Racks rolling in

By ANNE KAZMIERCZAK
Register Reporter

Register/Anne Kazmierczak
Rick Crawford of B & W Trailer Hitches in Humboldt touches up the paint on a new bike-shaped rack commissioned by Thrive Allen County. Twenty of the racks will be placed throughout the county in the coming months. A Cubs-orange rack be in Humboldt.

HUMBOLDT — Allen County bicyclists soon will have many bright new places to park their wheels. Thrive Allen County commissioned B & W Trailer Hitches in Humboldt to create bike racks shaped like bicycles for towns throughout the county.
Twenty racks, in local school team colors like Mustang blue and Cubs orange, soon will be placed throughout the county, said Sally Manbeck of B & W.
“What we try to do is come up with ideas that promote health within Allen County,” said Thrive Healthy Lifestyles Committee chair Kay Bolt. The bike racks address that goal, combining functionality with art, Bolt said.
“David (Toland, executive director of Thrive) came to us with a picture of one he’d seen,” said B & W’s Joe Works. “I interpreted the picture and decided what materials to use,” Works said.
A crew then drafted the concept, prepped materials, designed a laser template for the Thrive logo plate, welded and painted the bike racks, Works said.
All told, the 10-member crew was at work for a month creating 20 racks, Manbeck said.
Two racks have been painted for the grand unveiling at the Thrive booth at today’s Biblesta.
The remainder of the racks still need to be coated with an “automotive wet spray” paint that provides a tough shell over the tubular steel, Works said. Afterward, the Thrive name plaques are painted. Once finished, the racks will be placed throughout the county, from Iola to Savonburg, Bolt said.
A Cubs orange rack will reside in Humboldt.