08 May 2014

Copenhagenize's New Bike Racks from Veksø

New Bike Racks at Copenhagenize Design Co.
We recently moved in our new offices on Paper Island (Papirøen) on the harbour in Copenhagen. A fantastic place to work, populated by wonderful, creative people.

There was one little detail missing. You can't very well be a fancy, blah blah blah urban design company like Copenhagenize Design Co. and NOT have bicycle parking outside your offices. It was wrong, so very wrong. What to do?

New Bike Racks at Copenhagenize Design Co.
Ole, from Purpose Makers and Cycling Without Age / Cykling uden alder, lending a hand.

Simple really. You call Veksø. A legendary Danish company that started in the 1950s, producing bike racks for the Danish schools. A company that has made literally hundreds of thousands of bike racks over more than 60 years. Then they branched out into other urban furniture like covered racks and busstops, digital bike counters, footrests like the ones in Copenhagen, air pumps and tilted garbage cans for cyclists.

All of it in the kind of aesthetic design you'd expect from a Danish company with the slogan "Enriching Urban Life".

If you stood on a random, busy street in Copenhagen and removed the Veksø products, you'd be hard-pressed to find your busstop, throw away your rubbish or park your bicycle.

Check out Veksø's online catalogue right here: Enriching Urban Life

New Bike Racks at Copenhagenize Design Co.
Testing the racks out and finding the right placement width.
New Bike Racks at Copenhagenize Design Co.
Veksø came all the way from Jutland - Fredericia - to deliver our racks. Thanks!
New Bike Racks at Copenhagenize Design Co.
We put the racks where people were parking their bikes anyway. Right by the entrance. Useless to place them anywhere else.
New Bike Racks at Copenhagenize Design Co.
Paper Island's "Mr Clean" came past when we were placing the racks. He grabbed a broom and said, spontaneously, "shouldn't I sweep now that it looks so nice?" Yes, please and thank you!

And thanks to Veksø for helping us bling up our parking.


Matthew.W said...

It must be a low crime area.

If that was outside my office by the end of the day it would be a rack of front wheels.

Paul Cooke said...

I, also, can't believe that you actually signed off on the purchase order for those useless wheel wreckers... I can't use those as a condition of my insurance is that I secure my bike using an approved lock with the lock securing the frame to the rack, not the wheel. I have to secure my wheels using auxiliary cables to my lock.

They may be "stylish", but they are useless for their function which should be to provide secure cycle parking...

Roberto Colasuonno said...

Most stylish bike racks, check these out outside Scottish Parliament:


Unknown said...

Seconding Paul and Matthew. Those racks look perfect for kickstand-equipped bikes in an area with zero bike theft. Basically for the situation where you don't need a rack.

E Williamson said...

All style, no function. We call those "wheel benders."
For a good rack, you must be able to easily lock a wheel and the frame with a U-lock.
I'm stunned that a company with that much experience would make a rack like that and that a company like Copenhagenize would buy one!

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AlmondTheChrunch said...

the bike rack is designed to Copenhagen where most people ride normal 4000-5000 DKK bikes which is parked outside 365 days a year, only secured by a simple back wheel lock... If the bike is stolen, you just buy a new one. Most people doesn't even bother paying for an insurance.

Bike City DC said...

So people don't even lock up the frame of the bicycle overnight in Copenhagen?

Mikael Colville-Andersen said...

There are easily over 1 million of these in Denmark. The design standard for most cities. They've worked for a century and they still work.

Suck it up. :-)

Peter-Alexander said...

Awful, we owe you those terrible designed racks? How can you?

You're responsible for millions of bike thefts.

Chris Walker said...

I don't understand why you would choose butterfly stands over Sheffield stands. They're inferior in every conceivable way.

I also happen to think that butterfly stands are ugly. Their design is too fussy, and once they get bent out of shape (as they inevitably will), they'll start to look forlorn and neglected.

bike4V said...

Could work here in Australia if ABUS brought out a 3m in length lock-chain so you could chain up the frame and rear wheel as well. Otherwise —as just about everyone above has mentioned— bye-bye bicycle.

bike4V said...

@AlmondTheChrunch That's a lot of money actually. I can only assume that bikes in Copenhagen are not stolen regularly and nor are they vandalised much either. I doubt if even well-off Copenhageners would be happy replacing their bike even once a year.

fab said...

Very cool design, yeah...

Mikael, weren't your bullit recently stolen? learned something?

watching this makes me wonder about more stuff I learned here. so helmets are useless you say? hmmmmm. used to concur. should I reconsider?

Brian Burger said...

So the much-vaunted Copenhagenize is stuck with useless crap racks like this, and doesn't even think it's a problem? Wow.

That design doesn't even let you use the end of the rack to get a proper two points of contact to support the frame, with the wheel-wrecking loops inset like that. I guess if you just treat it as a source of scrap metal you could make a usable bike rack out of it...

Travelling Thor said...

I thought we left those kind of designs back in the 70s? Seriously, I don't see how that kind of design provides any benefit to parking a bike. May as well lean it against the wall.

bike4V said...

This sort of rack is handy if you're going to make a short visit somewhere and the chance of theft in the immediate area is low enough to make the back wheel lock enough of a deterrent. In fact I used to use a similar sort of bike rack in Austria (in a little town not a big city) all the time *without* a lock so I can see Mikael's point. It wouldn't work here in Australia though unless the racks were in a secure area with a lot of eyes on them.

Paul M said...

You can tell from the comments that most cyclists operate in areas of relatively high crime. In London, I would always fold my Brompton and crry it indoors with me - I woudln't contemplate leaving it locked up outside however robust my lock and chain was, and whatever type of rack was on offer. At home, in a small market town, I am happy to leave my bike secured to a simple planter with a thin cable lock which coudl be cut relatively easily, because I perceive the risk of theft to be almost negligible.

If all you really need is something to hold the bikes neatly upright, I am sure these racks are absolutely fine. I use something similar in our garage to store the family bikes.

Brian Burger said...

Even just to hold bikes upright this sort of rack is pretty crap because it just engages the front wheel and not the frame.

To quote the very sensible design guidelines from my hometown city government's bike parking document, "The rack must keep the bicycle upright without damaging the wheels or the frame. To do so, the rack must support the bicycle upright by its frame at two points in a horizontal plane to prevent the bicycle from falling."

This rack design fails that "two points in a horizontal plane" test. High crime or low crime area, it's a shitty rack design. That's why I'm so surprised to see Copenhagenize endorse it.

(PDF City of Victoria Bike Parking Strategy document is here if you want my source.)

Carsten L. said...

Utterly useless.
And pretty .. yeah, if you like associations of bent frontwheels and spokes.

Would make me turn my head and look for the next lamppost.

Frustrating to see a company promote such a flawed design.