Road Cycling

Rack and Ruin | 15 Ridiculous Bike Racks That Are Not Fit For Purpose

...if you ever needed proof that the Earth is full of idiots

A bike rack is not meant to be a work of art. A bike rack is meant to provide a safe place for which to leave your bike.

That’s why it makes us squint our eyes, angle our eyebrows and smash our heads ruthlessly off the nearest wooden surface whenever someone manages to mess up the construction of one of these oh-so-basic structures.

See, there’s a tried and tested design behind most bike racks. The U-shaped piece of metal that you see sticking out of the ground around the United Kingdom and beyond? It’s not pretty, no, but it works. It does what we need.

What we don’t need is random pieces of metal sticking out from our pavements that serve not as a bike rack, nor anything else – which is why we’ve been slowly shaking our heads upon hearing that after building a bike rack unusable for more than a couple of bikes, London Council are now trying to pass their failure off as “public art”.

Now, maybe we’re missing something. So, please take a look at the photograph below and let us know whether or not you think it looks like a piece of art. It’s no Damien Hirst, is it?

Speaking to The Tottenham Independent, Haringey Council said: “following public consultation about making a range of improvements to Wood Green High Road, it was agreed that old bike racks should be recycled to create a decorative feature at this location.”

You’ve almost got to admire their grit for accepting that their bike rack doesn’t work and continuing to back its existence. Almost.

Anyway, this disgrace to mankind made us think that there must be some other pretty damn terrible bike racks out their too. And we weren’t wrong, either. Feast your eyes on these atrocities…


1) The Chain


2) The Spacious



3) The Worst Bike Rack in Portland



4) The Plant Pot Rack


5) The Tree-ly Awful


6) The Supportive


7) The Rusty



8) Seriously?



9) The Chaotic



10) The Footpath


11) The Confusing



12) The Solo-Purpose Rack


13) The Wall



14) The Hope-You’ve-Got-A-Propstand


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