Cycle to Work Day this year falls on the 4th of August. Now in its 10th year, this scheme has helped thousands of commuters make the switch to cycling to work, saving them money, increasing fitness and reducing stress. Perhaps you will take up the challenge and embrace Cycle to Work Day? Here we look at how a bike storage shed can help with owning a bike and what to consider when choosing one.
If you’re wondering how to store a bike in your garden for Cycle to Work Day, there are several options based upon the size of your outdoor space and your available budget.
A traditional garden shed will allow you to store your bike, along with tools and anything else cluttering up your home. Available in a host of different sizes and styles including Georgian windows, double or stable doors, apex or pent roofs, a shed can be designed to your exact specification and will keep your bike out of sight and protected from the elements.
Another outdoor bike storage UK option that’s worth considering is a combination room.
A combination room has the benefit of providing storage for your bike, along with a garden room to use however you like. If you’re longing for outdoor space to use as a home office, therapy room or a relaxing den, then a combination room provides the ideal solution. Again, the design and style of a combination room can be tailored to your needs.
If you’re keen to participate in Cycle to Work Day, but worried about bike storage for a small garden, then a vertical bike shed could be the answer. Tall and narrow, this style of shed can be accommodated in the smallest outdoor space or even down the side of your house. Bikes are hung vertically on the back wall at staggered heights to prevent the handlebars from clashing.
Once you’ve decided on the best bike storage shed to suit your needs, the next thing to think about is protecting and securing your shed.
Garden sheds are often seen as an easy target by thieves as they are located away from the house, making a break in less likely to be noticed.
A good quality padlock such as a hasp and staple type is an easy and inexpensive way to secure the bike storage shed.
For the ultimate in shed or combination room security, consider installing a burglar alarm and CCTV. Your bike storage shed will need to be hooked up to electrical power, which gives you the potential to also install the likes of lighting and air conditioning. If you want to use a smart CCTV system that sends images to your smart device in real time when the cameras are triggered by movement, then you’ll also need a Wi-Fi connection.
With Cycle to Work Day in mind, investing in a new shed to securely store your bike is a good idea.
Whether you opt for a traditional garden shed, vertical bike shed or combination room, the friendly team at Surrey Hills Garden Buildings will be pleased to talk you through the options and benefits. We can also help with everything from design and installation to decoration and connectivity.