I'm pretty new to utility cycling (though I have been an on-off commuter for a little while) and am looking at options for a cargo/commuting/utility bike.
I have a question for experienced utilitarian cyclists: how do you cope with hills? I live in a hilly area with some occasional long steep climbs - I've done these on my sirrus (carrying no more than 10kg in panniers) but how on earth do car-free people get a load (and their children) up a steep hill? Do you fit superlow gears, do you get off and push, or do you just grit your teeth and struggle to the top?
Currently I'm considering either an xtracycle conversion (tho' i dont yet have a frame - my sirrus has a fatal crack in the frame and will need to be retired soon), a Radish, a mundo or a workcycles FR8. Electrical assist is probably part of my dream for the future, but it's beyond my budget for the moment so whatever bike i buy I will need to cope somehow for the time being.
How do you experienced hands deal with this issue?
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