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lockerpod+There aren't many options when looking at bike storage front garden options.  We will have a look at the few possibilities here and highlight what you should avoid.  Plus there is a 5% discount code later on.

Read more: Bike Storage Front Garden

 

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Lots of us have been faced with the same problem, bike storage no garage! How should we store bikes and what are the options?

More cycle thefts occur at the home than while we are using bikes outside. Choosing the right bike storage solution is therefore very important, so what do you need to consider?

Outdoor Bike Storage Units - What to Consider

We'll split the options down to consider 5 key areas:

1. Security 2. Installation 3. Looks 4. Price  5. Capacity 

The three main options have been considered, a wooden shed, a metal bike shed and a latest lockerpod+ alternative.

We've ranked each option in all the categories - 1 being the best, 3 the worst.

Security

  1. Metal. Some metal garden bike sheds have been independently tested and have up to 4 padlock points for added security if you live in a high crime area.
  2. Lockerpod+. 3 point locking system, key operated door. Made from thick MDPE and awarded Sold Secure Bronze status.
  3. Wooden. Have limited security, windows are also a problem as thieves can see your bike inside

Installation

  1. Lockerpod+. Comes fully assembled and delivered to your door as part of the price.
  2. Wooden. You need to assemble the unit yourself.
  3. Metal. Assembly is required, although good instructions are provided. Many systems need to be bolted down into a concrete surface, this is sometimes a issue.

Looks

  1. Lockerpod+. Looks great and you can choose from a choice of colours!
  2. Metal. Looks harsh but secure, but it is a big metal box! Choice of cream or olive green
  3. Wooden. Look ok, lots of people have them.

Price

  1. Wooden. Decent sheds can cost from £199
  2. Lockerpod+. Bike locker prices are much lower these days, £449+VAT, including delivery (use MYCRIME2014 to get a 5% discount)
  3. Metal. £469 is the usual price for a good unit.

Capacity

  1. Wooden. Can fit 4 bikes and loads of other junk making it hard to get at your bike!
  2. Lockerpod+. Can secure up to 4 bikes.
  3. Metal. Up to 3 adult bikes can be stored in good metal garden bike sheds.

Summary

The lack of a garage does limit your options for bike storage, however there are a number of garden based options.

The look of your garden bike storage may not be important to everyone, but it is to a lot of people. Modern bike locker prices are very reasonable and the storage has been well designed so may be more appealing in comparison to the harshness of traditional metal unit, but if independent security testing is important to you metal garden bike sheds may be more appealing.

There are great options for you, no installation needed and great looking bike storage pods or a more solid looking metal outdoor bicycle shelter.

 

To order your Lockerpod Plus follow this 4 step approach.

1. Make a note of this voucher code MyCrime2014

2. Visit http://www.lockerpods.co.uk/ this is the official Lockerpods website

3. Go to the 'shop', then 'buy here' choose your colours and click 'add to cart'

4. View your cart, then enter MyCrime2014 in the 'Apply Coupon' box (to the left of 'proceed to checkout'

After you've clicked apply coupon, scroll down you will see MYCRIME2014 and 5% off the cost will be removed from the order total.

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There are many different types and makes of bike locks so here we look at the best locks for cycles.  The same lock will not be the best for different situations.  Some of the locks featured here are very big, they are secure, but hard to carry around.  If you're just popping out for a coffee you may want a lighter lock while you sit with your bike in full view.   The best in a range of different styles are highlighted including folding locks and high security locks.

Read more: The Best Locks for Cycles

Bike theft is a threat, a home bicycle shelter may seem the solution - we look at the best and worst here.

Ensuring your cycle is protected from the elements is a concern, ideally that should be combined with security features to ensure you do not become a victim of bike theft. 

Bike Cave

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Lets say straight away that the Bike Cave is simply a tent big enough for 2 or possibly 3 bikes.  The key part to this sentence is 'tent'.  It is designed to offer protection from the elements, which it does.  There is no security provided for this tent, a velcro flap at the back of the tent can be used to pass a cable lock fixed to a wall mounted anchor point, however you need to purchase this separately. 

The shape of the tent makes it possible to stand your bike(s) up inside, but makes it quite obvious to a potential thief what is inside.  We would not recommend this tent due to crime prevention issues, but it may serve a purpose if security really isn't an issue.

If you do decide to use a product such as this use a anchor, chain and lock and this as a cover.

Pros.  Not many, it keeps your bike dry and garden tidy.

Cons.  No security element.  Extra locks, anchors and chains needed to secure your bike. 

Read the 100+ reviews of the Bike Cave - Green here

Specialist Wooden Bike Shed.

There are a number of specialist wooden bike sheds on the market, we have highlighted this one that can be purchased from Amazon OVERLAP BIKE STORE,WOODEN BICYCLE SHED  These products are more expensive than bike tents but offer more security and can be fitted with shed shackles, or anchors.  The size of these units can be an issue depending on how much room you have in your garden.

This shed is specifically designed for the storage of bikes, with 5ft wide double doors providing easy access. 

Height: 142 Width: 201 Depth: 83 Wide Doors for easy access Framing 27 x 32mm.  Double Doors with Pad Bolt

Internal Dimensions W 1980mm x D 795mm Height of Door 1261mm x Width door frame1550mm Max Depth 824mm x Max Width 2215mm this is from fascia point to fascia point (the trim) Height to ridge 1721mm

Pros.  Not too expensive.  Can store 2 adult cycles, plus children's cycles and equipment.

