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!

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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.

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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.

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.

Asgard MD cycles from Northern France to Spanish Boarder

Asgard doesn’t just sell bike storage units, the staff have a passion for cycling too, which may explain why their bike storage units are so good!

Staff from the Asgard offices have previously taken part in charity bike rides and weekends away spent cycling up mountain tops, but the Asgard Managing Director, Nick Hewitt, has taken it to the next level!

Who needs a Sat Nav?

Who needs a Sat Nav?

Along with a group of friends, he attempted to cycle from the northern tip of France to the Spanish boarder in just 9 days. This would be a mighty challenge for a lot of people and I’m sure I would have given up after the first few days, but Nick and the team managed to beat their target, completing the 848 mile journey in 8 and a half days after spending 54 hours on their bikes. But it wasn’t all work and no play, they managed to fit in some fun along the way at various vineyards and enjoying some lovely French cuisine.

They made it!

They made it!

The trip didn’t go without its hiccups though, with Sat Navs broken on the first day, wrong turns and flooding. But thankfully they all made it back in one piece!  They call themselves ‘The Yorkshire Terries’, a fitting name I think. The ‘Yorkshire Terriers’  team is made up of Nick Hewitt, Garry Ogden, Rupert Pearson, Oliver Garside, Robin Litten, Matt Milbourn and Andy Mullins. Take a look at the highlights of their journey here.

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.

How to protect your bike from theft at home

You may think that your wooden garden shed is substantial enough to keep your bike protected from the prying eyes and quick fingers of thieves, but you’d be wrong! A large amount of bike thefts take place at home and the majority of those bikes are stolen from wooden garden sheds or garages and these type of thefts will be on the increase as we head into summer.

Recently, a shed in Westhoughton has fallen victim to this crime and the unlucky owner of the shed has lost 3 bikes of great value totalling  £9,000.  It didn’t take long for the thieves to make their way into the garden and force their way into the shed, in the early hours of the morning, to steal the bikes. With an earlier sunrise, there are more opportunities for bike thieves to work in good light conditions, without risking being caught.

Protect your bike from theft

Protect your bike from theft

Neighbours of the victim said:

“I am really surprised as it’s a quiet street. Nothing like that usually happens. I hope they manage to find the thieves and bikes.” 

“I am a light sleeper and I didn’t hear a thing.”

Stories like this show that you can never be too careful when it comes to keeping your bikes safe at home.

One of the best ways to protect your bike from theft, is by investing in an Asgard bike storage unit. These metal bike sheds are made from tough weatherproof steel and have been designed to give you the best protection for your bikes. Asgard bike sheds are fitted with pick resistant euro cylinder locks and have integral metal bases for the best security.

Asgard best selling bike storage

Asgard best selling bike storage

“Excellent product. Delivery service was great. Product heavy weight and very sturdy. Easy to follow instructions. Easy access to contents. Very secure.Very happy with purchase” Revive

View the full range of Asgard bike storage on the Asgard website.