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Bike Racks: Guide to choosing the right material & finish

There are many choices for bike rack materials and finishes as there are bike rack styles.  Each different material or finish serves a different purpose, making some more appropriate for certain uses than for others.

Stainless Steel

Corrosion resistant with an attractive bright and smooth finish.  There are different grades of stainless steel with the most common grade 304 and 316.  All stainless steel products within out Bike Storage department are grade 304 but 316 is available on request.  316 is for situations where greater resistance to corrosion and staining is required.

Stainless Steel

Galvanised Steel

Commonly used for bike racks and stands where a cheaper but still effective, alternative to stainless steel is required.  Recognised for being long lasting and corrosion resistant.  The galvanising process involves immersing steel into a bath of molten zinc for several minutes, creating a tough and durable coating.

Galvanised Steel

Powder Coated Steel

Protects the bike racks from rust and and adds a colourful finish.  It is a dry paint coating which is applied as a free flowing, dry powder. The coating is applied to all areas of the bike rack and then baked to allow it to form a uniform coating.  This too can add longevity to the rack but it is most notable for its smooth bright finish. 

Powdercoated Steel

Zinc Plated Steel

Immersing clean steel parts in a zinc salt solution and applying an electric current.  It has an attractive appearance when new with a smooth and bright finish.

Zinc Plated Steel
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