It's not that simple. You just need to sit in a programming meeting
with a client (like the institution you're taking about) to realize the
trickle-down effect of trying to make such design decisions.
I'm not saying there's a "better" solution to having the racks hidden
away, but the idea that it's "simple" is false.
Not only that, but I've had experience on large college campuses where
the bike racks are out in the open with parts and bikes being stolen or
damaged in full light of day and with people all around. Short of
posting a guard, you're not going to be 100% secure (and even with a
guard I wouldn't expect security).
You hit the nail on the head, EDS. I just posted something similar.
Sometimes some "design" solutions are but mere matters of a change in
mentality, which of course lead to changes in behavior and expectation.
I've seen pictures of design offices, for example, with designers' bikes in
the offices leaning against everything.
They're attractive machines and they add to the office decor and ambiance.
If you're fun enough, you could even add a bike track that circumnavigates
the office for those who want to get in a little excercise during their
breaks. Yes, you can even drink coffee while riding a bike.
In fact, here are two of my older alt.arch posts on the subject. (Good god I
was using my own name! :)
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2 jobs ago: 1 bike rack in the open, right in front of the MAC Store on
the ground floor. 2nd bike rack in the garage. I always used the one in
the open, and my bike was never touched.
1 job ago: bike parking area in a room off the parking garage. This
room had a locked door, with the combination only given to people who
parked their bikes there. My bike was never touched.
Current job: Bike rack in parking garage, in a fenced, locked cage. You
need to register with Security to get the combination. My bike hasn't
Of course, I can't see why any self-respecting thief would touch this:
You should put one of those fake bullet hole decals on the fairing to
give it a little more of the "I'm a bad ass and don't mess with my
bike" edge. And start wearing leather chaps when you ride. Just don't
go overboard or they'll try to recruit you for the Village People! ;)
Acturly, I've painted mine to resemble a Mondrian, with yellow and red
reflective swatches. I think that's more effective at confusing people.
A couple of my friends have copied fairings in Kevlar. Now *that's*
I'll pick up some neon orange spray paint this afternoon.
As for the quick release you can remove everything from the skewer and
but a small 5mm- 8 nuts & washers at Home Depot
I like to think I'm a non materialistic guy but disabling someone's
bike in the desert could be life threatening.
Well that explains it. ;)
I think http://www.christini.com/bikes.php might do well to come up with a
front wheel drive aluminum-framed, full-suspensioned recumbent, if they
haven't already cancelled their bike line prospects. (they have a motorcycle
Two things I dislike about recumbents are their frames and ridiculously-long
A front-wheel-drive recumbent, if done properly, would be excellent!
Ever seen a recumbent motorcycle, btw?
"We all love the open air aspect of motorcycles, but when the temperature is
low and rain is falling, they're not the most comfortable vehicle one could
occupy. Taking your lady out to dinner and a movie takes on a whole new
meaning if it's a rainy 40 degrees outside! Now you can have your cake and
eat it too if you own an Ecomobile. The handling and fun of a two wheeled
machine with all the comforts of a fine European automobile. Who would have
thought you could ride along in a contoured bucket seat listening to digital
stereo music with heat and a windshield wiper, on a motorcycle! And yes, the
Ecomobile is classified as a motorcycle."
I've seen lots of FWD recumbents, in both the fixed boom and swinging
boom varieties. Here's a swinging boom FWD built from a mountain bike:
Here's a fixed boom FWD (and world's fastest HPV):
I like the open-air version:
That looks clever and funky. I tried to get a movie to see how the thing
rides, and if one's legs turn, too, and also how solid the pedaling area is,
since those should affect pedal efficiency.
It seems rare to have something where the production-model is still, in a
sense, the prototype. Perhaps there's some kind of engineering term for
I may have read about that.
It would be cool if there could be a lighter, human or electric-powered
production-model equivalent of a Ecomobile/Monotrace... Maybe there is.
That looks awkward, and I'd be curious to know how it rides and handles, how
safe it is (with the engine in front) and/or if it made it into production.
From the blurb on that link it still looks like it's in the planning stage,
and from a brief Google, the death of someone working on the bike:
The Ecomobile/Monotrace is a proven design, and apparently surprisingly
safe, even in a crash.
I suspect that the novelty value alone ("Hey, look what some fool left
laying where I could snag it!") might be enough. I've heard of thefts
of things that were worth less, and required more work to lug off.
Typoes are a feature, not a bug.
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