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How To Use A Two-Tier Bike Rack

How To Use A Two-Tier Bike Rack

Two-tier bike racks are becoming increasingly common in the UK. Borne out of the Netherlands, they’re a high-density parking rack designed to double the capacity.

The Turvec 2ParkUp version features a gas-strut to make lifting and using the rack safe and easy. If you’re using a rack without the gas-assisted strut, this guide does not apply.

Here’s how to use the 2ParkUp two-tier rack.

Step 1: Pull out the upper parking tray

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Pull out the upper tier of the rack using the rubber handles. Then lower the rack. The gas strut will hold the parking tray in place.

Step 2: Place the front wheel on the rack

how to use two-tier bike rack

Next, place the front wheel of your bike onto the rack. There is no need to lift the weight of the entire bicycle, just get your front wheel on the tray.

Step 3: Push your bicycle onto the tray

how to use two-tier bike rack

With the front wheel in the channel of the rack, you can push the bike on to the rack using the momentum of the bicycle. You shouldn’t have to lift, you can push and glide the bike into place.

Make sure the front and rear wheels sit securely inside the front and rear wheel stoppers.

Step 4: Lift the upper tier back up

how to use two-tier bike rack

Using the soft-touch rubber handles, the gas strut will support the weight of the bicycle, removing the risk of the rack falling on you and making lifting easy.

Lift until the bike is horizontal, and the rack will again hold in place.

how to use two-tier bike rack

Step 5: Push the tray in to place

how to use two-tier bike rack

You can then push the rack with your bike on back to the original position.

how to use two-tier bike rack

For a video explanation on how to use the 2ParkUp Two-Tier, see below:

What Exactly Is Secure Bike Storage?

What actually makes bike storage secure? Is it two-tier racks or Sheffield stands? Private access? CCTV? Guard dogs?

It’s one of the top concerns for most cyclists: keeping their bicycle safe from theft. That isn’t particularly surprising considering the value of many modern high-end bikes, coupled with the popularity of pricey e-bikes.

The question for bike storage is what constitutes the right level of security. Whether it’s including the right variety of bike racks, or housing those racks in a gated compound, through to lockers, lighting and CCTV, let’s take a closer look at secure bike storage.

Bike racks and stands

A couple of decades ago, most bicycles looked more or less the same. That’s no longer the case.

You’ll now find cargo bikes, adapted bicycles and tricycles, folding bikes, full-suspension mountain bikes, e-bikes and more on city streets and country lanes.

That means that to lock a bike securely, you’ll need the right rack or stand. For example, a disabled person won’t be able to lock their adapted bicycle in a two-tier rack or a vertical wall rack.

Different racks and stands are required for different bikes, and there is no one size fits all. Having a range of racks or stands in a cycle parking storage will mean you can cater for everyone – consider including a wider spaced Sheffield stand reserved for disabled access, for instance.

Having that mixture of parking solutions means you can still maximise capacity while giving everyone somewhere to securely lock their bike.

From there, it’s a case of locking the frame and wheels securely to the locking point. The rack in itself can’t necessarily offer more security than your lock. But, there are many ways of housing and monitoring the racks to add further protection.

Gated shelters and cycle hubs

This is where gated compounds and secure shelters come in. When cycle parking is outside, you can add gates. Our timber Cubic shelter, for example, is a modular system for either open, or closed shelters.

The advantage of internal cycle stores is granting access to employees only, or having extra doors. With an enclosed gated shelter, keypad accessibility replicates that level of security.

At train stations, outside public buildings, or at places of work, glass cycle hubs are arguably an even more attractive way of storing bikes. Personal keycard access can be given out to those with membership, and custom branding is a great way to welcome cyclists.

Lockers and hangars

For individual bikes, lockers are often the most secure way of storing a bike. Usually seen at large residential blocks, or in private gardens, they more often than not constitute home bike storage.

But while they’re unsuitable for on-street storage, or any high-density parking, they can be supplied as part of a wider cycle store. Having them for more expensive bike owners to rent gives a valuable option for some cyclists.

Street-side hangars are a clever solution for flat blocks without space for indoor bike storage. Usually council run, they give each member of the block individual key access. They could also be used for businesses with small teams, either in industrial parks or smaller towns.

CCTV and lighting

Complimenting the physical security provided by shelters, cycle stores and locks, making sure the correct additional facilities are in place will make a big difference to security.

CCTV is a deterrent for thieves, and a reassurance for cyclists. Units are often small and easy to fit to the most basic of shelters.

Lighting also has the two-fold benefit of aiding cyclists through the winter and at night, as well as another way to prevent bicycle thieves.

How To Choose The Right Bike Storage Solution

When it comes to storing bikes, there’s certainly no shortage of different solutions. From a humble row of Sheffield stands to vast multi-story facilities, cycle parking comes in many guises. So how do you know which system is best for your project?

Well, the first thing to bear in mind is context. Context is everything. The type of cycle parking you choose will largely depend on these main factors:

  • How many parking spaces are required?
  • What’s your budget?
  • How much space do you have available?
  • Who is going to be using it, and how frequently?

