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Old 12-02-2013, 01:13 PM
micthom micthom is offline
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Lightbulb Bike rack use

I wanted to strongly suggest that people using the U-shaped bike racks on the street use one end rather than laying your bike across the entire rack. That is, one bike would be using the left leg of the rack and the other the right one, thus they are facing each other wheel to wheel.

Mostly, people put their bikes against the rack so that the next person must dig around in the spokes of the first bike to get his/her bike locked up.


Is there any reason this wouldn't make lives easier?
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:52 PM
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U-shaped: Is that the type rack people refer to as a staple? Just two bends, with a single horizontal span?

Doesn't the design and installation locations of those type racks have people locking their bikes along the length of it rather than making a 'T' at the ends, to avoid bikes jutting out close to the paths of people walking?
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:29 PM
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Could mean these:

In that case, yes, they go perpendicular to those terrible racks.

But I think you mean staple racks. Staple racks go this way:

You can use 2 locks on this one. Keeps you from blocking the sidewalk, or when closely spaced, the next rack.
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:05 AM
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Now if only installers understood how bolting racks with propper spacing can encourage more riders to use them. I think I'll start taking pictures of how not to install these.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by micthom View Post
Is there any reason this wouldn't make lives easier?
because it would take up about 50% more of the surrounding space...

if both users of the staple rack only lock one end of their bike and let the rest of it hang out then all that extra hanging out space is taken up by the bicycle just for parking...

yes, sometimes it's tough to get your bike lock around the other person's bike... and sometimes somebody will accidentally lock part of your bike in their lock... usually I only have a problem like that at really congested staples where there's already a couple bikes on one side because a couple rode there together and it was the only space available...

side note: when I first started using the racks I always parked perpendicular (not parallel like you're supposed to) because then you can fit four bikes, one on each side of each down-post, so long as you're only locking your frame...
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