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Upcycling Bicycle Racks: There’s life in the old benders yet!


We love recycling and reinvention at but what about a bit of upcycling? Specifically upcycling bicycle racks that are passed their used by date? That is turning something into materials or products of better quality or better environmental value.


New York City’s Department of Transportation’s innovative solution to the city’s scarce bicycle parking has been to reinvent New York’s defunct car parking meters into bike storage. This upcycling project is a win win as existing materials were reused and turned into functional, in demand modern street infrastructure. The single car parking meters were no longer needed as a new multi car parking metering system was introduced. But the new system meant less bike parking for cyclists.  That is until some out of the box thinking solved the problem. Check it out here


While at we would love the opportunity to work with existing urban infrastructure to repurpose for functional and unique mass bike parking (it’s the kind of challenge we love), so far our efforts have been limited to small, custom upcycling projects.

As Australian standards compliant bike rack suppliers and installers we are occasionally left with old non compliant racks like wheel benders or toasters that are just rusting away, unloved and unused and well, frankly quite lonely and wanting some new action. After scratching our heads we’ve come up with a few upcycling ideas for bike racks.

1. Here’s an old wheel bender. What to do with it?

Wheel bender bike rack project
Bicycle Rack Conversion into Cloche
Bicycle Rack as Garden Cloche


   2. We decided to make it into a garden cloche perfect for    protecting young plants or seedlings from frost or wind.











How about a way to net those precious fruit trees? This rustic piece by BikeStorage Director Graeme Roth was inspired by Buckminster Fuller

The old toaster cycle rack was dismantled and then joined together to make a rustic frame that adds a sculptural element to the garden while providing structural support for a net that doesn’t have to be put up and down annually.

It’s a fledging area

this arena of bike rack reinvention. But if you’ve upcycled a destitute old bike rack or bicycle and you want to show the world don’t be shy – we’d love your comments on this subject & any images you’d like to share.

Source: According to Wikipedia Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process. Downcycling involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Kowalski is Manager at an innovative Australian based bicycle storage company which specialises in the design, supply and installation of bike racks, bicycle cages, bike sheds and bicycle infrastructure.

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