Some of us don’t have the luxury of a garage to store our bikes, or a garden shed that offers anything like the level of security we’d like. And a lot of us don’t have partners who allow us to keep bikes in the house, which is awkward when test bikes regularly add to our own collection of two-wheelers.
This is where Asgard comes in, with its bike storage sheds, which are made from heavyweight galvanised steel panels complete with an integrated metal floor; a wooden base is also available or you can buy your own from your local DIY shop.
The sheds are waterproof, come with a 10-year guarantee and are available in cream, green or brown and in a variety of sizes, all of which are made to order in the UK and delivered free to the UK mainland.
We chose the company’s most popular shed, which is presently on sale at £525 and is designed for four road bikes. There’s a larger version for four 29er mountain bikes and a combined bike shed and garden shed.
It arrived in numerous large, clearly labelled panels, with bags of screws and parts and a simple set of instructions. But if you’ve got experience of a certain Swedish flatpack furniture purveyor’s goods and wielding a miniature Meccano spanner during your childhood, you should be able to put it together. It does require a powered screwdriver; use a manual driver and you’ll fall at the first hurdle. But follow the instructions and two people will have one up in 90 minutes or so.
Add the shelves and hooks that are available as extras — and in various cut-price bundles — and you can store even more. The lid opens easily and is supported by hydraulic struts, the double door opens wide for you to get bikes in and out, and the lid is locked to the front panel using two padlocks.
The whole thing weighs a hefty 114kg so it’s not going anywhere very easily, and for further security you could fit ground anchors (there are instructions online), chains and even remote control alarms with CCTV.
As it stands it’s hard to imagine it being broken into without creating huge amounts of noise, unless you’re an expert lock picker (most bike thieves aren’t). This offers a reassuring sense of solidity and security, and if you’re a Marvel fan you’ll recognise the name Asgard as the realm of the Norse Gods.