Bike Storage: A Comprehensive Guide | Bicycle Universe

But close by the back of the house with the doors visible from your rear windows. Of course this won't be possible for everyone and if you're forced to compromise, I'll talk about extra security measures you can take to nullify the threat later on.

You basically have three choices here: plastic resin or vinyl , metal, or wood. And each of them has their own advantages and disadvantages. However it's worth noting that these qualities can always be increased or reduced by the quality of the particular shed you choose. Wood is the material that has traditionally been used to make sheds since sheds were invented! And there are many good reasons for this Wood is relatively cheap, strong, easy to work with and looks fantastic in a garden setting.

A well made, well looked after wooden shed will also provide your bikes with great protection from the weather. Wooden bike sheds come in a vast array of shapes and sizes and they're easy to customise, so you'll always be able to change one so it's exactly how you want it.

Or you could of course build your bike shed! And because they're so easy to work with, there's loads of things you can do to improve the "out of the box" security level. A wooden bike shed is probably the most environmentally friendly option too more on this later. However, wooden sheds do need lots of love and attention! You'll need to re-treat the wood every few years.

And even the best wooden sheds will need their roof re-felting eventually. You may need to put dome effort in to keep rodents, insects and other animals out. And you'll need to watch out for rot which will reduce the security and shorten the life of a wooden shed.

Most importantly the default security level of the vast majority of wooden bike sheds is very poor. So again, you'll need to do something about that although as I've already mentioned this is very easy. When choosing a wooden bike shed, make sure the planks are at least 12 mm thick anything less won't be strong enough and go for tongue and groove rather than the cheaper and poorer quality overlap cladding.

If you think that wood is the right material for you, check out my guide to wooden bike sheds, where I talk about all this in a lot more detail! Metal sheds have also been around for a long while and although we don't usually think of metal as traditional shed material, for storing bikes it's actually very useful.

The best thing about metal bike sheds is the level of security they provide. A metal shed will protect your bicycles from theft better than any other kind of outside storage solution.

A quick wash down with soapy water now and again is all you need to worry about! Most significantly, metal sheds can be a nightmare to assemble! And it can take a couple of people a day or more to put everything together. When choosing a metal bike shed, look for panels that a more than 0. If you think metal could be the best choice for you, I've written a complete guide to choosing a metal bike shed where I talk about them in much more detail.

Plastic also called Resin sheds are the new kids on the block. And they're increasingly popular. Plastic bike sheds are easy. Plus the modern plastics are less likely to fade or become brittle and crack in the sun. A wash now and again is the only maintenance you need to do! They can look cheap and fake. Most of them are impossible to customise. So they can be damaged by strong winds or heavy snowfall.

And hot, direct sun can cause some plastics to bend! Plus, just like metal sheds, they can suffer from condensation if not properly ventilated. Plastic sheds tend to be less sturdy than the other types. So when choosing a plastic shed, look for ones with steel supports in the roof and walls for extra strength , twin walls and ventilation grills to prevent condensation and UV protection to reduce fading and brittleness.

If you think plastic could be the right material for your shed, check out my full guide to buying a plastic bike shed where I talk about all this in more detail.

Straight form the factory, metal storage sheds are generally the most secure. Then plastic sheds. And then finally wooden sheds. Metal is obviously the strongest construction material. Their locks are usually decent. Plastic sheds tend to be slightly more secure than those made from wood, if only because when they're attacked the plastic will bend rather than rip like wood. But neither plastic or wooden sheds are usually designed with security as a priority.

A concerted attack will defeat both of them. The difference is: there's a lot you can do to increase the security of a wooden shed , while with a plastic shed you're much more limited. So in the end, if you put some effort in, wooden sheds can in fact be far more secure than plastic sheds!

Also, check the bikes are covered by your household insurance policy while stored in your shed. If they're not or you think the cover is inadequate then consider specialized bicycle insurance. I think we should consider the environmental impact of all our purchases these days. But as with most things, it's not quite as straightforward as it might first seem!

For sure: wood is the most environmentally friendly building material of the three. Unlike metal or plastic, it pulls carbon from the atmosphere as it grows and stores it for the duration of the shed's life.

Whereas huge amounts of CO2 and pollutants are produced during the manufacture metal and plastic. All the plastics and metals used in other sheds can be recycled. And that's all well and good. But don't forget the process of recycling also produces CO2!

