Examples of common bike parking designs that do not meet all the basic requirements of good bike parking.

What is a ‘wheel-bender’?

A wheel-bender is a rack which supports the bike only by the wheel.  A key issue is that the bicycle wheel held may be damaged since bicycles typically need support for the frame and both wheels in order to avoid harm.

When might a wheel-bender be suitable?

They may be suitable for some primary schools if affordability and space are particular issues for them.  Although they don’t support small bikes particularly well, they do provide some support and order for primary students bicycles.  


This wheel-bender rack is nearly impossible to use because of the raised bar which fixes it to the ground.
This wheelbender rack doesn’t support the bike frame, the bays are too close together and it doesn’t cater for all wheel sizes.
A vertical wheel-bender which doesn’t support the bike frame causing the user to lock to a post instead.
A wheel-bender rack which is not being used.
The slot in this wheel-bender rack is too narrow for these tyres.
A user has found an alternative way to use this rack, but not everyone would be able to lift their bike onto it.
A vertical wheel-bender – the bikes are so closely spaced it is difficult to lock them or avoid damage.

Difficult to Use

Many users don’t have the strength to lift a bike to park in vertically.
This upright design is not suited to heavy bikes or wider tyres.

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Insufficient Support

Only one point of support makes it less suited to supporting a wide range of bike frame styles.
Single point of contact results in inadequate support. Locking point could be sawn through.
Because it offers insufficient support this design is not being used as was intended, limiting the number of bikes which can be parked in the location.