Re: Bicycle parking on the cheap
I would definitely go to your local ReStore that is a great place to find good stuff on the cheap. mostly building/plumbing stuff for some of the smaller stores. Until you have been through one you can't grasp the little you pay for some NEW things. Contractors 'in the know' donate leftover building materials (subject to manager's approval) to these places. It takes these items out of the land fills and saves them a pretty penny in dump-age fees. It is a charity organization so you feel good two ways: 1. you support housing for families that can't afford it normally. 2. you get good stuff on the cheap.
I'd say that is a win/win.
The best man for the job is usually a woman.
Of course women don't work as hard as men they get it right the first time.