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Dear manufacturers of bicycle parking stands,

In the grand scheme of comparative widths, bikes are reasonably narrow. This, in the urban jungle, is probably a distinct evolutionary advantage; the humble bicycle can squeeze through small gaps in traffic, park halfway up lampposts, and when necessary be carried down flights of stairs, all with only medium inconvenience, shin-barking and car-scratching incurred by self and other road/pavement users.

If, however, your locks are designed such that the front wheel noses into a cosy metal fitting, to which it might be imagined that one might want to lock one's bike, then unless one has a tactical bike-lock which can be fired at the wheel area and activated remotely, the situation changes; suddenly the svelte vélo has a somewhat less streamlined pedestrian attached at one side, sticking out like the proverbial sore digit which is no longer a mere metaphor, being almost certainly about to be acquired in actual, painful, bicycle-cursing reality.

No amount of pie abstention, however dedicated, is going to render me sufficiently skinny to fit my frame in a space smaller than required for that of my bicycle -- though the contortions I am required to perform to fit myself between two bicycles might in other contexts be considered useful exercise towards that fat-free goal. In the meantime, what action would you advise -- other than extensive cussing, or resigning myself to acquiring an array of bruises (these latter options form the current two-pronged strategy), or simply parking elsewhere (not always possible in the heaving cycle-congested metropolis)?

Yours faithfully,
Tyred of Cambridge.
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From: tamsinj Date: November 3rd, 2005 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
let alone the question of why the only fixed locking point provided in those situations is located absolutely as far as possible from the solid frame of the bike.
arnhem From: arnhem Date: November 3rd, 2005 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)
The engineering department introduced a particularly alarming solution to this problem over the summer - quite large swathes of external wall now have what can only be described as large meat-hooks attached at just above a bike's length from the ground.

It's possible that my first assumption - that they were there to focus the minds of recalcitrant undergraduates, was correct; however the masses have concluded that they're there to hang bikes from by their front wheels.

Seems to work, and has quite good non-clutteredness properties, although probably not ideal if your bike is very heavy. Then again, these only make up a small proportion of the total provided bike rack space here.
aldabra From: aldabra Date: November 3rd, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are they tagalong-compatible? We were almost caught by the caretaker this morning because the only tagalong-compatible portion of fence had a dog parked in the middle of it.
arnhem From: arnhem Date: November 4th, 2005 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't see it working for tagalongs. Even if they bent enough at the joint, the tagalong bit would wind up sticking sideways.
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