The Annexe Bike Shed from storage specialists Asgard is designed specifically to house three bicycles in complete security.
Storing bicycles is a problem for a lot of cyclists. Lack of space is one issue, especially for city dwelling cyclists, and security is another. If you can't keep your pride and joy in the house, and don't have a garage, where are you to store it? A rickety old shed in the garden? Rather you than me.
The Annexe though is one solution. I've been using this one for about six months. I first started using it when I lived in a London ground floor flat. No garage, just a sliver of outside space, just big enough for the Annexe to squeeze into. It fitted the bill perfectly, taking three bikes and providing a high level of security such that I felt happy leaving expensive bikes inside it.
It is as solid as it looks. It's made from 1.2mm thick galvanised steel panels and weighs an impressive 103kg. It's not going anywhere easily, and for further security the metal base can be bolted to the floor. There's a three-point locking system, and the main lock is a Euro cylinder claimed to be pick and drill resistant.
It arrived flat packed on the back of a lorry. There's quite a few pieces, and the biggest bag of bolts I've ever seen in my life. Fortunately my fear at constructing it proved unfounded, the instructions are easy to follow and it goes up easily in a short space of time.
The trickiest part is fitting the roof. It's mightily heavy and you while you can do it yourself, if you're confident of your strength, you're better getting a friend to help you lift it up. If you prefer, Asgard will, for a small cost, install it for you.
Measuring 1832mm wide by 1444mm high and 924mm deep, it swallows three road bikes with ease. The twin doors open up to provide huge access to the shed, making it really easy to insert the bikes and position them carefully to avoid scratching. There are optional hooks that can be fitted to the ceiling, providing a handy place to hang such items as helmets, and optional shelves that can be used for storing other accessories. There's also enough free floor space for storing cycling shoes and a track pump. You can basically use it to store most of your cycling paraphernalia.
It's the ideal size for space poor residents: the narrow footprint takes up little space despite the capacity for three bikes, and the twin doors make access easy. Even for people with more space and bigger gardens, the Annexe is preferable to a regular wooden shed, providing a far higher level of security. Garden sheds are cheaper, I found a similarly sized one for about £200, but a window and flimsy door lock didn't inspire confidence. The Asgard is just far more robust and secure, and feels it to use on a regular basis as well.
Yes, it's more expensive than a shed, but the security it offers is far superior and if you want somewhere safe to keep your pride and joy, it's clearly the better choice.
Asgard provide a 10 year warranty, and they're designed and made in the UK as well. You get free delivery and they offer an assembly service too.
Solid and secure with space for three bikes, the Asgard is a good investment for storing your bicycles.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Asgard Annexe Bike Shed
Size tested: green
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 Annexe bike shed is an all metal storage unit, providing bike storage for 3* bikes and cycling equipment. As this 3 bike shed is made from tough metal, this unit offers excellent bike security and is the ideal secure store for all your mountain bikes, road bikes and general cycling equipment. The Annexe bike shed is built from our thick, galvanised (weather proof) steel panels and feature an integral metal floor and convenient large double door access (which you can hand for Left or Right opening).
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
103kg in weight (that's 16.2 stone) - compare us to the "light weight" competition!
Secure and versatile storage unit - providing excellent weather proof protection for your bikes.
Our bike storage units have been tried and tested - by the UK's leading bike magazines.
As with all our products this all metal bike shed is made from strong, thick, galvanised steel.
Designed and made in the UK - free 10 Year Warranty - a quality product, built to last.
Our Asgard ventilation system - minimizes the build up of condensation inside the bike shed.
Fitted with our tough three point bike shed lock system - secure bike storage.
Offering excellent bike security as seen in this clip.
Pick resistant Euro cylinder lock - an excellent shed locking system.
Large double door access - easy to wheel your bikes in and out.
Door handing can be changed by the user to suit your location - total flexibility!
Integral weather guard - keeping even the strongest wind and rain out.
Full metal base - complete with free fixings for securing the bike shed to your concrete base.
An additional wooden subfloor is also available - protect the built in metal floor from scratches.
Asgard extra strong shelves - can be fitted to hold your bike equipment.
Our extra strong bike hook packs - are great for hanging helmets and back packs.
It's built like a bunker, with hundreds of bolts securing the thick metal panels together.
It's really nice to use, a solid feeling lock and heavy doors, and there's ample space for three bikes plus shoes, helmets, track pump and other bits and bobs.
No concerns with durability.
You'd need a crane to remove it.
Tricky one this. Yes it is expensive, but it's custom designed specifically to store bicycles with impressive security, and trumps a wooden shed.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
I've been living with this shed, using it daily, for the past six months and I can't imagine not having it now, it's utterly dependable.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Solid and impressive security.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
There's nothing I can fault about it at all, and it's even discounted at the moment.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
A serious investment for securely storing bicycles.
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.