Cargo Bikes

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    Nov 13, 2014 1:21 AM GMT
    I just saw my first one in person last week at a small town bike shop...never even knew they existed!

    Now my interest is piqued. As much as I love off-road and park riding, I also love using a bicycle for daily commute. The cargo bike seems to be the perfect way to make that happen.

    Yesterday I did a search for cargo bikes and found a documentary on them. Wow! I never realized just how popular they already are in certain places. They'd be the perfect way to carry groceries and other stuff in urban centers....even suburban areas. They actually make me think of an SUV with pedals.

    Here's the documentary I found:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWMd6yyYs8E
  • kew1

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    Nov 13, 2014 7:49 AM GMT
    It looks better than
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    A few of these near me.
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    Nov 13, 2014 3:25 PM GMT
    ^^ That thing looks dangerous.
  • peterstrong

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    Nov 13, 2014 3:29 PM GMT

    GREAT VIDEO !!!

    Its always great to be reminded that there are others on this planet who want to stay connected to their bodies and to the earth around us from whence we have our daily existence / preferring this to video games and sealed off environments icon_biggrin.gif





  • kew1

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    Nov 13, 2014 5:53 PM GMT
    paulflexes said^^ That thing looks dangerous.

    Even worse when you see them full of children
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    Nov 13, 2014 10:01 PM GMT
    What do you need to carry that won't fit in a backpack Paul? I do my shopping that way, and my laundry goes into a military duffel bag(2 strap type) for the ride to the laundromat. I've ridden with as much as 60 or 70 lbs on my back, though generally for short distances- 2 to 3 miles.
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    Nov 13, 2014 10:22 PM GMT
    Sungod17 saidWhat do you need to carry that won't fit in a backpack Paul?
    Tools and another bike, so I can build jumps at the bike park then ride them.
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    Nov 14, 2014 5:24 AM GMT
    I assembled my Surly(R) "Big Dummy" last year, and it's great though heavy with the current Nuvinci(R) setup. He's back in the shop, getting prepped for a drivetrain makeover. Also finishing an XXL Surly "Ogre", my ultimate touring/commuter bike. When I'm done, he will also charge my phone and lights icon_idea.gif

    I mention these bikes because Surly makes great haul-ass alternatives to xtracycle, the yuba mundo, and the afore-pictured Bullitt(R). I've also used a one-wheeled Bob(R) trailer, which is great in certain applications, awkward in others.

    Hope that helps.
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    Dec 16, 2014 8:06 PM GMT
    So, Bike Friday is running a kickstarter to tool up a production line for their new cargo bike. Looks like they've met their goal.

    I've got one of their folders - had some other thread on it I think. (Nice bike, but be careful if you order from these guys - they're strong on the up-sell. ) These don't fold but the frames telescope to adjust to any size rider.

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    Apparently, they have an annual cargo bike fair down there (which, BF appears to win by virtue of being the "home team) that they call the "Disaster Relief Trials."

    They compete to haul the most crap over a course?
    http://www.kval.com/news/local/Cargo-Bike-Fair-and-Disaster-Relief-Trials-278925681.html
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    Dec 16, 2014 8:49 PM GMT
    I saw my first one this past summer a woman down by the beach carting her two kids in the front box.. they were having a great time. I'd only seen them in Europe, she said hers was made here in Canada. Here's an interesting video on Groningen in Holland, apparently the most bike friendly city http://vimeo.com/76207227
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    Dec 16, 2014 11:02 PM GMT
    beneful1 saidHere's an interesting video on Groningen in Holland, apparently the most bike friendly city http://vimeo.com/76207227

    I once saw a review for a gadget you put on your bike so that when you came back you'd press a button and it would beep so that you could find your bike. Sounded rather useless until the author pointed out that in some places, like the Netherlands, it can be quite useful. The picture he used was even more packed than this one.

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    Here's something called the Bike Apple in the city of Alphen aan den Rijn in the Netherlands, a bicycle parking facility with a capacity of 970 bicycles.

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    Dec 16, 2014 11:17 PM GMT
    A few years ago, my propane dealer was bitching and moaning about how the city made him use almost his entire customer parking area to install handicap spaces and bicycle racks. The city planners determined that a business of his size should have racks for 12 bicycles. "Do you know how many customers have come in here on bicycles? ZERO!" Every time I go in there, I ask him how much use his bike racks are getting. ("Brand New! NEVER used once!")

    Some day, I am going to make it a point to take a propane bottle in there on a bike. Of course, I can't quite imagine exactly what kind of mental disturbance would make me want to pedal with a full propane cylinder 20 miles and up the mountain if I didn't have to...