For anyone interested - the Adelaide cargo bike fans are having a community picnic next weekend to share their machines and discuss doing more with bikes for everyday transport. It is amazing how a cargo bike can change the way you think and feel about transport - allowing kids to be taken to school, family shopping to be done, camping trips and general urban load carrying duties that far exceed the capacity of a normal bike or bicycle trailer.
For those of you new to cargo bikes they come in all different shapes and sizes. There are 'long tail', long wheel based machines such as Xtracycle, Kona Ute, Yuba andSurly Big Dummy - through to box bikes both of the two wheel and tricycle variety such as the Dutch Bike and Christiania
I will be there with both a box bike and an customized Xtracycle - the nice thing about the Xtracycle is that it allows you to turn an old MTB into a dedicated load hauling machine at minimal cost (a great product!)
Anyone be able to pickup this cargo bike on Sunday morning? It'd be a shame to to have it there at the cargo bike picnic. It's quite a popular form or cargo bike in Europe.
Would like to help out but returning it again monday would be the problem sorry.
I'm planning to be there with my tandem/cargo bike. I've never actually seen another 'cargo bike' before - only on the 'net!
I would love to have a go on that bullitt - I hope someone brings it along.
Lets hope the weather holds up and we don't get too much rain .
The forecast isn't too bad - as of now it reads:
Min 16 Max 24 Shower or two.
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers. Winds northwesterly up to 20 km/h becoming light by early evening.
Isolated showers is often absolute bugger all. They can't be expecting too much rain with a top of 24!
How different/hard are cargo bikes to ride?
I would be keen to try some but would feel embarrassed if I scratched it.
Don, that's the main point of the cargo bike picnic - giving people a chance to ride different cargo bikes and speak to their owners.
I have a Yuba Mundo, which is a long wheelbase bike. It rides surprisingly well - even carrying a load. Mine has an electric front hub motor which makes accelerating and hill climbing on this bike a joy rather than a hassle.
Other cargo bikes carry cargo (eg kids) in front of the rider. Again, once you adjust, they are generally easy to ride.
Do come along and have a go.
The cargo bike picnic is this Sunday! 11am-3pm in Elder Park, near the Popeye dock.
There will be a great variety of cargo bikes for people to inspect and try out, plus their owners to chat to.
Still looking for someone to pick up the Bullitt cargo bike from 171 Sturt St in the city on Sunday morning. I could probably drop it back on Monday. Any takers (pretty please)?
We might be able to do it Andrew . I tried to message you but ive had to send you a friend request first . Sorry very new to this style of forum :)
Here's a great video to inspire
The start is a bit gloomy...I prefer the more light-hearted approach: