Installing Bike Bollards with Embedded Mountings
Straightforward guidelines for permanently setting bike bollards and bike stands
Reliance Foundry carries a select line of bike bollards and bike stands that can be set into a concrete surface’s substrate. By positioning the bike bollard in its intended location and then pouring the concrete, the bike bollard becomes a fixed device, creating an architectural perimeter. It is important to note that, although the bike bollard is set in the concrete substrate, it will offer little impact resistance. This installation method is intended for bollards that provide secure bicycle storage and operate as visual traffic guides.
Installation Equipment Required
- Measuring Tape
- Chalk Line
- Dirt Tamper (optional)
- ¾"(38mm) Wrench
- ⅜"(9mm) Allen Key
- Touch-up paint (can be easily sourced at automotive parts stores)
Surface Preparation and Determining Layout
* NOTE: Bike bollards should be left in their packaging until the exact moment of installation
- Study the site plans:
Site plans are generally created by the architect of the project. The architect will mark the intended location of each bike bollard on the plan. Ensure that the plan coincides with the site and familiarize yourself with the intended arrangement of the bike bollards.
- Ensure that the site is ready to receive the concrete:
The area should be properly formed with wood placed on its side to create a perimeter that will hold the wet concrete. The soil below the intended surface should be compacted with a dirt tamper. Generally, bike bollards are placed so that 10” of the base will sit below the concrete’s surface.
- Designate where each bike bollard will stand:
If the bike bollards are intended to be installed to create a uniform-looking straight line, many contractors find it beneficial to snap a chalk line. This will help determine the center-point of each bike bollard. The center-point of each bollard should be marked with chalk, spray-paint or a felt pen.
*If the embedded bike bollard is to be installed in an area with a pre-existing surface, bore a hole that is 10” deep with a diameter of 9”. Then, place the bike bollard in the center of the hole.
- Place the bike bollard near the designated installation position:
With the packaging left on, carefully set the bollard near the installation position. Then, remove its protective packaging.
- Set the bike bollard in its install position:
Ensure that the center of the bike bollard lines up with the center of the chalk line. Press a level vertically against the bike bollard and ensure that it remains perpendicular. Ensure that the top of the bike bollard does not extend higher than 32” from the intended surface of the concrete. Place the provided rebar insert in the hole at the base of the bike bollard.
Pouring the Concrete
- Mix and pour the concrete:
Ensure that the proper ratio of water and concrete mix is used. The concrete should have a similar texture to mouldable clay. Pour the concrete evenly and avoid disrupting the bollard.
- Allow the concrete to cure:
A lot of elements factor into a concrete surface’s cure time. Moisture in the environment and cool temperatures can both significantly slow the process. It is generally recommended that there should be a 2 – 3 day wait before opening the concrete surface to the public.
- Inspect the installation:
After the concrete has cured, examine the plain of view at a distance. All bike bollards should appear to be perpendicular with the surface of the concrete. Each bike bollard should be plumb with the surface of the concrete.
- Check the bike bollard for any signs of surface damage:
If the bike bollard was scratched or scraped during installation, it can be repaired with touch up paint, commonly found at automotive stores. Abrasions must be covered to avoid rust and ensure the proper life of the bike bollard.
Care and Maintenance
Reliance Foundry manufactures its products to the highest design standards to ensure their durability. Reliance’s line of bike bollards are finished with a long-lasting powder-coating. This powder-coated finish will protect the bollard in typical North American climates, however, proper care and maintenance are required. In most environments, regularly-performed inspections and routine cleaning will ensure that a bollard retains its aesthetic appeal and does not become damaged by the elements.