When selecting a commercial bike locker, the security it provides is the most important factor. So important we have an entire video that reviews the security elements of bike lockers.
But there are a variety of other considerations – like performance, design, aesthetics, configuration and installation - when selecting the best bike locker. And we review these in the below video.
The first point we’re going to look at is performance. For maximum performance of steel bike lockers, the finish of the steel 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 hot-dipped 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.
Design & Aesthetics
Turning our attention to design and aesthetics, a bike locker will need to accept most standard-sized bicycles.
Generally, the measurements of a bike locker should be more than the standard bicycle measurements: 72 inches long x 24 inches wide x 46 inches tall.
The interior of the 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.
Horizontal Bike Lockers
With horizontal bike lockers, the unit is one layer on the ground where the door can be opened, and the bicycle can be rolled directly into the locker. The storage capacity of each unit is what 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 or 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 narrow towards the rear.
They 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
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.
Custom Bike Locker Options
Beyond the standard features of bike lockers, there are some customization 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 multiple things to be aware of and gotchas to be on the lookout for. Like placed too close together or too close to other objects that can limit how far a door can 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 lockers 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 the 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 to selecting the correct one for your application.