Black Friday Bicycling – Making it Tolerable

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Some people really look forward to the holidays, and everyone has their own reason. Maybe you just love to drink eggnog. Or maybe your favorite meal is slightly-too-dry turkey. And maybe you are one of the good people in the world and you really just look forward to spending quality time with your family. There is one huge sub-section of American that looks forward to the holidays for one thing – Black Friday. Let me tell you why this Friday after Thanksgiving I will be Black Friday Bicycling.

You see, my sister loves to get up super early the morning and go hit up all the classic stores. You know, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Sports –Mart – pretty much any place that has the word “Mart” in it is on her radar. And a long time ago I lost a bet, which we definitely don’t have time to go into right now, and I have been forced to go with her on her Black Friday shopping spree. I am 4 years into a 10 year sentence.

And every year it gets worse and worse. Stores open earlier, more people line up beforehand. There are more and more “Mart” stores every year! The only way for me to maintain my sanity is to go Black Friday Bicycling.

Instead of driving with my sister and listening to her gloat about her victory a little under 5 years ago, I will ride my bike from store to store. And knowing how ridiculous traffic gets on Black Friday around these parts, I fully expect to beat her to every store. Maybe this Black Friday Bicycling will show her how awesome riding is. Maybe she’ll even buy me something while she is out shopping – maybe something like the Pablo Two Bike Rack with Shelf. It would look great in my closet and maybe numb the sting of defeat just a little bit.

Black Friday Bicycling

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Bike Rack Gift – There is Something For Everybody

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I know it is only mid-November, but I think it couldn’t hurt to take a look at some great holiday gift ideas. There is nowhere that is safe from the Christmas creep, and that even includes us here at Bike Racks Blog. So we will take a look at   bike rack gift or two that will brighten the faces of all the little boys and girls that are special to you. And despite what you may believe, finding the perfect bike rack does not have to cost you an arm and a leg!

Believe it or not, there are quite a few amazing items that make for the perfect bike rack gift.  If that special rider in your life is clamoring for a new car mounted bike rack – we have the right choice. Or if that person is looking for something to store their bike in the off-season – I can help you out with that. There is a bike rack gift for every single kid.

The first bike rack gift is the Glideaway Advantage Sportsrack, which provides storage and organization for your bikes when you are on the road. This rack is a very durable and a great choice for any adventurous bike rider that really wants to get to those hard-to-reach locales. Of course, at over 200 dollars, this is not a rack for those with shallow pockets.

Bike Rack Gift

If you are looking for a more inexpensive bike rack gift option, simply look this way. The most inexpensive rack currently on the market this holiday season is the Hoist Monster Bicycle Rack. At fewer than 20 dollars, the value this bicycle rack provides is incredible. Not only does it have a very low price-point, it has garnered a perfect 5 star rating on Stacks and Stacks!

Bike Rack Gift

So whether you are looking for a bike rack gift expensive or inexpensive, big or small, know that there is something perfect out there for you.

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Top Bike Racks for Any and All Needs

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Last week we talked about the best bike racks for those that are on a budget. These were the simples of the simple – the bike racks for the bachelor, organization for the unemployed. However, this week we are going to take a 180 and discuss the other end of the spectrum: top bike racks. These are the biggest and the best bike racks that you can find. Whether you want to show off to your friends, or just have a whole bunch of bikes to store, this is the post for you.

There are many top bike racks, and people purchase them for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are a die-hard bicycle enthusiast, and want to have top of the line equipment. Others just like to show off their wealth and have premium everything. Still others have a lot of bicycles they need to have stored, and when you need to organize more than two bicycles, it can get pricey.

The first top bike rack is for those that have a lot of bicycles to store. Perhaps you have a family of four, and want to store all of their bicycles in one easy to maintain location. The Indoor Outdoor Poly Lumber Bike Rack is ideal for this situation. This rack is made from a unique poly material that makes it resistant to the elements. With space to store up to 8 bicycles, you have plenty of room for the family and maybe even some friends too!

