|Insert bike into slot A, pivot bar B through wheels and frame into locking chamber C, secure with owner's padlock D|
The Phoenix Zoo is a super bicycle friendly place. For one thing, you can take your own bike inside, and ride it everywhere, if you feel like it. I wouldn't recommend doing it on a crowded spring Saturday in mid-March, but on a quiet summer day, it could be a fun way to go and observe the different ways the animals beat the heat.
For another thing, though, there's these interesting bicycle racks. I don't recall seeing them other places, but then I don't exactly have a catalog of bike racks or anything. They've been here at the zoo for quite a while, anyway. The most interesting thing about them is that all you would need to lock up your bike here is a good padlock. No chain or cable needed! But the concept doesn't seem to have caught on, neither in widespread use of the design other places, or even people using their own padlocks in this rack.
|Cable-locked in a padlock rack|
|Also cable-locked. Take a look at how many racks there are here.|
At least for some bikes, those bars capture both the front and rear wheels, although for the bikes pictured, none of the owners chose to use the racks in this way, or else their bikes didn't quite fit, I'm not sure. But one thing I am sure of: those cable locks are almost useless, except for just-a-minute lock-ups to get a coffee or something. And I'm not sure how a good padlock inside one of these protector cages would compare to the security of a u-lock in a conventional bicycle rack, but I am confident a padlock would offer much more security than a cable. I almost want to print up cards to stick on bikes in racks, "CABLES ARE USELESS, GET A U-LOCK" or something along those lines. Maybe with a 'tube link to a video like the one below--not even a bolt cutter, just a brake cable cutter! Yeah, I had a bike stolen once locked up with a cable, and they left the cut-up cable behind just to teach me a lesson. Which I learned. Get up. Go ride.