When you purchase your first bike, you’re probably thinking about how excited you are and where you’re going to go for your first ride of many. But you should spend some time thinking about how to make your yard or garden more bike-friendly. Designing your yard to better accommodate your biking lifestyle is a practical way to keep your bike safe, bearing in mind that bike theft is on the rise. But it’s also fun! Whatever kind of bike you have, such as a street or off-road bike, here’s how you should protect and enjoy it when you bring it home.
The most important thing you can do to make your yard more bike-friendly is to create a storage shed. This doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should be made out of materials that are easy to maintain. You don’t want it to be the eyesore of your yard. A motorbike shed prevents your bike from getting harmed by the elements – the heat can damage its paint and plastic, while the cold weather can lead to corrosion. A plastic shed can be cost effective and do the job to protect your bike, but it might not be able to thwart criminals. Metal motorbike sheds are better and stronger, while having locks to make them more secure, but they can be more expensive than other materials. It’s worth it for bike longevity!
Here are other things you should do to make your yard or garden hospitable for your beloved bike.
Set Up A Washing Station
Your garden is the perfect spot to clean your bike, which is something you should do regularly to keep it in perfect condition. Ideally, you should wash your bike on a grassy patch, as this prevents water wastage. Just make sure you don’t use abrasive cleaners that can damage your paint job. You want to use a product with a pH of between 6 and 8. Anything more or less is too harsh.
Create A Path
When you leave the house and enter it at the end of the day, you don’t want to be battling gravel or driving over lawns that can damage them. When it’s rainy and muddy, this can pose problems for your bike, especially if it’s just been cleaned. That’s why it’s a good idea to create a path or driveway that’s suitable for riding a motorbike. It should have a smooth surface, like concrete or bricks, that enables you to drive straight into the garage. It should always remain uncluttered, and it’s best to avoid having flower boxes or garden fountains too close to this path as they can cause accidents. You want the path to be as clear and spacious as possible. Put that pretty outdoor wall fountain in a better location where you can enjoy it, such as near trees when you can relax in the shade with the soothing sound of trickling water after a long ride.
Build A Riding Strip
A bike-friendly driveway is good, but here’s another path you should build: a path that surrounds your entire garden or yard so that you can ride around it. It’s fun! This is also great if you have bicycles or dirt bikes, and the kids will love it. A riding strip is especially beneficial if you’re just learning how to ride a bike as it can give you much-needed practice before you head out onto the road. Parking your motorcycle on a riding strip that’s in a strong, light-colored material, such as concrete, can help you spot any oil or water leaks as they happen, which would’ve gone unnoticed if you were parking on the grass before storing your bike in the garage. In this way, a riding path can be both fun and practical.
You love your bike and biking is part of your lifestyle, so make sure your garden or yard accommodates your beloved wheels. Plan your yard around your bike so that you can ensure greater security and TLC for it, while also enjoying riding strips and bike paths.