Having their bike stolen is what many bicycle owners fear greatly. It is not a nice feeling to realize that the equipment you use to exercise or for pleasure has been taken away by somebody else. However, you can protect your bike from theft by using a bike rack. By securely attaching your bicycle to it you can prevent it from being stolen or damaged.
Different kinds of bike racks give you a different level of security. Some free standing bike racks are securely bolted to the ground, making them impossible to be carried away. Wall mounted bike racks hold your bicycle attached to the wall and ceiling lifts keep it away from reach.
In the old days, many bike racks used to secure only one wheel of the bike, therefore allowing a thief to still take the frame of the bike and the other wheel. These days these systems are sophisticated and make it really difficult to take even a single component of the bike.
However, it can be really difficult to decide whether a bike rack is a good solution for you if you don’t know the various types of them. Below is a short introduction to four most common bike types.
This type of a rack allows you to secure your bicycle on your garage wall, freeing a lot of valuable floor space. Bikes are either secured by their wheels or attached in a riding position. The main benefit of this rack type is that it keeps your bikes off the garage floor, preventing quite a lot of potential damage that may happen to your equipment.
Ceiling lifts hold your bicycle suspended close to the ceiling. They are very easy to install and operate. Bikes are usually hang on a system of hooks and ropes. Taking the bike down from the ceiling lift is easy too. All you have to do is lower the bike and it is ready to be used.
The last type of bike racks I want to introduce to you is bike trees. This system is hugely mobile and does not force one particular location to store your bike. A bike tree is a ramp on which you hang your bikes. It can be placed anywhere and moved around if needs be. However, you can also bolt it to the ground and secure it in one place.
Bike racks are a wonderful protection from theft or damage. If you value your bicycle you should definitely consider buying one.
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