Installing Bike Racks with Embedded Mountings
Straightforward guidelines for permanently setting bike racks in new concrete surfaces
Reliance Foundry’s bike racks can be permanently set into a concrete surface to promote green initiatives and increase accessibility at business and in communities. By positioning the bike rack in its intended location and then pouring the concrete, the bike rack becomes a fixed device for bicycle storage and creates an architectural perimeter. It is important to note that, although the bike rack is set in the concrete substrate, it will offer little impact resistance.
Installation Equipment Required
- Chalk-Line (optional)
- Dirt Tamper (optional)
- Touch-up paint (can be easily sourced at automotive parts stores)
Surface Preparation and Determining Layout
* NOTE: Bike racks 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 rack on the plan. Ensure that the plan coincides with the site and familiarize yourself with the intended arrangement of the bike racks.
- 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 racks are placed so the base will sit at least 10” below the concrete’s surface.
- Designate where each bike rack will stand:
Determine the centre-point of each base on the bike rack. Mark the center-point of each with chalk, spray-paint or a felt pen.
- Place the bike rack near the designated installation position:
With the packaging left on, carefully set the bike rack near the installation position. Then, remove its protective packaging.
- Set the bike rack in its install position:
Ensure that the center of each of the bike rack’s bases lines up with the center of the chalk line. Ensure the bike rack sits plumb that it will remain perpendicular to the concrete surface. Place the provided rebar insert in the hole at the base of the bike rack.
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 bike rack.
- 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 racks should appear to be perpendicular with the surface of the concrete and should sit plumb.
- Check the bike rack for any signs of surface damage:
If the bike rack 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 rack.
Care and Maintenance
Reliance Foundry manufactures its products to the highest design standards to ensure their durability. Reliance’s line of bike racks are finished with a long-lasting powder-coating. This powder-coated finish will protect the bike rack in typical North American climates, however, proper care and maintenance is required. In most environments, regularly-performed inspections and routine cleaning will ensure that a bike rack retains its aesthetic appeal and does not become damaged by the elements.