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Introducing the New Bike Depot Shelter

Dero is proud to introduce the Bike Depot, an ideal addition to its extensive bike shelter line. The Bike Depot is a solid choice for secure, short-term or long-term bike parking, offering both fully enclosed and open options. Plus it accommodates Dero’s most space efficient bike racks – two-tiered and vertical parking systems.

Whether the project is at a transit station, university campus, or residential building, the Bike Depot’s modular design lets customers easily build out to meet their space requirements. They also have the option to fully enclose the Bike Depot with heavy-duty wire mesh and double doors to create the perfect, long-term bike station, or keep it open for public accessible, short-term parking. The double doors swing out, creating the perfect aisle to accommodate people entering the shelter with their bicycles. The high-security door latch locks using a key.

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The Bike Depot’s height allows customers to choose from Dero’s most space efficient bike racks – the two-tiered Dero Decker and Dero Duplex, and vertical Ultra Space Saver and Bike File – fitting up to 14 bikes in the starter unit. If the Bike File is chosen, predrilled holes in the roof truss makes for easy installation. All bike rack systems are sold separately.

The Bike Depot’s corrugated metal roof holds up in all seasons and protects bicycles from inclement weather. Its steel frame and thick wire mesh walls can be galvanized or powder coated. It offers easy, one-day, on-site assembly for two people with the help of a material lift or forklift. Ships flat on pallets.

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Notes From a Bike Parking Nerd: Public Bike Repair

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Public bike repair goes with quality bicycle parking like a smile while riding your favorite two-wheeled steed. Riders never know when they’ll need to make a minor adjustment, whether it’s tightening brakes, pumping up tires, or adjusting seatpost height. Bike repair amenities like our Fixit and Tool Kits are at home in nearly any setting–secured bike rooms, city parks and trails, covered bike shelters, college campuses, and private businesses. Both the Fixit and Tool Kits include all the necessary tools to perform basic repairs and maintenance, and they’re securely attached using aircraft grade stainless steel cables and tamper-resistant fasteners. Also check out our crowdsourced map with locations of nearly 900 public Fixit stations around the world.

Differences between Air Kit 2 & Air Kit 3

We offer two heavy-duty air pump models to accompany your public bike repair. The Air Kit 2 and Air Kit 3 were both designed from the ground up by Dero engineers, are constructed from quality steel tubing, and require minimal upkeep to maintain (more on this later in the post). The primary differences between the two models are:

Air Kit 2:

  • -Both Fixit-mounted and freestanding options
  • -Smaller footprint
  • -No pressure gauge

Air Kit 3:

  • -Freestanding mount only
  • -Larger footprint
  • -Includes waterproof, anti-fog pressure gauge

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Pump maintenance 101

Our Air Kit pumps both feature lots of moving parts. And like the components on your bicycle, worn out or abused parts occasionally need to be replaced to keep them functioning optimally. The most common maintenance you will perform on your Air Kit is replacing the hose and/or pump head. Fortunately for you, we have detailed video and print instructions that walk you through this process for replacing the pump head and hose on an Air Kit 2. Additionally, nearly all of the replacement parts for our Air Kits (and Fixit stands) can be easily ordered on our website.

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Pump Stops

Pump Stops are the most unassuming product in our bike repair lineup.Not everyone has a kickstand, so we designed it to accompany our Air Kit pumps. A Pump Stop holds your bicycle upright so you can easily fill your tires with air, without risking it falling over in the process.

If you need any further assistance with planning or maintaining your public bike repair amenities, please feel free to reach out to our customer service department by calling (888) 337-6729.

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Notes from a Bike Parking Nerd

Did you know that the Dero staff are a bunch of bike parking nerds? It’s true. Whenever we’re out riding, we constantly look for ways to improve the existing bicycling infrastructure we use every day. So how does that translate to the racks, shelters, and bike repair in our product line? In this first edition of “Notes from a Bike Parking Nerd,” we discuss the application and decision-making process that goes into choosing the best finish for your project.


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Before jumping into details, let’s strip away the multitude of finish options, and talk about what, exactly, is in our bike racks. We’re proud of the fact that nearly all of our racks contain at least 83% post-consumer recycled steel. On top of that, we try our hardest to source steel that’s been milled in close proximity to our fab shop. Much like the principles behind farm-to-table, we take into consideration how our bike racks and public bike repair products are brought from mill-to-street. While our mild steel products are all harvested in our neighboring state, Iowa, all the steel in our Recycle Rack line are harvested right next door in St. Paul, MN. Even better? We guarantee that all our bike racks are 100% gluten free!

