So my wife, two kids, and I live in a small house without a garage and just got a small (16 inch standover height) bike with training wheels for my 3.5 year old daughter for Christmas. Naturally she wants to ride it but it is cold, snowy, and rainy so that will have to wait a few days or weeks. We don't have any optimal place to store this bike outside. Ideally we would have a covered outside porch (as some people do in my neighborhood) but we do not. We have a tool shed way in the back of our house where I might store the bike during the winter.
We have a side fence that intersects at 90 degrees with another fence, both of which are about 4 feet tall. I'm thinking of maybe getting a piece of plywood and setting it on top of the two pieces of wood where they meet and putting the bike under there in the months when it is likely to be most ridden.
Has anyone come up with a good solution to storing a kids bike outside but still out of direct rain/sunshine? Any ideas would be appreciated!
just throw a tarp over it. I mean, a roof would be nice, but a tarp actually will probably do a better job, because rain or snow or whatever will swirl under a piece of plywood (you could hang a tarp off the front of the piece of plywood, for a door-to-the-cave effect...). My bikes live in an unheated shed; our normal winter temps are in the teens but we see minus numbers a few times a year. Doesn't seen to hurt anything.
Howdy neighbor. I live in Laurel, MD just a little north of you. The tool shed is probably the best place to store it for now as you don't want it getting rusty (or stolen) before she gets a chance to ride it. If the bike is small, is there any chance you could store it inside? Bikes will not fare well stored outside in the DC humidity this summer. Wall or ceiling hooks in the bedroom maybe?
Something like this would work-
I understand what you mean about it being too cold and/or rainy and snowy to ride. Mrs. HandsomeRyan and I purchased a tandem in mid-december and so far our 'mileage' on it consists of one lap around the neighborhood the day we brought it home. I'm ready for spring!
Last edited by HandsomeRyan; 01-08-10 at 04:59 AM.