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Bike Fixation unveils add-on Bicycle Access Ramp to easily roll up stairs

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Maybe you’ve seen a Bicycle Access Ramp, or ‘runnel’ as they’re sometimes called in your city. The shallow troughs that run alongside urban staircases are meant to provide an easy way for cyclists to roll their bikes up or down. But they’re often built into the concrete structure itself, which makes them more expensive and not easily retrofittable.

Bike Fixation unveils add-on Bicycle Access Ramp to easily roll up stairs

That’s where the new Bike Fixation Bicycle Access Ramp comes into play. The latest product to come out of the Saris factory, the Bicycle Access Ramp is a modular, customizeable solution to fitting any stair case – no matter what the rise or run. Whether it’s used by those who simply can’t physically lift their bike to get up the stairs, or cyclists in a hurry, runnels can be a useful addition to a city’s infrastructure.

Made from thick walled aluminum with stainless steel mounting feet, the Bike Fixation model includes anti-roll out sides which will keep the bike in the trough. It also includes grip tape along the bottom with pictures of bicycles to indicate what it’s supposed to be used for – don’t laugh, I’ve seen plenty of experienced cyclists who were oblivious to runnels in our city. The trough will also fit tires up to 5″ making it fat bike friendly.

The design of the Bicycle Access Ramp allows property owners to install the ramps on old or new stair cases, and the made in the U.S. product should stand the test of time. For pricing, potential buyers should request a quote from Bike Fixation.

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Mike W
Mike W
6 years ago

If it was just a little wider you could ride up it instead of walking.

ChknBreast
ChknBreast
6 years ago
Reply to  Mike W

Totally. I bet they will be mounted too close to walls/railings for your bars to clear.

Bob
Bob
6 years ago

these must be designed for all those physically challenged or really old people and their brand new E-motorcycles. would it not be easier to just pick up the bike and carry it, or at a minimum, pick up the front tire and let the back just roll up the steps?

453654345
453654345
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob

No, this would be easier than all the things mentioned. Still not something that people want.

Bob2
Bob2
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob

@Bob: Commuters and other people with loaded bikes really appreciate these ramps! If you’re headed in to work with loaded bags, it’s not fun to carry the bike up stairs, even though it’s definitely possible to do so. These ramps make it much easier to use bikes for more than just recreation.

Susan
Susan
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob

My bike weighs 65 pounds it’s an electric pedal bike and I’m almost 60 this ramp would be a life saver

Ryan S.
Ryan S.
6 years ago

Seems more of a hazard to non-cyclists, and a lawsuit waiting to happen. I could easily see somebody tripping, falling, twisting an ankle, etc., etc., etc.

JBikes
JBikes
6 years ago
Reply to  Ryan S.

There should be a small raised “curb” at the top as well as one just inside of the runnel, painted yellow to alert people that this section is not part of the staircase. If you keep walking, I think your injuries should be on you (not that some 1diot won’t file one).
Also, the ones I’ve seen are mounted where the stairs are converted to a ramp, either when made, or by metal sheeting so there is no confusion that this isn’t a walking area.

mudrock
mudrock
6 years ago

This is a great idea. Looks barely wide enough for fat bikes though.

Dylan
Dylan
6 years ago

For the hipster handyman?
This is an easy DIY. Pick up some steel channel or I-beam (you could buy new, or pick it up for next to nothing at your local scrap yard or craigslist/gumtree), half an hour tops with an angle grinder, a couple of hits with a sledge hammer, drill a couple of holes , dynabolt it to your stairs. Won’t look as pretty, but you could probably knock a 5 m long one up for $200 all-in, including buying the tools if you don’t already own them.

Eggs Benedict a.k.a Darth Baller
Eggs Benedict a.k.a Darth Baller
6 years ago
Reply to  Dylan

Or you could just get a 2×6 or 2 if it’s a long flight of stairs. Cut it to length, done. Probably less than $20. You may have to add feature to prevent it from sliding down, but that would pretty easy too.

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
6 years ago

My guess this is a product targeted towards large property management firms/municipalities who are not going to go a DIY route for a capital investment and will need effect marking to prevent lawsuits from those who accidentally step on the ramp.

Dylan
Dylan
6 years ago

The property management firms I know (at my office building, and my parents’ apartments) have regular tradesmen they use and will absolutely DIY. Municipalities have full time staff in their works department who do this sort of thing.

suede
suede
6 years ago

A couple 2×6’s in an L shape against the side of the stairs works better and is less obtrusive, bike shops with basements have known this trick for awhile.

Ettore
Ettore
6 years ago

I… Don’t understand.. We’ve had these retrofit ramps in the Netherlands for 25 years now, they’re everywhere. We even have motorized ramps that pull your bike up, whilst you walk alongside it… What is the innovation here?

slackers
slackers
6 years ago

Hey Ettore, ‘Merica!! That’s the answer.

JK though, good point, not that revolutionary if it already exists.

Mark
Mark
6 years ago

lol, this is basically at every staircase in Copenhagen since years.

Collin S
Collin S
6 years ago

I’m sure skate boarders will love these. They need to make sure it can take that kind of abuse.

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