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Buy Bike Shed

Finding a good bike storage solution for when you're not riding is one of the biggest constraints to owning a bike. It's normally straightforward if you have a garage or roomy shed, however, not everyone is so lucky.

Of course, if you're still unsure that it's a bike shed you need, check out these bike storage ideas. They're mostly aimed at indoor storage and there's a ton of different options. I'm sure you'll find something you haven't considered!

Now, obviously I don't know the answers to these questions! But if we look at the average bike's dimensions, we can get some idea of the minimum amount of space you'll need and we'll be able to compare different sheds accordingly.

If some of your bikes are rarely used this isn't so much of an issue. They can go at the back. But if you have several bikes that are always being used (usually by different people), then it's worth hunting out a shed that does allow forward access.

There are also security issues here. A shed in your front garden or yard, which will be visible to everyone who walks past your house is much more at risk than a shed that's hidden away at the back of the house.

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!

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.

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.

So whichever type of shed you choose, make sure it's good quality and it's built to last. "Buy cheap and buy twice" goes the old saying. Not only is this uneconomical, it's also bad for the environment.

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!

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!

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)!

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 3.5' on the plastic bike shed page!

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.

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


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