Measuring 10" less than the DL2, the DL2 Narrow Profile offers the most compact footprint of any 2-position rack making it ideal for small transit vehicles including cutaways.More info
In the world of bike racks, the DL2 is the most widely used transit bike rack on the planet.These racks have been in use on buses throughout North America since 1992.The tried and true design is easy to use, easy to maintain and easy to install.The DL2 is a workhorse of a bike rack that has carried millions of bikes since first hitting the streets over two decades ago.Dl2 racks are synonymous with quality, durability, ease of use and care.Bicycle riders love them for their simplicity in loading and unloading.Transit operators love them for their easy installation and their ability to withstand the tough transit environment. Unique models are available to meet vehicle and rider needs.
Why use a DL2 Bike Rack?
DL2 bike racks are popular for a wide variety of reasons. They're lightweight, depending on the model, they weigh around 19 pounds and they are very easy to install on most any vehicle and simple to remove. Customization options are also available with the DL2. Choose from mild steel to stainless steel, powder coating in many colors or bead blasting for a more classic look. There is even room for advertising opportunities by adding one of our advertising panels which enables your agency to market to your riders. The primary benefit of DL2 racks continues to be the fact that they're simple for bicycle riders to load and unload. Some transit racks can be difficult to operate and loading bikes can be intimidating and complicated, but DL2 racks are quite the opposite. Bicycle riders have been enjoying the use of these innovative bike racks for years, and will continue to use them due to their unparalleled ease of use and durability for years to come. .
The DL2 Models :
There are two different DL2 models to choose from. The original 2 position DL2 bike rack with spring loaded arms which has been around for decades, and is used by thousands of commercial transit agencies throughout the US, North America, Europe and even Australia! The steel frame is incredibly strong and sturdy and is made out of either mild or stainless steel which is the perfect material for bicyclists and transit vehicle owners alike due to excellent durability. The design features no scratch loading as the spring arm does not contact the bicycle frame. To load a bike, the user simply places the bicycle in the tray then pulls the spring arm out and over the wheel to securely mount the bicycle on the rack. The bike is secure and can then safely be transported to the rider’s ultimate destination.
The newest member of the DL2 family is the DL2 NP or Narrow Profile. The main difference between the DL2 NP rack and the original DL2, is the DL2 NP is smaller and has a narrower profile when mounted on the vehicle. The DL2 NP takes up less space on the vehicle so it is the perfect choice for smaller vehicles. Despite the smaller size, the NP rack can still easily transport two bicycles without giving up independent loading and unloading. Just like the original DL2, the NP is very lightweight, made of steel, either mild or stainless and has the same ease of use and unparalleled reputation as that of its big brother, the DL2.
When choosing the right rack it comes down to the needs of your vehicle fleet and your ridership. If you need a sleek & lightweight rack for a smaller transit vehicle, the DL2 NP is a perfect choice. If you're looking for the industry standard, you can't go wrong with the tough and durable original DL2. Both DL2 models are synonymous with quality, ease of use and durability. DL2 bike racks started it all and remain the rack of choice for many of our customers today.
All Sportworks bumper-mounted bike racks require a Pivot Plate, Brackets and Bolt Kit for proper installation.
Sportworks offers two primary types of Brackets that secure the Pivot Plate and Bike Rack to a vehicle bumper.
Sportworks Transit Racks - Quick, Easy and Intuitive!
To secure the bike, simply pull the unique self-storing support arm out and over the front tire. The handle should be placed as close to the front brake and head tube as possible to ensure safety and security of the bike, and in all cases the handle must be closer to the head tube than the highest point of the tire.
After lowering the rack, the rider places the bike into one of the rack’s open wheel trays. All bike positions are completely independent of each other, making it easy to load or unload bikes with others already loaded in the rack.
Approaching from the curbside, the rider lowers the rack with one hand while supporting the bike with the other hand. This durable rack is as easy to raise as it is to lower.
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Zqwan Peterson, a Sr. Sales & Support Specialist, has been with Sportworks for nine years. He puts his collection of 14 bikes to good use, road racing for a local bike team, track racing and participating in mountain and cyclocross racing. To top it off, Z commutes 18 miles round trip, two to three times a week, year round, “except when it’s icy.”
Z’s involvement with biking plays a key part in his job at Sportworks. “It helps me relate to the end-user of our bike racks. Since I know so many cyclists in the community I offer feedback to our engineers that I hear from real world users."
While every city and municipality is unique, as the inventors of the most popular Transit Racks, we've learned that there are common threads.