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Old 01-28-12, 04:28 AM   #1
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Thoughts on this cargo bike.

http://www.fahrrad-ass.de/shop/artic...26aid%3D382%26



I am looking to get this in about 2 weeks. I have seen this bike in many videos from the Netherlands so I know it is popular.

What I would like to know is if anyone has a bike like this, or the same one, and how reliable they are. I have some hills but nothing that bad.

Thanks!

And in case you can't read german I'll translate for you the important details. (I hope I get it right )

7 speed shimano hub
Battery powered lights(yuck)
The bicycle comes 75% assembled in the box and takes 50 minutes to assemble.
weight is 56kg and the box can carry 150kg.
rear wheel is 26 inch and front wheels 20.
the bike is 220cm long and 85cm wide.
steel frame.

This site does not list the brake type, but others say it's a handbrake.
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Old 01-28-12, 10:04 AM   #2
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Wow, cool design!! A bit on the heavy side for me, but it looks really functional for short trips on a real flat, flat paved road to go to the market! Look forward to your reviews of it, to be sure.
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dude.

that thing will carry a month's groceries for a family of four, which includes 2 male teenagers!
it's cute 'n' kinda sexy. bet ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the girls are gonna want a ride!
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i love it, sorry that's not the informative commentary you need, but it's beautiful!
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It would be used for trips between 1.5 and 5 km. The area is quite hilly, none really that bad and I can climb them on my 3-speed citybike, though only just.
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From the photo, it appears to have a hand brake. Other wise it appears to be a sturdy trike.
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For those that think in pounds rather than kilos, this bike weighs a little over 123 lbs. So there is lots of her to love!
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Is the shipping cost to Nebraska. from Germany, being considered?

how much is it?
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Old 01-29-12, 02:59 PM   #9
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Is the shipping cost to Nebraska. from Germany, being considered?

how much is it?
It's going to cost around $300 to ship. Depending on the exchange rate when I buy.
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http://www.fahrrad-ass.de/shop/artic...26aid%3D382%26



I am looking to get this in about 2 weeks. I have seen this bike in many videos from the Netherlands so I know it is popular.

What I would like to know is if anyone has a bike like this, or the same one, and how reliable they are. I have some hills but nothing that bad.

Thanks!

And in case you can't read german I'll translate for you the important details. (I hope I get it right )

7 speed shimano hub
Battery powered lights(yuck)
The bicycle comes 75% assembled in the box and takes 50 minutes to assemble.
weight is 56kg and the box can carry 150kg.
rear wheel is 26 inch and front wheels 20.
the bike is 220cm long and 85cm wide.
steel frame.

This site does not list the brake type, but others say it's a handbrake.
You're going to ride this in OMAHA????.......
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Old 02-11-12, 04:11 AM   #11
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You're going to ride this in OMAHA????.......
Why not? Most of my trips that I need this for are only slightly hilly and are mostly around 1 mile. I get around town on a rather heavy 3-speed bicycle now. So this should be an improvement.

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Why not? Most of my trips that I need this for are only slightly hilly and are mostly around 1 mile. I get around town on a rather heavy 3-speed bicycle now. So this should be an improvement.
I was being sarcastic.....I used to live in Lincoln. Hope you get some GREAT use out of it. It looks GREAT!!!!! And you're definitely going to stand out!!!!!
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Here is a Workman Front Load that may interest you.

http://worksmancycles.com/shopsite_s...frontload.html

Enjoy and Good Luck!

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I was being sarcastic.....I used to live in Lincoln. Hope you get some GREAT use out of it. It looks GREAT!!!!! And you're definitely going to stand out!!!!!
I have been to Lincoln. That is a nice bicycle friendly city. Very flat. Wish we had areas like that in Omaha. Omaha is all hills. Though in south Omaha where I live most of the hills are manageable.

And yes I will stand out as from what I have been told this will be the first and only true dutch style cargobike in the city.
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A Bullitt would be 1/2 the weight. Also, a CETMA long john might be a lot cheaper to ship.
http://www.larryvsharry.com/english/...l-details.html
http://cetmacargo.com/CETMACargoInfo.htm
Guess my question is, why a trike?
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A Bullitt would be 1/2 the weight. Also, a CETMA long john might be a lot cheaper to ship.
http://www.larryvsharry.com/english/...l-details.html
http://cetmacargo.com/CETMACargoInfo.htm
Guess my question is, why a trike?
#1, the longjohn (bullitt) would not have the carrying capacity of the true cargobike.
#2. They are not as stylish as a dutch style cargobike.

Also as for why a trike, stability. I can carry 100+ KG in this bike and it will still be rock solid. There is a GOOD reason these types of cargobikes are so popular in the Netherlands. Their versatility and hauling power.
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I have been to Lincoln. That is a nice bicycle friendly city. Very flat. Wish we had areas like that in Omaha. Omaha is all hills. Though in south Omaha where I live most of the hills are manageable.

And yes I will stand out as from what I have been told this will be the first and only true dutch style cargobike in the city.
Lincoln was,fortunately, smart when they chose to use the Rock Island AND the Missouri Pacific lines as some of the main bike routes through the city. VERY easy to get around. There are a few small hills with some rather long grades. But if you're on the main routes the railroads had relatively no rise in grade throughout the city.

I am sure you will enjoy your new ride. Be prepared for a ton of questions as I am almost positive that yours will be, quite possibly, the only one in Omaha, at least for a while......
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