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It doesn’t matter whether you are an avid adventurer or you just enjoy a simple bike ride on a Sunday afternoon, bikes are one of the most problematic items to store. It’s an item that even if you don’t use, you simply cannot part with it and throw it away.

What’s The Difference Between A Bike Shed And A Normal Shed?

In most cases, bike sheds are longer and shorter than that of a normal shed; this is because they are designed to store bikes and not general equipment. The bike is usually stored horizontally and no bike racks are required, on bike sheds there are usually double doors fitted, so the doors open outwards. It is for this reason that you should consider the location in which you are going to place your bike shed as the double door system requires more room to open out, and therefore gives you enough room to gain access to your bikes. Bike sheds are usually wooden, as the sturdy structure protects your bikes as well as keeping them safe, it is highly recommended that you purchase a lock system for your bike shed; most bike shed doors leave room for this so a lock can be easily applied.

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Bike Flooring

Bike sheds give you the option to have an extended floor, almost like a patio if you will. This wooden slat flooring makes it easier to place your bike into the shed, if you have a garden also it saves dragging the tires across the grass in order to slide it into the bike shed. It is also a nice feature that can be added for a little extra cost.

Bike Locks

Having a lock on your bike shed gives you peace of mind and that added extra sense of security; however you need to make sure that you are choosing the right lock to begin with. A code system lock is quite secure, and should multiple family members require access to the shed then the code can be passed on without the need for swapping keys. Because the bike shed is also outside, having a lock and key system is slightly impractical in some cases, as the rain may rust areas of the lock making it stiff, and awkward. Code systems however are usually made out of plastic, with a chain inside making it so the metal cannot rust yet you still have the added protection, the code is usually entered on a spindle of numbers. It also means that you will never have to worry about losing the key on your travels- should you be an avid biker then this is a great relief, as skin tight biking outfits usually lack pockets.

How Many Bikes Can Be Stored In A Shed?

This is a question that can only be answered upon the purchase of your bike shed; a rough estimate can be given however it all depends on the size of your bikes, by having several children’s bikes you may be able to store more than if you had several adult bikes. You can also maximise the space in your bike shed by storing them accordingly, and making sure that there are no excess spaces in-between the bikes. It is also an idea to place the bike that you use the most at the front of the shed; this means that you can easily have access to the bike in question without having to pull out all the other bikes.

Author Bio

Ted Nicholson is a keen mountain biker, and uses his bike shed regularly, he writes from his own experience to ensure that you get the most out of your bike sheds and how to store your bikes safely using the correct locking mechanism. This post was brought to you by Ilikesheds, the UK’s leading online shed superstore.

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