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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Curb-It Bicycle Parker

The Curb-It bicycle parking and security device is designed to be very compact and easy to install so bicycle parking and security may be readily located where it is convenient for bike riders.
The Curb-It is designed to secure a bicycle parallel to a wall (or next to a curb) at a distance just far enough away so the handlebar does not quite touch the wall (1 foot).  When not in use gravity pulls the arm of the Curb-It down parallel with the wall (or curb) and the ground (or floor) so that Curb-It protrudes only  3 inches from the intersection of vertical and horizontal surfaces.  The pivot angle by which the arm of the Curb-It is mounted to the base causes it to swing in next to a wall as it drops in either direction.
To park and secure a bike, the arm of the Curb-It is lifted to approximately a vertical position and a bike lock or cable is slipped through the ring at the end of the arm and around the frame of the bike as well as through one of the wheels.  The arm of the Curb-It is  26.5” long which puts it at about 26” above the ground when it swings up and out.  This is the best height for locking to most bike frames.
The base of the Curb-It is an angle steel bracket with mounting holes in the rear for attachment to the base of a wall (or curb) and mounting holes in the bottom for attachment to a floor or concrete sidewalk.  The bracket flanges support the angled pivot housings on each side with the pivoting arm between them.  A stainless steel spring pin, pressed through the pivot housings and the pivot end of the arm, joins the arm to the bracket. Durable nylon bushings allow the arm to pivot up and down smoothly.  With a stainless steel axle and nylon bushings, the pivot is very strong and will never seize.
The Curb-It is used where compact unobtrusive bicycle parking and security is desired, but where it is not desirable or it is impossible to mount a Wall-It bicycle parking and security device on the wall.


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