Cycle garage – repair your bike in the garden in your asgard bike garage!

The Asgard cycle maintenance store gets the thumbs up!

A little while back Asgard had a customer contact them about how they had used one of our biggest sheds as a bike maintenance shed.  Asgard are not ones to ignore a customer!  So they have asked this customer to keep them updated as to how he got on using it through the “summer” …

“Hi Tracey

As promised he is my update on your shed/my bike shop! It’s a bit long, but you asked me to be honest.

Putting down a base.

As you know as I really pleased with the original delivery, the unit was on time… even though I had forgotten to get my base down in time.  So your delivery lads carefully stacked the unit in my garden for me.

My base was down a week later – at a cost of £100 + VAT.  I used a local concrete firm who came along and simply poured a few cubic meters of concrete into a hole I had dug.  The process took about 20 mins, no mixing concrete by hand for me! That’s my top tip for anyone thinking of buying one of these big Asgard units and needs a base putting down.  Mixing concrete for a base 2.2 x 2.2 x 100mm deep is a lot of heavy mixing work.  I worked out the cost for this would be £70 in materials and mixer hire, it just made no sense to do the work myself.

Construction

I won’t lie to you, when you lay out all the bits and look at the number of screws, this looks like one intimidating piece of kit.  The saving grace is the instruction sheet, looks a bit like an engineering manual, but is actually really clear and easy to use.  The stickers on each panel identifying what they are is a touch of genius,  as at first glance all of the panels looked the same to me.

Building this metal unit is heavy work, this being one of your biggest sheds I can see why you recommend 2 people carry out this task.  The sides are easy enough to pick up and manoeuvre, though it is near impossible to hold two sides at once and screw then into the base. Believe me I tried.  The front fascia’s are light and easy to manoeuvre, when you get onto the doors though you are in to a different world.  They were heavy things.  Due to the raised base lip you need to lift the door about 10mm off the base to get the hinges to line up with the fixing holes.  10mm is not much, but takes a fair bit of effort to hold a door steady !

I didn’t bother bolting down the unit, I know this would give me increased security, but lets face it, this shed is immensely heavy.   No one will move this.  Besides I have a ground anchor, which will bolt down through the base to act as a secure point.

Finally the roof.  I thought the doors were awkward!  The roof and top cap really needs to built on the ground and then lifted onto the shed.  We tried to build the roof ON the shed.  No chance. The roof is integral to keeping the shed perfectly square, so lowering it, squaring it up and screwing together all at once is impossible.  Two aborted attempts led  to the conclusion that we should build it on the lawn then lower into position.  That worked a treat.  A tip here would be watch the fingers! When the roof suddenly drops into place on the shed it drops an inch down onto the walls….quickly.  Any fingers in the way will be squashed.

Ground anchor installation.

Not that easy.  I had to cut a square out of the wooden floor a good 6 “ bigger than the Anchor (to allow room for the chain)  THEN screw through the base of the unit –  a real pain to do and probably not worth the effort.

That’s the build complete.  Now in use.

Cracking unit in use.  A third tip here.  I forgot to run a line of silicone down the joins as per your instructions (missed that bit to be honest).  So, the 1st windy/rain day I had a leak through the roof (under the capping joint)  Not a huge leak but enough to annoy me.  I ran the silicone all around the unit retrospectively; luckily you supply clear silicone, so you can hardly see it.  From that moment on the unit was water tight.

I ordered your full shed pack, shelves, hooks and flooring.

The flooring – I thought this was too much money when I bought it, for what I thought was chipboard.  Then I tried to lift it.  What is it?  Its heavier that the rest of the unit put together.  Really good quality stuff.  Watch the fingers when dropping into place though!

Shelves – Well worth having – great for oils and tools.  If you are smart, you put a shelf low down and use it as a maintenance platform.

Hooks – really handy.  I ordered 10, seems a lot, but once you have a couple of back packs, a helmet and a few waterproof items up there, they soon fill up.

Another tip for your customers here.  Get to Wilkos and buy some plastic storage boxes (£6.00 each) divide your riding gear into winter and summer boxes and stack them.

As a maintenance shed

Really handy.  I do have a garage, but like most peoples its full of prams and tools, here in my “man zone” there is only bike gear.  I have a bike maintenance stand which I stand just outside the shed door.  Perfect I can keep out of the wind whilst I am prepping my bike.   I don’t bring the bike in as the oil would ruin the floor.

The shed gets a little warm in direct sunlight, so I don’t stay in there too long on nice days, on a cold day it’s a great shelter from the wind and rain.

In terms of security, I really have no worries at all.  This is a really solid unit, I can’t imagine anyone getting in without a metal saw.

