When selecting commercial bike lockers, the
security it provides is the most important factor. So important that we have an entire video
that reviews the security elements of bike lockers. You can find a link to the video in the description
below. In addition to security there other considerations
when selecting commercial bike lockers. Like design, aesthetics, configuration and
installation that will guide you to the best one for your situation. And we’re going to review those right now. The first point we’re going to look at is
performance. For maximum performance of steel bike lockers,
the finish of the steel is what is most important. With the right make up of steel components,
you can expect the lockers to remain sturdy and secure for many years. Whether they’re placed in controlled environments
our outside exposed to weather. Panels, doors and frame elements should be
made of a galvanized steel with a powder-coat top coat. Locking mechanisms, handles and other components
should be a stainless steel. As these are the working parts of the bike
locker, the higher quality of steel will keep these functioning for years. Turning our attention to design and aesthetics,
the most important thing that we need to know is that a bicycle locker will accept most
standard-sized bikes. Generally, the measurements of a bike locker
should be greater than the standard bicycle measurements: 72 inches long x 24 inches wide
x 46 inches tall. The interior of the bike locker should be
spacious enough to store the bicycle while also allowing for additional items like bags,
helmets and other related accessories. Catering to these dimensions, bike lockers
usually then come in two designs styles – rectangle and pie. They can also be placed in a horizontal or
vertical configuration. With a horizontal bike locker, the unit is
one layer on the ground where the door can be opened up, and the bicycle can be rolled
into the unit. The storage capacity the bike locker needs
to be considered next. For reference, a Narrow MadLocker from Madrax
measures 31 inches wide and can store a single bicycle. Along with enough room for storing additional
items. The MadLocker, measuring 39 inches wide, provides
even more storage capacity. However, this results in a wider footprint. The MadLocker can also be configured to store
two bicycles. A diagonal partition, along with a door on
each end, is used to create the two triangular parking spaces inside the locker. This is the most cost-efficient way to maximize
the number of bike locker parking spaces. Horizontal bike lockers can also be stacked. Allowing you to maximize the number of bicycles
that can be parked per square foot. Stacking lockers would require lifting and
lowering a bicycle to the upper level for storage and removal. This type of locker may be difficult for certain
users. A pie-shaped bike locker is an alternative
horizontal bike locker design. They have the same width at the door but it
narrows towards the rear. Pie lockers offer different options for utilizing
areas of available storage space, like corners or areas that are not square in shape. Banked together, they can also make visually-entertaining
circles and half-circle designs. Vertical bike lockers are best for minimizing
the floor space needed to install bike lockers. These lockers are a few inches taller than
horizontal bike lockers are long. The extra space is needed so the bicycle can
be lifted onto a hook that holds the bicycle in the vertical position. This type of locker also requires the cyclist
to lift the bicycle for storage, which may limit the use by some cyclists. Beyond the standard features of bike lockers,
there are some custom options available. Perforation and cutouts on doors can be customized. This is commonly used for branding, advertising
and to match existing designs. The powder coat color of your bike locker
can also be customized. For site considerations with bike lockers,
there are a couple of things to be aware of One of them is placing the bike locker too
close to other objects that may limit how far the door can swing open. To ensure the success of your layout, make
sure there is enough end and side clearance. The ability for a bicycle to be maneuvered
in and around a bike locker is the main concern. Aisle or corridors around bike lockers should
allow for simultaneous users. How far opened locker doors swing out into
the travel space should also be factored into the overall design. Keep in mind the flow into and out of the
area with bike lockers. Two-sided lockers need to be accessible from
both sides. Room to lift and lower bicycles need to be
included with stacked and vertical bike lockers. As it relates to configuring bike lockers,
because they are generally modular in shape, they are designed for in-line or banked configurations. Straight rows of lockers are accomplished
by placing rectangular units next to one another. Adhered together with supplied hardware, it
makes an almost seamless, continuous run of lockers. Pie-shaped lockers installed next to one another
form circular shapes. Great for wrapping around exterior corners,
following other curvatures or filling empty spaces. For installation, many steel bike lockers
arrive disassembled to save on shipping costs. They will need to be assembled and then placed
in their desired location. Bike lockers also commonly have leveling feet. These can be adjusted to maintain a consistent
height across a length of banked lockers. There are a variety of considerations when
evaluating bike lockers. The information in this video should help
guide you when selecting the best one for your application. Start your bike locker search at Madrax.com. A link to our bike lockers page is in the
description below. For even more bike locker insights, make sure
to watch our video on the security elements of bike lockers. You can also subscribe to the Madrax channel
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and bike parking video content is available. And if there’s anything else you’d like
to know about bike lockers, let us know in the comments below. Or tell us a topic we should cover for a future
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