. The tray fits any size tire.
Another thing people have noted about the bicycle rack is that it actually looks pretty stylish when the bike is not mounted. This is not something you hear very often about bike racks, especially those for apartment bike storage. But because this bike rack has a contemporary appearance, it looks cool with or without a bike!