Bike Talk: How to Choose the Right Bicycle Storage Shed

two bikes in a wooden shed in garden
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Whether you want to get into beast mode with your BMX bike, or you’re using your regular one to dodge the city traffic and breathe some fresh air, storage sheds are one of the most convenient bike storage solutions for when you’re done with your cycling session. But when we’re talking about bike storage sheds, the truth is that there are a plethora of different types featuring different construction, sizes and different conveniences. This is why we made a list of the most important features and put together a couple of tips you may find useful when choosing a bike storage shed.

Bike Sheds Materials

If you have decided to buy an outdoor bike storage shed, the first thing to pay attention to is the material it is constructed from. Not all materials are equally good for protecting your bicycle from the elements and curious thieves.

Steel Bike Sheds

woman closing a steel bike shed
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Steel is one of the most commonly used materials for manufacturing all types of sheds for backyards. Hence, these constructions are the perfect choice for storing your bike. This is due to steel being one of the safest, most robust and durable alloys on the market, that won’t fail under the influence of extreme weather conditions, seismic events and fire occurrences. Except for that, steel is a moisture-resistant material, and therefore safe from rusting, corrosion, mould and different insects.

But when we’re talking about steel, know that there’re many types of this robust material used for manufacturing bicycle sheds. For instance, your outdoor bike storage shed can be coated in Zincalume which serves to extend its lifespan and additionally protect it from external influences. This coating is a combination of zinc, aluminium and silicon materials that also make it recyclable and a very eco-friendly option.

On the other hand, Colorbond coatings are also recommended due to their long lifespan, excellent protection from different external influences and resistance to rust, corrosion, pests and termites.

And even though Colorbond coated sheds may not be the most wallet-friendly option for some households, know that they’re a one-time investment that will serve you for many years and won’t require much maintenance. This coating also allows a wide range of customization opportunities, as they come in 22 different colours and design variations.

Plastic Bike Sheds

Plastic sheds for storing your bikes are also among the most commonly chosen options since they’re packed with a bunch of different conveniences. First of all, plastic is a very lightweight material that is very easy to transport and make the assembling process much easier than you can imagine. As much as they’re lightweight, they also won’t be as “tough” for your wallet, unlike some other materials used for manufacturing these sheds. Plastic bicycle storage sheds are also immune to insects, pests and termites.

However, have in mind that plastic sheds aren’t the most robust and weather-resistant option for storing your bikes. As these constructions are light, they’re likely to get damaged by strong winds, heavy snowfalls and hot, direct sun. They’re also not the most secure storage option since it’s very easy to break them in.

Wood Bike Sheds

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Finally, woods are one of the most classic materials for producing garden sheds that even allow you to wrap up your sleeves and make yourself a DIY shed if you’re crafty enough. These constructions aren’t only very aesthetically pleasing, but they’re also very strong, robust, affordable and environmentally friendly at the same time.

However, keep in mind that wood is a material that can be easily attacked by different insects and pests. They also aren’t resistant to moisture, mould and different weather impacts. As much as this can be easily prevented by covering wooden constructions in different coatings, know that they’ll require a lot of maintenance and impose additional costs.

Choose the Right Size

When it comes to determining the perfect size for your outdoor bicycle shed, there’re a bunch of factors you should consider.

The Number of Bikes

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First of all, it’s important to determine the number of bikes you’re going to store inside. For instance, small families won’t need a larger shed than ones featuring around 2m of width and 1.3 m of height, as these dimensions are perfect for storing 2 to 3 bikes.

On the other hand, if you’re part of a larger household or you’re a biking enthusiast that owns multiple bikes, there are a bunch of bike sheds for sale featuring around 3m of width and 2m of height.

However, not all bikes are equal in size, so make sure you measure your bikes before you go for any of the options on the market. Also, don’t forget to leave some spare space if your bikes feature child seats or similar accessories.

Accessing Your Bikes

Except for providing proper storage for each of your bikes, it’s important to consider the way you’re going to access them in your shed. And as much as we’re sure that every cyclist would prefer getting their bike in and out of the shed without it interfering with any of the other bikes inside, know that sometimes this can be impossible.

This is due to many of the sheds being intended for getting your bikes in and out sideways, rather than moving them backward and forward. Even if some of them do, they’ll require much space in your garden which is quite impossible if you own multiple bikes or deal with small outdoor space.

Locating Your Shed in Your Outdoor Space

Regardless of the number of bikes you’re about to store, have in mind that garden bike sheds always require a dry and flat surface for placing as well as some additional space for opening the doors and accessing the bikes.

For this purpose, make sure you consider the available space in your backyard before you invest in something that is too large or doesn’t fit your storage needs. Also, don’t forget to consider any fences, walls or other aesthetic elements that may limit the height of the shed, as well as if there’re any permission restrictions that won’t allow placing a specific shed.

Finally, make sure you don’t place your shed somewhere where it’ll be visible and accessible to everyone who walks past your house. Instead, locating it in the back of your yard is a more secure option since private areas are less appealing to thieves.

Determine the Shed’s Base

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As much as choosing the right size and material is important, know that all of it would be in vain if your shed doesn’t feature a proper base to sit on and keep it away from moisture from the ground. Also, sheds without any foundations can be hard to put and keep together, and we’re sure you don’t want a wonky shed.

For this purpose, it’s recommended to choose a sturdy and durable shed base such as timber frames, concrete tiles, paving slabs or plastic base kits. These options won’t only keep your shed straight and stable, but they also won’t get impacted by any moisture or bugs living in the ground and may give their contribution to preventing condensation inside the shed.

Now that you know about the most important features to consider, don’t hesitate to hit the market and choose the perfect shed for storing your bikes.