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Cargo and Utility Cycling

This group is for members either currently into, or considering, using their bike for transport of more than your good self - whether it's kids, shopping, or even moving house!

Location: Adelaide
Members: 55
Latest Activity: Jan 28

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Cargo biking with kids and hills?

Started by Roslyn Sim. Last reply by Roslyn Sim Feb 14, 2017. 12 Replies

HelloI'm brand new to this forum, and pleased to meet you all :-).Our family will soon be moving to Christie Downs, and should be within riding distance of school (Southern Montessori). I am currently researching ways to get myself and my two…Continue

Wanting to hire/borrow croozer

Started by Anna T Jan 14, 2016. 0 Replies

Hi, I am wanting to hire or borrow a Croozer if anyone has one for the weekend of march 13-14 if possible? Thankyou in advance!AnnaContinue

Tow bar mounted bike rack to accommodate a long tail cargo bike - yuba mundo

Started by David. Last reply by Andrew Dickson Feb 5, 2015. 3 Replies

Hello, I am seeking to borrow / hire / rent a tow bar mounted bike rack that will accommodate a long tail cargo bike and a standard second bike for 4 days late March. The cost to buy one is beyond me at the moment and I'd like to transport both…Continue

Excerpt from the forthcoming doco Birth of the Cargo Bike: excerpt from the documentary, LESS CAR MORE GO

Started by Gus Oct 2, 2014. 0 Replies

Not only is this an interesting doco it features a connection to Adelaide with photos and more of the Adelaide Long Bike first built in the 1970s.Continue

Tags: Adelaide Long Bike, cargo, video, film

Bakfiets rider height

Started by Kirstie P. Last reply by Paul Gardner-Stephen Jun 3, 2014. 8 Replies

Hi cargo cyclists,I'm interested in buying a Bakfiets, but am concerned about the height of the seat - I test rode a friend's bike yesterday and at the lowest setting, it was still slightly too tall - I couldn't comfortably stop it without falling…Continue

Considering a cargo bike

Started by Karloskar Hall. Last reply by Karloskar Hall Aug 28, 2013. 17 Replies

I'm considering getting a three-wheeled cargo bike to use instead of my car for shopping and business-related things, like picking up computers and components.I like the look of the Christiania bikes, but at nearly $4k it's just too much money. It's…Continue

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Comment by Bicycle Fish on August 13, 2012 at 10:57

Chinese rider travels to London on his own rickshaw... http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-27/chinese-rickshaw-driver-pedal...

Comment by heather on July 11, 2012 at 19:34

Ditch the car
Article in RideOn of Jul-2012
http://rideons.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/ditch-the-car

A cargo bike can do most of the errands for which people use a car, but with greater health benefits, less cost and reduced environmental impact. Simon Vincett and Jon Miller tested 14 options available in Australia.

Comment by heather on April 23, 2011 at 23:09
Power-assist cargo bike to carry 600 lb
http://www.cbc.ca/news/offbeat/story/2011/03/22/bc-vancouver-bike-l...

A group of Simon Fraser University students has found a new use for Vancouver's controversial bike lanes: a delivery service using electric-assisted cargo trikes.
Graham Anderson, a student of sustainable development at SFU and one of the founders of SHIFT Delivery Co-op says the service will use a heavy-duty tricycle with an electric-assist motor designed in England and modified for use in Vancouver's separated bike lanes.
"We're looking to carry about 600 pounds of goods in these heavy-duty trikes.”
Comment by heather on April 4, 2011 at 20:09
Does anyone know if Alex sold the Xtracycle? An AC member is asking about cycling with a 14-month-old. She is interested in a front seat, but I think that a seat for a child this size will make it awkward for the legs when cycling. I suggested that she join this group, also ask Jeremy if he has any hints on any additions to an Xtracycle to seat a 14-month-old.
Comment by Gus on March 28, 2011 at 22:28

Yes, the household has decided.

I know it is a good bike, nice Merida in red. Very good value.

Comment by Jeremy Miller on March 28, 2011 at 22:13
You should buy it Angus, it's a great deal, as new condition, and will love you back + the frame of the donor bike its red so you WILL go fast!
Comment by heather on March 28, 2011 at 21:51
Angus, has the household decided that you have enough bikes?
Comment by Gus on March 28, 2011 at 21:26
Alex is selling his Xtracycle... I'd buy it if I could.
Comment by heather on February 12, 2011 at 1:05
Ideas for ACC Bicycle Action Plan close on Friday 18 March. Join Adelaide BUG and post NOW.
Comment by Gus on February 4, 2011 at 11:23

and from the Guardian Bike Blog

 

Cargo bike makers carry high hopes

Using pedal power to move loads seems to be coming into fashion

Christiana trike The Christiana three-wheeler

Sales of cargo bikes are on the up, and not just in their traditional strongholds of Denmark and the Netherlands. While it is premature to hazard that they might be the next big thing in cycling, there seems at least to be a clear pattern worldwide of increasing numbers of people using them to make jobs traditionally accomplished with a car a little less, well, job-like.

Load moving by bike isn't a new thing, of course. The iconic though ponderous Christiania three-wheeler and its imitators have been getting kids to school and selling steadily since they were first built in the early 1980s; more than half a century before that, their forerunner the Dutch freight trike could reliably get five-a-side team plus subs to training, albeit only if you set off about a day ahead of time. More typically, though, the load tended to be pails of milk or sacks of flour.

The Cetma is another style of cargo bike whose origin we can broadly trace back to the Danish Long John of the 1920s. It seemed it had gone the way of the Dutch trike, but has now been rediscovered by the mainstream after decades in the wilderness. Manouvering one on your first ride feels funny for 10 minutes or so, on account of the yard and a half's distance between you and the front wheel that you're causing to turn from way back there in the saddle. But once you've adjusted, you're pretty much good to go.

The Dutch trike ceased to be widely used because, in comparison with anything motorised, it was too heavy, too strenuous and too slow. But car-clogged streets and common sense are causing conventional wisdom to tilt markedly back towards a school of thought which says, from a work aspect, that if something which needs moving in the city can be plausibly moved by a cyclist, then it probably should be. But the trick is getting people to want to do so.

Because here's an odd thing about cargo bikes. You get one as a means to having the potential to move bulky or heavy loads between A and B under your own steam. But whether you wind up using it with any sort of regularity can often depend almost entirely on how you feel about the way it rides "empty".

In order for your cargo bike to even stand a chance of becoming your default bike, it needs to be an attractive riding option – that means it must be relatively light. Sadly, most two-wheeled front loader cargo bikes up until a few years ago tended to tip the scales at a tiring 35 kilos, even when empty..

Enter the Bullitt. Conceived a few years back by two Danish frame designers and introduced in 2008, it was the first mass-produced aluminium cargo frame. The fork is necessarily of steel, but it comes in at 20-24 kilos.

These sort of numbers have resulted in people using the bike not only when they have something to carry, but simply to get around. And it's also

 

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