For instance, if you’re building a residential block with a few hundred units, then, you guessed it, you’re going to need at least a few hundred cycle parking spaces.

Within office buildings, folding bike lockers cater for more commuting options, and kit lockers allow workers to safely store extra clothes and belongings.

For busy rail stations, you might alter your focus to quick and open access parking, with high-density solutions providing a high volume of accessible spaces.

Every project is different, and the list could go on and on with different examples – all with their own distinct challenges.

So, what are the parking options? To help understand which solution works best for each scenario, here’s a breakdown of different products, from vertical wall-racks through to two-tier systems.

Sheffield Stand

sheffield stand storage

The Sheffield stand is probably the most recognisable bike stand in the UK. It’s highly durable, has lots of locking options, and will fit almost any style and size of bike, including cargo bikes. Above all that it’s accessible and familiar.

Unsurprisingly, then, you’ll find a row of Sheffield stands in even the most high tech of modern cycle stores, and you’ll often see those spaces filled first.

It’s a versatile parking solution, and when modified into ‘toast’ racks forms the go-to temporary and quick-to-install cycle parking solution.

The Sheffield stand is widely used for on-street public parking, and is found dotted along high streets and outside supermarkets. These are areas where space isn’t usually a concern, with stands able to line up along pavements.

But for train stations, high-density office blocks, and residential cycle stores, they’re more likely used in combination with more space efficient options, such as two-tier racks.

Semi-vertical racks

semi vertical bike storage

If you’ve got a high capacity basement bike store, including semi-vertical racks is an affordable way to maximise space. Semi-vertical racks provide reasonably low cost-per-space parking, and can operate in the low ceiling heights often found in internal stores.

They have a simple, durable design without moving parts. They function well in smaller stores due to the semi-vertical design, where the depth of the unit is reduced, and so doesn’t require the same footprint as a Sheffield stand or two-tier rack.

You will need to lift the bike, and the incline of semi-verticals will reduce accessibility for very heavy e-bikes, and especially for cyclists that cannot lift their bicycle with ease.

Vertical wall-racks

vertical wall rack storage

Vertical racks go one step further than semi-vertical, hanging the bike directly on the wall. Further decreasing the depth required for parking, they are more efficient and decrease the total footprint of the bike.

However, they do require full lifting of the bike, meaning not everyone will be able to use the racks.

Placed within a high capacity store, they can add a substantial number of parking spots with little space required, and cater for sportier cyclists that in our experience favour vertical parking.

It’s worth noting that, unlike semi-vertical racks, there are a number of design differences across vertical wall-racks. To work well, the rack needs to fully support the bicycle. Some variants can have basic tubing for the support, which can compromise security if it’s thinner than the lock being used.

Lockers

folding bike locker solution

Bike lockers come in several different shapes and sizes, but this category of storage is focused on extra security. On the smaller end are folding bike lockers, moving up to larger units for multiple bikes.

Importantly, they are individually lockable, adding the highest level of security for communal bike stores, or your own back garden.

Folding bike lockers are, as you’d expect, very space efficient. A set is often included in office cycle stores and is the default method of locking and storing folding bikes. For example, in the City of London, 15% of total parking provision for folding lockers makes a good allowance.

Kit lockers are a great addition for office cycling provision, too. You can keep your kit, helmet and valuables safe within the cycle store.

Bike lockers are most commonly found in residential gardens. The high security is welcome comfort for residents, and they of course provide full weather protection too. But within larger stores, you can choose to rent out locker spaces for those with more expensive bicycles.

Vertical lockers form a reduced footprint compared to horizontal lockers, and can be used in more compact spaces. Horizontal lockers mean no lifting of the bike is required, and are more accessible.

Two-tier parking

two tier cycle parking

In the Netherlands, two-tier racks are a staple of cycle parking. If you haven’t seen a Dutch multi-story bike park, you clearly haven’t spent long enough on the internet.

They’re a very good high-capacity solution. For a lot of scenarios, they’ll be the most space-efficient, but not quite always. This is because they do require a minimum height clearance and loading space to function properly.

Compared to the Sheffield stand, it’s a much more complex design. There are, therefore, different design variants. Some include extra locking points, extra ergonomic features, and some do without the gas strut, for instance.

A common misconception is that the upper tier is dangerous or hard to use. This is sometimes the case, but that’s only with variants of the rack that lack a gas spring to assist lifting, or a lack of protection for the bicycle.

Without the gas strut and accessible locking points, the two-tier isn’t user-friendly. But with these features, even heavy e-bikes can be loaded on to the rack with relative ease.

The racks can often be found as high-density parking for larger bike stores, often with other racks included to increase accessibility options.

They can be housed in shelters for outdoor use, and are commonly used at train stations, university campuses, and commercial buildings.

For smaller installations, it’s unlikely they’ll be the best option. But with large projects needing to provide a high number of bike spaces, and with the right space available, they are the best you can get.

Bike Hangars

Bike hangars are a fantastic creation to improve on-street parking. If you’ve lived in a flat without dedicated bike parking, you’ll understand the lack of options available to you.

