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Parking Backwards

At work we have a row of partially covered cycle racks. When I pull up, I turn my bike around so the handlebars are pointing out. The main thing this accomplishes is that the drive train — pedals, cogs and chain — is more protected from the weather.

How come then that, almost every other person seems to park their bike the opposite way round, with the handle bars in? Perhaps there is some logic which eludes me, or perhaps I should just revel in being unique?


  1. Does it keep your seat drier too?

    I tend to park the car rear-in generally as it makes for an easier get-away and less manoeuvring (had to use the spell checker there) with a cold engine. I think some people just drive front-in as it seems quicker at the time.

    • Yes, that is definitely another advantage. I’m also in the “park for an easy getaway” school of driving. That makes it sound like I have nefarious reasons but it seems like good sense to get the car in a good place with both a warm engine and clear windows.