Cons.  Wood needs to be retreated annually.  Extra security elements should be added.  Needs to be assembled.

OVERLAP BIKE STORE,WOODEN BICYCLE SHED 

 

Lockerpod+

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Big enough to store 4 bikes, the Lockerpod+ is a UK designed and manufactured alternative.  From a security perspective the unit has a securing hinge made from galvanised steel and a key operated 3 point locking system. 

It has been awarded Sold Secure Bronze status in independent testing.

The unit takes up less space than a shed - a positive for many gardeners, but can still store up to 4 bikes inside.  At £449+VAT the unit is delivered fully assembled directly to your door, a great advantage.

Pros.  Comes fully assembled.  Made from recycled/recyclable materials.  Can fit up to 4 bikes in.

Cons.  Mid price bracket.

Get a 5% discount code for the Lockerpod+

Use the discount code mycrime2014 to get 5% off.

Simply choose what colour Lockerpod+ you would like at http://www.lockerpods.co.uk/, add it to the cart, then add mycrime2014 into the 'coupon code' box, click 'apply coupon' and scroll down.

You will see Coupon: MYCRIME2014 and 5% of the cost will be removed from the order total !
Asgard Bike Storage

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Bike Storage, Cycle store 6'8" x 3'4"(Supplied Flat Pack) - Secure Bicycle Storage Unit from Asgard

The Asgard store has a shrouded 3 point locking system which aims to prevent thieves forcing entry to the shed.  It can be fixed to a concrete base using the fixing supplied.  Security seems to have been one of the main factors when designing this product and it is significantly better than the tents highlighted at the start of the article, but over £400 more. 

Large double door front access and simple drop down lid make this convenient to get bikes in and out.   Please note shelves shown in some of the pictures are not supplied as standard.  This product is supplied by Amazon via the following link Bike Storage, Cycle store 6'8" x 3'4"(Supplied Flat Pack) - Secure Bicycle Storage Unit from Asgard

Pros.   3 point locking system.   Solid design.

Cons.  Needs two people to assemble (1 - 2 hours).  The most expensive option reviewed. 

Bike Storage, Cycle store 6'8" x 3'4"(Supplied Flat Pack) - Secure Bicycle Storage Unit from Asgard

There are a number of different plastic cycle storage options, we look at some of the ones to consider and avoid...well, two to consider and one to definitely avoid!

Lockerpod+ 

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Stylish, secure and space saving is how this unit is described and we tend to agree.  The unit has been independently tested, gaining Sold Secure Bronze status.  It has a 3 point locking system, key operated door, meaning no padlocks are needed.  The unit has quite a small footprint considering it can fit four adult bikes and it is delivered fully assembled.  As the picture shows it can be placed on grass of a firmer surface.  Doors come in black as standard, however other colour options can be chosen. 

Pros:  Made with security in mind.  Comes fully assembled.  Fits 4 adult bikes.  Made from recycled / recyclable materials.

Cons:  Mid price bracket.

Technical Information:  Weight.  72kg.  External Dimensions.  W. 100cm D. 200cm  H.135cm

Lockerpod+

To order your Lockerpod Plus and get a 5% discount follow this 4 step approach.

1. Make a note of this voucher code MyCrime2014

2. Visit http://www.lockerpods.co.uk/ this is the official Lockerpods website

3. Go to the 'shop', then 'buy here' choose your colours and click 'add to cart'

4. View your cart, then enter MyCrime2014 in the 'Apply Coupon' box (to the left of 'proceed to checkout'

After you have clicked 'apply coupon', scroll down, you will see Coupon: MYCRIME2014 and 5% of the cost will be removed from the order total.

Suncast Adlington Shallow Roofed Large Storage Shed
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This is a large capacity garden shed, with a roof structure that aids the storage area. The product is made from 'robust resin', but needs self-assembly.  Padlocks are not provided, however the double doors are pad lockable.  This unit hasn't been security tested, so should not be used in very high crime areas. 

Pros:  Large capacity.

Cons:  Expensive.  Need to purchase your own padlock

Technical Information:  Weight.  27kg.  External W.167.25cm  D. 165cm   H.211cm    Internal W.152.5cm  D.137cm  H. 188cm

Price:  Around £780.  GS8000 Suncast Adlington 'One' Shallow Roofed Large Storage Shed- 138 cu ft capacity

 

Keter Store it Out XL Plastic Garden Storage Shed

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This shed is manufactured using a Polypropylene resin, the unit needs assembly, this should take 1 - 2 hours.  No locks / locking mechanisms are supplied with the product and it will be quite easy for a thief to gain access to bikes stored inside.  One other concern raised by users of this product concerns its dimensions - make sure your bike fits inside.

Pros:  It will keep your bikes dry - if they fit inside!

Cons: No real security element included.  Thief could gain access even with a lock added.  Avoid unless you have no other option

Technical Information:  Weight.  28kg.  External W.160cm  D. 90cm   H.119cm    Internal W.151cm  D.76.5cm  H. 115cm

Price:  Approx £160.00.  Keter Store it Out XL Plastic Garden Storage Shed

 Summary

There aren't a great deal of options when choosing plastic cycle storage.  As you can see we think the Lockerpod+ is the better option if you have up to 4 adult bikes, want some security, but don't want to pay a huge amount.     

 

 

 

 

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