The Cargo Bike “Roll Call” was held this evening at West Town Bikes and pretty well attended by cargo bike aficionados and a few others. Nobody called the roll, and Cetma and Bakfiets were absent. It was an opportunity to meet people and ride fun odd bikes including many of West Town’s Alex Wilson’s small wheeled, heavy load carrying custom or rebuilt bikes (many a little like the Kemper Lorri).
There was a Rhoades car quadricycle and a steampunk homebuilt wood and iron contraption with huge Fat Frank tires.
Bikes at Work trailers
Whole Foods delivered some yummy things with a bike trailer. A guy with a Chinese made Fietsfabriek-trike-copy with electric drive that was entirely covered with gray fake fur came by too with a small child balanced on top. Jon Lind was there but Copenhagen, Dutch Bike, and other dealers weren’t. Most people didn’t wear helmets.
A lot of people liked our Onderwater Tandemtransporter, and rode it with two grownups though it's better with kids on the little seats. Nobody wanted to get off. Though nobody currently stocks them in Chicago Jon Lind has said he would be willing to add one or a few as a special order to one of his regular shipments if given enough lead time. I think after riding many of the others it is one that is worth considering strongly.
Another strong bike in a completely different category was the Yuba Mundo. It rides really smoothly and stably, and it does have lots of room for things in its large panniers. It seemed more well thought out than the Xtracycle though both can be very versatile if you only have one kid (or possibly 2 little ones like one family in town) to carry.
|HPM Long Haul (photo from Ash L)|
The Winther trike, the Kangaroo, was surprisingly easy to ride. It is very smooth, forgiving and stops on a dime with its even front brakes. It has a coverable plastic cabin that seats 2 kids (and probably very little else) in comfortable looking sling chairs. You could easily use this to remain mobile on your bicycle with your kids all year round - everyone agreed it was like a luxury station wagon.
The Haley, we have found, can hold hundreds of pounds of cargo and go through normal doors (31 inches wide?), but its handling is much much better with 100 or more lbs in it. Empty it’s very tippy, as several people found tonight. Luckily nobody fell down.
The Bullitt was very smooth to ride, nearly as nice as the Bakfiets.
|Bullitt (photo: Ash L)|
More info about the 2012 Cargo Bike Roll Call in a more recent post