Conclusion.  Great shed – but get a mate to help and for your own sanity buy an electric screwdriver.

I hope that is enough.  Feel free to use this review in any way you see fit”.

See the full range of Asgard cycle garages here.

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Top Ten Places to Go Cycling This Summer

1.Swinley Forest.

Variable distances

Situated to the South-West of Windsor Great Park, Swinley forest comprises over 2600 acres of woodland. There are numerous trails to choose from so you can find one appropriate to your ability. Recently there has been a lot of investment into new facilities so it’s well worth a visit.

2. TETBURY TO SHERSTON, COTSWOLDS

Approx. 13 miles

This route takes you through quite country lanes and plenty of beautiful scenic pubs to stop at on the way. With few hills and little traffic this is a good ride for most of the family.

3. Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath to Reading

85 miles

Britain’s most popular long distance waterside cycle route passes through areas of outstanding natural beauty and features aqueducts, tunnels and historic buildings. Riders can do this in a day but less experienced cyclists can split this into 3 sections.

4. Mawddach Trail Cycleway, Wales (Dolgellau to Barmouth)

10 miles

A disused railway line, stunning ride running below the foothills of Cadair Iris and tucked away in the south of the Snowdonia national park this is an idyllic ride suitable for all the family.

5. Tarka Trail

31 miles

This route is renowned for its wildlife along the way there are “discovery posts” with information on the wildlife around that area. You could be lucky enough to spot an otter on the river bank! This is a great way to explore rural Devon.

6. Grizedale Forest

Variable distances

With 8 routes to choose from Grizedale is perfect for the family with lots of facilities including a bike hire shop where you can hire normal bikes as well as adult tag along bikes and trailers for young children.  Once you’ve finished cycling there is a café, playground and shops.

7. Causeway Coast Cycle Route (Giants Causeway to Benone)

23 miles

The route has fine sea views over as well as a railway path to the Giant Causeway Visitor centre which is a World Heritage site created by a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available at towns throughout the route.

8. Tweed Valley

Variable

One of the most visited tourist attractions in Scotland. The trails are graded so it’s good for beginners as well as more experienced riders. Bikes are available for hire as well as tuition at the ‘Dirt School’ where groups are split into different abilities.

9. Purbeck Ride, Dorset

47 miles

Rural scenery and costal views with a few historic landmarks along the way; this route is mainly on roads with a few steep hills and is ideal for confident riders.

10.The Camel Trail, Cornwall

18 miles

Based on an historic railway track passes through beautiful Cornish countryside. It goes along the coast as well as through areas of forest and is relatively flat so perfect for families.

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It’s not always easy when you’re away from home to keep your bike secure. So take a look at one of Asgard’s bike storage units so you know your bike is safe from theft!

How to keep your bike safe when on holiday

Purchasing a bike is a big investment but one is stolen every minute.

When you’re at home you ensure your bike is secure and safe, but what do you do when you go on holiday?

Protect your bike from theft

Protect your bike from theft

Ways to minimise bike theft

1.Bike locks

Bike locks are only successful in deterring theft if you make sure they are attached to both your frame and wheel. Most thieves say the best way to avoid your bike being stolen is if you use two locks going through each wheel. We would also recommend though using 2 different types of lock so if they work out how to break the first one they have to work out the second one as well. This means stealing your bike is more time consuming.

2. Put it somewhere very visible

If your bike is locked up in a busy area people are far less likely to be able to steal your bike and if they do they are certainly less likely to get away with it!

3. Bike Alarm

Asgard bike alarms give your bike extra security. Once activated, if someone attempts to move your bike or tamper with the lock, the siren automatically sounds, putting off potential thieves.

Asgard Bike garage at the Stanes

Asgard Bike garage at the Stanes

If you want the best bike security on your next cycling holiday The Stanes self-catering guest house has the Asgard Gladiator secure storage unit. This is the only mountain biking friendly property in the area with an Asgard bike security shed! So you will have plenty of room for your bikes and other cycling accessories allowing you to enjoy your holiday whilst knowing your bike is safe.

How to store a bike vertically

Short on space? Want to store your bike vertically and still get the best security for your bike?  Take a look at the Asgard Vertical Bike Locker and all of its features.

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1. Galvanised steel

This bike locker is made from weatherproof steel, to provide the best strong protective storage.

2. No assembly

This Vertical Bike Locker is supplied fully assembled.

3. Storage hook supplied

Heavy duty storage hooks are supplied, perfect for hanging helmets and accessories.

