It’s an all-too-common sight: a crowded mess of bikes tangled up and sprawled near the bike rack. Some have fallen to the ground and some are scratched and damaged, still locked to a rickety rack -- nothing more than a cheap piece of metal.
You can only imagine the bike-parking crime scene outside an LA skyscraper with 1,200 housing units.
Enter Uplift. You might have seen this new offset bike rack appearing at college campuses, transportation hubs, sports stadiums, amusement parks, dog parks and even an apartment near you. With a controlled footprint for each bike, the Uplift Bike Dock prevents slipping and tipping, keeping bikes upright.
“More people adopting bicycling as a primary means of transportation is a beautiful thing. The problem, however, is space,” Chris Luyet, who worked on Uplift from Highland Products Group as its VP of sales and marketing, told GrindTV.
“This has created a tremendous amount of stress on planners to meet city bicycle parking ordinance requirements, and in some cases bike parking facilities for each multifamily residence,” he continues.
Uplift’s swagger is its design, which staggers the elevation of adjacent bikes, creating greater space efficiency and a new way to keep a whole bunch of bikes streamlined and secure.
“A bike can create a 6-foot radius, circling a rack, but because of the index points and design there is only one point you can load a bike, controlling the bike footprint in its entirety and making the space around the rack safer for pedestrians,” explains Luyet.
Accommodating for parked bikes by varying storage space in height, handlebars don’t hit each other or get caught in other frames or spokes, which helps prevent scratches. Slick engineering also gives those with fancy rides the added security of being able to easily lock both the frame and the wheel to the rack. A protective coating on the dock also prevents abrasion.
From campus to small apartment or condo living, this innovative rack system seems to be saving both bike commuters and occasional cyclists stress and time involved in untangling spokes, wheels, cables, pedals and handlebars from a chaotic pile of rides.
Luyet says, “We were trying to create a product that was more than a bent piece of metal you lean your bike against, and we believe we have built just that.”
The Uplift Bike Rack retails for $249, with discounts for large-volume orders.