Shed Type And Roof Size
Having a space to keep your bikes safe is what The BillyOh Cycle Storage Shed is all about. Here your bikes will be safe from thieves, the weather and if you have kids it will also stop you from stubbing your toe on their bikes that are always left on the lawn. One interesting thing about this is that while it is marketed as a bike storage shed, you could actually use this as a small, regular shed to keep tools and other things safe and tidy. This is one of the more compact bike stores that we have seen from BillyOh, making ideal for those of you with limited space in your garden. The depth is 3 feet and the width is 6 feet 8 inches, we feel that you could get three adult sized bikes in here and a whole lot of accessories as well. The height is fine for a bike storage with the ridge height being 5 feet 3 inches and the eaves height 3 feet 11 inches.
The apex roof did take us by surprise as many other bike stores go for a pent style roof. We are not complaining as we really love the way this roof looks and of course the protection it offers your bikes or other items from the rain is fantastic. Solid sheet boarding is what is used to make up the roof and this is covered with some stylish looking, green mineral felt.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The tongue and groove rustic style cladding that BillyOh have used on here is just incredible, sure it may not be as conventional as say overlap or shiplap, but we love the way it looks. This cladding of course is strong and it is going to keep the elements at bay and keep your bikes rust free, but we just cannot get over how unique and cool it looks.
BillyOh use a solid frame in all their cycle storage sheds and this one here is no different and we really like that. The frame is what allows the kids to just carelessly throw their bikes inside the shed, which is what kids do and not damage it, well if they are throwing it in with Incredible Hulk like force then it may get damaged, but we think the chances of that are very slim. Anyway this frame keeps the whole structure very solid and it is not too chunky so that it eats into your storage space.
No flooring is included with this storage shed and to be honest if you are going to be placing is on a solid surface such as concrete or even decking then we would say you do not even need one anyway, but if you have to install this on grass then there are a couple of flooring options for you. They have a more basic and cheaper floor that costs £22.00, and a premium, tongue and groove floor that costs £28.00. Both of these are good floors and are fairly priced.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The lovely and rustic looking, European softwood will be given a basic, basecoat treatment before the shed is sent your way. This is not going to protect the wood in the long term though and you will need to coat it yourself with wood treatment. This is a very easy job and if you give it a fresh coat once a year then you will never have any issues with rot or decay.
The BillyOh Cycle Storage Shed comes with a two year guarantee which is more than fair and will cover you just in case you do have some kind of issue with the shed, but we think you will be fine.
Doors And Windows
Have you ever tried getting a bike in a single door shed? It is an absolute nightmare, well luckily BillyOh know this and they have made sure to use a 2 feet 5 inches wide and 3 feet 10 inches high double door so getting your bikes in is not a hassle. Getting kids to put their bikes away can be a right chore, especially if they have the excuse it is hard to do. Well with these double doors they will be easily able to place, notice we said place and not throw, their bikes inside. Each door is kept in its place thanks to some very impressive hinges and there is a turn button catch that keeps the doors closed.
The idea of this is to not just keep your bikes safe from the weather, but also out of sight and reach of thieves. With this in mind, BillyOh made the smart decision to not put any windows or any kind of clear panelling on the shed.
Security And Privacy
A fantastic job has been done in making this a solid place to safely store your bikes and other items and that catch will keep the doors securely closed, but there is no locking mechanism that comes with the shed. You could always just pop to a local pound shop and buy a padlock or you could actually buy the padlock and hasp set that goes with this shed for £8.99, which is a fair price. If you do have an expensive bike or even some expensive tools inside here then we do recommend you add a little security.
This is one of the more private bike sheds that we have seen. Its rustic design, we feel gives no indication that this would be a place where a few awesome bikes or expensive items are stored. Not using any windows makes it impossible for people to have a look inside.
Customisation Options And Extras
This is one of the most generous structures we have ever seen when it comes to its customisation options. The shed will come to you unpainted, but they give you a very vast choice of colours if you wish to brighten it up. To start with they will allow you to colour the trim of the shed. Slate grey, black or cream can be chosen and they all cost £7.95. They offer you an incredible 11 different colours for the actual shed. Cedar red, harvest gold and dark brown are the more basic and traditional shed colours and will cost you £7.95. But they also have a selection of more wild and out there colours such as, lilac, spruce and American barn red. These types of colours are priced at £24.95 each.
As well as the option of adding a floor, BillyOh do have a few other things for you to consider. As standard no shelving is included, but they do offer a simple set of one sided shelves for £9.99. They also have a set of three shelves which cost £19.99, which is a good price. If you are worried about not having the right tools for installation process then you can buy their official, BillyOh Value Assembly Kit which is a fine little tool kit that costs £19.95.
BillyOh have used some great materials on here and they have a very unique design to be honest we are very pleased with the general quality of this in every regard.
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
This is a very solid bike store that you are going to get many years of use out of. It is designed to take a little bit of abuse and with a fresh coating of wood treatment just once a year that rustic cladding will stay free from rot.
This may be a little on the small side, but you can still fit a few bikes inside here and some other items as well.
Ease of Installation 9/10
We would recommend getting a friend to help you with this, but we do not see you having any problems putting this together. 4 hours at the very most is what this should take a couple of novice DIYers.
We love the price that this is being sold at and even if you do need to take up one of the floor options it is still an incredible price.
Final Thoughts: We really do like the BillyOh Cycle Storage Shed, they really have done just an all round amazing job with this. It is a smart, stylish and low cost way to keep your bikes off the lawn, rust free and away from thieves. It really is very well made and will give you many years of service. The size is perfect for smaller gardens and to be honest if you do not just throw things inside here then the storage space offered is far greater than you would think. The price that this is being sold for just makes the bike store even more attractive and also very easy for us to recommend to you.
Prices around: £125
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