The Bike Cave review - outdoor storage for bikes
Do you have problems with storage? We do! There are two sheds and a garage at our house, but still there is a need for more space. So imagine my delight when I received a 'Bike Cave' from Tidy Tent to review.
The Tidy Tent Bike Cave Xtra is basically a tent designed to accommodate bicycles and associated paraphernalia, whilst maintaining a footprint that is not too obstrusive such that it takes over your garden.
Coming in a handy storage bag, emptying out the contents revealed various lengths of fibreglass pole, some guy ropes and pegs and the bike cave itself. Reading through the instructions it becomes apparent that if you've ever erected a tent then setting up the Bike Cave will be a breeze, and if you haven't fear not as it's a straightforward process.
I set it up alone in about fifteen minutes, and that included reading through the instructions and finding a suitable place to erect it. As it is a tent-like structure, my advice would be to secure it to the ground (either with the guy ropes or some heavy rocks/paving slabs inside the tent) otherwise you could return home on your bike to find your neighbours unknowingly now have a Bike Cave.
How big is the Bike Cave?
Size wise it's 2 metres long, 0.8 metres wide and 1.6 metres tall long, so can easily swallow a couple of adult bikes. Wanting to see how much I could stuff into it, my Bike Cave is currently looking after an adult mountain bike with FollowMe hitch attached, a rear child seat and two bikes suitable for a three year old. Even better, there is still plenty of space!
As the Tidy Tent if modular, if your bike collection (or your family) expands, you can zip additional tents together to form additional cycle storage space.
How easy is it to get bikes in and out?
The front and rear sections have a zip running all the way round, so you can unzip as much or as little as you need. If you're putting an adults bike in, then unzip all the way, pop the front cover onto the roof and wheel the bike into place, repeating the process for getting them out.
Leaving your prized possessions in a tent does not sound like a particularly responsible action, so the people at Tidy Tent have created a Anchor Point Wall Fixing Security Bracket. This sturdy bracket can be secured to a wall or other fixing, allowing your bikes and other items to be chained and locked to deter pesky thieves. This has to be purchased separately.
Is it waterproof?
Constructed from a polyester/polyurethane mix I'm expecting it to deal with the winter weather. It also feels tough to the touch, which is very important if it is going to endure knobbly bike tyres rubbing against it.
The weather whilst we've been using it has been pretty cold, with mornings having widespread dew. The Bike Cave is keeping its contents nice and dry - result!
It's also survived some winter snow as you can see.....
Will it help keep my bikes safe and dry on holiday?
Yes! One of the other uses of the Bike Cave is as a storage solution for bikes when on the move. Whether you are in a caravan, a tent or any other holiday accommodation, the Bike Cave would be an excellent way to keep your bikes together and secure, out of the elements. It packs up into a small carry case that won't take up much room in the boot of a car.
A great piece of kit if you need extra space to store your bikes, or anything else for that matter.
Buy now: The Bike Cave Tidy Tent can be bought from Amazon.
Disclosure: Cycle Sprog received the Bike Cave Xtra for review. We are a member of Amazon's affiliate scheme, meaning if you make a purchase after clicking on the links in this post we may receive a small commission.
This post was first published in October 2012 and updated in June 2019 to reflect availability of the Bike Cave
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