After hard rides yesterday, Dick and I decided to sleep in and go out for breakfast. Hobee’s has awesome omelets and it’s only about a mile away, so we hopped on our errand bikes and pedaled over.
The downside: a pathetic bike rack. Not only is it an old school wheel bender, it’s not bolted down, it’s crammed in the corner of the walkway, and it’s literally falling apart. When we arrived, there was one bike parked next to it, but not even attached. The rider simply locked its rear wheel to the frame. With my rear rack I couldn’t get my wheel into the slot, so Dick and I parked against one side.
When we returned, another bike was parked at the rack, which failed him too. I’m guessing that the fact that the wide MTB tires didn’t fit in the slots led him to park it this way.
But I can’t explain why he locked his front wheel rather than his frame to the rack.
It’s really sad that this strip mall doesn’t appreciate its customers who arrive by bike enough to provide proper bike parking. In addition to these four bikes, there were two more bikes locked together to a street sign. That’s at least four car parking spots that we didn’t use, and given the minute size of their lot, a real value to the business owner.
To add irony to it all, the lot was full of oversized SUVs, like the Suburban you see in the background, which was running with no one inside when we left. I have no idea what that was about. But I do know that the people waiting for a table outside would rather not be breathing its exhaust.
Have you ever asked a business to upgrade or install a bike rack?