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Superb bike storage shed that will last for years
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122,000g
Asgard Metal Bike Shed for 29ers
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The Asgard Metal Bike Shed for 29ers is a shed big enough for four bikes and a whole lot more. It keeps your bikes safe, and dry and has loads of spare room for your kit too.

Bike storage, or lack of it, can sometimes be a hinderance. Cycling is somewhat addictive and you will likely own more than one bike. Depending on where you live, secure storage and garden space may be in short supply. A regular wooden garden shed isn't much of a thief deterrent either. The Access Plus is a shed that fits in small spaces and will make opportunistic thieves think twice.

Being built specifically for 29er mountain bikes means it has to be big; a 29er's longer wheelbase and fat tyres mean it can be about 10 inches (25cm) longer than a road bike. The Metal Bike Shed for 29ers is much like the Asgard Annexe bike shed, but with a lot more space. The sheer length of the shed (all 7ft 7in/2.3m of it) means it will take any bike. It's made of galvanised steel which does make it extremely solid and heavy (19.2 stone/122kg) but it's still easy to build.

I am 5ft 2in. The shed is 4ft 4in/1.34m tall at its highest point. I thought it was going to be difficult to build just because of its proportions versus mine. However, with the help of another woman, we looked at the instructions and just got on with it. The panels all had labels on them so you knew exactly which bits attached where. It took about 40 minutes to build.

Security seems to just ooze out of this shed. It has a lid that lifts up as well as easy access doors. The doors are held secure by a long steel bolt locking bar. The lid then comes down further securing the doors and is held shut with two disc locks. These locks are covered by a steel plate, meaning that anyone trying to get than them with bolt cutters wouldn't stand a chance.

With a price tag of £475 it does seem like a huge investment. Rest assured that the sheer quality of the build will soon put you at ease. Not to mention that it comes with a 10 year guarantee.

Once it was up, filling it was hardly hard work. It took one 29er, three other bikes and a storage unit. You can get hooks (separately) that go along the rear of the shed so you can hang up helmets, locks etc. There are also shelves you can purchase for additional storage. There is ample floor space left over so you can simply keep all your kit on one place.

The swing doors make getting bikes in and out really quick, which is great when it starts to rain. One small gripe here is, that when it is wet and you open the lid, you do get a few drops of water on your head if you don't stand back. As I said though, this is a small thing.

The Asgard has an attached base, so unlike other regular sheds, it really is secure from the outside. All the screws are placed so they are only accessible from inside the shed, meaning it can't be taken apart unless it's unlocked.

Verdict

Superb bike storage shed that will last for years

road.cc test report

Make and model: Asgard Metal Bike Shed for 29ers

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

The product is for people who ride 29ers, or want a slightly bigger bike shed. Asgard say "The Access Plus - an all metal bike shed from Asgard, made from weatherproof steel and specifically designed to store up to 4* of your (29er) mountain bikes, keeping your expensive bikes safe from both the bad weather and bike theft. Manufactured from heavy gauge galvanised steel the Access Plus offers both security and reliability. As with all Asgard bike storage, the Access Plus is made from thick weatherproof (galvanised) steel panel and features an integral metal base for maximum reinforcement and rigidity. At the front of this metal bike storage shed you will find easy access via the heavy duty double doors (with a massive 5ft 3 opening) as well as a reinforced easy lift top opening lid (gas lift)."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Metal bike storage constructed from weather proof steel - weatherproof construction.

Over 19 stone in weight - Strong and secure - Beats the competition!!

Engineered and made in Britain - 10 Year Warranty as standard.

Unique airflow ventilation system - helping to reduce condensation, keep bikes safe and dry.

Tough, shrouded, double locking system - see the locks in action .

Strengthened double door access with a top lid - see roof demo.

Easy access, both getting things in and out - thanks to the large reinforced lift up lid.

Integral metal base - with free fixings for securing to your concrete base. - added security.

A custom wooden subfloor is also available - protects the integral metal base from damage.

Pre drilled holes for our maintenance shelf packs - great for storing maintenance equipment.

Hang your riding gear and back packs on our hook packs.

No exposed screws outside the unit - screw ends are hidden

Easy, self assembly - using the illustrated instructions.

Asgard installation and service is available - a great value service.

Selection of colours to choose from - hard wearing and rust resistant.

The Access Plus is maintenance free - no rotting wood to replace

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

The shed is heavy duty and feels really secure as you build it. Not to mention all parts are labeled so there are no mistakes to be made during construction.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

For the price of a good entry level road bike, you get total protection for all of your bikes.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The shed preformed very well. It is designed to keep bikes dry and secure and it does both these things with ease.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

I found the shed extremely easy to put together, which for me is one of the best things. That and peace of mind security.

Did you enjoy using the product? The shed is a pleasure to use.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 34  Height: 158cms  Weight: 61kg

I usually ride: Giant defy  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,

 

18 comments

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sergius [387 posts] 2 years ago
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I've got the "normal" bike version of this, and am super-happy with it. Would heartily recommend Asgard products myself.

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MaxP [81 posts] 2 years ago
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Looks nice. Unfortunately where I live they would steal the shed and the ground it is on.

