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    Senior Member southpawboston's Avatar
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    New Bike Friday Haul-a-Day cargo bike - photos

    Took delivery of my first cargo bike this weekend, a Bike Friday Haul-a-Day that I purchased through their kickstarter fundraiser last fall.

    The bike's frame is made out of three subsections that bolt together. The entire bike shipped in a 45 lb box the size of a large suitcase. Bolt the three subsections together, mount the wheels, and it's ready to ride.

    Took it on its maiden ride to pick up take-out, and 150 lbs of humans wanted to come along. It's amazing how stably it rides with the low cargo deck, afforded by the 20" wheels.

    I'm a former Bike Friday owner, so I already knew I liked their bikes. I wondered long ago when they'd venture into cargo-bike territory, and always thought their 20" design expertise would be a great starting point for designing a cargo bike. I had their family tandem, and marveled at the stability and ease of balancing with a large load, even at ridiculously low speeds. I guess it's a combination of low center of gravity and low trail front-end geometry that make it very easy to stay upright and keep the steering light.





    I can't say I'm a fan of their front rack platform design, as it seems like it would have a large lever effect on the head tube, but then again Bike Friday have never specialized in front loads, and I don't intend to put more than 10-15 lb in a Wald basket mounted to the platform. All serious loads will go in back.

    Just have to build a dynamo wheel for lighting, and add fenders.
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    Front load on my Pocket Llama Stabilizes the low trail steering Nicely ... Ditto the Brompton with It's front Bag.

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    Senior Member ka0use's Avatar
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    absolutely great foto of the kids! now to get 3-4 women on it, too....
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    That's pretty cool!
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    nice, looking forward to hearing more and seeing more photos

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    bicycle times # 33 Page Pg 49-50 has a Haul-a-Day review. Bicycle Times Magazine | Your Everyday Cycling Adventure

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