A hangar, usually provided by the local council, can be rented by the residents of an apartment building. Each user gets their own key-access to the hangar, and they share the space together.

The hangars have a superior level of security compared to regular on-street parking, with the added benefit of weather protection. Taking the room of a car parking slot, they’re relatively space-efficient too.

Currently, the niche is for councils and residential street parking, but it’s possible for smaller offices that a hangar will provide a cost effective and secure parking option.

What You Can Include On An Outdoor Bike Repair Station

Outside (or public) bike pumps and repair stations are a common installation in new developments and public spaces. 

They’re designed to provide an opportunity for cyclists within your community to perform on the go repairs. Here are some features you can include which you could consider. 

These cyclist-friendly stations are suitable for continuous public use. With that in mind, including the most immediately needed features should be top of your list of priorities.

Include a pressure gauge

Not all outside bike repair stations will include a pressure gauge as standard. This feature ensures cyclists do not over or under inflate their tyres – a lifesaver on longer journeys where tyre pressure can be more affected.

Think about a steel pump piston as standard

Unfortunately, when something is left outdoors in a public space, it can befall damage or vandalism.

Steel pump pistons are far less vulnerable than plastic alternatives. If you want your installation to stand the test of time, look for this as a standard feature.

Steel cables keep your outdoor repair station tools safe

A concern for repair stations in public spaces is theft of the tools.

Steel cables, ideally plastic coated, is a simple solution to this. For added security, include a lockable door to limit access out of hours.

While steel cables are a deterrent, a determined individual with lock clippers could still cause damage—the addition of a lockable steel door prevents this.

Don’t forget about how-to guides

A simple guide, QR code or link to YouTube videos is a great help to cyclists looking to make simple repairs on the move.

Outdoor repair stations, in particular, require simple instructions or guidance for first-time users to ensure proper use.

You can include your branding

You have the option to brand a station. Branding can identify the purpose of the unit, which may not be apparent to all members of the public.

Branding communicates the brand or identity of a building, or where funding for a repair station may have come from.

If you’re a local council or business looking to install an outdoor bike repair station, then we can help. Give us a call or an email to discuss your project.

Folding bike lockers

Folding bike lockers provide a purpose designed compartment for the storage of Brompton and folding style bicycles. It is reported that 15% of cycle traffic during peak times in the City of London is now on folding bicycles, and we look to incorporate this into the design of our bike parking facilities.

The lockers only occupy a small footprint of 410mm x 645mm, and we supply them in stacks of two or three units, providing a highly space efficient method of bike storage. Currently these lockers are only permissible as a parking space by planning in commercial buildings, however at Turvec we believe these should also satisfy the requirement for residential developments.

Turvec bike lockers are available in a range of colours and finishes, and we can incorporate custom branding, keycard locks and electric charging points within our design. Contact our team with any questions.

 

IBOMBO visit the UK!

Turvec are the exclusive distributor for IBOMBO’s product range in the UK & Ireland. IBOMBO manufacture a range of bike repair stations, pumps and maintenance products, supplied across Europe.

IBOMBO visited Turvec’s London HQ in June this summer to extend our partnership by a further 3 years and visit some of our UK installations and a bike tour of London. Paulina Nowicka, Operations Director at IBOMBO said the following ‘we are very pleased to extend our partnership with Turvec in the UK market, we have a number of exciting products in development and look forward to continuing to supply our quality bike maintenance solutions through Turvec Solutions’.

 

 

What Does a Cycle Repair Station Include?

Public bike pumps and repair stations are a common installation in new developments and public spaces. Designed to provide the opportunity for on-the-go repairs, these cyclist-friendly stations are suitable for continuous public use. Before selecting a station to install or specify, consider the following features.

The Swiss Army Knife of Cycle maintenance

Here’s what’s included in your cycle repair stations:

As standard, we include:

• A Phillips screwdriver
• A flat screwdriver
• A T25 Torx – screwdriver
• An adjustable spanner
• Skateboard tools
• A flat wrench 8×10 mm & 13×15 mm
• A hex key set
• Tyre levers.

Pairing a maintenance station with a public bicycle pump is always a good idea.

A Pressure gauge

Not all pumps will include a pressure gauge as standard; this is an important feature to ensure cyclists do not over or under inflate their tires.

Steel pump piston

Steel pump pistons are far less vulnerable to vandalism or damage than plastic alternatives; we recommend looking for this as a standard feature.

Steel cables for repair station tools

A concern for repair stations in public spaces is theft of the tools. Steel cables, ideally plastic coated, is a simple solution to this. For added security, a lockable door can be included to limit access out of hours.

How-to guides

Make sure you’re getting the most out of the repair and pump cycle stations by knowing how to use them. Here’s a quick how-to guide:

Your Branding Can Be Included

Branding a station is important, to first identify the purpose of the unit, which may not be clear to all members of the public. Branding can also be used to communicate building identity or information on the funding for a repair station.

If you’re looking for your closest bike pump, we’ve created a resource that can help. Scroll down the product page to find the repair stand and pumps map.