We don’t have a garage. We have a bunch of bikes. We’ve been locking them up on the porch but that’s hard on the porch. So what to do. Well a shed. Of course. But what manner of shed for bikes? To ask the question is to answer it, nay? A bike shed.
Easier said (sort of) than done. See there’s lots of sheds out there in Canada, but they’re all designed for big back yards on large suburban lots. The kind of thing you chat about with your neighbour, beer in hand, over the fence on a Sunday afternoon.
But try installing that eight by eight by 12 foot monstrosity in the little nook in front of your home and, well, the bylaw people will be rolling up with their demolition rig before you can say ‘improper construction’.
So what about bike-sized sheds? Well, there’s this item from Rubbermaid. But the reviews say this is not a shed for installing, it’s a shed for laying down and avoiding.
I found another side loading, skinny shed (Sears and Home Depot sell it) but at seven feet, it’s too tall for our space – that will block our neighbours’ window.
Of course in Europe and the UK, these things are common enough.
I found this one, made by a company called Asgard, which looked really good. I was thrilled to learn that they even had a Canadian distributor.
But they won’t sell me an individual unit. The shipping (he guessed about $1200) for the £450 shed would be too much. And I’m inclined to agree. Though, I have to say, four nice bikes are worth a lot more than that.
So I have to find nine other people who want this sort of shed. Then they’ll put a bunch in a container, throw them on a ship and Bob’s yer uncle.
Who’s with me?