Trees store carbon. So wooden sheds have negative carbon footprints! Having said all that, we have to think about longevity too. How long will your shed last? Which is better a wooden shed that you need to replace every 6 years or one plastic shed that lasts 30 years? So whichever type of shed you choose, make sure it's good quality and it's built to last.

Not only is this uneconomical, it's also bad for the environment. If you choose a wooden shed, make sure the wood is sustainably sourced. But if you choose a metal or plastic shed, buy the best quality you can possibly afford, ideally from an established company that publishes specific, accountable environmental commitments.

Covered with sedum or other plants, it will capture some CO2, increase biodiversity and provide shelter and sustenance for bugs and pollinators. Many bespoke bike shed companies will offer the option of a green roof. But be careful. Different types provide different levels of environmental impact and a poorly chosen green roof may even die out within a few months! Green Roof Shelters for example, place biodiversity at the heart of the design process rather than as an add on , and have a wealth of material on the most effective approaches to take.

So wooden sheds are going to appeal to people that prefer traditional looks, that are prepared to do some maintenance work and that are happy to upgrade the utility and security of their sheds themselves.

Metal sheds will appeal to those who prioritize high security and low maintenance, that don't care so much about how the thing looks and that are prepared for a potentially challenging assembly process! And plastic sheds will appeal to people who just want an easy life! They'll want easy assembly, easy maintenance and in general they won't care too much about high security or how the shed looks.

So by now you should have a good idea of what size shed you'll need and what material it will be made from. Next you'll find some of my top recommendations. And if you don't like those! I've split them up like this because the ranges available are very different depending on what side of the pond you're on. Wooden storage sheds for example, aren't very popular in the US. Whereas in the UK there's tons. Conversely, the range of plastic sheds in America is much greater than in the UK at the moment.

For my specific recommendations I've dismissed the really low price, low quality sheds. As I've already said they're a false economy.

And considering the amount of effort you have to put into constructing a shed, you don't want to be doing it again anytime soon when the first one fails! Cheap brands like BillyHo, Rowlinson, Yardmaster and Arrow are best avoided unless you want to give yourself a headache.

Spend a little more, go for quality and you'll get something that will last for many years if properly looked after If you're in the UK and have limited space, then the Lifetime 6' x 3. It beats my previous choice the Keter Store-It Out Ultra [Amazon] because it's slightly longer and significantly more secure. Read a proper review of the Lifetime 6' x 3. If you're in the US where the Lifetime is unavailable , then the Suncast 5' x 3' [Amazon] is a good alternative.

It's slightly smaller, but you'll definitely be able to fit 2 and possibly even 3 bikes inside it. And you can read more about why I like the Suncast 5' x 3' on the plastic bike shed page. If you've got a bit more space or need to store more bikes, then these deeper plastic sheds with sliding roofs are definitely worth the upgrade as you'll be able to wheel your bicycles straight into them!

The Suncast 6' x 4' Glidetop Storage Shed [Amazon] will allow you to store up to 4 adult bikes side by side for easy access. Read more about why I like the Suncast Glidetop on the plastic bike shed page!

The Suncast 6' x 4' Glidetop Shed: perfect for bicycles! The Rubbermaid 6' x 4' Slide-Lid Shed: also perfect for bicycles! But I think the way you lock it with a metal hasp , is actually slightly more secure. You can also read more about the Rubbermaid 6' x 4' Slide-Lid on the plastic bike shed page.

While it's true that most plastic bike sheds are neither secure nor attractive, the Alpen Bike Capsule turns these generalisations on their head, by being both! Alpen Bike Capsule: the most elegant storage space I've found! Made from 0. Unlike most plastic sheds, it features an integrated barrel lock that offers no obvious weak points. And there are bolts that secure the capsule to the ground from the inside, to prevent the theft of the entire unit.

In fact, the sculptural aesthetic which is evocative of both the Sydney Opera House and the buildings of Tatooine , is likely to add to the attractiveness of your outside space! The Alpen Capsule is designed to accommodate 1 bike of most types , with plenty of space for your cycling gear which can be organised using the peg boards on the internal walls.

While cheap wooden bike sheds are nearly always a false economy, if you hunt around a bit, you can find decent quality sheds at bargain prices. And the Forest 6'6 x 2'7 Bike Storage Shed is just that! The Forest 6'6 x 2'7 is the best economy wooden bike shed. But it features good quality, 12 mm shiplap tongue and groove cladding which is unusual on a cheaper bike shed. The timber is FSC approved, pressure treated and guaranteed not to rot for 15 years.

