Bicycle racks, commonly called bike racks, are used to prevent bike
theft by securely attaching a bicycle in place, to transport items on a
bicycle, or to conveniently store and carry a bicycle. Indoor and
outdoor racks for securing bicycles come in several styles. Indoor
bike racks are designed to provide safe and convenient bike storage in a
garage or storage shed, whereas outdoor bike racks are often anchored to
the ground or a solid structure where they can provide secure, lockable
bike storage for students, shoppers, or commuters.
Older bike rack styles offer a means to secure one wheel,
such as grooved concrete or forked metal, which allow the bicycle wheel
to be pushed into place and secured with a padlock. Cyclists refer
to this style of rack as a "wheel bender." However, this is not the
most effective means for deterring bike theft, since the attached wheel
can be easily removed from the frame of the bike. A more recent
version, dubbed the "Sheffield" (after the English town where it was
invented), is made of square arches of thick metal, allowing the bicycle
frame itself to be attached and secured.
A second type of bicycle rack refers to a device that can be attached to
a bicycle and used as a cargo holder. These types of racks may also
include baskets, straps, and panniers, which are especially convenient for
bike touring, or commuting on a bicycle. A bicycle rack can also
refer to a device designed to be attached to an automobile's roof, trunk,
or trailer hitch to provide convenient storage and travel. These
bike racks may feature key locks. Many city buses also have bicycle
racks mounted on their front ends, to hold students' and commuters' bikes
while they ride. Additionally, bicycle transport bags and
travel cases are designed to cushion and protect a partially disassembled
bike during shipment or travel.
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where you can compare pricing and specifications of various bike storage and bike transport systems.