Installing Bike Racks with Flanged, Surface Mountings
Reliance Foundry’s bike racks can be installed quickly and easily on existing concrete surfaces
Reliance Foundry offers an innovative line of bike racks that showcase a business’ commitment to green initiatives and healthy lifestyles. Created from recyclable steel or highly durable stainless steel, they are weather resistant and they provide ultimate outdoor durability. Reliance foundry’s line of bike racks increase accessibility and help define architectural perimeters. Bike racks by Reliance Foundry feature a surface mounting system that allows them to be installed in a matter of minutes.
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
- Masonry Nail (optional)
Surface Preparation and Determining Layout
* NOTE: Bike racks should be left in their packaging until the exact moment of installation
- Ensure that underground utility lines and pipes pose no risk:
Because installing bike racks 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 rack. Use a broom, an electric leaf blower or a pressure washer to clean the surface of the concrete on which the bike rack 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 the bike rack on the plan. Ensure that the plan coincides with the site and familiarize yourself with the intended position of the bike rack.
- Measure the placement of the bike rack:
Use chalk to mark the intended centre point of each of the bike rack’s flanges on the concrete surface.
- Designate your hole-markings
Place the bike rack so that its flanges sit over each chalk marking. Use chalk to create drill-markings for each bolt. Then, remove the bike rack.
Drilling 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 Bike Rack
- Tap the concrete anchor into the hole:
Ensure that perforated side faces down and use a hammer to drive the anchor until its top sits flush with the surface of the concrete. This will set the anchor in place.
- Set the bike rack over the holes
With the packaging left on, carefully set the bike rack over the freshly drilled holes. Once the bike rack is set in place, remove the packaging.
- Begin securing the bike rack:
Place washers over the holes found on the bike rack’s flanges and set the bolts into place. 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.
- Inspect the installation:
At a distance, examine the plain of view. The bike rack should appear to be perpendicular with the surface of the concrete.
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.