I think that the Cora racks (http://www.cora.com) are the best ones that
I've used (as a cyclist). The worst are the toaster type racks (flat, rows
of vertical bars) which make it impossible to safely lock your bike (unless
you throw the front wheel over the rack, or use the end of it, or use the
entire rack). I also don't like the Welle racks
(http://www.bikeparking.com) because I can never figure out a good way to
lock my bike to them without using the ends. Its interesting that
bikeparking.com can't figure it out either, because in their picture of the
multiple bend Welles rack they don't show any bikes.
I believe that the Cora racks are also pretty expensive, but they are
probably the most widely used racks that I see. Both the university that I
went to (Carnegie Mellon University) and current employer (Microsoft) use
these racks for bicycle parking, as do many of the shops in my area.
http://www.dataform.com/nowbike/parking.htm look useful.
>I'm on a committee addressing parking issues for bicyclists at our
>I need to recommend a bike parking rack design that is either commercially
>available or otherwise that anyone out there has found to be effective for
>group parking, security and of course, economy.
>St. CLoud State Univesity