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Wanted: Ladies bike / storage

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Evanick
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 16 January, 2007 - 10:25 am:   

I am looking to buy a ladies bike in good/reasonable condition. I still have not replaced the bike stolen last year and now need it more than ever as the car is gone as well so will be cycling to work. If anybody wants to get rid of their old one or has one not needed pls let me know. Any reasonable offers considered.
Deanos
Joined 01-12-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 16 January, 2007 - 11:15 am:   

Have you looked on freecycle? You're bound to find one in there. http://uk.freecycle.org/
Evanick
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 16 January, 2007 - 11:47 am:   

Thank you Deanos. Will check them out.
Roz
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 16 January, 2007 - 06:40 pm:   

Actually, I have an old Holdsworth tourer- Reynolds 531 tubing if that means anything to you- and want to find an alternative home for it for a relatively small sum. Around 20 years old. I wouldn't say it was in good condition but I think all it needs is a service, tyre replacement and a good clean. Its also got fairly old fashioned calliper breaks - we were told that todays brakes are more powerful as people ride faster and its more critical in traffic. It would suit someone who could do this themselves. If interested leave a message on this site and I'll find a way of getting in touch.
Evanick
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 17 January, 2007 - 11:44 am:   

Thanks for that Roz but a colleague from work offered to sell me hers and i am hoping it is in good nick so I can cycle straight away.
Evanick
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 23 January, 2007 - 12:00 pm:   

Now that I have a new (second-hand) bike i am looking for somewhere to store it. My previous bike I used to keep in the front garden from where it was stolen. This time I need some secure storage/shed. Does anybody have any ideas, suggestions. Would appreciate a reply. Carrying it through the house to the back just seems too much to do every day.
Bosco
Joined 16-07-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 23 January, 2007 - 02:13 pm:   

Sorry Evanick - think the only sensible option is to carry it through to the back of the house every day! It's what I do and once it becomes part of the daily routine it doesn't seem such a chore.
Evanick
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 24 January, 2007 - 11:06 am:   

thanks Bosco. I will try doing that once the weather improves as don't fancy carrying a wet bike through the house. I have had a look on the internet for some handy bike shed/storage but nothing came up. Can't believe no one has thought of producing something like that. There must be many people with the same problem and with our terrace houses it wuold be ideal. Still, will keep looking for something suitable.
Bosco
Joined 16-07-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 24 January, 2007 - 11:26 am:   

I suspect nobody's thought of it because I can't see there being a huge take up to be honest. Why pay someone for the privilege of storage when I can keep the bike at the back of the house where it's handy to use?! I understand about not wanting to take a wet bike through the house and if you have carpet in the hallway then I doubly understand - it's one of the main reasons we removed the carpet and now have bare boards in the hall as it's a helluva lot easier to give a quick wipe to wet floorboards than it is to have to try to remove wet oil stains from the carpet...
Haylands
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 24 January, 2007 - 11:29 am:   

You could try any number of things. There is the 'half' shed outside the front which i think you can pick up from most DIY stores. You could embed a substantial hook into the outside floor/wall so that you can lock you your bike to it (remember this will mean your bike is exposed to the elements, if expensive or under used can quickly deteriorate), you could cobble together a rope and pully system in your hallway (you will need high ceils or be small enough to avoid obvious head injuries), get yourself a foldaway, live in a semi, install hardwood floors or simply reframe from looking at the floor after wheeling through the house.
Good luck, I hope I've helped.
Evanick
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 24 January, 2007 - 01:30 pm:   

Thanks for your suggestion Haylands. I think the idea of a hook seems best and the bike will not be exposed as I have a cover for it.

I must say i have not come across any 'half sheds' although I have looked on a few websites.
Haylands
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 24 January, 2007 - 02:15 pm:   

They're the sort that go up against a wall and only slope on one side...if you know what i mean?
Mandy_playbox
Joined 25-11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 24 January, 2007 - 03:41 pm:   

I have one of those sheds in my back garden and it is nowhere near big enough for my bike. I suppose you can get a bigger one but it'd look pretty funny in the front unless you're lucky enough to have a large front garden.
Bosco
Joined 16-07-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 24 January, 2007 - 03:49 pm:   

Evanick - by a cover, I assume you mean those great big polythene things that just go over the bike? They are actually really bad for the bike and will do its shelf life no favours. I can't remember why they're bad but I know I've read somewhere that they are.

There is a special type of bike storage "shed" that you can get that will store up to 3 bikes but they are (a) about 400 and (b) as Mandy says, unless you've got a pretty big front garden, it'll dwarf anything else.

You could try to get one of the plactic type tool storage boxes from a DIY store but I suspect that for anything big enough to store a bike (b) above will come into play again.
Domc
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 24 January, 2007 - 05:46 pm:   

You could always build one yourself from a few pieces of wood - depending on your DIY skills of course.
Dave
Joined 11-01-2007
Posted on Wednesday, 24 January, 2007 - 09:22 pm:   

I think these are about the only specialist bike sheds on the market - as Bosco points out, they aren't cheap, tho.

http://www.trimetals.co.uk/bicycle.php?m=4

I have been trying to solve the same problem myself. Let us know if you have any luck!
Evanick
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Thursday, 25 January, 2007 - 01:59 pm:   

Yes, these sheds at 400 are not cheap, especially when the bike was only 50 (used one from a colleague at work), so it does not make sense. will look into the idea of installing a hook/chain into the ground.

Bosco, I know why the cover is useless. It is because the wind keeps blowing it away and leaving the bike exposed. I found the cover in the opposite side of the garden recently, instead of on the bike.
Bosco
Joined 16-07-2004
Posted on Thursday, 25 January, 2007 - 02:39 pm:   

That would certainly be one reason!!
Evanick
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Monday, 29 January, 2007 - 12:42 pm:   

The problem with bike storage solved over the weekend. It took my husband a little time and a bag of cement and a strong chain. So now the chain is embedded in a pile of cement which is covered on top with pebbles to blend with the rest of the garden and I can leave the bike at at the front chained and (hopefully) safe. Easy really!


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