10 bike stands I’d love to leave my bike in

Are you sick and tired of those boring bike stands that don’t deserve to have your beautiful bike tied to it? I’ve scoured the internet looking for the sleekest, the coolest and most outrageous bike stand designs I could find.

Here they are for your viewing pleasure!

1. Giant Squid Bike Rack

giant-squid-rack

Nothing says I’m a totally awesome hardcore cyclist like…a giant squid? Well maybe not but this bike rack will definitely help you remember where you parked your bike. I’m not quite sure how you’d lock the bike to anything other than the front tentacles, but it’s kooky and it’s secure so why not! The design is by Susan Robb.

2. PlantLock

PlantLock

The PlantLock cycle stand plays double-duty as a planter and a secure method to lock up your bike. Rather than turning cluttered hallways and stairwells into walking hazards, the PlantLock adds a bit of greenery and a lot of security since this hefty (75 kilograms…empty) stand cannot be moved.

3. Yarn-Bombed M Stand

Yarn-Bomb-M-Cycle-Stand

Take a simple M cycle stand and cover it in colorful patterns of yarn, or ‘yarn bomb’ it to make it stand out on your standard dreary grey street. I don’t know who has time to yarn bomb a cycle stand, but it sure looks pretty darn cool, doesn’t it?

4. Rainbow Slinky Cycle Stand

Rainbow-Slinky-stand

This colorful cycle stand in Denmark reminds me a lot of the infamous slinky, not just because of the rainbow hues but also because, well it looks like a fallen slinky. You’ll never forget where you’ve parked your cycle with this colorful stand.

5. Comb Cycle Stand

comb-style-stand

This bicycle stand/art weighs in at 181 kilograms and as you can see, is shaped like a gigantic comb. Just slide your wheel between the teeth of the comb and secure it as you normally would. It’s rather fun to look at!

6. Rolling Bike Stand

byrnebambikerack

These letter shaped bike racks were designed by David Byrne and can be swapped around to form different words.

7. Pit In

Pit-in-long-table

This super cool “bike stand” by Store Muu may not be the most practical method of storing your bike, but it certainly secure. Simply park your bike right into the table and use your bike seat as your desk seat, and get to work. Imagine how easy it’ll be sliding into your desk after rushing to the office or getting a table without locking away your bike!

Best of all, your cycle never leaves your side.

8. Car Bike Port

Car-Bike-Port

For cyclists wishing for motorist-cyclist equality, this bike stand design by Cyclehoop will definitely soothe your sense of righteousness. Shaped like a car, this bike stand takes 1 car space and turns it into parking for 10 bicycles. Now you too get prime parking when you’re out and about.

9. Bike Hanger

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If you’re like most cyclists you’re tired of never having any place to secure your cycle when you’re shopping or dining out. But this cool new bike hanger offers vertical storage on the side of buildings, kind of like a bicycle carousel storage facility. We don’t know all the details, but the concept is appealing.

10. Sexy Silhouette

sexy-silhouette-stand

How many times have you wished to use your bike to get close to a sexy lady? It may not be quite what you have in mind, but this sexy silhouette bike stand puts you one step closer. Find an appealing body part, grab your locks and let this beauty keep your cycle save and secure.

If you’ve come across any more crazy designs, please share them below!

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16 Responses to 10 bike stands I’d love to leave my bike in

  1. Tristan 10/04/2013 at 10:38 am #

    Very nice. We could add this one I found in the Swinley forest http://www.flickr.com/photos/tristan_/8548575172/in/photostream made out of a trunk.

  2. Brad 10/04/2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Pretty sweet as I am from Florida. Looks like a palm tree.

  3. Iain 11/04/2013 at 2:22 am #

    Here’s one that I lust after. And the bikes are something to dream after.

    http://www.renovobikes.com/renovo-bike-stands/

    Iain

  4. Alan Moore 12/04/2013 at 10:46 am #

    The bike attached to that lady appears to be carrying Acme TNT!

    Meep meep!

  5. Neil 12/04/2013 at 10:53 am #

    How well does #8 make a point! Fab…

  6. goonz 12/04/2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Loving the hair comb and the desk chair bike stand! Perfect for a quick coffee stop without dismounting and locking up your bike.

  7. Christine 12/04/2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Not that I’m actually offended by it, but I think perhaps someone should have applied the ‘is it still ok if the gender is reversed?’ rule to no.10.

    In fact, come to think of it, a male version would have lots of practical places for lock attachment…

    • Multi Grooves 15/04/2013 at 1:56 pm #

      Fine if you’re fixed but what about derailleur hangers?

  8. Floydee 13/04/2013 at 4:25 am #

    Brought a smile to my face and makes me want to seek them out and park my bike.
    Its a shame where they’re sited isn’t included. I definitely like the desk bike stand!

  9. Chris Mason 15/04/2013 at 12:22 pm #

    No.8 really hammers home the point! Great! My favourite bike parking of all time has to be this amazing Japanese Underground Robotic Bicycle Bunker – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOokxGbyufM

    Maybe time to start getting these at busy London stations?

  10. Moose 19/04/2013 at 4:19 pm #

    “10 bike stands I’d love to leave my bike in”

    Hurr hurr…I have a dirty mind.

  11. Bob 19/04/2013 at 10:04 pm #

    #10 (AKA “Mudflap Tammy”) is another piece from David Byrne.

  12. Al__S 23/04/2013 at 1:46 pm #

    The problem tis that other than the car shaped one, most of these are horrible as far as practicality goes- difficult to securely lock to, likely to bend wheels, not great for non-standard shaped bikes or just really, really space inefficient. The Car uses high-security shefffield stands that will accomodate all one-person bikes, demonstrates the space efficiency and is a striking art work.

  13. Sara_H 24/09/2013 at 1:44 pm #

    They all look lovely, but its important not to prioritize form over function. Whats really important is that you can lock both front and rear wheels/frame to the stand, which you can’t do in some of those stands.

    In my home town the council have installed some funky looking stands in the town centre, but the stands are too thick for me to get my D-lock around.

    Just a good old fashioned Sheffield stand will do nicely, thanks.

  14. Mike Benjamin 20/12/2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Biike Stands

    I’ve got a picture of an unusual bike stand that I found in France during my Pilgrimage Ride to Santiago De Compostela. The wide tyres and mudguards slotted in very easily. How do I send it to you ?

  15. Brian 19/11/2014 at 12:40 pm #

    I have to say these 10 stands are so nice and beautiful. Like you, I also love to leave my mountain bike in them. So creative.

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