Based in Bristol, The Bike Shed Co is a small outfit that designs and hand-builds wooden bike sheds and stores. Its range includes both bespoke and standard designs and I’ve been testing its five-bike capacity Pedalbase 5.
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A wooden frame and painted external ply base is clad with UK-sourced Douglas Fir. The wooden-framed roof has a ply top, which is then covered by EDPM rubber. The Bike Shed Co says this has excellent UV resistance and will last for 50 years.
At the front, double doors with cane bolts open up to give access to the bikes and the front section of the roof lifts up with the help of gas struts. It means you don’t have to duck down to reach inside and very little physical effort is required to lift the roof.
Inside, the shed measures 212x113cm. This accommodates five road bikes, but I found I could only fit in four fully assembled mountain bikes, due to the extra width of the handlebars. However, there is ample length for extra-large downhill bikes and for smaller bikes there's also space to store accessories or garden tools.
The roof is locked down by a central shackle-less padlock, but I’ve been trialling The Bike Shed’s new dual key lock design and have found it to be secure and discrete.
The cane bolts on the doors are simple and practical, but in wet weather the ply wood base swells slightly and makes them quite tight. Every shed is supplied with a ground anchor, thick cladding and no external fixings, so I reckon it should be pretty thief-proof. Although the Pedalbase is freestanding, the sheer weight and bulk makes it almost impossible to steal.
A concrete plinth base is recommended, but not required and the Bike Shed Co will level up the shed and fit wooden skirt as part of the installation. Installation is an optional extra, but it’s something I’d recommend, as quite a bit of on-site assembly is required.
This shed came clear oiled and it's proved to weatherproof and durable so far. If you prefer a painted finish, then a range of colours are available for the same price as an oiled finish (£299). The price might seem steep compared to your standard garden centre shed, but this shed is far more impregnable and the workmanship is in a different league.
The Bike Shed Company Pedalbase 5 bike store prices
- Pedalbase 5 (untreated finish) £1,099 + delivery
- Oil/paint finish + £299 (various colours available)
- Installation from £225
- A smaller three-bike version available for £899
- The taller Spokeshed range has storage above the bikes. Prices start from £1,199
- Fully custom designed sheds are also available, contact The Bike Shed Company for more information
The Bike Shed Company will deliver to the EU and USA, for more information contact The Bike Shed Company direct.