It’s the height of summer and a prime time to get out and about on your bike!
With the sun drenched mountain tracks beckoning to endurance enthusiasts and the dirt trails growing dry and gnarly for the downhill lovers, the summer is a great time to invest in a second or third bike.
Sure it sounds excessive, and we all know that these pieces of hardware don’t come cheap by any measure, but to make the most of what Britain’s biking has to offer, you really need a decent range of mountain bikes. Downhill, dirt, track and stunt bikes all come loaded with a variety of tweaks and modifications that make them perfect for their given field. Although it may be tempting to do away with multiple load-outs and purchase a good all-rounder, eventually the bearings will get shot by the heavy impact of stunting. Either that or you’ll find yourself short of gears on the forest inclines or, worst of all, unable to pick up speed on the downhill routes.
There are plenty of buying guides out there for each style of bike, and we can rely on you guys knowing where to go for the specialist info – what we’re going to focus on here is the problem that you will inevitably face once your bike collection is complete: storage.
Bikes can be unwieldy creatures, especially when you’re juggling four or five in one single space. If you want to be tinkering and modifying your prized possessions on a regular basis then you’ll need a decent storage/service area to work in. The back garden shed isn’t going to cut it in this instance, and we can’t all be lucky enough to afford a semi-detached house with a sick garage. So how do we solve the problem of space, if all our money’s gone on bikes instead of spacious living quarters?
Here are a few options:
These spaces offer plenty of flexibility in terms of customisation and physical space. Price plans can be tailored to suit your needs and you’ve got the freedom to paint and mod every part of it. If you’re getting down to some heavy metal work, sound insulation and reclusive locations tend to mean you’re not going to be disturbing anyone. The only downside to this is that not everyone has the kind of cash around to rent an extra space. Then there’s also the issue of getting to and from your space; if its not close you may end up spending even more dollar on travel – and that’s money that could be spent on sweet gear instead!
Mod the Garden Shed
I know I said that the garden shed wouldn’t cut it – that’s in its current state. Inject a dose of the green stuff into your wooden box, chuck out the power tools that your Dad/partner/you will never use and suddenly you’ve got your own private space. Essentially free of charge, as long as the bill payer isn’t precious about the garden, you can extend these bad boys easily and there are plenty of small businesses who can help with the fiddly job of roof replacement. You can attempt the project solo if you like, but its probably for the best that you at least get some advice on it, as attempting a complete roof replacement can often be trickier than just nailing down some extra planks of MDF!
The Ultimate Mobile Workshop
Lastly, and this is probably the most desirable if not a little unrealistic option, is the workshop/van combo. Ok, this is a little out there, but don’t try and refute how cool this could be! Find the biggest, baddest Transit you can, at the cheapest price. Collect some basic supplies from your local hardware shop and then get to work fitting it with all the things a travelling biker would need. Brackets for your bikes, boxes and cupboards for your supplies and spares, you could even bring a generator and a stove for camping trips. Now you can drive to any biking destination completely prepared for any kind of terrain, and ready to make any last minute alterations before a big day’s ride. You’ll also be the envy of every biker you meet. Just make sure you invest in a decent security system, otherwise you may well find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere without a single bike to your name!
However you end up solving your storage solution crisis, just be thankful that its a problem in the first place!
Too many bikes can never be a bad thing, especially when the weather is this good and there are so many awesome places to see; don’t forget to make the most of summer whilst its here!