This past January I was looking at the snow in my yard and thinking about buying a new outdoor storage unit. A few days later I received an email from Van Barker from YardStash wanting to know if I would be willing to try one of their outdoor bicycle storage products. Before I accepted his offer I went to his Website and the product didn’t look bad, so I told him I would be glad to try it out. After using the YardStash for two months I can tell you it is a tremendous product and the photos on their Website really don’t do it justice!
Some people keep their bikes outside and try to protect them from the elements with a cheap bike cover—all it takes is one good gust of wind and the cover is “gone with the wind.” YardStash is an inexpensive bicycle storage unit made of heavy-duty UV protected polyester that should give you many years of use, and you can use the included stakes to keep it from blowing away.
You can’t tell from the photographs, but the YardStash has very strong covered zippers to keep the rain out. Speaking of rain, this product has sealed seams and a heavily reinforced rip-proof floor and the interior also has a weatherproof coating. Not a single drop of rain has gotten into the YardStash in the time I’ve had it set up, and we’ve had several major storms move through our area during that time.
Getting into the YardStash is easy thanks to the full zip front flap—the flap can be rolled off to the side and held in place with the attached straps. There is a small Velcro opening on the back of the unit so you can can run a security cable from a wall or fence post to wrap around your bike(s). Above the front flap is a small mesh vent to help eliminate condensation and give a bit of ventilation. Inside the unit on the back wall there are also two hooks so you can hang up a couple of helmets or other gear.
YardStash comes in small carrying bag (23″ long x 7″ high x 7″ wide) and weighs 16 pounds (it is a lot heavier than it looks in the photos). It only took me 10 minutes to set the unit up. Once assembled, the YardStash is 74” long x 30” deep x 65” high. You can easily store two adult size bikes in this unit and have a lot of room to spare. I live in a tri-level house and this unit fits perfectly under the overhang created by the upper story of the house.
The YardStash sells for $99.95 and is available from the YardStash Website. The product comes with a generous guarantee: “Return your YardStash II for a full refund if it does not live up to your expectations.”
Now I have to tell you he rest of the story. I have a two-car garage and half of it is used to store my bikes and bike-related equipment. I tested the YardStash so I could write this review. However, once I got done with my testing my wife immediately took control of the YardStash to keep her gardening equipment in! The folks at YardStash are selling this product mainly as a way of storing bicycles, but it is also a great place to keep sports or gardening equipment, kids toys, or patio furniture. Unlike most storage products this unit can be disassembled in just a few minutes and once back in the carrying case it takes up very little room—you could easily keep it in a closet.