The coolest bike racks ever made

Locking and leaving your bike can sometimes feel a bit like abandoning it in the vague hope it will still be there on your return. Drab, old fashioned style bike racks littered with ‘bits of bike’ often do little to inspire confidence..

(Image: www.boweryboogie.com)

(Image: www.boweryboogie.com)

Of course, what we’d all love is a modern, attractive but strong looking alternative that both makes thieves feel the bike is in a well cared for area, where cyclists are a priority, and fills the owner with a bit more confidence.

We were really impressed when we first saw the video of Japan’s new and amazing bike racks. If you’ve not seen it yet, you should – so here it is:

We aren’t expecting these to pop up in London any time soon – but here are a couple of racks we might like to see in the city..

Bright, colourful – and as strong as your bike’s frame! We love this rainbow approach…

(Image: keretterek.wordpress.com/)

(Image: keretterek.wordpress.com/)

We found a host of ideas from hbdesigns.co.uk – they’re all about creating infrastructure for sport, and they’ve got creations for adults…

wonderwall_3

And littleuns… we reckon a great design could well get the kids more likely to want to pedal to school..

school-bike-rack

Alternatively, we could always theme our bike racks around the local surroundings, or the building they serve – maybe even a swimmer shaped rack outside the local pool, alongside this library themed creation..

Image: bellevilleonbikes.ca

Image: bellevilleonbikes.ca

Taking a bit of design inspiration from one of the World’s favourite post-ride-recovery foods, this rack certainly stood out to us…

toxel.com

Image: toxel.com

Whilst other designers have found ways of making the bike rack have more than one use, though we imagine this bench/rack might become less useful as more steeds were locked up:

toxel.com

Image: toxel.com

Of course, if you really cannot bear to leave the bike whilst you are at work…

urbanizedsisters.wordpress.com

Image: urbanizedsisters.wordpress.com

Have you seen any original bike racks recently?

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11 Responses to The coolest bike racks ever made

  1. James R Grinter 04/07/2014 at 7:59 am #

    Two or three of those only seem to allow you to lock the wheel to the rack, which as we all know is a bit useless.

    • Dan Wong 04/07/2014 at 11:11 am #

      Exactly this point. This is something that frustrates me about bike parking in Cambridge too! In most colleges it’s the same scenario.

      Far more useful are the ‘M’ racks that are becoming more and more popular in London.

  2. Montyz 04/07/2014 at 10:42 am #

    All very imaginative. I especially like the one made from bicycle frames. These appear to be for casual use though (parks etcetera) where the bikes and owners remain in within view.

  3. Roger 05/07/2014 at 7:30 am #

    A simple “Sheffield stand” , the staple shaped pipe, is all that is needed. Plenty of space and secure for just about all bike types. Many of the above are “wheelbenders” that nobody would use. Form over function and basically a waste of money. Do we have “funky” parking spaces ?

  4. Nyge 05/07/2014 at 8:26 pm #

    Clearly designed for appearance rather than security. I would never rely on securing my bike by anchoring the front wheel only. It’s hard to beat an inverted ‘U” to which you can attach wheel AND frame. Simple, practical and not necessarily arty farty.

  5. Tom 09/07/2014 at 7:32 pm #

    I’d just prefer more cycle racks, don’t mind how ugly they are just so long as they are functional and secure. Westminster council are particularly bad at providing cycle parking.

  6. Vincent 11/07/2014 at 7:45 pm #

    Saw this colored bike rack the other day in front of a kindergarten in the Altona neighborhood of Hamburg:

    http://postimg.org/image/7b8ivngxj/

  7. Josh 02/08/2014 at 11:29 pm #

    IMO it takes a lot to beat a plain old Sheffield stand, but I’ve always been fond of the bike racks used on the DLR: https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=dlr%20bike%20rack

  8. James R Grinter 08/07/2014 at 10:07 am #

    Those are by Cyclehoops. they’ve been covered here: http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/10-bike-stands-id-love-to-leave-my-bike-in/ (the last time this list was done…)

  9. Vincent 11/07/2014 at 7:49 pm #

    Saw one in Manchester as well.

    Cyclehoop’s Car Bike Port is not only quite cheap to buy and set up, but it clearly shows how much space cars take in the city, and how much we would save by limiting cars to only those that are truly needed.

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