Wheel benders

Would you park your bike here?

Whacky bike parking!

The front-wheel only cable lock solution is especially clever!

Seen at the Chicago Heights Park District headquarters and library building. Photo CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Steven Vance.

Filed under Chicago Cycling.


  • MikeOnBike
    March 27, 2012 - 3:21 pm | Permalink

    It’s a non-functional bike rack AND a tripping hazard.  A two-fer!

  • Ray
    March 27, 2012 - 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Put the rear wheel in the slot and run the cable through the tie-down, the rear wheel, and the frame.

  • March 27, 2012 - 6:55 pm | Permalink

    I took the photo when I was doing field work for Chicago Heights’s upcoming bike parking plan I’m writing for Active Transportation Alliance. I love encountering odd and whacky bike racks like this one.

    As I do in all of my bike parking plans for Chicagoland municipalities, I explain best practices in bike locking and why some bike racks are not sufficient for good locking (you don’t want the rack to be the bad link in a locking scheme).

  • March 27, 2012 - 7:45 pm | Permalink

    and be surprised when someone cuts your cable in 20 seconds …. 🙂 cable locks are worthless.

  • steve_a_dfw
    March 28, 2012 - 3:38 am | Permalink

    Still better than the rack at my own local library – it is secured to the ground by two finger-tight nuts.

    Faced with the rack in the photo, I’d go across the lot and use that light pole with my u lock.

  • March 28, 2012 - 6:44 am | Permalink

    Interesting bike rack concept. I guess I’d park there, but locking my bike with a U-Lock would be tricky. Looks like a cable lock would be the preferred method using this rack.

  • QaKzY
    April 3, 2012 - 4:26 pm | Permalink

    No. What’s needed is a pole that is securely anchored to the ground and can keep the bike from being easily lifted up over the pole. This way I can fit my 4” inside width of my U-lock around the pole and seat tube through my rear tire then a half inch thick cable extends to my front tire and hooks into my u lock.
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