Monthly Archives: November 2013

Black Friday Bicycling – Making it Tolerable

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.

Black Friday Bicycling

Bike Rack Gift – There is Something For Everybody

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.

Bike Rack Gift

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!

Bike Rack Gift

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.

Gravity Defying Bike Rack Eludes Explanation

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:

Gravity defying bike rack

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.

Top Bike Racks for Any and All Needs

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!

Top Bike Racks

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.

Top Bike Racks

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.

Top Bike Racks

There you have it, three of the top bike racks available today!