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04-08-2011, 10:59   #1
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where to get me a cargo bike

Ok folks, (probably) like most of you, I'm thoroughly overstocked in the bike department: (1 road bike, 2 off road bikes, 1 run around), but as you well know, theres never enough, well especially now I'm considering going car free. I need a nice cargo bike, and I wondering if there are any decent suppliers here. They seem to be plentiful the other side of the pond, like yuba bikes. Here's the type of baby I'm looking for:
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Yuba are in Germany, so there's no problem getting them here (was looking into it myself, and came across a guy out Ranelagh way that has one). http://yubaride.com is them.

Other than that, the Surly Big Dummy is a nice bike, a boardsie here has one. Also, there's the Kona Ute. Bullit cargo bikes are very nice, and there are bakfiets as well as babboe among others.

Alternately you could get an Xtracycle build going.

It really comes down to if you want something with a large box on it (if so, the Bullit is what I'd reccommend), or the long bike style that you can hang just about anything off (in which case I'd go for the Yuba)
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thanks Tiny, thats a nice list. I usually buy second hand, but seeing as there are not many available on the 2nd hand market, looks like I'm into €€€€€. But I'm replacing a car, so thats my excuse!
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This guy is in Holland - very nicely put together bikes:

http://www.workcycles.com/home-produ...ransport-bikes
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Bear Bicycles in Dublin do these, according to their website:


http://www.bear-bicycles.com/

I use a trailer myself, which I got from bikehod.com. It's pretty versatile. With the Carradice bag on it's good for transporting my guitar in a hard case, or doing the weekly shopping.



With the bag off, you can strap loads onto the frame, such as this coffee table I brought home.

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If you're selling your car and live in Dublin or Cork, it's also worth considering joining GoCar. I did this, and it's very handy for the odd journey where a car makes your life easier rather than harder (which is a small percentage of total journeys for me).
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there was a stall at the farmers market in marley park last saturday selling cargo bikes.
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I am the one in Marley park selling the bicycles, will be there again this Saturday and Sunday, if you want to try out our Babboe Big.
I am hoping to soon do business with Workcycles who's bikes are amazing and would get my highest recommendation.
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This one is wicked (with the red coming as a close second, can't decide really). I'd really love to own one of these, and be able to do without my car.

Here are some nice pictures of such a bike put in good use http://www.copenhagenize.com/search?q=bullit

Edit: And another one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3680350645/

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This one is wicked (with the red coming as a close second, can't decide really). I'd really love to own one of these, and be able to do without my car.

Here are some nice pictures of such a bike put in good use http://www.copenhagenize.com/search?q=bullit

Edit: And another one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/3680350645/
Velocity Couriers in Dublin use them, and there's also this
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I usually buy second hand, but seeing as there are not many available on the 2nd hand market, looks like I'm into €€€€€.
There was one for sale second hand earlier this year, at what seemed like a reasonable price. (I suspect it might have been third hand, at least, as the seller in that ad had previously inquired on Boards whether anyone had a second hand one for sale.) I'd have been really keen on it myself, but for my lack of indoor storage space (and a big enough front door!).

I've riidden a bakfiets (from Bear Bicycles, mentioned above) and loved it, but I think if I were investing in a cargo bike I'd lean strongly towards a cargo trike like the one in that ad- the grounded stability, not to mention the snow-going potential, give it the edge for me.

One other thing worth bearing in mind- well built cargo bikes keep their value. Don't expect a bargain. (And if you do see a bargain, well... )

PS There's an interesting spat documented on the workcycles blog that arose following one man's assessment of different cargo bikes. He was, shall we say, less than impressed with the Larry vs Harrys (Harries?). But YMMV, and all that. I do think they look very smart.
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I'd have been really keen on it myself, but for my lack of indoor storage space (and a big enough front door!).
Good-quality cargo bikes are weather-proofed and generally left outside, aren't they? So it says on the Bakfiets en Meer website (I guess that that's the Workcycles blog you mention?).l I guess some tarpaulin and a bracket sunk into some concrete to which you can lock would be a good idea.

We discussed this before though -- what you need is a garage!

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PS There's an interesting spat documented on the workcycles blog that arose following one man's assessment of different cargo bikes. He was, shall we say, less than impressed with the Larry vs Harrys (Harries?). But YMMV, and all that. I do think they look very smart.
Quite a spat about the Babboe Big too:

http://www.bakfiets-en-meer.nl/2008/...ansport-bikes/
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Good-quality cargo bikes are weather-proofed and generally left outside, aren't they? So it says on the Bakfiets en Meer website (I guess that that's the Workcycles blog you mention?).l I guess some tarpaulin and a bracket sunk into some concrete to which you can lock would be a good idea.

We discussed this before though -- what you need is a garage!


Quite a spat about the Babboe Big too:

http://www.bakfiets-en-meer.nl/2008/...ansport-bikes/
Indeed. Opinions on that trike seem quite divided. (The owner of WorkCycles may be North American, but he seems to share the Dutch propensity for directness. )

You're right about the outdoors thing. I noted from a video on the Bear site that my own bike, made by Azor, has been designed to live outside for 20 years. (The video is, I think, the last one on this page. I'd link it, but YouTube is blocked in work.)

As for the garage, you're spot on, at least regarding Dublin. I don't currently have access to one, and sadly my landlady wasn't too keen on me sinking a bracket into her driveway! When the housing market bottoms out and I make my killing, a garage - or at least a secure shed - is high on the list of requirements.

Anyway, for the sake of completeness, here's the controversial blog post I mentioned in my last post.
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I'm looking at the Bullitt from Larry vs Harry or the one Bear Bikes sell. I'm also looking at winning some amount on the lotto to pay for one.

Larry vs Harry website is here, details of their Irish dealer too: http://www.larryvsharry.com/english/
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