Having a secure place to lock your bike is one of the most important aspects of using your bicycle for transportation. Unfortunately, this can be a challenge in a car-centric town like Pocatello.
With a cable lock, you can typically find something to lock your bike to at any given destination -- tall trees and posts, railing, etc. This is a bit more tricky with a U-lock, especially a mini, which, when used properly, can secure both your rear wheel and frame at the same time. Despite the convenience of cable locks, they are more easily defeated than a good U-lock. For this reason, I recommend using them only for quick errands, or in addition to a U-lock, whenever possible.
The most common bike rack is known colloquially as a wheelbender. These racks feature many slots to park the front wheel of a bicycle into, and are typically only suitable for cable locks (though it's sometimes possible to use the ends with a U-lock.) In addition, it's possible to, well, bend your wheel! A full wheelbender rack is susceptible to a domino effect if one bike falls on the side of another.
My favorite kind of bike rack is a basic wave/staple made of thick-gauge metal that is cemented directly into the ground. These work well with both a mini U-lock and a cable lock, won't bend your wheels, and are typically much heavier gauge metal than standalone racks.
I have compiled a list of businesses/destinations below that provide bike racks. I have prioritized the wave design.
If you would like to add to this list/report any errors, please contact me.
|Location||Bike Rack Availability||Type||City|
|Idaho State University||Yes!||Wave/Triton/Wheelbender||Pocatello|
|Elk's Lodge||Yes||Wheelbender (or take inside)||Pocatello|
|Portneuf Valley Brewing||Yes||Wheelbender||Pocatello|
|Budget Tapes and Records||Yes||Wheelbender||Pocatello|
|CoHo||Nope :(||Handrailing available||Pocatello|
|Arby's||Nope :(||Handrailing available||Chubbuck|
|CostCo||Nope :(||Posts available||Pocatello|
|Buddy's||Nope :(||Handrailing available||Pocatello|
|Kowloon||Nope :(||Gas guard in back/posts||Pocatello|
|FlipSide||Nope :(||Tree guard available||Pocatello|
|Grapevine||Nope :(||Ask to take inside||Pocatello|
|Taco Bell||Nope :(||Handrailing available||Pocatello|
|Home Depot||Nope :(||Handrailing available||Chubbuck|
|Burger King||Nope :(||Gas tank guard in parking lot||Chubbuck|
|Arctic Circle||Nope :(||Trees/posts||Both|
|K&B Kwik Stop||Nope :(||N/A||Pocatello|
|Little Caesars||Nope :(||Handrailing available||Pocatello|
|Papa Murphy's Pizza||Nope :(||Gas tank guard in back||Chubbuck|
|Idaho Central Credit Union||Nope :(||Gas tank guards||Both|
|Smith's||Nope :(||Light posts available||Chubbuck|
|Carmike 10||Nope :(||Handrailing available||Chubbuck|
|Omni Building||Nope :(||N/A||Pocatello|
|Subway on Yellowstone||Nope :(||Gas tank guard in parking||Chubbuck|