Installing Solar Bike Bollards with Flanged Surface Mountings

Reliance Foundry’s line of solar bike bollards offer convenient bicycle storage and pathway lighting while minimizing obstruction caused by improper bike parking. Bike bollards with flanged bases can be installed on existing concrete using drop-in concrete inserts. Drop-in concrete inserts should only be installed in fully cured concrete that is at least 4″ thick.* All measurements in this installation guide assume a bare, level concrete surface.

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.


1Flanged Bike Bollard Base with Bike Arms1
2Bike Bollard Solar Light Cap1
35/8″ Drop-in Concrete Insert3
45/8″ Washer3
55/8″ Hexagon Socket Button Head Cap Bolt3
61/4″ Hexagon Socket Button Head Cap Bolt Tamper Resistant3


7/8″ Masonry Drill Bit 5/8″ Insert Setting Tool (or equivalent)
3/8″ Hex Key Special Hex Key
Broom/Pressure Washer Vacuum
Chalk Hammer
Hammer Drill or Rotary Hammer Level
Measuring Tape


  • To protect the finish, keep bike bollards in original packaging until the exact moment of installation.
  • Handle with care to avoid scratching or damaging bike bollard surfaces as abrasions will lead to rust.
  • Once scratched, bike bollards cannot be repaired to original form without re-finishing the entire surface.
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.

Designate your hole marking
Keep the bike bollard in its protective packaging. Place the bike bollard over each center point marking so that the bike bollard’s middle coincides with the center point.

Note: For asymmetrical light distribution, be sure to make necessary adjustments to the orientation now. Decide on the direction of the light and configure the hole markings accordingly. Once drilled and installed, there is no way to rotate the bike bollard.

Use chalk to create drill-markings for each bolt. For secure installation, ensure there is a minimum radius** of solid concrete around each mark.

Remove the bike bollard.

Note: Be sure to check the orientation of the bike bollard arms and make any necessary adjustments now. Once drilled and installed, there is no way to rotate the bike bollard.

Drill the holes

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

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

Set the depth control on the hammer drill (or rotary hammer) to 2-1/2″
If depth control is not available, mark 2-1/2″ on the masonry bit.

Drill the holes
Drill holes with a 7/8″ diameter and 2-1/2″ 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 holes
Clear the holes of all debris and/or standing water using the vacuum.

Diagram showing vacuum clearing hole

Tap the drop-in concrete insert into each 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.

Set the drop-in concrete insert
Insert a setting tool (B) into each 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 inserts
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 holes
Keep the bike bollard in its protective packaging. Carefully place the bike bollard base over the installation position so that the bike bollard’s holes are directly on top of the drilled holes and concrete inserts.

When ready to install, remove the protective packaging.

Secure the bike bollard
Place the washers over the holes on the bike bollard and set the bolts into place.

Use a hex key to tighten the bolts until secure. Tighten bolts evenly in a cycle.

Diagram showing bolts 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 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.

*Concrete insert manufacturers such as recommend a greater concrete depth for drop-in inserts.
**Concrete insert manufacturers such as recommend specific measurements for minimum radii.

Diagram showing solar bike bollard installation using flanged surface mounting
Solar bike bollards can be installed with flanged surface mountings.