Installing Bike Bollard Post Covers: Existing Posts with Concrete Anchors
A straightforward and proven method for installing Reliance Foundry’s bike bollards on existing security pipes
Ornamentation and secure bicycle storage options can be added to pre-installed security posts with select bike bollards by Reliance Foundry. With a concrete anchor and a threaded rod, bike bollards can be set over existing security pipes to provide an aesthetic enhancement to streetscapes and increase accessibility for modern commuters.
It is important to note that Reliance Foundry does not market its products as high security devices. Although Reliance bike bollards do act as safety devices and traffic guides, their function is primarily decorative. Adding bike bollards to existing security posts in no way increases the post’s impact resistance. The level of impact resistance that a security post will provide is directly related to the original installation. The following are general guidelines for installing bike bollards over existing security posts. If you have any questions about the level of impact resistance an existing security post will provide, you may wish to consult an engineer.
Installation Equipment Required
- Hammer Drill or Rotary Hammer
- 1⅛” Carbide – Tipped Masonry Drill Bit
- Small Masonry Chisel
- Can of Water for Cleaning Drill Bit
- 1½" (38mm) Wrench
- ⅜" (9mm) Allen Key
- Masonry Nail (optional)
- Touch-up paint (can be easily sourced at automotive parts stores)
Preparation and determining bike bollard position
- Inspect the security post:
A bike bollard will only perform as well as the security post on which it is placed. Examine the post for signs of damage. Hold a level vertically against the side of the post and ensure that it is plumb with the concrete surface. If the post shows signs of rust or its integrity has been damaged, it is advisable to consider replacing the post.
- Clean the security post:
Brush or wipe the surface of the post before beginning. Debris can offset measurements and placement of the bike bollards; Moisture can damage the integrity of the post.
- Measure the placement of the bike bollard:
Use chalk to mark the centre point of the bike bollard on the concrete inside the security post. The mark should be in the exact center of the security post. It will mark the placement of the threaded rod.
Drilling the holes
- Create pilot holes:
Use a small masonry chisel to tap a starter pilot hole in the centre of the 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 3⅛”:
Most hammer drills have a depth setting or depth control bar. If depth control is not available, use masking tape to mark 3⅛” on the masonry bit.
- Drill the hole:
Apply force to rotary hammer and create a hole that has a 1” diameter and a depth of 3⅛”. 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
- 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 bollard near the security post:
With the packaging left on, carefully set the bike bollard near the installation position. Then, remove its protective packaging.
- Place the bike bollard over the threaded rod:
Lift the bike bollard over the threaded rod so that the rod extends through the bike bollard’s receiver hole. The bollard should rest with the threaded rod exactly centered in the bollard’s shaft. Bike bollards can be quite heavy, depending on the model and material selected. To prevent accidents and injuries, the proper resources should be available to lift bike bollards into place or onto their mountings.
- Set the washer over the threaded rod
Place the washer over the threaded rod so that it rests on top of the shaft of the bollard. Apply the 1” nut to the threaded rod and tighten it until the bollard is secure.
- Secure the bike bollard’s cap:
Remove bike bollard cap from its packaging. Place 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 with equal amounts of torque to ensure that the cap remains centered. The set screws are composed of stainless steel and the insert holes on the bike bollard cap are lined with stainless steel to prevent rust. Place the provided plastic caps over the heads of the set screws.
- Inspect the installation:
At a distance, examine the plain of view. The bike bollard should appear to be perpendicular with the surface of the concrete. On level surfaces, hold a level vertically against the side of the bollard to ensure that it is plumb to the surface.
- Check the bike bollard for any signs of surface damage:
If the bike 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
Reliance Foundry manufactures its products to the highest design standards to ensure their durability. 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 required. In most environments, regularly-performed inspections and routine cleaning will ensure that a bollard retains its aesthetic appeal and does not become damaged by the elements.