Although, if you want to store anything else in there, 2 bikes is probably the limit, space wise. The door hinges are hidden which is great for security.

Delivery is free for most of the UK. This is more like a lean-to shed storage. Click the link below for more details. This contemporary small bike shed not only looks something that came straight out of a dollhouse but also offers quite a lot of storage space.

Way to take your kids out from the video games world and let them enjoy the time outside! This DIY bike shed can easily store 4 to 5 bikes for both kids and adults. It is one of its own kinds of highly useful DIY projects that can be made in just an hour! Some of the tools you will be needing include Miter saw, air compressor, glue, saw blade, drill, and drill press. Ready to build up to something extra useful and easily manageable by building this bike storage shed in even less than 30 minutes.

This box looking shed has a lot of extra storage space to offer. The fact that it features two huge doors that can be opened makes it easier to also manage it and keep the place clean. Hop on to the video tutorial below and make yourself useful diy outdoor bike storage out in the garage.

Would you believe us if we told you that this bicycle storage shed is made out of pallet wood? By building the side panels framing and the floor, this storage shed can make it much easier for you to park your bike and keep your helmets in safe storage.

Start by placing two identical panels opposite to each other, identical in size to layout the frame. This shed measures about 2. Secure the slats equally from each other to make a balanced frame.

For details, click here. While it is so easier just parking your bike in the garage or throwing them by the front door. But, it is still a danger to leave them in the open like this, and under any weather conditions, they might get damaged. This 4 x 8 bike shed plan can let you make useful bike storage shed for your bikes. Make sure to use a flawless wood for keeping the space durable. Start by building the frame for the floor first.

A secure space to store your bicycle in without any worries can come in quite handy! A bike storage shed can be so much more, including tools, helmets, locks, and many other things. Living in a busy town can make a bike quite a viable option for transport! While you can park your car in the garage under shelter, who says that your bike has to be out in the open? We beg to differ! Build a sturdy and functional bike storage shed for smartly managing your parking space! A bike shed can be so much more than merely keeping your bikes safe and sound.

Hang in the helmets in there, choose a corner for gardening supplies. The options are quite many. A wide and two-door opened DIY bike storage shed can be the next best thing you can choose to build this weekend! Especially amongst all the time that you might be spending at home these days, make creative and functional use out of it.

This storage shed is large enough to easily store about 2 to 3 bikes. The larges doors with hinges are making it an ideal space to easily keep the rea clean too! This lean-to roof bike storage shed can be made around in any corner of your garden and keep your entrance and garage clutter-free! By using some pressure-treated lumber or pallets , you can build this shed by yourself And you can also build it as a DIY motorcycle shed.

Some of their models are also police approved, and can come with handy shelves to store riding gear and spares. If not, a freestanding pole that runs from floor to ceiling might be the ticket. Alternatively, there are some clever looking pieces of furniture which can act as stands as well, but these are anything but compact.

Some options allow you to hang your bike on the wall, or display it in the center of the room atop a purpose-designed piece of furniture. Of course, this needs to be approved by other members of your household and generally requires you to pay adequate attention to your bike cleaning routine. One of the most common types of indoor bike storage, the simple wall mount usually consists of hooks that screwed into the wall.

Wall mounts do come in a variety of shapes though with more elegant options also doubling up as shelves and attractive pieces of wall furniture.

More and more people are finding the answer in bike storage-specific furniture. This wide-ranging term is based around standalone shelving units that have bike slots or hanging spots built-in. These not only store bikes but can store your helmet riding shoes and kit, or books, DVDs and other personal amenities.

If you own more than one bike or you live in a house of cyclists, then buying bike storage-specific furniture may be a tad expensive and not very space-efficient.

Directly attached to the ceiling or the wall high up, these Outdoor Bike Storage Shed Diy Guide allow you to store your bike above your head. Reminiscent of dockyard workers and sailors, you attach your bike to the harness or hook and hoist your bike up towards the ceiling.

This keeps your floor free without the danger of a free moving bike hanging above your head. The best folding bikes picked here. Usually costing a bit more than the other solutions, these are tidy isolated units that can sit at the end of the garden and shield your bike from the elements effectively without being an eyesore or in the way. Home Buyer's Guides. A virtually bombproof storage solution for your beloved bikes Credit: Simon Richardson.

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