Sportworks bike parking products are available in a wide variety of finishes and materials. Please contact us for specific details regarding minimum lot size charges on finishes.
TGIC Powder Coat
This polyester-based finish is well suited for bike racks made from mild steel, and is available in a wide variety of colors. Powder coating serves as a protective barrier to the various environment elements that cause corrosion. To further increase corrosion resistance, Sportworks recommends an additional zinc plated undercoat be applied prior to the powder coating process. Zinc acts as a sacrificial anode to protect the base metal from corrosion should the powder coat become chipped.
PPA-571 Thermoplastic Powder Coat
This thermoplastic finish is also well suited for mild steel racks, and Plascoat’s special formulation (PPA-571) produces a more flexible and robust coating. When compared to polyester-based powder coatings, PPA-571 thermoplastic powder coatings are tougher, more resistant to chips, and naturally graffiti resistant. This finish is also available in a wide variety of colors.
Unlike powder coating and galvanizing, this finish removes material during the application process, and is ideal for stainless steel racks. Small glass particles (media) traveling at high velocities impact the metal removing the outer surface, and resulting in a mildly-textured or matted finish. Similar to galvanizing, there are no color options available for this type of finish. Sportworks stainless steel bike racks represent the highest level of corrosion protection available.
Please note that for mild steel, galvanized finish is not an option for the Plaza Jr. rack.
The primary alloying element of mild steel is carbon. This enables bending and forming, while maintaining strong mechanical properties. A finish is required for outdoor applications (galvanizing, plating, powder coating, thermoplastics, or painting) as unfinished mild steel will rust and corrode when exposed to air and moisture.
Stainless steel does not stain, corrode, or rust as easily as mild steel because it contains more chromium and nickel. A passive film of oxides prevents surface corrosion and blocks corrosion from spreading into the internal structure of the metal. Stainless steel can still corrode and discolor in certain environments, however the strength and appearance can withstand exposure in most outdoor locations.
Tamper resistant anchors are recommended for surface mounted racks. When the substrate is concrete, we recommend stainless steel wedge anchors with stainless steel breakaway nuts, also known as shear nuts. These nuts make it much more difficult for someone to tamper with or remove an installed bicycle rack.
Breakaway Nut Pre Installation
The breakaway nut consists of a hex nut portion at the top and a smooth conical sleeve located just below. Install the wedge anchor using standard tools and then tighten the breakaway nut.
Breakaway Nut Installed
The hex portion of the nut will shear off when the design shear torque is exceeded. Once the hex nut shears off, only the smooth conical sleeve will remain. The tamper resistant anchor is now installed. The cone is shaped so standard tools will not be able to grip and remove the nut.
At Sportworks, we take environmental responsibility very seriously. Our bike racks are made with post-industrial recycled steel. We trace the location of origin and material/chemical composition of all the raw materials and sourced components we use. We also monitor VOC content in our finishing materials, and use recycled content in our packaging materials.
Installation of Sportworks bike racks may assist your project in qualifying for the following green building certification programs:
· SS Credit 4.2-Alternative Transportation-Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
To qualify for this credit, commercial, institutional or residential buildings must provide secure bicycle parking within 200 yards of a building entrance.
· MR Credit 4.1—Recycled Content—10% | MR Credit 4.2—Recycled Content—20%
Sportworks stainless steel bicycle racks average 87% total recycled content; 72% post-consumer recycled content; 15% pre-consumer (post-industrial) recycled content.
· MR Credit 5.1—Regional Materials—10% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally | MR Credit 5.2—Regional Materials—20% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally
Our manufacturing facility is in Woodinville, Washington. If your project is within 500 miles of our factory, you may qualify for these credits.
Sportworks bike racks can help you qualify for the following Green Globes™ credits:
· E.2—Minimal Consumption of Resources
Sportworks racks are made with recycled content and may be considered locally manufactured depending on the location of your project in relation to our factory in Woodinville, Washington.
· C.5—Energy Efficient Transportation
Sportworks racks support the requirement of providing safe storage areas with fixed mountings for bicycles.