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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.
Superb bike storage shed that will last for years
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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
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.
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.
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,