Aesthetics

For some, the choice of what finish will work best for a project will come down to one question: Will this fit in with my building/company/brand aesthetic? If yours is a custom project, opting for one of the 250 custom powder coat colors offers the most creative freedom for your design. Both our PVC rubber dip and thermoplastic coat offer durable options for projects in high-traffic areas or on busy city streets. For eye-catching racks, stainless steel is also an option for most of our product line. Galvanized rounds out our finish options, and it provides incredible durability for an attractive price point. Below, we’ll weigh durability and upkeep for different installation conditions for each finish type.


POWDER COAT // While our powder coat finishes are very durable, they are susceptible to scratches. Road salt, heavy rains, and potential damage from street-cleaners or snow removal can take their toll on your rack’s finish (and this applies to all bike parking). Fear not, we are happy to provide touch-up paint should the need arise!

THERMOPLASTIC // Our thermoplastic coating offers less color choices than powder coat, but it is much more robust, typically being 8-10 mils thicker. Its additional thickness offers superior impact resistance over powder coating. And even if chips or scratches appear on your rack, the galvanized coating beneath the thermoplastic prevents rust from forming.

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STAINLESS // What can we say? Stainless steel finish is our most beautiful and durable option, but it costs a premium. We use 304 grade stainless steel which will retain its like-new radiance for many years. Occasionally, steel from bikes or locks rubs onto a stainless rack’s surface, thus causing rust to appear. We want your stainless racks to stay pristine, so we now offer Rack Renewal, our new stainless steel cleaner.

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GALVANIZED// Galvanized steel is both extremely durable and cost-efficient. It requires the least amount of upkeep and the galvanized finish doesn’t chip, scratch, or flake from regular use. For projects where you desire minimal upkeep but require maximum durability, galvanized is an excellent option.

PVC DIP // Our black PVC dip finish is one of the most resilient options that protects the rack from abrasions, impacts, and corrosion. It is UV-stabilized, and its rubbery exterior provides a slightly softer surface for bikes to lock up. PVC dip is optimized for smaller rack sizes such as our Hoop Rack and Swerve Rack.

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New Veloport™ is a Stylish Bike Locker

Dero is proud to announce the Veloport™, a stylish, unique, modular bike locker. The graceful lines and modern laser-cut design makes this locker stand out, while still offering the security and durability needed in long-term bike parking. Its unique, curved form is fully enclosed and offers double the security with a lockable, interior bike tray and u-lock/padlock or keyed options for the door. Its curved door smoothly rolls up and down, opening and closing with the help of a lift assist system.

The Veloport is bike security at its best and is ideal for long-term bike parking applications such as at transit hubs, college campuses, government centers, and airports. The laser cut holes on the font and side panels not only provide a unique look, but help with ventilation and offer site lines for high security settings. The interior tray guides bikes into position and offers a second layer of defense against thieves.

The Veloport is a single-sided, modular system, accommodating one bike per unit. Its frame is galvanized steel with the top and side steel panels available in numerous powder coat colors (door is aluminum). Numbered plates and a fat bike compatible tray are also options. Installation is simple, with assembly onsite with security bolts. The Veloport also ships flat to save on freight.

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Bicycle Facilities Help Commuters with First and Last Mile Connections to Transit Hubs

Commuters across the country are utilizing bicycles for their first and last mile to connect to transit. They seek convenient and safe facilities for long-term bike parking and other amenities to meet their multi-modal needs. Transit hubs are becoming more than just a place to board a train or bus, they are now places that seamlessly connect various modes of transportation. Below, a few of our sales reps from around the U.S. share their thoughts on the value of transit hubs in their regions:

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Bikestation in Washington, DC

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“Transportation networks that provide strong connections between different modes of transportation are hugely valuable to commuters. A transit hub affords commuters the option to ride a bike, walk, take a bus, or metro depending on how far and where they are traveling. Different modes may be most efficient at different times, it’s great to have the option to choose in the moment.”
Daniel, Washington DC

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El Monte Bike Hub

“Transit Hubs like the one in El Monte are going to play an increasingly important role as transit technology moves forward and driving an individual car becomes less and less desirable. When commuters can safely ride and store their bikes at a transit hub, they’re automatically incorporating exercise into their day while doing away with the soul-sucking stress of sitting in traffic and finding parking once they arrive at work. Many commuters also cherish the morning time on their bike to clear their head and break a sweat or, once on the bus, read a book and regroup before the day begins. Connected to numerous public transit routes throughout the city, the El Monte Hub is giving people more options to move – and that’s a healthy step for everyone.”
Greg, Los Angeles


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TriMet Bike Shelter, Portland, OR

“By enabling transportation choices with bike facilities, transit providers reach a broader audience and a larger effective service network. The better the facilities, the more people use them and the more viable it is for people to choose healthy lifestyles through active transportation These facilities have a small footprint, are affordable compared with auto facilities and play an essential role in the evolving urban transportation landscape.”
Paul, Pacific Northwest