B2 Nice Racks

Merrill Denney was the first person in the US to make custom “art racks.”  At the time he made this rack below, titleed “Cruiser Meltdown” in 1995, the fancy rack of the day was a “wave” or the standard “staple.”

Here is Merrill with Tom, the owner of the Petrich Country Store, who suggested to him in 1993 that Merrill make the store a rack if he wanted a place to lock up his bike – since he was a metal worker that’s just what he did.  The rest is history.

Merrill and Tom at Petrich's store with the first art rack installed in the US.

Merrill and Tom at Petrich’s store with the first art rack installed in the US.

The WW’s Best of 1999 giving Merrill a call out.
WW Best of again in 2002! Great job Merrill.

The same day I took the above photo Merrill installed this rack at Frock on NE Albert.  A penny farthing.

The same day I took the above photo Merrill installed this rack at Frock on NE Albert. A penny farthing.

Fremont bridge at Lovejoy and 12th by Chipotle on of six of this model

Another Merrill Denney design.  Fremont bridge at Lovejoy and 12th by Chipotle on of six of this model.  Each of these racks has a slight difference in the miniature vehicles crossing the bridge.

One of the six Fremont Bridge custom bike racks

One of the six Fremont Bridge art racks

Scales of Justice custom bike rack

Another Denney design, Scales of Justice art rack

Eggbeater  custom bike rack

Denney’s Eggbeater art rack

Sweet car custom bike rack

Sweet car art rack even has a steering wheel and dash.  Thanks Merrill you’ve outdone yourself.

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4 thoughts on “B2 Nice Racks

    • Nice! You’ve got quite a collection yourself. Our book has an appendix dedicated to custom bike racks listing the locations and pics of our favorite around Portland. If you have any around town be sure to share them with us on Facebook (or here).

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    • Art Rack is the trademarked term Merrill Denney (of Creative Metalworks) uses for the custom racks he designs. He was the first person in the U.S. to make these creative bike racks but a lot of others have joined in over the years.

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