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Old 03-28-09, 02:51 PM   #1
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What do you (or want to) haul with your cargo bike??

Hi all, I'm trying to get an idea what most people use their cargo bikes for?? Everyone has their own unique objectives and I'm hoping to get some input on what people haul or would like to haul. Obviously I have my own objectives, I'm designing a new cargo bike that I'd like to market and I want try and size the cargo area to fit most needs. I designed and build the CETMAcargo for Lane and I'm now working on another front loader design that will give people even more options to move stuff by bike!

So what is it you need to haul??

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Old 03-28-09, 03:25 PM   #2
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When it comes to "cargo" or "utility" any design you come up with will already have been done by
the Dutch or the Chinese since both cultures live on bikes.

It's just as Solomon said......
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Old 03-28-09, 06:54 PM   #3
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I mostly haul my kids and associated stuff on weekend adventures. I currently use a Big Dummy and it is filling my needs very well. It is used for commuting during the week, making it easy to haul anything I need to and from work. The long tail design is good for me because I can bring my 4 year old off road on MTB trails too.
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Old 03-28-09, 07:46 PM   #4
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For me, it's all about groceries and small errands. That's why the xtra is so awesome.
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Most of the time my dog (he is resting on the bike between runs) and shopping. Becouse I almost always ride with my dog I use the longtail most of the time in the sommer.

Also for going on trips to the beach and other places in the weekends (and also regular days).

Transporting bags, bikes and stuff around the neighbourhood when needed.

Me and dog visiting friends. For 80% of my riding in the summer I need a trailer or cargobike and I am wery happy with the longtail since it is almost like riding a normal bike, no extra wheels and just wha I need. The system with the bags and wideloaders is light, so no extra weight for boxes or such.
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Let your eyeballs feast on these.....

http://www.flickr.com/groups/cargobike/pool/
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My Daughter designed this cargo bike to carry a 12 pack of beer. The interior of the glove compartment holds 12 x 12oz cans snugly, so they don't shake around.

I also used this bike to haul cement, at night. That's right, a clandestine mission to grout the sidewalks for the skaters.

I've also used this bike to haul firewood, in two foot pieces stacked sideways, the whole length of the bike. I had to walk the bike, but it carries almost half a cord.

I also used this , type 9, to carry a camcorder. I nested the camcorder in three flannel shirts, to protect it from vibration. I ran an inverter off the bikes 12 volt battery to power the camcorder, and used to bike's headlight to shoot night video. I hope to get some of the video online on youtube this year.

This bike is called type 9, or Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle, or Fiberglass Ladies Utility Bicycle, or FLUB, for short.
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Three kids and a Kayak with padles, lifejackets, drysuits and snacks.
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Old 03-29-09, 06:22 PM   #9
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i haul everything
as I'm car free (about 5yrs now)
so The Dummy does everything
from Touring to Grocery Runs

I've moved my personal belongings with it
fire wood
camping
girlfriend
nephews...
myself
my brothers...
tools...

etc...

must haul things...
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Old 03-30-09, 03:17 AM   #10
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I am new with a Yuba Mundo. so far hailed a large tank of cooking gas, a person, lots of groceries, some odd furniture parts from the street and boxes. I am happy with the bike. I like the long tail idea.
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I do construction work and I use an Xtracycle now. I have a short legged dog that is too big to put in a saddle bag. If the Cetma bike could have an Xtra added to it, it would be the perfect bike. Might be too long?
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- groceries
- 1 adult and 1 kid passenger
- a bicycle or a bicycle-sized box

- I had planned to buy a Bak. to carry my Newfoundland with, but ended up moving to an area that's too hilly (and too isolated).
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I deliver my handmade soap to local businesses or UPS. Get groceries, Have hauled kayak to beach. My husband has hauled his congas to gigs. I've hauled other bikes to and from the bike shop. The mechanic wants a picture of the Dummy hauling the LHT.
There's a farmers market starting in a couple of weeks. I need to see if I can haul my table and umbrella. I'm figureing it will be no problem. Biggest problem is that nothing is close I'm in a touristy/rural sort of area.
Hint to all wondering how to afford a cargo bike. Start a small business that involves your bike.
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Old 04-06-09, 06:31 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the input. Keep it comming
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