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Old 01-12-09, 10:19 PM   #1
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building a bike shed - need ideas ect

i live in los angeles CA
my garage is to the point where i can barely get inside and all my bikes have been displaced throughout the yard and house. i am planning to build a small bike shed(for approx 6 bikes/5 frames)
anyone have any unique ideas or suggestions?
if not ill just build the typical storage shed sort of nonsense
not looking to plunk down a lot of money into this, just something to keep them safe from theft or weather
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Old 01-12-09, 10:36 PM   #2
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Most important thing: build it to hold about 8 times as many bikes as you currently own.
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Old 01-12-09, 10:47 PM   #3
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With a solid lock.
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Old 01-12-09, 11:46 PM   #4
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If you can, find a way to either do the foundation in concrete, or at least have an anchoring system that you lock the bikes to sunk in cement at least 3-4 feet in the ground like a good fencepost. Even a high end lock will do no good if someone can just uproot it or smash the shed off its foundation and grab the bikes. Think meth-head needing another fix. Having a dedicated bike anchor system that you lock your bikes to means a thief has to get into the shed (netting a B&E charge right there if caught), then has to work on the bike's locks before they get access.

Along these lines, make sure the lock and door are decent. Because sheds are hidden from view from the street, thieves have a longer time that they can work on locks without being caught. I'd recommend something that has anti-bump protection because that is a very common method of getting in, next to yanking a pair of bolt cutters.

After that, make the shed bigger than you expect, like stated above. There is always stuff, wether it be bike related or not, that will find itself a home there. Bikes usually spawn panniers, backpacks, and stands. You might even end up using the shed as a decent bike shop, in this case, you might consider a small room air conditioner to make wrenching pleasant in the summer.

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Old 01-12-09, 11:53 PM   #5
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I have a shed. The kid's bike are there as those are x-mart bikes. My trek and my wife's specialized remain in the house. I need to see my bike many times during the day to know it is still there. If I put it in the shed I would not be able to sleep.
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Old 01-13-09, 12:00 AM   #6
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hmmm

i had toyed with the idea of taking a discarded iron fence and sinking it in some concrete as a stable post to lock to. i suppose it is good advice to plan for more than the stock i currently have. how about shape or design features? hang the bikes or leave them on the ground?
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I hang them, vertically. But if I could redo the whole thing I would chose bike specific hangers, horizontal, like this (but cheaper obviously). There would be bikes at the left and right walls. The end wall would be reserved for the bike tools and bike schwag in general. Lots of lights at the work area and some cheapo accent lights illuminating the bikes.
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One idea is to do exactly that, but consider opening the top of the fence post and pouring concrete down inside it after its sunk so it can't be hacksawed off.

Its up to you. Hanging is more elegant and can be argued to be better for long term storage (assuming that the hangers don't rub the paint off the part of the bike frame... one can use toilet paper or paper towel rolls in a pinch sometimes to prevent this.) Leaving the bikes on the ground also works (assuming the shed isn't in the way of runoff and won't get flooded.) You can probably secure them better if on the ground too, as I've not been impressed with the security of most bank hanger systems.

Disclaimer: I live on a major university bus line, and bike stuff gets stolen very fast around these parts because someone can lift a bike, stick it on a bus, and be en route for downtown in 5-10 minutes. This is why I focus on decent security. The area of LA you are in may not have much crime, so its always good to have a feel for your neighborhood, if what you are facing are opportunists versus crackheads willing to smash stuff, versus dedicated pro thieves casing the area.
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We've been wondering about just putting a costco/lowe's shed in the driveway and putting our car out on the street so we have outdoor covered lockable bike parking.
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With a solid lock.
with SOLID walls that are pry-proof, saw-proof, etc.....
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Popeyecahn just built one; see his blog.
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Steel shipping container...FTW!

OK, most people can't drop one of these ugly things as easily as we could, but comparing prices to sheds...or even the raw materials and my free labor, the container won hands down. Ours was about $2K delivered. Cheaper than the storage unit we had, waterproof, secure, and by now it's paid for itself in saved storage costs.
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Steel shipping container...FTW!

OK, most people can't drop one of these ugly things as easily as we could, but comparing prices to sheds...or even the raw materials and my free labor, the container won hands down. Ours was about $2K delivered. Cheaper than the storage unit we had, waterproof, secure, and by now it's paid for itself in saved storage costs.
Check into old train cars. After a wreck, some of them are salvaged and would make a great storage shed. All it would require to secure it would be a couple of pad locks.
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Old 01-13-09, 08:59 PM   #15
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my wife would kick me and the bikes out if i got a steel shipping container or train car.
fortunately my area is fairly secure and theft is only an issue if the bikes are visible.

ill probably use 2x4s with some scrape plywood and maybe put some thought into a plexiglass skylight. is plexi okay for this? looking for something that wont shatter.
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