Installing Bike Bollards with Flanged, Surface Mountings
Reliance Foundry presents a quick and easy surface-mount bike bollard and bike stand installation method
Reliance Foundry offers bike bollards and bike stands that feature a flange at their base. Using concrete anchors, these bike bollards can be installed on existing concrete to define an architectural perimeter or to create a visual traffic deterrent while providing secure bicycle storage. It is important to note that, with this installation method, the bike bollard will offer little to no impact resistance.
Installation Equipment Required
- Measuring Tape
- Hammer Drill or Rotary Hammer
- 1” Masonry Drill Bit
- Small Masonry Chisel
- Can of Water for Cleaning Drill Bit
- Chalk Line
- ¾" Wrench
- ⅜" Allen Key (Hex Key Wrench)
- Hammer (optional)
- Masonry Nail (optional)
- 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
- Ensure that underground utility lines and pipes pose no risk:
Because installing bollards requires penetration of the concrete surface, it advisable to check for water pipes, gas lines and underground wiring. A core drill, in advance of an x-ray, may be required. Taking the proper safety precautions can help to eliminate expensive “down time” and prevent accidents.
- Clean surface:
Dirt and debris can affect the line of sight and disrupt placement of the bike bollards. Use a broom, an electric leaf blower or a pressure washer to clean the surface of the concrete on which the bike bollards will be placed.
- Study site plans:
Site plans are generally created by the architect of the project. The architect will mark the intended location of each bollard on the plan. Ensure that the plan coincides with the site and familiarize yourself with the intended arrangement of the bike bollards.
- Measure the placement of each bike bollard:
Use chalk to mark the centre point of each bike bollard. Bollards are generally spaced 4’ apart. Many contractors find it beneficial to snap a chalk line to achieve a uniform look in the bike bollard row.
- Designate your hole-markings:
Place a bike bollard over each chalk marking so that bollard’s middle coincides with the centre line. Use chalk to create drill-markings for each bolt. Then, remove the bike bollard.
Drill the holes
- Create pilot holes
Use a small masonry chisel to tap a starter pilot hole in the centre of each hole marking. This will prevent the rotary hammer from drifting while boring the hole.
- Set the depth control on the Hammer Drill (or Rotary Hammer) to 3⅝”
Most hammer drills have a depth setting or depth control bar. If depth control is not available, use masking tape to mark 3⅝”on the masonry bit.
- Drill the hole
Apply force to rotary hammer and create a hole that has a one inch diameter and a depth of 3⅝”. Drill on high speed, using the hammer function if available. Check the masonry bit often to ensure it remains debris-free.
If the masonry bit becomes clogged with concrete dust, rinse it in the can of water. If an overly hard patch of concrete is encountered, it can be broken with a masonry nail and hammer.
Securing the Bollard
- Insert a concrete drop-in anchor into each hole
Ensure that perforated side faces the below-ground substrate and the top of the anchor sits ½” lower than the surface of the concrete.
- Set the bike bollard over the holes
With the packaging left on, carefully set the bike bollard over the freshly drilled holes. Once the bollard is set in place, remove the packaging.
- Begin securing the bike bollard
Place washers over the holes found on the bollards and set the bolts into place. Tap the heads of the bolts with a hammer in order to secure the concrete anchors and then use a ¾” wrench to tighten the bolts. Tighten the bolts evenly in a cycle, similar to how one tightens lug nuts on a car’s wheel.
- Secure the bike bollard’s cap
Set the cap on the top of the shaft of the bike bollard. Then, secure the cap to the shaft by tightening the three set screws equally. The heads of the set screws, as well as the insert holes on the bike bollard, are lined with stainless steel to prevent rust. Place plastic caps over the heads of the set screws.
- Inspect the Installation
At a distance, examine the plain of view. All bollards should appear plumb with the concrete surface. On level surfaces, hold a level vertically against the side of the bollard to ensure that it is at a 90° angle to the surface of the concrete.
- Check the bike bollard for any signs of surface damage.
If the 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
With durability being a top priority, Reliance Foundry manufactures its products to the highest design standards. 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 necessary. In most environments, regularly-performed inspections and routine cleaning will ensure that a bike bollard retains its aesthetic appeal and does not become damaged by the elements.