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£635 › Heavy­weight high-ca­pac­ity bike se­cu­rity

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Sort your bike stor­age with As­gard’s four-bike shed, plus DT Swiss ARC 1100 wheels, Smith Over­take MIPS hel­met, DMT R1S shoes, Selle SMP Dy­namic sad­dle and six au­tumn/win­ter socks.

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 twowheel­ers. 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 a child­hood wield­ing a minia­ture Mec­cano span­ner, 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.

It’s 2060mm wide, 1040mm deep and 1140mm high and has room not just for four bikes but for a track pump, tool kits, shoes, hel­mets and the sort of cy­cling gub­bins that most of us have ac­quired. Add the shelves and hooks that are avail­able as ex­tras – and in

WE SAY High-se­cu­rity stor­age for road bikes and loads of your cy­cling kit

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.

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