Buyers Guide: Sports Equipment Storage

Whether you are a sports professional or amateur, many types of sports often involve various types of costly and often bulky equipment, clothing gear and supplies.  In particular, sports and outdoor activities, such as bikes, ATVs, fishing, snowboarding, skiing and golf, can be quite expensive and require adequate storage of all the related equipment. In this case, you may find that a dedicated outdoor storage unit will be ideal to keep all the sports equipment together.

Suitable storage facilities may be especially useful to sports and leisure centres, community centres, nurseries, schools and colleges, sports and golf clubs as well as for homes with enough outdoor storage space.  However, the main factor that will help you to make your decision will depend on the type of sports equipment that needs to be stored.

Here, we will give an overview of the key points to look out for a range of different outdoor sports activities and their storage requirements.

ATV/ Quad Bikes

Quad biking is great for those who like an exciting adventure outdoor sport.

Quad biking is great for those who like an exciting adventure outdoor sport.

Quad biking is a popular sport for those who enjoy the speed, freedom and the thrill of the ride.  But this popularity has a downside, with Quad bike theft increasingly common in the UK.  Because of this, quad bikes are known as “hot property” by the UK police.  So when getting an ATV, always make sure you have considered your bike security options

Size: The main concern here would be if the dimensions would be suitable to store your vehicle.  Look at the height of the unit, as well as the width and depth.  Shelves and hooks are an additional benefit to store your vehicle accessories.

– Accessibility – Look for units with easy large double door access, with ramps if possible in order for you to be able to drive your vehicle straight in

– Security:  With the number of quad bikes being stolen rising by 83% last year, make sure you have maximum security for your off-road vehicle.  As well as standard chain locks and ground anchors, a metal ATV storage unit would provide the most security.  If your existing garage or storage unit does not come with a robust security locking system, consider investing in additional locks and alarms to protect your property.

Power supply – An electric supply for recharging your vehicle and accessories is a bonus, so look out for any units, which have a power, supply option.

Ventilation: This would be quite important; your ATV needs somewhere cool and dry especially after being driven.  Be careful about wooden sheds as they may not be as safe as metal sheds, and are susceptible to damp and rotting over time.  In comparison, metal storage units are rust and weatherproof.

Asgard’s RecommendationThe Quad Bike Storage Unit

Fishing

Tha Catch of the Day!

Tha Catch of the Day!

Any keen angler will know how valuable fishing rods, reels and accessories are to the sport so need to be stored properly when not in use.  The main concerns for Fishing tackle storage would be the following areas:

Horse riding is great fun for all ages.

Although owning or caring for horse may be geat fun for people of all ages, Looking after horse usually means plenty of equipment – horse tack, clothing, including the bridle, saddle, bit, girths, cinches, saddle pads, lead ropes, halters, whips, stirrup irons and stirrup leathers, horse boots, the list goes on!  The main concerns for horse tack storage would be the following areas:

– Size:  This would depend on what you intend to store in the storage unit, so make sure you consider a sizable storage unit with plenty of storage space.  Check the height of the unit, as well as the width and depth before you buy.

– Storage – With so many different equipment, organisation is key.  It might also be worth checking to see the unit comes with additional saddle racks and shelving to ensure your equipment is stored safely and securely.

– Security:  As your equipment may be left outdoors in the farm or field, make sure you go for a Storage Unit that offers you maximum security. It is worth checking to see the security level on the storage unit before you buy.  We would recommend you to choose metal storage units as they can provide the most security, compared to wooden sheds.  If your storage unit does not come with a robust security locking system, consider investing in additional locks and alarms to protect your property.

– Ventilation: A Horse Tack storage unit will come in handy when storing a range of horse riding related gear and equipment.  Keep in mind that saddles, bridles and stirrups, and other items made of leather needs storing somewhere dry with a good circulation of air, as sealing it in an airtight box will cause condensation and mould.  This is especially important when storing in wooden sheds, as they may be susceptible to damp and rotting over time.  On the other hand, opt for galvanised steel metal storage units that guarantee to be rust and weatherproof.

Asgard’s Recommendation – The Trojan Horse Tack Storage Unit

♣ Skiing and Snowboarding

Winter Sports are cool!

Skiing and snowboarding and other winter activities tend to be seasonal sports, so unless you’re one of the lucky few who ski year-round, there comes a time at the end of every winter season when skis and boots must be tucked away in storage. Properly storing your snow gear in the off-season in a safe and protected manner will help you the following winter with equipment ready and prepped to hit the slopes.