Question about the shed. Won't helmets and other items of cloth attract mold growth due to the damp?

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Lungsofa74yearold [293 posts] 2 years ago
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Yes, I was wondering about the damp / condensation angle too - can anyone advise whether this is an issue....???

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jon_t [2 posts] 2 years ago
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Can anyone comment on how noisy these are in use? Do they bang or rattle when you open and close them?

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finkcreative [39 posts] 2 years ago
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I have bought this sized Asgard.
Under normal opening and closing - there can be quite a noise. But if you open & close it carefully I would expect you would be able to open it with very little noise at all.
I've owned mine for 4 years now and its still rock solid. I don't leave helmets or clothing in there (only in case of damp - never tried it) - but everything else has remained dry and protected.
I did notice mildew on a WTB saddle after a year of not riding the bike and leaving it in the storage.
Things that would corrode - don't seem to corrode in there - so it isn't that damp - but this could be also down to where you position it.
Mine is positioned on the shadey & damp side of the house.
Wide bar bikes will be more troublesome to put into the storage and maximize the space - unless you loosen the stem and turn the bars.
Also - the supplied padlocks - are OK - and it would take a determined thief to gain entry - you *may* still want to take additional precautions inside the box.

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gettingthere [1 post] 2 years ago
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I had a standard model for eighteen months before I moved house. Mine wasn't noisy - over what you'd expect from something made of heavy duty metal. But as per previous comment, as long as you're not flinging it around, it's fine.

Mine was positioned on the north side of the house, but got some sun every day [assuming the sun was shining]. I never had a trace of damp. In fact the only water that got in was off the occasionally not-dried bike.

Much of this is to do with the design. It's pretty watertight if you follow the very clear instructions. And there are smart touches - like the roof section that overhangs the doors, so rain can't sneak in.

We moved house, and I'd have taken it with me without hesitation, but the new home has a large garage... N+1.

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G-bitch [323 posts] 2 years ago
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Definitely looks far better than the Trimetals box I've got which could very easily be bolt cropped, although probably still much better than a shed. Mind you, I'm about to move a fourth time with that and don't think I'd fancy 120+kg to shift every time I move house.

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BikeBud [255 posts] 2 years ago
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Thanks for a good review - looks like a well designed, well made bit of kit. Considering you'd pay over £100 at the DIY sheds for a flimsy plastic garden storage unit it seems a reasonable price (albeit not cheap).

Postitive comments from Asgard owners too - the acid test!

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Bobbinogs [236 posts] 2 years ago
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jon_t wrote:

Can anyone comment on how noisy these are in use? Do they bang or rattle when you open and close them?

Yes, do they clang a bit and I would not be using it at 5am. They are superb though and can be used with an anchor if required.

No idea about damp as I just store spare bikes in mine, the bike in use stays in the house with my kit, etc.

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MaxP [81 posts] 2 years ago
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Thank you for the feedback  1

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Steph Mann [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Hi Max, I've got helmets, buffs etc just now in it. I've not had it long enough to know if damp will occur but it's good to read that other people have said there's are pretty watertight.

It's been in heavy rain and warm sunshine and I've never seen any from of condensation inside.

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Steph Mann [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Hi Jon, I made the mistake of underestimating how loud it could be and the doors clanged open/shut. However you quickly learn not to bang them about (for your own ears as much as neighbours).

Putting bikes in and out naturally makes a little noise, but it's nothing that's too bad at all.

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Darkerside [76 posts] 2 years ago
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Is that 2.3m length overall including sides, or useable space inside?

(says the chap riding a 2.2m-long recumbent...)

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smcc1879 [36 posts] 2 years ago
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G-bitch wrote:

Definitely looks far better than the Trimetals box I've got which could very easily be bolt cropped

Not sure I'd agree with that statement. I've just taken delivery of a Trimetals version. It's no lightweight, and it comes with a Loss Prevention Certification Board security rating of 1.

It's also very quiet. No clunking and scraping when opening it up. It was a bit of a b***er to assemble though.

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tomascjenkins [55 posts] 2 years ago
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Superb product. Got the 6 bike shed - actually fits 7, possibly 1 more but not tried. Always very dry not a hint of damp. Plenty of storage space.
Get one of these rather than bike insurance -will pay for itself - and keeps muck out of house!!
If you're gentle with doors its not noisy.
Seems to blend in well with surroundings.

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ct [195 posts] 2 years ago
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Do they come with racks or rails or does anyone know if these can be retrofitted?

One of the photos on the sites seem to show them but...

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Steph Mann [4 posts] 2 years ago
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ct wrote:

Do they come with racks or rails or does anyone know if these can be retrofitted?

One of the photos on the sites seem to show them but...

Hi CT as far as I'm aware hooks and shelves are bought separately. I just bought my own unit to hold all my kit though.

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Steph Mann [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Darkerside wrote:

Is that 2.3m length overall including sides, or useable space inside?

(says the chap riding a 2.2m-long recumbent...)

Hi there, I have just measured inside the shed and yes the 2.3 length is the length of that base inside. But the way the sides fit on means there is a small lip/overlap inside so you lose 3cms at either side. Though I think your bike would fit in at an angle. It would be worth an email to Asgard and asking them.