Ton Kooymans (left) and Stefan Bukkems have designed a bicycle parking that can be used for all modern bicycles. There is a test set-up on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.

No more bent wheels due to new bicycle rack by Ton Kooymans from Eindhoven

EINDHOVEN – With a bicycle basket on the handlebars, extra thick tires or an expensive electric bicycle; so many tastes so many bicycle models. But modern bicycles often do not fit in the average bicycle rack. Designer Ton Kooymans from Eindhoven came up with the solution.

The current bicycle racks are no longer of this time because the bicycle has changed over the years. Moreover, according to experts, the parking facilities are real ‘rim killers’. The front wheel is fixed and if the bicycle gets a push from the side, there is an irrevocable bend in your wheel.

‘It must be possible to solve that,’ thought Ton Kooymans and so he developed the new design AXLE. The bicycle is supported by the axle of the front wheel, instead of the wheel itself. And that makes a world of difference.

Kooymans: ,,With this system, the bicycle is stably clamped at the height of the axle in a V-shape between two soft, non-slip plastic surfaces. And then it doesn’t matter whether you have a fat mountain bike tire or whether you ride a racing bike.”

Test set-ups have recently been installed at various places, such as the High Tech Campus Eindhoven and the student rowing association Thêta.

“Swap bikes has a light on the side so they can’t stand in the normal bike rack.”

Kooymans has been working with a small design team for the past five years to develop and improve bicycle parking facilities. Since this year, these have been put on the market under our own management and through distributors. Remarkably enough, Kooymans is known for his Tulip design, the Netherlands’ best-selling bicycle parking model, which can be found at all NS railway stations.

Did he do a good job himself? ,,Yes, because the Tulip is still adequate, but it was already introduced in 1995. Over time, modernization and improvement is necessary. There is a new generation of bicycles; heavier, more expensive and they do not fit in the current parking facilities or they are damaged. Did you know, for example, that Swap bicycles have a luggage carrier and a light on the side of the front fork, so that they cannot be placed in the normal bicycle rack?”

parking not stealing

Parking is one thing, preventing theft is another. To this end, Kooymans, together with designer Stefan Bukkems, devised a flexible cable with a loop that can bend to the rear wheel of the bicycle. Users can also attach their bicycle chains to the rear of the frames. “Simple, we bring the rack to the lock instead of the lock to the rack.”

Sustainability also plays a major role in the design. We work with Corten steel, stainless steel, aluminum, concrete and recycled rubber. The sheds are produced in the region, the parts are transported with compact transport and assembled locally.

The metal parts are made in a local village called Heeze, the concrete for the foot comes from a local village called Eersel. Kooymans: ,,The shed can be built with a limited number of components. The concrete feet no longer need to be anchored in the ground, it is possible, but it is more durable to fix the racks to each other on the paving stones with a series of bolts. That is sturdy enough and you can easily move the racks later if needed. Think of temporary parking facilities, so you are more flexible.”

Mess at school bicycle sheds

There is still a lot to improve in ‘bicycle parking’. Especially the parking facilities at schools are a thorn in Kooymans’ side. “Children nowadays come from Veldhoven to school in Eindhoven on their expensive electric bicycles. When they arrive at school, they cannot properly store them, let alone charge them. Schools are not aware of this. They build new, sustainable buildings but forget to look at the bicycle shed.”

The Fietsparkeur Foundation recently awarded both designs the 2.0 certificate. Fietsparkeur monitors the standard and provides testing for safe bicycle parking and was created by users, manufacturers and providers of public bicycle parking facilities.

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VConsyst Outdoor has been a new brand name since July 2020 that originated after the takeover of Jan Kuipers Nunspeet and Koninklijke Bammens by VConsyst. The collaboration between Kooymans and Middendorp goes back for years, says Kooymans: “We have known each other for a long time, ever since I was a young designer. But over the years you really get to know each other better. I like to switch quickly and would like to sell my products through a large group. ” Middendorp adds
admits: “That’s really what appeals to me, Ton. You focus on your ambition; designing. And we, as VConsyst Outdoor, are in line with this ambition to really offer the product to a large group. ”


What is the purpose of your collaboration?
Kooymans: “I, as an entrepreneur and Michel from VConsyst Outdoor, are ready to give our companies a face. And for this we have taken up the challenge together to create something completely new. The first product was the Axle. ”

Middendorp: “The goal of the collaboration between Street Stuff and VConsyst Outdoor is to create something new every time. Something of this time. And the Axle is really the perfect start for that. ”

Ton Kooymans (left) and Michel Middendorp in the front line-up Fietsparkeur 2.0

Can you tell us a bit more about the Axle?
Kooymans: “Bicycles are becoming more and more expensive and as a result the user requirements are changing. And that is precisely why something new needs to be developed that is bicycle, user and service friendly. There are many things we took into account in the design process of the Axle. The bicycle parking facility Axle Heavy and the lashing facility Rose both have the FietsParKeur 2.0 standard. The FietsParKeur Foundation takes care of the testing and certification of bicycle parking systems. Together with users, manufacturers, authorities and other stakeholders, the foundation stimulates safe, pleasant and sustainable bicycle parking. With the Axle, the bicycle is supported on the axle and that’s where the name comes from. The English word for axle is axle. ”

Middendorp: “When I heard his ideas from Ton, I was very interested. Bicycles are expensive, so you want to store your bicycle in a safe and user-friendly way. And the Axle has all of that. For example, there is the option to take the chain to the tethering facility, but there is also the option of bringing the tether to you. This way you can also safely park the bicycle with a short lock. As a result, the possibilities of the Axle are optimally used. ”

What makes the Axle so unique?
Kooymans: “You simply cannot damage the bicycle with the Axle. It is well known that the use of the bicycle is good for mobility, health, but also for the environment. With regard to the last topic, it perfectly matches the novelty. The product is 100% circular in particular due to the Corten steel we use. In addition, the product is easy to move and the parts are interchangeable and replaceable, which also makes the product directly modular. The Axle is also easily placed. The Axle bicycle sheds are placed without groundwork. This saves a lot on costs and offers the option of semi-permanent installation. The Axle Heavy weighs 42 kilograms and therefore does not need to be anchored. This makes it the perfect bicycle solution for stable, rim-friendly pop-up bicycle parking. ”

Middendorp: “With this product, a new wind is blowing through this traditional world. We are so convinced that this is the bicycle parking solution of the future, that we give customers the opportunity to get the product on trial. Interested parties can request a demo of the Axle at VConsyst Outdoor. ”

Kooymans calls the development of the Axle a great start to a long collaboration. “This is the start of a very nice collaboration, in which the Axle is the first new product to be launched. And we are sure that many more products will follow. ”

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