Size: The main concern here would be if the dimensions would be suitable to store all your bulky snow equipment, as well adequate shelving and hooks to maximise the storage space available.  Look at the height of the unit to store your skis upright, as well as the width and depth.

Security: Winter sports gear is often quite expensive, and the combined costs of all the equipment will often add up to more then you think.  So it’s worth checking to see the security level on the storage unit before you buy.  We would recommend you to choose metal storage units as they can provide the most security, compared to wooden sheds.  If your storage unit does not come with a robust security locking system, consider investing in additional locks and alarms to protect your property.

Ventilation: Due to the nature of the sport, most equipment is quite hardwearing and durable.  However, before storing it for long periods of time, ensure it is clean and dry before putting it away.  This is especially important when storing in wooden sheds, as they may be susceptible to damp and rotting over time.  On the other hand, opt for galvanised steel metal storage units that guarantee to be rust and weatherproof.

Asgard’s Recommendation – The Trojan Skiing/Snowboarding Storage Unit

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Bike Storage in the snow

The weather has stopped a lot of people this week, so a great time to to test out your secure steel bike storage units.  A few customer photos of their Asgard sheds  in the snow.  Keep your bikes safe AND dry in an asgard secure steel bike store.

Bike Storage in the SNOW

The High Security Bike Store

Snow covered Asgard shed

The 4 bike store

Sheds and bike stores in the snow

The bike maintenance store

snow and asgard bike storage

Large Bike Store

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How to prepare your bike for the winter

How to protect your bike from the snow

Asgard have been producing the best in cycle storage for many years.  The recent bad weather holds no fear for the owners of Asgard bike stores!!!   Here are some tips on how to prepare your bike for long term winter storage.

How to prepare your cycle for winter storage.

When it comes to bike maintenance, there are two kinds of cyclists—those intimate with their bikes, who lovingly wash, lubricate and maintain their trusty steed throughout the cycling season—and the normal people.

Do you need to lubricate the cables or chain before storing the bike?

My tip is if you are not using your bike for a while – Keep everything lubricated.

If you are not planning to use your bike for some months, make sure you clean your bike thoroughly! 

Get ALL the dirt off, dirt will rust your bike, if it becomes damp through the winter.

Then, lubricate the chain and other mechanisms.  DO NOT USE WD40,

You should always use bike specific lubricants such as GT85 and Finish line oils.  These are not expensive (£7.00 for both). WD40 attracts all sorts of yukky stuff and will soon clog up your mechanism one you start cycling again.

I use paint thinner (meths) to clean my chain right down, then thoroughly oil it up.  This prevents any of the links from rusting or becoming stiff.  You can buy a chain cleaner from ebay for around £5 that clamps to your bike and brushes your chain clean in seconds.  Use plenty of oil after, then lightly rub the excess off.

A drop of thin oil inside the brake lever mechanism will help to keep them in tip top shape. Preventing seizure.

I then spray some GT85 on a rag and rub all the body work down, GT85 acts as a cleaning/polishing agent AND will give your bike an extra bit of protection.

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Should the tires be inflated or deflated?

They should be inflated. They will deflate over the winter months. If you store your bike in an unheated garage you can take the tires off and bring them inside to a heated area. This will protect the rubber on the tires.

Should I hang the bike up?

You can hang your bike on a wall or ceiling, or just turn it upside down so there’s no weight on the tires.

Will direct sunlight harm the bike?

Don’t store your bike in direct sunlight. Unless your windows are new and UV protected, sunlight can dry and split the side walls of the tires.

Do steel-frame bikes need any special attention in the winter months?

If steel-frame bicycles are left in an unheated garage the metal can get cold enough for condensation to build up inside the tubing. This causes rusting. It’s best to store these bikes in a heated area, or pre-treat the steel frame with rust-proofing oil.  Should you use an Asgard bike store you can be sure that condensation will be kept to a minimum, due to the hidden roof vents and spacious design.  If in doubt, a bag of salt left in the shed/garage will absorb any moisture in the air.

What about other bike bits?

Take the batteries out of any lights, a little squirt of GT85 in any bike tools will keep them in good order.

Make sure you wash the liner of your bike helmet to remove any bacteria (Milton Fluid is great for this) this will stop the helmet from smelling.

Wash your riding shoes well.  Again, any dry mud mixed with light dampness will just rot the shoes through the winter.

