Cargo bikes. Are you on the 0cc band wagon?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by DriveShaft, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    I've been toying with the idea of picking up a bike this year, and have been trying to narrow down the list of possibilities to a set of features that would give me terrific terrific bang for the buck. And I think I'm on the cargo bike band wagon. Or at least, soon to be.

    I've seen one or two in my neighborhood, which turned out to be a Cetma cargo bike. They seemed like really great, functional carry-alls. I think I could literally do all my errands on it.

    Now, there are electric assist versions, there are retrofit kits, kid carrier accessories. There are alot of options to make it a real practical part of life. After putting a ton of thought into whether it makes better sense to get a mountain bike, a hybrid, touring, folder, race, etc etc... the cargo bike seems to be winning out.

    Kinda psyched. Looking forward to figuring out which one.

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  2. Mr. Fisherman

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  3. seuadr

    seuadr Wee-stromer

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    that is pretty cool. I could see getting a lot of shit done with the electric assist bike..

    problem is, i have enough trouble hauling my fat ass around, much less my fat ass and all the stupid stuff i would try to haul. :rofl
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  4. dirtyoffroad

    dirtyoffroad Been here awhile

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    Im leaning towards the Yuba Mundo.
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    Very cool stuff :deal
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  6. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    Lot's and lot's of cargo bikes here in Salida; Sometimes there are more bikes downtown than cars.

    Here's mine: :D

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  7. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    I must have missed THAT ride report.... I bet it looks better with a basket full of hawtness :knary
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  8. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    I've had it for about 3 years I think; I use it for local deliveries and hauling stuff to UPS, etc. My daily driver isn't technically a cargo bike, but I've hauled many boxes of shirts, tons of groceries, tee shirt orders to the post office, etc. If you've ordered an ADV shirt, it went for a ride in this:

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  9. Goggles Paisano

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  10. seuadr

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    dude, that is sweet, and imma let you finish, but this is the best cargo bicycle OF ALL TIME, OF ALL TIME:[​IMG]

    :rofl
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  11. flipr

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    Surly Big Dummy... Yuba Mundo in background:

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    Big Dummy makes a great touring bike as well:

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    seriousracer be a man dodge tree bark

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  13. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    those are cool! but MAN..... there is a lot of kool aid drinking going on there.

    Why cant people just do cool things and not be so self righteous about it?
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    I think it takes a certain personality.

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  15. HOT DAMN!

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    Word.

    The trendy self righteous yuppies spend 2K+ on electric assit cargo bikes, while practical functionality for a few hundred dollars looks like this. My area is flooded with used $50 Burley kid haulers prime for simple conversions to cargo.

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  16. DriveShaft

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    Cool, there are a few models here I hadn't heard of.
    The 2-wheeled bakfiet was what first got me thinking about cargo bikes.

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    If I had the dollars to get several (more) bikes, I'd be in, because I think it'd be great for the two rug rats, and grabbing groceries, etc. It'd make easy work of the 1.5 miles it'd have to go between here, the parks, town, etc.
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  17. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Seems like a yuppie-people-community thing.

    I'd be all for it if I wouldn't get maimed or killed by south Florida drivers, but the only road riding I feel safe with, here, is A1A because the speed limits are slower and people who frequent that road are used to bicycles. Even then, the accident rate and death rate seem appalling.

    I used to be an avid bicyclist (still have three, plus parts for a fourth I was building), but it became very apparent that the area one lives in plays a crucial role as to if this is a safe option. I just looked at the stats for here in Florida for the 2009 and 2010 years, and the numbers of bicycle accidents seems high, to me, compared to motorcycle accidents where motorcycles are probably more popular forms of transportation, and easily do far more many miles-per-accident.
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  18. DriveShaft

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    Longtail is where I'm leaning too. That vid is pretty convincing that it'd fit my bill pretty nicely. Geared for faster hauling...enough to be a touring bike. Nice.

    Did *not* know about the yuba Mundo, so thanks, folks, for that.

    Also stumbled upon the Trek Transport, too--an aluminum-framed workhorse, with some pretty sweet Bontrager farkles.

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  19. DriveShaft

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    Yeah, if you don't live in a community that embraces the lifestyle, you're not going to have much fun. I happen to be in a community that's been working on mixed-use neighborhoods, and "urban village" style urban planning for decades. We've got miles and miles of trails criss-crossing the area, and tons of bike-friendly streets. The bike advocates have quite a vocal part of the local design, right down to influencing rights of way, and traffic studies. The town realized a while ago that it's part of their family-friendly formula for residential tax dollars. I wouldn't even consider it, if it wasn't for the fact that I'm 1.5 miles from 3 grocery stores, 3 miles from a wholesale warehosue store, and a under 4 miles from all sorts of crap including a city. Subways also extend it's usefulness.

    I honestly feel that is why you see all these yuppy cheerleaders trying to drum up Internet-spawned momentum. Those bike lanes didn't appear out of the goodness of the average Joe's heart. The usefullness of planning for bikes in a vibrant urban community had to be rammed down some local government's throat to get the crews out their painting bike lanes. So, I guess I don't mind yuppy cheerleaders. Lord knows, I don't have the energy for it, but I thankfully use the fruits of their ambition.
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  20. DriveShaft

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    I did considered the burley conversion for my trainer. The only thing I don't like abotu Burley adaption is that it's more of a fat pig than it needs to be. The same disinterest in hooking up a burley is the same problem that prevents me from leaving a trailer permanently attached to my car for the same reason, even though alot of the time that's exactly what a 2-seater needs. It's fat. It's unmaneuverable. It's got twice the rolling friction. You're working more than you're enjoying things. And that's why the market is flooded with used $50 burley kid haulers. People figure out that it's only good enough to get you through a tight spot...rug rats. After that...they only want to be on the bike for 5% of their life, which doesn't include hauling crap. They're happy jumping in the car for the rest. Me, I'm kind of thinking I'm in a decent spot where I could be on the bike for alot more, and enjoy it. The way the town is built affords me the liberty, and I think I'm going to cash in on it. I'm really not into buying things, just to toss it out 2 seasons later. If that were the case, screw it, I can get by burning more gas. If I were going for something fat like the burley, I'd go for a bakfiet, and keep it around for decades.


    I *am* thinking about converting my trainer with an xtracycle free radical longtail conversion, though. That looks like it might fit the bill, and keep things maneuverable. It'd be like buying a Burley...without the fat.

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