Saturday, August 2, 2008 5.00pm
By Jez Loftus
Three bikes ﬁt easily inside the main area of this built-it-yourself bike shed, and four could go in at a push. With a separate end compartment for tools and gear, there’s a lot of space for a very compact footprint and the low-level design is easy on the eye.
If you’re after complete security you’d probably want to cut a hole in the ﬂoor and add a ground anchor to attach your locks, but with a sturdy padlock on the outside and quality D locks through all the frames, I felt reasonably happy leaving my babies outside for the ﬁrst time in three years.
If you're a DIY virgin then building this bike shed, designed by Wayne Hemingway for B&Q, would be a daunting prospect. It comes in more than a dozen pieces, with 100-plus screws and nails, plus dire warnings to treat it with wood preserver.
After a few days watching paint dry, the build itself ended up taking the best part of a day (with well-deserved tea breaks).
The instructions were pretty clear, and some of the minor assembly work had already been done. Most of this was cosmetic, but annoyingly, the bolts had already been ﬁxed to the doors and the screw heads ﬁled off, so they couldn’t be adjusted. Fine if you’re building your shed on a perfectly even surface (as per the instructions).
Not so great if you’re working on a wobbly concrete ﬂoor, which means one door ends up higher than the other and the bolts don’t match up. It took three goes to get them level.
You’ll need an electric drill with screwdriver bit to complete the job as the wood’s pretty tough. But that does mean the ﬁnished beast feels sturdy, and you’d need a crowbar to get the main doors off.
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