 

Bike Storage in the SNOW

Keep It Simple

If you are lazy or don’t have the time to do the above, simply take the bike to your local bike shop.  For around £30 they will prepare your bike ready for winter, then lock it up in your bike shed and wait for the sun!

 

Keep your bike dry and safe through the winter.

 

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.

What is the best high security bike storage?

The Annexe is Asgard’s toughest bike shed,

Fitted with a range of strong high security features to keep your bikes protected from theft. Take a look at its key features here.

Annexe numbered copy

1. Door security bolts

This bike shed features tough door bolts as an added security measure.

2. Galvanised steel

All Asgard metal bike sheds are all made from galvanised (weatherproof) steel, for tough storage.

3. Reinforced panels

The Annexe secure bike storage unit boasts reinforced doors, panels and hinges for the best bike security.

4. Hooks available

Heavy duty hooks are available to purchase, these are ideal for hanging helmets and cycling accessories. These hooks are easy to fit as Asgard sheds are already pre-drilled to accept them.

5. Rain guard

Bad weather is no match for the Annexe bike shed, as it is fitted with an integral rain guard designed to keep the bad weather out!

6. Shelving available

Heavy duty, galvanised steel shelves are available to purchase. Keep all of your cycling gear stored with your bikes.

7. Full metal base

Asgard bike sheds are fitted with a full integral metal base for security, this metal base can be bolted to concrete for extra tough storage.

8. LPCB Approved

The Annexe high security bike shed, has been approved by the Loss Prevention Certification Board  to level 1, which may help to reduce insurance premiums.

9. Pick resistant lock

Fitted with a euro cylinder pick resistant locking mechanism, for the best bike security.

10. Tough locking system

The Annexe has a tough 5 point locking system, designed to keep thieves out!

Take a look at the full range of Bike Sheds from Asgard.

Beware of bike theft

With summer not so far away, more people will be using their bikes and these longer days means an increased risk of bike theft.  According to the home office, in the months of June, July and August bike theft rises by an extra 25%! Recent reports have already been made this year about the increasing problems with bike theft and many areas are struggling to tackle the crime. This is particularly notable in places where the number of cyclists is significantly higher than average, such as Cambridge where 52% of residents cycle at least once a week and due to the large number of cyclists in the area, Cambridge has been named the UK bike theft capital.

Make sure that your bike is protected from theft this summer, by keeping your bike secure whenever it is not in use.

Bike security at home

  • Make sure your bike is covered by insurance
  • Invest in a secure bike shed
  • Don’t leave your bike unsecured in front of your home
  • Don’t store your bike in a shed which has windows
  • Use a ground anchor or shed alarm for additional security
Asgard twin bike locker

Asgard twin bike locker

Bike security when out

  • Lock your bike in a busy and well lit area
  • Try and leave your bike in an area with CCTV
  • Use 2 different types of lock
  • Make sure your bike is covered by insurance

Boom of Black Market Bikes

New research by Insurance company LV= has shown that the bike black market could be worth up to £58 million. The bike black market is booming in the UK as the populations interest in cycling continues to grow and the people purchasing these second hand bikes, asking no questions about their background.

Has your bike been stolen for the black market?

Has your bike been stolen for the black market?

The survey carried out by LV= on 2,000 bike owners showed that 21% have had their bike stolen and a third of these thefts occurred from a shed, garage or on their driveway. Bike thefts have also occurred away from the home, with 1 in 10 surveyed had their bike stolen from outside their office, bar or restaurant. While another 1 in 20 have had their bikes stolen three times or more.

If you are purchasing a bike second hand, it is important to ask questions about the bikes history before purchase to help ensure you aren’t purchasing a stolen bike. Although figures have shown that 4% of cyclists have purchased a bike which they have suspected to be stolen.

These figures show just how important bike security is, especially at home, as a third of thefts occur at the home. Make sure when your bike isn’t in use, it is locked away securely. Just because your bike is in a shed or a garage, doesn’t necessarily mean it is secure. Carry out security checks and assess your bike storage, could you break into it? If the answer is yes, then it’s not secure enough. Prevention is always better than the cure, so make sure your cycle storage is secure enough to begin with.

Secure Bike Storage

Secure Bike Storage

Asgard Secure Steel Storage is the home of the UK’s best-selling bike storage and has a wide range of secure bike sheds in a variety of sizes. This tough bike sheds are made from strong galvanised (weatherproof) steel and are fitted with strong locking systems and pick resistant locking mechanisms to keep thieves out! Take a look at the full range of cycle storage on the Asgard website.