4. Vertical storage

The Vertical Bike Locker is all about storing your bike upright. This locker is fitted with a cycle hoop, which keeps your bike wheel locked in place, allowing your bike to stay vertical.

5.  Full metal base

A full integral metal base is built into this bike locker, this base has a guide ramp to help store your bike upright. The bike locker can also be secure down to a concrete base for additional security.

6. Ventilation 

Asgard bike sheds are all fitted with our unique ventilation system, which is designed to minimise condensation.

7. 10 Year warranty supplied

This bike locker is supplied with our 10 year warranty, as are all Asgard metal storage units.

8. Available in a choice of colours

Choose from either dark green or brown, designed to suit you and any environment.

9. Pick resistant lock

Fitted with a euro cylinder, pick resistant lock for tough security.

10. 3 point locking system

3 point locking system helps to keep bike thieves out!

View the full range of Asgard bike storage, to find the best bike storage unit for you!

The best way to share a bike locker

The Asgard Double Ended Bike Locker, is the best way to share bike storage in a secure way, without leave your bike at risk to theft. This bike locker allows you to store 2 bikes independently, ideal for sharing!

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1. Stores 2 bikes

This bike locker is designed to store up to 2 bikes separately of each other.

2. Includes storage hooks

Heavy duty hooks are provided with this bike locker, perfect for hanging helmets.

3. Internal locking point

This bike locker is designed to be shared, an internal locking point has been included as an added security measure.

4. Can be secured to a concrete base

Asgard bike lockers are supplied with fixing bolts, which can be used to secure the bike locker to a concrete base for added security.

5. 3 point locking system

A 3 point locking system is fitted to both doors on the Double Ended Bike Locker. Each door is operated by a different key, for private individual access.

6. Pick resistant lock

This bike locker is fitted with a euro cylinder pick and drill resistant lock.

7. Internal steel divider

A steel divider is fitted inside this bike locker, to securely separate your bike from the other.

8. Galvanised steel

The Double Ended Bike Locker is made from strong galvanised (weatherproof) steel, as are all Asgard storage units, for the toughest bike security.

9. Easy assembly

Asgard bike lockers are easy to assemble and are provided with step by step instructions. An installation service is also available.

10. Ideal for down the side of a house

This bike locker is designed to provide space saving bike storage and is ideal for sitting down the side of a house or flat.

View the full range of Asgard bike storage to find the perfect bike store for you.

How can I store 2 bikes?

This 2 bike locker from Asgard offers space saving bike storage for up to 2 bikes. Fitted with a variety features, this is one of the best ways to secure your bikes outside.

How to store 2 bikes

How to store 2 bikes

1. Galvanised Steel

Asgard bike storage units are made from strong weatherproof steel panels.

2. Easy Assembly

This bike locker is supplied with easy to follow step by step instructions, an assembly service is also available.

3. Low Maintenance

Asgard metal sheds require little maintenance.

4. 10 Year Warranty

All Asgard storage units are supplied with a 10 year warranty as standard.

5. Fits 2 Bikes

The twin bike locker is designed to store 2 bikes securely.

6. Storage Hooks

This bike locker is supplied with two hooks for storing cycle helmets and accessories.

7. Secure to a concrete base

More security can be added to this bike locker, by bolting it to a concrete base.

8. Ventilation System

Fitted with a unique ventilation system to minimise condensation.

9. Pick Resistant Lock

The pick resistant locking mechanism helps to keep thieves out.

10. Tough Locking System

Your bikes are kept secure behind a tough 3 point locking system.

Which bike storage do you recommend for small spaces?

Trying to find the best bike storage for your bikes, when you are short on space can be difficult. There are plenty of indoor bike storage solutions out there, but if you hate the idea of hanging your bike on a wall or suspending it from the ceiling, there are other options available.

Asgard is the home of the UK’s best-selling bike storage, offering compact and space saving bike storage. These Asgard Single and Twin home bike lockers have been designed with space saving in mind and are ideal for down the side of a house or flat.

Asgard twin bike locker

Asgard twin bike locker

These home bike lockers offer great bike security, made from strong weatherproof steel, fitted with tough 3 point locking system and pick resistant locking mechanism, to provide your bikes with the best protection and all Asgard bike storage units come with a 10 year anti perforation warranty.

Asgard single bike locker

Asgard single bike locker

“This bike locker is exactly what I needed to store my 2 bikes. I can fit my helmet and bike accessories inside. The service I received was good, although I did have to wait a few weeks for my locker as they are made to order. Assembly was simple enough, with easy to follow instructions. The unit seems very secure and no one has tried to break in yet. Overall it is a great product”. TH

Find out more about these products on the Asgard website.