Installing Removable Bike Bollards using Receivers with Chains

Reliance Foundry’s line of removable bike bollards offer bike storage while allowing access to be granted or restricted in changing streetscapes. This installation method uses padlocked chains to fasten bike bollards. When bike bollards are removed, chains can be stored inside receivers and concealed with a protective cover to prevent tripping or obstruction.

Removable bike bollards act as visual traffic deterrents that can restrict or limit access to particular areas while providing secure bike storage. It is important to note that with this installation method, bike bollards offer limited impact resistance.


1 Removable Bike Bollard 1
2 Receiver 1
3 Padlock (optional) 1
4 Receiver Cover (optional) 1


Auger Chalk/Marker
Dirt Tamper 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

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

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

Ensure that the plan coincides with the site and familiarize yourself with the intended arrangement of the bike bollards.

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

Prepare the site for concrete
Please consult your local Building Code Department to determine the recommended digging depth below the frost line in your area. Choose this or 12″, whichever is greater. Then add a minimum 6″ for holding the drain rock.* This is your total digging depth.

The diameter of the hole should extend a minimum of 10″.

Note: If the recommended digging depth below the frost line is greater than the depth of the receiver, be sure to provide adequate drainage by piping through the concrete and connecting to the drain rock layer underneath.

Diagram showing diameter of hole at 10 inches

Dig the site
Center an auger on the installation mark and bore a hole to required measurements.

Diagram showing auger digging hole

Ensure the area is properly formed to create a perimeter that will hold wet concrete.

Use a dirt tamper** to compact the soil below the intended surface.

Prepare the bike bollard and removable mount for designated location
Keep the bike bollard in its protective packaging.

Keep in mind that the receiver will be installed so that the receiver is level with the finished grade and a slight berm is recommended.

Add the drain rock
Add the drain rock to the installation site.

Diagram showing drain rock in site

Pour the concrete

Mix the concrete
Ensure that the proper ratio of water and concrete mix is used.

The concrete should have a similar texture to moldable clay.

Place the receiver in designated location
Place the chain of the receiver inside the receiver. Lower the receiver into the designated location so its top is above the surface grade. This is recommended in order to create a slight berm with the concrete.

Note: If necessary, temporarily insert the bike bollard (with packaging still on) into the receiver and use a level to ensure it is plumb.

Diagram showing receiver embedded in concrete

Allow the concrete to cure
A minimum of 2–3 days should be given for concrete to cure before beginning construction projects on new concrete surfaces.

Note: Moisture in the environment and cool temperatures can significantly slow the process.

Install the bike bollard

Prepare the bike bollard
Ensure the concrete has cured.

Keep the bike bollard in its protective packaging. Carefully set the bike bollard near the installation site.

When ready to install, remove the protective packaging and lower it into the receiver.

Secure the bike bollard
Lift the chain of the receiver up to the stud and use a padlock to connect the two together. Fasten the padlock.

Note: Chain receivers are available with an optional cover to minimize tripping hazards. If a receiver cover is being used in this installation, lift it along with the chain and secure it with the padlock.

Diagram showing bollard secured to receiver lid with padlock


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.

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*Recommended depth for drain rock is a minimum of 6″. Depth will also depend on local soil conditions, weather conditions, and engineering requirements. 
**Dirt tamping is not required if working on undisturbed soil.

Diagram of removable bike bollard installed using receiver with chain
Removable bike bollards can be installed using receivers with chains.