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    Bike Storage Options for a Backyard

    We are in the process of creating a small apartment our of our detached garage.

    So, the basement is all that is left for bike storage. PITA to pull the bikes up the stairs and downt he stairs. Don't want to even consider a future Bakfiet and our Xtra Cycle.

    Anyone know of a very secure (lockable) storage options, sheds, or the like, building plans on line, etc..?

    I would like to house 4 bikes and Cargo Bike and, if possible, that possible future Bakfiet.

    So a 6 by 8 foot one could happen. The regularBikes can be hung on hooks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djkenny View Post
    Anyone know of a very secure (lockable) storage options, sheds, or the like, building plans on line, etc..?
    I'm not sure such a thing exists outside of a bank vault, but there wouldn't be much room inside if you limit it to 6x8'.

    I'd start with a steel outbuilding bolted down (on the inside) to reinforced concrete. Get a couple of good, heavy bike racks, bolted to anchors in the floor with tamper-resistant bolts, or weld the anchor nuts on after installation. Lock the bikes to the racks while they're inside, preferably with logging chains. Use a darned good lock on the door. With a bit of luck, you'll hear the crooks trying to break in before they get to the bikes inside.

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    Nothing is VERY secure, but I got a wood framed shed kit from Costco (8x12) for about $1,000. Built that up with another $200 or so for supplies and it holds all my bikes quite nicely. It's nice having all the tools in there, all the bikes, spares etc. I didn't want a plastic or metal shed but those are cheaper / easier to install if you are inclined that way.

    At some point i'll hang some of the bikes from the rafters but for now I have 6 bikes, 2 frames, extra wheels in there with plenty of extra room for other stuff.

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    You don't know a PITA until you've had your bike stolen. I'd keep it inside until you can afford one of the metal sheds mentioned above.
    The sun'll come out tomorrow.

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    Nice. Is this the Costco option?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    http://video.costco.com/v/18709/1517...2627-yardline/

    We kind of got out of control with growing Bing Cherries, Figs and Apple out back. Not much shed room. I like this design though. Maybe if it was just a tad thinner to fit by our fence. It is 5 feet at best in width that can go there. 8 feet back at best. I might just have to shave down the fleet a bit!

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    How secure do you think that it has to be?

    An ordinary shed with an ordinary padlock is about 90% secure because it requires the thief to have some kind of a tool. To go from 90% to 99% you engage with the thief in a progressive game of one-up-manship. There is no 100% secure.

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    You can make it look like it's in poor condition by letting the air out of the tires, swapping the good out with a rusted one and releasing the brakes. No one will steal a bike if it doesn't look like it's worth something.
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    There are companies that specialise in building sheds ... go pay them a visit and see what they've options they've got.

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    If its solid enough to be secure, you might need a building permit.. Concrete footings
    steel square tube posts , with enough Bolt holes all that stuff..
    to bolt up the built flat on the ground walls ,& all that.

    And Serious Locks..

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    Quote Originally Posted by djkenny View Post
    Anyone know of a very secure (lockable) storage options, sheds, or the like, building plans on line, etc..?
    Commercial Shipping Containers:
    examples at:
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/Shipping-Con...-/92079/i.html

    If 20' is too big, consider a 10' or 12' container. There should be some available in your area.

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    Have to say the shipping contained is a heavy duty solution. Watertight, and as secure as the huge lock that can be put on the doors. The farms I have worked on use them for storing chemicals, and they meet the standards required from the authorities. They come in various sizes, as noted, and are dirt cheap for what they are. A coat of paint might be needed to make one more acceptable to the neighbours if the vegetation doesn't provide enough of a screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djkenny View Post
    So, the basement is all that is left for bike storage. PITA to pull the bikes up the stairs and downt he stairs.
    Are the stairs inside the house,or do you have an external set of cellar doors? If external,my Dad ran a bolted-down plank down the side of the steps in our old house;made getting bikes and motorcycles(dirt bikes) in and out alot easier.

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