Bike Store Type And Roof Size
This is one of the mid sized bike store from BillyOh and they have made it a little bit larger so that it can handle larger bikes, a few kids bikes and a whole lot of other stuff as well. Actually while this is a bike store, we feel that it would work fantastically well as a small storage shed also. The width is 7 feet 4 inches which means that you could fit plenty of items as well as bikes inside here. The depth is 4 feet, which makes this able to handle around 4 adult sized bikes. The ridge height is 5 feet 3 inches and along the eaves it is 3 feet 11, so there is a nice amount of height in here.
BillyOh have used an apex roof for this bike store like they do their other and this is a very smart design choice. To start with the roof slopes down at the sides so the rain will always run off the roof and not pool on top. Solid sheet boarding is protected with mineral felt. We are fine with this as it is practical and it also helps keep the costs down.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
This bike store comes with some amazing rustic cladding that has a very old timey kind of look to it. We personally just love this as it is not a style that you see on too many other bike stores and sheds. It is thick and it also does just an incredible job in keeping out the rain. While we really like the way this rustic cladding looks, BillyOh actually do offer a couple of upgrades in the form of overlap cladding which can be added for an extra £10 and tongue and groove cladding which can be added for an extra £20. To be fair we feel that these are very fairly priced upgrades.
This is one very robust bike store due to BillyOh making sure that the frame keeping it all together is strong enough to handle bikes and other equipment getting thrown inside. We know that the frame is not the most exciting part to talk about, but we can assure you that you are going to be very happy with how good a job this one does. We always feel that the best frames do their job without you noticing they are there and that is exactly what we have here.
As standard the bike store does not actually come with a floor. So you will need to have either a decking area or a paved area to install this. If you only have grass then you will want to take them up on one of their flooring options. Their cheapest flooring option is solid sheet boarding which is fine for a bike store in our opinion. This is very fairly priced at £13.50. They do have a more attractive floor available and that is their tongue and groove flooring, which can be added for an extra £17.25.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
No matter what kind of cladding you decide to go for be it you just stick with the rustic look or go for one of the upgrades, the wood is going to require a generous coating of wood treatment in order to keep it free from rot. The wood will be given a basecoat treatment, but this will only give the bike store a few weeks protection. Coating the bike store should be done once a year, you do this and then you will never have any issues with rot.
The BillyOh Apex Bike Store is covered with a two year guarantee that becomes valid once you have treated the wood.
Doors And Windows
On the front of the bike store is a set of very well made double doors. These are kept in place with two high quality hinges that will keep the doors secure over the years. With both doors open you have 3 feet 8 inches of width and 4 feet 10 inches of height so getting your bike in is going to be very easy. You know now that we think about it, these doors are so large, you could probably put one of those old timey Penny Farthing bikes in here, well maybe.
No windows are on this bike store so you do not have any worries about a bike thief being able to see how great your bike is.
Security And Privacy
The double doors have a turn button catch to securely close the doors, we feel that even in bad wind these doors will stay closed. Still we recommend that you install some kind of locking mechanism like a pad bolt or padlock in order to keep thieves out.
As there are no windows on the bike store, people are not going to be able to look inside and see all of the fantastic stuff you have. Privacy is one of the main things that the BillyOh bike stores have going for them and it’s great to see they kept that theme going here.
Customisation Options And Extras
We love the way that this bike store looks unpainted, but BillyOh actually let you run pretty wild with their customisation options. They offer you 12 different colours to paint the actually bike store with and they have a pretty vast selection. For £7.95 you can choose from Cedar Red, Evergreen and Harvest Gold. They also have a selection of more extravagant colours these are, American Barn Red, Beaumont Blue, Cornflower, Gun Metal Grey, Lilac, Pale Sage, Spruce and Warm Grey. These nine colours are a little more expensive at £24.95. BillyOh also have a selection of trim colours which cost £7.95. Black, Green and Cream are the colours you can choose for the trim.
As well as being able to upgrade the cladding and add a floor, BillyOh have another couple of extras that you may be interested in. First of all is their assembly kit which is ideal if your tool box is not exactly overflowing. This can be added for £19.95 and will have what you need to install the bike store. They also have their own BillyOh branded padlock and hasp, which is sold for what we consider to be a very fair price of £8.99.
BillyOh are one of the best manufacturers out there when it comes to keep the costs low, but the quality high.
Longevity Of materials 8.5/10
As long as you look after this right then there is no reasons as to why you cannot use this for well over 20 years.
We know that 4 x 7 may not sound like a lot of space, but for a bike store this is actually a very good amount of storage space. You can easily fit 3 or 4 bikes in here and a few other things as well. And for general storage, a mower, some tools and other such items would be easily able to fit inside.
Ease of installation 8.5/10
You should not have any issues installing this, but you will need to get a friend to help you install this. As long as you do not take too many coffee breaks then you should have this built in around 6-8 hours.
We feel that BillyOh are giving you great value for money with this bike store as it is strong, long lasting and is also a good size.
Final Thoughts: We really like this BillyOh Apex Bike Store and feel that it's generous size makes it something that would be perfect for any size of garden. If you already have a storage shed, but want somewhere safe to keep your bikes, then this is ideal. At the same time if you do not have a shed then you could use this as a low cost way to store many different items. We love the classic, rustic design of the bike store, but if you want to jazz it up a little bit then they do have all those customisation options. In all we really like this and no matter what you use this for you are going to be very pleased with this bike store.
Prices around: £149
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