Originally Posted by Doobie
It would be much more convenient for me to lock it up in an outdoor storage unit, there are no landlord restrictions . I do not want to keep it in my house.
Given that I as so many here currently have on or more bikes stored somewhere in our homes. Most the advice that you are going to get is in regards to keeping it inside your home.
Somethings that you are going to have consider are:
a) how much is your bike worth
b) can you replace it easily if it is stolen while you are storing it outdoors
c) can you replace or repair it if it is damaged due to severe weather
d) whether your renters or landlords insurance will cover it in the case of theft or weather damage
If it isn't worth much than you might be better off storing it outdoors with your landlords permission, if it is a valuable bike or one that you treasure store it indoors. Even if that means storing it in the kitchen, living room, bedroom closet, bathtub, or taking the wheels/pedals off and storing it under your bed.
Personally, even though I live in a pretty good neighborhood and my landlord/leasing office provides at least two bike racks around the complex you will NEVER
find any of my bikes locked to any of them. As they are too far away from my apartment, they are not protected from the weather, they are out in the open where anyone can mess with the bikes, they are the wheel bender type of racks.
So if you are going to store your bike outside and it sounds as if you are committed to this idea. Than the only practical advise that we can give you is to take as many precautions as you can to safeguard your bike.
Just remember as my paternal Grandfather used to say, "locks are only there to keep honest people honest." And if you have an outside storage shed/unit that eventually someone will get curious and come around to see what it is that you are storing in it. And if they like it enough, you may find yourself without your bike.
If that is a risk that you are willing to take and can live with, than I wish you the best of luck.