Bike Store Type And Roof Size
While Blooma may have put bike store in the name of this awesome structure, we actually feel that this would work just as well as a small storage shed as it does as a place to keep your bikes safe from thieves and the rain. The 7X3 Overlap Apex Wooden Bike Store & Easy Fit Roof is the ultimate, low cost way to keep your bikes, bike accessories or even your gardening items safe and off the lawn. No more tripping over the kids bikes, no more having to listen to them complain that their chain is rusty because it has been sitting out in the rain for three days or anything like that. With this bike store there is no longer any kind of excuse for leaving bikes exposed to the elements. The width inside the store is 6 feet 9 inches and the depth is 2 feet 7 inches. We know this sounds like it is small, but you can still fit a couple of bikes, maybe three if you are crafty with how you store them. At just over 5 feet high, the bike store is not going to cause you any problems at all when putting your bikes away.
The roof is the most surprising aspect of this bike store. At a glance it certainly does seem like it is a regular apex roof so you may be thinking, what is so special about that? Well rather than using a mineral felt covered roof, Blooma have used a polypropylene comprised roof and that is just fantastic as it will last far longer than a roof with felt covering will as it cannot tear or get damaged the same way felt can.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
Blooma have gone for overlap cladding and that is one of the things that helps keep the price of the bike store so low, but please do not take this as this is Blooma cutting corners. This cladding will keep the rain out very well and we really do like the somewhat rustic look that it has and it is strong enough to take the hit from your bike when you throw it inside.
As you can see from the pictures there is one very impressively thick frame inside the bike store. This make this a very robust structure and will also ensure that it stays solid and does not go all flimsy after a few years. Also if you have kids this means that when they just throw their bike inside after you have told them to put it away, the bike store will be able to take that kind of abuse.
Solid sheet boarding is used for the floor and to be honest while in an ideal world we would have tongue and groove boarding inside here, this type of flooring does help keep the costs low and also is strong enough to handle a few bikes. The floor does not just sit on the ground as if you look closely at the bottom, you can see that there is a set of wooden floor bearers which will prevent the store being on the ground and will also help make it a little stronger as well.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
This is a budget priced bike store so you will have to make sure that you give it a good coating of treatment after construction. The wood will be given a basecoat treatment, but this is only to protect the wood in the short term. Annual treatment is something that needs to be done in order to protect the wood from rot.
Blooma will give you a very generous 10 year anti rot guarantee with the bike store, but in order to get this guarantee, you have to treat the bike store.
Doors And Windows
The 7X3 Overlap Apex Wooden Bike Store & Easy Fit Roof has a large set of double doors which is perfect for you bike enthusiasts. Each door is kept in place with two hinges, now these look to be very strong hinges, but for doors of this size, we really would have liked to have seen three hinges on each door. With both doors open, getting a bike inside here is going to be very easy. There will be no more hitting your head off the door frame or scraping your fingers along the side which then results in you just slamming the bike inside in temper like you would do with a regular single door shed.
The bike store does not have any windows which is to be expected as the majority of bike stores do not have windows.
Security And Privacy
Now this is one solid bike store and your bikes and other items are certainly going to be kept away out of the rain and out of the reach of thieves. However there is only a hasp and staple locking mechanism and no actually way to securely lock the door so you will probably want to take care of that. In general though with both those doors closed this is one very strong bike store that has a very sturdy and secure feel to it, we just wish it came with a proper lock.
We already talked about the lack of windows and the main reason for this is so that your bikes are not on show. You may have the world’s most awesome bike, but you do not want to put it on display for any potential thieves that may be lurking around.
Customisation Options And Extras
Blooma are not known for offering a whole lot of customisation options with their products and this one is the same. However as the wood has to be treated, you could always use a coloured treatment to give the store a bit extra style and personality.
Impressively the price they are asking for this bike store actually includes an installation service, getting an extra like this included in the price is just fantastic. The one extra that we highly recommend you purchase is a padlock so your bikes are locked away at night. A padlock can be picked up for under a pound and the hasp and staple that is on the door make using it very easy.
This is a budget priced bike store so a few design choices had to be made which show this, but in general we are very pleased with this and for the money it really is as high quality as you can get.
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
This is a bike store that can take a bit of abuse as it is very structurally sound, but in order to keep it free from rot, you have to give the wood a little care by ensuring you give it a coating of treatment once a year.
As a bike store this is a very good size and will be able to handle a few bikes easily, but for general storage, you would have to really think about the way you store things to get the most out of the space that is offered.
Ease of Installation 10/10
No worries here as the price actually includes an installation service.
This is a great budget priced bike store and we feel that you are going to be very happy with this. Plus the fact that the installation service is included in the price is just amazing.
Final Thoughts: This is one of the better, low priced bike and general storage stores we have seen. The 7X3 Overlap Apex Wooden Bike Store & Easy Fit Roof has a very attractive rustic design to it which we really like. The overlap cladding and the framing inside the store make this a far more robust structure than you would think and as a result you are going to get many years of use out of this. Even if you do not have a bike and are just looking for something where you can store a few extra items this would be something to consider purchasing. The price they are asking makes this even more attractive, especially as it is including their installation service.
Prices around: £237
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