Industrial Street gets bike racks

Dan's Silverleaf staple racks

Hear ye, clients of Fuzzy’s, Roosters, Dan’s Silverleaf, Little Guy’s Movers, and Seniors In Motion.  Your days of locking bikes to the handicap handrail on Industrial are over.  Marcus and Chris from Little Guy’s Movers have installed the nicest bike racks in Denton, and they’re sheltered from rain.  These same gentlemen blocked off their parking spots to create a beer garden during last year’s downtown criterium bike race .

What makes these the nicest racks in town?  When Chris and Marcus asked me what cyclists like, I told them “staple racks, like you see in Portland and Austin”.  Not only did they install staple racks, but they’re coated in some soft non-scratching material, and they match the facade of Dan’s Silverleaf.  They are quite large, even for staples, but I was able to get my mini U-lock over the rack easily. What you see here is half of the racks, and an identical other set will be installed soon.  Each staple holds 2 bikes, so soon Industrial will have 20 bike parking spots.

For years we all locked our bikes to the handicap rail, but after telling Little Guy’s proprietors Marcus and Chris about the great bike racks at Eno’s Pizzeria in Oak Cliff, they couldn’t help but install the nicest racks in all of Denton.

What’s so great about staple racks?  For starters, they’re 30″ apart and keep the bikes from getting tangled up, like the wave/serpentine racks common on campus and on the square.  Second, they’re far easier to position wherever you want, and not necessarily in a row.  Austin has them along the sidewalk edges downtown. Third, they give you many locking points.  Fourth, they look classy.

Needless to say, we applaud the men of Little Guy’s Movers for raising the bar for bike accommodations in Denton.  The city did not have racks to give these businesses, so they took matters into their own hands.  Want to say thanks?  Go get a pint at Dan’s, or food at Roosters and Fuzzy’s, and lock your bike up at this fancy rack.  We’ll see you there.

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4 thoughts on “Industrial Street gets bike racks

  1. John says:

    I’m excited to try these new staple racks out! I’ve never used them before, and after all the praise I’ve heard from you about them here, I’m eager to see for myself. I’ll definitely be heading over to do that and show my appreciation sometime soon.

    I also wonder how you think staple racks compare to ones like the nice new rack at Lou’s. I like the free configuration of simple crossbar, but maybe staples are easier to get a lock around?

    • howard says:

      I’m not a big fan of the crossbar, honestly, because it can easily scratch bikes, it only offers one point to lock to the frame, bikes can get tangled up, and heavier bikes (like my xtracycle) are difficult to heave up and over a crossbar. That said, I do appreciate that Lou’s even thought to expand bike parking.

      If you like the racks, be sure and thank Dan/Marcus/Chris for their consideration, these racks weren’t cheap! :)

  2. [...] Industrial Street gets bike racks from Bike Denton by howard Dan’s Silverleaf staple racks Hear ye, clients of Fuzzy’s, Roosters, Dan’s Silverleaf, Little Guy’s Movers, and Seniors In Motion.  Your days of locking bikes to the handicap handrail on Industrial are over.  Marcus and Chris from Little Guy’s Movers have installed the nicest bike racks in Denton, and they’re sheltered from rain.  These same gentlemen blocked off… [...]

  3. cooper says:

    this is great. one of only three covered racks in town that i know about.

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