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Old 05-10-2010, 07:27 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, my wife and I just ordered some nice new bikes this weekend. We're planning on biking to work to see if we can help put off getting older for a while. We live in Washington, DC which means storing bikes outside is a dangerous prospect. Unfortunately, my mother-in-law lives in our basement, so the bikes get to live outside. We'll eventually have a deck with a relatively enclosed underside, so I'll just install a couple of bike posts and we'll call it good.

But until then, I've got to come up with something. We do have a small cement patio over the basement entrance, so if I keep them there, at least they'll stay dry. As far as keeping them safe, the best I've seen so far is this, a locking vertical bike mount. Seems to fit the bill, but I am definitely open to any and all suggestions. Barring any remarkable alternatives, my real question is, what's the best way to go about bolting this to the wall? I suppose I could use an epoxy bolt, expansion bolts, hammer anchors or even tapcons. The bikes aren't terribly heavy, but I want to make sure this can't simply be forced off the wall with a crow bar. Also, is there a type of anchor out there that cannot be unscrewed/removed? I'd hate for the neighborhood punks to get smart one day and find a screw driver, right?

So, any thoughts?

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http://www.concretefasteners.com/anc...ion/index.aspx

You can get them at any hardware store.

Probably won’t work with any fasteners that come with the rack so you’ll have to buy new and maybe have to drill a bigger hole.

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Excellent. Thanks! Any thoughts on a fastener that cannot be easily removed? To prevent thugs from just unscrewing the whole deal from the wall?
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It will actually be a bolt they would have remove to get the rack off the wall. Don’t know what more to do other than lock it but even locks are only good for keeping the honest crooks out.
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You could always grind on the bolt head. Damage it enough so a wrench won’t work.
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Good idea. Then when the time comes for me to actually remove it, I guess I could hack it off with a reciprocating saw, right?
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Good idea. Then when the time comes for me to actually remove it, I guess I could hack it off with a reciprocating saw, right?
That or grind it off.
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http://www.bikeparking.com/btwlockerp/index.html
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Thanks Mark, but BIG difference in price, no? Plus it would consume our whole yard!
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If you can access both sides of the wall you could attach everything with carriage bolts or vandalism-proof / resistant bolts. http://www.brycefastener.com/
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Cellophane- That's awesome, but won't work in my application. It is a finished basement, so it just won't work. But thanks, and very cool.
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The might have these at the hardware store.

http://www.tufnutworks.com/category....Security_Bolts

Second item down the page.
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What about ceiling mounting them inside? I've seen some nicely done places on some design blogs where bikes were hung up inside and treated as a focal point.
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Bike Storage in Honor of National Bike to Work Month

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