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Installing Solar Bike Bollards using Concrete Inserts

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Reliance Foundry’s solar bike bollards can be installed in existing concrete using drop-in concrete inserts. Solar bike bollards offer bicycle storage and lighting while minimizing obstruction caused by improper bike parking.

It is important to note that with this installation method, solar bike bollards will provide limited impact resistance. The function of the bollard is primarily for bike storage, lighting, and landscape highlighting. Solar bollards are self-contained devices and require very little ongoing maintenance.






Bike Bollard Base with Bike Arms



Bike Bollard Solar Light Cap



3/4″ Drop-in Concrete Insert



3/4″ Threaded Rod



3/4″ Washer



3/4″ Hex Nut



Hexagon Socket Button Head Cap Bolt



1″ Masonry Drill Bit

3/4″ Insert Setting Tool (or equivalent)

1-1/8″ Socket Wrench

Special Hex Key

Broom/Pressure Washer




Hammer Drill or Rotary Hammer


Measuring Tape


Diagram showing parts list

Before installation

Check for hazards
Always check for hazards such as water pipes, gas lines, and underground wiring before drilling.

Clean the surface
Dirt and debris can affect the line of sight and disrupt placement of the bike bollards.

Use a broom or pressure washer to clean the concrete surface prior to bike bollard installation.

Study the site plans
Site plans are generally created by the architect of the project.

Refer to site plans to locate and mark the precise center point of each bike bollard.

For secure installation, ensure there is a minimum radius(1) of solid concrete around each mark.

Drill the holes

Create pilot hole
Tap pilot divot hole in the center of each mark.

This will prevent the hammer drill or rotary hammer from drifting while boring the hole.

Set the depth control on the hammer drill (or rotary hammer) to 3-1/8″
If depth control is not available, mark 3-1/8″ on the masonry bit.

Drill the hole
Drill hole with a 1″ diameter and 3-1/8″ depth.

Drill on high speed, using the hammer function if available.

Check the masonry bit often to ensure it remains free of debris.

Diagram showing drilling of concrete

Secure the bollard

Clear and clean the hole
Clear the hole of all debris and/or standing water using the vacuum.

Diagram showing vacuum clearing hole

Tap the drop-in concrete insert into the hole
With the slotted end facing down, drive the drop-in concrete insert (A) down until the top of the drop-in insert sits flush with the concrete surface.

Ensure that the top if perfectly level.

Set the drop-in concrete insert
Insert a setting tool (B) into the threaded hole, then hammer down.

If a proper setting tool is not available, an equivalent flat-end punch can be used.

This will cause the internal expansion plug to set the drop-in concrete insert in place.

Diagram showing setting tool and drop-in insert

Place the bike bollard base near the drop-in concrete insert
Keep the bike bollard in its protective packaging. Carefully place the bike bollard base near the installation position.

When ready to install, remove the protective packaging.

Set the bike bollard over the drop-in concrete insert
Set the bike bollard base upright and maneuver it so the center lines up with the threaded hole in the concrete insert.

Lower the threaded rod and tighten
Lower the threaded rod through the bike bollard’s shaft.

Diagram showing threaded rod in bike bollard shaft

Continue to thread the rod into the concrete insert.

Tighten(2) the threaded rod by hand until it is secure in the concrete insert.

Diagram showing threaded rod being tightened

Secure the bollard
Place the washer over the threaded rod so that it rests on top of the bike bollard.

Apply the 3/4″ hex nut to the threaded rod and tighten with a socket wrench until the bike bollard is secure.

Note: Be sure to check the orientation of the bike bollard arms before securing the bike bollard.

Diagram showing hex nut tightened with wrench

Install the solar light cap

Connect the battery
With the lighting assembly still in its packaging, locate the battery’s wire plug and connect to the 2-pin socket attached to the light fixture.

Once connected, the lighting fixture will run a test pattern and may flash for 3–5 seconds.

Note: If the light does not flash, please stop installation and contact Reliance Foundry’s sales department for assistance.

Secure the solar light cap
Remove solar light cap from its packaging.

Place the solar light cap on top of the shaft of the bike bollard.

Secure the solar light cap to the bollard base with the three bolts and tighten equally.

Note: For asymmetrical lighting, consider the lighting pattern. When attaching the solar light cap, twist it to the desired lighting pattern before bolting down.

Diagram showing solar cap placed on top of bike bollard


Inspect the installation
From a distance, examine the plane of view.

Ensure the bike bollard is plumb to the surface, and the surface is flat.

Check the bike bollard for any signs of surface damage
Abrasions should be covered as soon as possible to prevent rust and ensure the proper life of the bike bollard. For damage repair or other servicing needs, please contact Reliance Foundry’s sales department.

Care and maintenance

Reliance Foundry manufactures its products to the highest design standards to ensure their durability. Reliance Foundry’s bike bollards are finished with long-lasting powder coating. In most North American environments, routine inspections and cleaning will ensure that bike bollards retain their aesthetic appeal. Proper care and maintenance are required to maintain the finish and ensure a full service life.

1. Concrete insert manufacturers such as www.ucanfast.com recommend specific measurements for minimum radii.

2. The manufacturer recommends tightening the threaded rod to a depth of approximately 1″ into the concrete insert.

Diagram showing solar bike bollard installation using drop-in concrete insert
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