Top Bike Racks

Next is the top bike rack for road warriors. This car-mounted bicycle rack is perfect for finding that remote locale for your next ride. The Advantage Sports Rack GlideAway2 provides incredible storage for any journey. It is made by Heininger, one of the top names in car bicycle racks. This is certainly a top bike rack if I have ever seen one.

Top Bike Racks

Lastly, you have the fancy bike rack for those that love to show off. The Garage Gator Motorized System is a great way to show your friends how cool you are. This top bike rack is able to hold up to 220 pounds. What is especially cool about this rack is that it can store items other than bicycles as well.

Top Bike Racks

There you have it, three of the top bike racks available today!

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Affordable Bike Racks for the Budget Conscious

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For the last few months I have been using a jerry-rigged “bike rack” to store my ride. While this has been extremely cost effective, I worry that my bicycle will get stolen at some point. The bicycle is simply tied up to a truss in the parking garage below my building. While this basement garage is fairly well-secured, it is not particularly difficult for an intruder to get into if he or she so desired. So I started to research an appropriate bicycle rack for my storage needs and came across and (perhaps not so surprising) revelation: bicycle racks are expensive! Here are a couple suggestions for affordable bike racks.Afforable Bike Racks

While you may not want to blow your money on a bike rack, it is important to not be penny-wise and pound-foolish. If your bicycle is not secured properly, you could end up spending hundreds or thousands to replace your bicycle or its parts when you could have just parted with 50 bucks or so to keep it properly stored. While it may seem like an unnecessary expense at the time, you will be extremely happy with your decision when you realize the garage has been raided but your bicycle was left untouched.

So let’s go onto the affordable bicycle racks so you can find the proper storage for your ride. While you can definitely spend some big bucks on a rack, there are plenty that are sturdy, secure and low-cost.

Two great affordable bike racks

The Lean Machine Gravity Bike Rack has a very fitting name – it is both extremely durable and lightweight, making it perfect for those that need to store their bicycle on the go. The rack can hold up to two bicycles, and with a price tag under 60 dollars, is certainly a great affordable bike rack choice.

For those that are a little more tight on space, the Platinum One Bike Adjustable Wall Mount is a great affordable bike rack option. This rack can be installed onto the wall and takes up next to no space! The rack can hold one bicycle at a time and comes in at a price under $40! This is one of the most simple affordable bike racks available today.

Affordable Bike Racks

As you can see, there are plenty of affordable bike racks available for any situation and need. With so many options available, there really is no excuse for you to keep tying your bike up to trees and stops signs in your front yard!

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Free Wheeling with Storage Set on Caster Wheels

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Your bike’s not the only thing with wheels in your garage, there are all sorts of garage accessories made better by caster wheels. From hand carts to garage stools, here are a few items that might come in handy around the garage.

Scooter Seat by Cramer by Cramer

 

For anyone who spends hours in the workshop, having the right seating is key. The Scooter Seat is set on casters and has a compact design that makes it easy to move around a car, bike or workbench. A durable metal design allows this stool to stand up to garage wear and tear.

 

 

42.5 Inch Tuffy Three Tier Cart with Topaz Shelves by H. WILSON

 

Your chair isn’t the only thing that benefits from a set a wheels, having a cart you can wheel around with you makes any project easier. The 42.5 Inch Tuffy Three Tier Cart with Topaz Shelves provides plenty of shelf space for storing the tools you’re using. Simply wheel this cart into place when it’s time to work on a project.

 

 

Professional Tool Cart by Excel International

 

You can also store all your tools on wheels with the Professional Tool Cart. This tool box has variously sized drawers for storing different types of tools. Use the open lower shelf for easy access to larger items, like electric hand sanders.

 

 

My Cart 2 Hand Truck by Narita Trading

 

For moving larger items the My Cart 2 Hand Truck provides a helping hand. Place heavier items on this cart for easy moving. Folding flat, this cart can be stored in a closet or cabinet when not in use.

