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Xtracycle YAYYYY!

I can't speak to Mrs. Washcycle's standards of cuteness, but if you have the space then a motorcycle shelter is a good first step toward securing your cargo bike; many of them can be staked to the ground and offer additional locking mechanisms. If I had a yard, that's what I'd use for my cargo bike.

Here's a couple of brands to check out:

http://www.cycleshell.com/
http://www.thebikebarn.net/model_standard.html

We had a guy from Handyman Connection plan a nice shed for us. It had to go along a fence on the side of the house, so I designed it just deep enough to hang bikes vertically. Ultimately, we didn't build it, but I saw enough of this guy's work to trust him. As for cute, there's nothing a few cedar shakes won't cuten up.

The Portland stuff is very West Coast, but lovely.

When I head up to Hawk Mountain via 15 North, I see lots of sheds ready to cart back home. It seems big business in PA. Many of them are Amish built. Check out the interweb. A few early searches reveal this: http://www.lancasterbarns.com/acatalog/Quaker_Storage_Sheds.html and this: http://www.amishbackyardstructures.com/storage-sheds.html

Which xtracycle did you get? We love ours.

I built from the plans below. It was cute.

https://www.scribd.com/doc/14755925/Edgar-Blazona-MD100-Plans-11x17

Its possible my partner Jeremy would be interested in designing and building something. We usually do gardens but we have another bike shed project coming down the line. We could incorporate planters, or a green roof for cuteness bonus.

http://bonaterradc.com/artwork/3432256.html

I sense a barnraising coming on.

I sending the evite to Harrison Ford right now.

I have my cargo bike on my concrete parking slab chained to one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Kryptonite-330202-Ground-Stronghold-Anchor/dp/B000LF903M/ref=sr_1_1

I have a 3/4 inch shackle chain and a U-lock around the frame, then I cover it with a motorcycle rain/dust cover. As a temp solution, it's been great, and something you can DIY.

Wash -- if you want to go the barnraising route I'll help, I feel I owe you for all the diversion the blog has provided over the years. I'm pretty handy with a hammer and with Sketchup.

That said, most likely the cheapest route is to buy something prefab, for the most part you can buy a shed and have it delivered for less than the materials would cost you. The economics are not in your favor. The exception would be if you can't find something pre-fab that meets your needs.

My recollection is that structures under 54 square feet don't need a permit in DC.

That's what we're figuring out. The prefab ones are mostly too big. We found plans for one exactly the size we one. And then hiring someone will be the best of both worlds but require us to sell the bike we want to store there. O. Henry!

I got this one from costco (was $100 less in the store) for my bike.

http://www.costco.com/Lifetime-Horizontal-Shed.product.100094253.html

I have it at the front end of my driveway and it works great. The only concern would be if the extracycle would fit. I use it to hold the bike, a burley trailer, kids bike, and my pumps. It took a couple hours to assemble, but I did it solo. With another person to hold stuff together, it would go much faster. It has an integrated lock as well.

We've been looking for exactly the same thing - bike shed for the bike yard, which secures, shelters, and hides the bike from view (no, *I* don't think it's ugly).

But everything we've found is far too big, the wrong dimensions for a bike, and/or costs a fortune (i.e., >$500 installed, and often multiple thousands).

You'd think there'd be a market here!

P.S. I'm with Contrarian, would be happy to attend a barnraising on your behalf.

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