Bike Rack FAIL: The Throat Choke Torture Rack

30 Jul

The Jaws of Death isn’t the only old-school torture rack in my ‘hood. At the beautifully bucolic Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, next to the delightfully shady picnic area and between the espalier apple orchard and the sapling hut the kids love to play inside, there it is: the Throat Choke Torture Rack. It looks sinister, doesn’t it?

Throat Choke

The Gamble Garden in the only place I’ve seen this particular model, although Richard of Cyclelicious has seen them in action in the Santa Cruz area and found it alive and well for sale on the internet. Cities, if you’re tempted to buy this model, don’t. It doesn’t fit large tube bikes and terrorizes ones that have the misfortune of fitting.

Like the Jaws of Death, we never locked up to the Throat Choke as intended. It seemed too cruel to subject beloved bikes to such cruel treatment. Once again, Zella takes one for the team and submits to the torture.

How would you compare this rack to the Jaws of Death? Which torture would you prefer for your bike?

Location: Elizabeth Gamble Garden Picnic Area, Palo Alto, California, USA.


Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Bike Lane FAIL


7 responses to “Bike Rack FAIL: The Throat Choke Torture Rack

  1. whybike

    July 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I can’t say that I’ve seen those types of racks around Chicago – which I am ok with as they look very scary. It also looks like it’s steeped in tetanus. Perfect.

  2. fiedlerin

    July 31, 2013 at 4:44 am

    I just realized that I don’t even own a bike with regular round tubes, anymore. None of my bikes would fit into that sucker.

  3. Matt

    August 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    These horrid guys sit lonely and unused at the Caltrain station. I always wondered how they worked. The Caltrain lockers are on the other side, but oped for the Bikelink e-lockers instead.

    • ladyfleur

      August 4, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Which Caltrain station? Unlike the Jaws of Death that I see everywhere, the Throat Choke is pretty rare.

  4. Matt

    August 4, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Tamien. Technically, it’s on the “other” side where the parking lot for VTA Light Rail is. (Alma and Lelong Ave.)


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