Cycling is becoming increasingly popular. And it’s not just for fitness fanatics – more and more people are saving on fuel costs by using bikes for their daily commute to work.
Cycling kit isn’t cheap, so if you’ve invested in the latest gear, it’s important to keep it safe and sound. You’ve probably thought about locks and chains to prevent theft while you’re out. But how can you keep your pride and joy secure and protect it from the elements when you’re at home?
If storing your bike in the house or garage isn’t an option, here are our top tips for secure storage, weather protection and convenience.
It’s estimated that more than 350,000 bikes are stolen in the UK every year. Many of these are taken from their owners’ homes by opportunistic or organised thieves.
The safest place you can store your bike is inside your home. But for most of us, an entrance hallway littered with muddy bikes isn’t practical. If you live in a flat it may even be banned in the lease.
If you don’t have a garage and the hallway is a no-go, your best option is a purpose built bike store. Concealment is the first line of defense as opportunistic thieves are usually looking for things they can snatch or grab quickly. Secure the exterior of your cycle shelter with a good quality lock and add a further bike lock inside the shed if you think you’re at high risk of burglary.
Be sure to further protect your bike with a security marking kit, register it with the police-approved National Cycle Database, and add it to your insurance policy.
Bikes that are stored outside, even underneath a tarpaulin, will rust over time. An aluminium frame will not be quite as susceptible to corrosion, but you still need to protect the steel parts (gears, chain, cables and bolts) from moisture.
Storing the bike under an awning does help, as will a tarpaulin. Try not to wrap your bicycle too tightly in a tarp though. Condensation is just as bad as rain.
A shed or bike store is the best way to protect your cycling kit from the elements. If you don’t have a back garden, or access is restricted, many purpose-built stores are compact enough to fit alongside wheelie bins at the front of your property.
Whether you cycle every day or just occasionally, you don’t want to struggle to get your bike out and ready to go each time you plan to ride it.
Keeping all the kit together in one place is also a good idea. You’ll have locks, lights, helmets, gloves and – depending on how serious you are – spare kit and repair items. A purpose-built bike store will have plenty of room to store additional items neatly. Otherwise invest in a large plastic tub to keep everything together and in good working order.
To make sure you get the best purpose built bike store for your needs, check out the different sizes and designs at Waltons and speak to one of our experienced team before you make your purchase.
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