Improve your bike shed’s security on a budget

Improve your bike shed’s security on a budget

If you own a bicycle or motorbike and do a lot of biking, chances are, you keep it safe in a bike shed, especially if you have more than one. So it’s important to keep it safely locked in the shed. It’s now easier than ever to keep your shed locked, secure and safe from prying hands or opportunist thieves. We show you a few simple things you can do to improve its security and safekeeping.

Keep your bike out of sight and out of conversation!

Try not to let people know you own a bike. It’s almost like the first rule of Fight Club- no-one talks about it. The less people know about it, the less likely you’ll be a target for bike theft. In regards to storing it, keep it away from your bike shed window if it has one. Board up or block your windows with dark material so people can’t peer into it.

Enhance your shed

When it comes to your shed, you should consider enhancing it- the door, hinges, handle, lock, anchor etc. It’s easy to pick up a pair of heavy duty hinges online- they start from $1.30.

The front door lock needs to be just as secure, so installing the right lock is essential. You ideally want a steel or iron hasp and staple, which should be in the region of $5-10.

Invest in a shed shackle

Most sheds will, for convenience’s sake, be made of wood, and can easily be broken into compared to a steel shed. So a more secure way to ensure its integrity is to install a ‘shed shackle’. This is a piece of metal that ‘reinforces’ your wooden shed walls and is attached to it. It also has a circular piece of metal welded to hook your bike onto it.  Click here !

This makes it quite difficult for thieves to steal your bike as they would have to remove the shackle from the wall, and then the bike itself.

Accessories

For your accessories, where do you keep them? Whether it’s a mini bike pump, helmet and helmet mirrors, riding gloves, or compression socks, you should keep them in a safe place close but separate to your bike. Your pump can be stored in the shed, but gloves and socks should be in the house since it’s an item of clothing.

Conclusion

Whether you have a regular bike or Trek Madone mountain bike, one or several bikes, it pays to keep them in a secure shed. You can reduce the chances of bike theft by taking a few steps to ensure its safety. This includes keeping the bikes out of sight, in a difficult-to-see place. You can also help yourself by investing in a strong hasp and staple on the front of your door and a durable lock. You can also augment your door hinges. Finally, you can invest in an anchor, either a floor or wall anchor, or a ‘shed shackle’. All of this can cost less than $40 if you shop online.

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