 

 

 

Tool Rack with Wheels

 

There are all sorts of oddly shaped items that need to be stored in the garage. Using storage like the Tool Rack with Wheels makes it easy to move these cumbersome items around and then store them. Hanging hooks allow you to store everything from brooms to power cords, all in one place.

Add storage or seating to the garage with the convenience of casters.

 

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Garage Storage with Magnets

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Creating custom storage in the garage can be as easy as adding some magnetic organizers to your metal tool box or cabinet. Coming in designs that range from hooks to pockets, magnetic storage is an easy and unexpected way to add storage for smaller items. Metal lockers, cabinets or tool boxes make it easy to add magnetic storage.

 Stainless Steel Magnet Pocket

The Stainless Steel Magnet Pocket not only offers storage for pens and notepads on the fridge, it also makes convenient tool storage in the garage. Use one pocket or a few to create easy to access tool storage for smaller wrenches. The sleek stainless steel design also has a streamlined look perfect for the workshop.

EcoGen Short Magnetic Bin - by Design Ideas - 1720244

For even more pocket storage the EcoGen Short Magnetic Bin provides even more storage space. Use this pocket to store your bike light or other smaller biking accessories.

See and Store Containers - Set of 4

When it comes to storing nuts and bolts it’s best to have storage that keeps everything contained, but doesn’t keep it concealed. The See and Store Containers – Set of 4 comes with magnetized backs for attaching to the inside of a cabinet door. The see through lids make it easy to see the contents, so you can find the right bolt.

Magnetic Hooks

A magnetic hook can be a great way to store everything from rope to a keychain with the key for your bike lock. Coming in various sizes, these hooks can be used to hang whatever odds and ends you have lying around, from bungee cords to a cleaning cloth. Super strong magnets ensure these hooks stay in place.

Hardwood Backed Magnetic Tool & Cutlery Bar by Better Housewares

When it comes to versatile magnet storage the Hardwood Backed Magnetic Tool & Cutlery Bar makes a great addition everywhere from the kitchen to the workshop. Lined with two rows of magnets, this bar is designed to store knives and other cooking utensils, but it also makes for great tool storage. Use this bar to store wrenches, drill bits or screw drivers.

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Garage Storage

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When you have a garage or workshop that is a blank canvas or one that is full of piles of stuff but doesn’t have any storage, it’s time to invest in a storage system. Coming in a variety of designs and configurations, it’s easy to find a storage system that works for your space.

Granite Sandusky 3-in-1 Garage Storage System

 

 

If you’re looking to start with the basics the Granite Sandusky 3-in-1 Garage Storage System comes with three key storage pieces to get you going. Coming with a lower cabinet topped off with a shelf, a large cabinet and a wall mounted cabinet, this set has three kinds of storage so there is room for everything from sporting equipment to tools. With a heavy duty design, these cabinets can stand up to whatever you decide to throw at them.

Ulti-MATE Garage PRO 5-piece Cabinets

 

 

Add even more storage and counter space with the Ulti-MATE Garage PRO 5-piece Cabinets. With an additional floor cabinet you gain even more drawer and shelf space. Sleek hardware adds some style to any workspace.

Flow Wall Garage Cabinet Set by Red Star Traders

 

The Flow Wall Garage Cabinet Set by Red Star Traders combines wall mounted cabinets with an entire pegboard wall for easy to customize storage. Ample countertop space make it easy to set up shop. Use the individual hooks to create easy to access, custom storage.

 6 Piece Cabinet System

 

Made of durable steel the Coleman 6 Piece Cabinet System offers ample organization space with one large cabinet, three smaller cabinets and an entire cabinet of drawers. Filling an entire wall, this garage storage system adds a professional look to any workspace.

Whether you have an empty garage crying out for storage or a messy toolshed that could really use some organizing, adding a storage system is an efficient way to free up space and create a convenient place to work on projects.

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